Minneapolis’ own Prince slams Madonna and Maroon 5 in a new interview with Billboard magazine. Prince, who this week released his first new song in years, partially blamed the “Material Girl” for his leaving Warner Bros. records in 1996.
On Jan. 25, Huffington Post and several other media outlets discussed the “Screwdriver” singer’s harsh criticism of Madonna in a recent Billboard interview. Some may say that Prince’s comments reek of jealousy. Madonna and Prince dated in 1985 for a short time.
Prince slammed the fellow '80s music icon:
It was also about Madonna. She was getting paid, but at the same time we were selling more records and selling out concerts on multiple nights. It wasn't about her. This was about business.
These two have a history of verbal sparring.
Of course, Madonna was not Prince’s only punching bag in the Billboard interview. The singer held no punches in calling out Maroon 5’s rendition of his song “Kiss.” The singer questioned why Maroon 5 and lead singer Adam Levine decided to record a cover of his song, believing that it takes no creativity or artistic integrity to recreate someone else’s work.
Perhaps the only question now is whether Prince’s new single “Screwdriver” will find its way into the Billboard Hot 100 next week. Maroon 5’s “One More Night” is currently No. 11 on the weekly chart.
Do you think that Prince is just sour grapes when it comes to Madonna's success?