Prince Tells Billboard Why He’s More Precious Than Madonna, Maroon 5 and Everyone Else

Prince billboard cover 2013Gail Mitchell is the senior editor for Billboard, specializing in R&B. Gail was recently given the task (or perhaps no one else would take it) of interviewing Prince.

On one hand it’s an honor and a once of a lifetime opportunity because he rarely speaks to reporters, on the other, he’s a tool. Such a tool in fact that he disallowed Mitchell from recording the conversation because she’s [obviously] going to sell his voice for her own personal gain, and frowned at her for taking notes because it’s rude, “just like texting.”

Mitchell recalled from memory Prince’s comments about his former label mate Madonna (who called him a “little troll” in 1994):

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. 

And his thoughts on Maroon 5’s bonus edition cover of “Kiss” off 2012’s Overexposed:

Why do we need to hear another cover of a song someone else did? Art is about building a new foundation, not just laying something on top of what’s already there.

So bitchy. So amusing to read. So horrible to deal with face-to-face. So ageist…?

I don’t talk to old people…they try to find ways to stay static. Young folks are the ones with the ideas and constantly moving forward.

Read: Stern calls Prince an ‘arrogant a-hole’ for thinking Kim Kardashian should know how to dance

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