Prince gives off that quiet, mysterious, sexy vibe as a musician but when it comes down to it, he’ll tell you what’s on his mind and when it comes to Madonna, he’s not impressed.
The 54-year-old singer spoke to Billboard magazine (via Us) recently and seemed to want to reignite the feud he had with the Material Girl a couple years ago.
During the interview Prince talks a lot about music ownership, and when the subject is focused on his time with Warner Bros. Records, the singer is quick to point his finger at Madge, saying she’s basically the reason his relationship with the label deteriorated. He says, “It was always about Madonna. She was getting paid, but at the same time we were selling more records and selling out concerts on multiple nights.”
Prince and Madonna first began to publicly fight decades ago. After they had a brief fling in 1985 and Prince contributed music to Madonna’s “Love Song” for her 1988 Like A Prayer album, the Queen of Pop was quoted in a 1994 interview saying that The Artist “was a little troll.”
Looking back on one of their dates they had, she adds, “He was just sipping tea, very daintily. I have this theory about people who don’t eat. They annoy me.”
Several years later, Prince slapped the bitch back by comparing the amount of #1 hits he had to how many children Madonna had.
During a 2007 concert in London, he said, “I got so many hits y’all can’t handle me. I got more hits than Madonna’s got kids.” Not so sure about that joke, but okay.
Madge wasn’t the only one getting Prince’s wrath. During the Billboard interview, he also took some shots at Maroon 5. The band, fronted by Adam Levine, covered the artist’s song “Kiss” on the 2012 album Overexposed, and guess who thought it sucked? Yep, Prince did.
“Why do we need to hear another cover of a song someone else did?” he asks, pointing out that he has no issue with musicians covering songs when they play live.
He adds, “Art is about building a new foundation, not just laying something on top of what’s already there.”
He definitely gets the last word.
You can see Prince when he’s honored with the 2013 “Icon Award” at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 19.