*As Prince prepares to open his 21-night residence in Los Angeles tonight, the artist is speaking out about the integrity of his music, and why he doesn’t like other singers covering his tunes.
The Purple One has written gems that have been belted by the likes of Chaka Khan, Sinead O’Connor and The Bangles – but he’d rather not have random acts deciding to give one of his classics a spin.
“A lot of times people think I’m doing Sinead O’Connor’s song (‘Nothing Compares 2 U’) and Chaka Khan’s song (‘I Feel For You’) when, in fact, I wrote those songs,” he says.
“It’s OK when my friends ask to do them, but there’s this thing called the Compulsory License Law, which allows artists, through the record companies, to take your music at will without your permission, and that doesn’t exist in any other art form, be it books, movies… There’s only version of ‘Law & Order’; there’s several versions of ‘Kiss.’”
In other Prince news, actress Rosario Dawson was actually among the items listed on Prince’s rider request form when he made a rare TV appearance Wednesday on “Lopez Tonight!”
Along with water and organic tortilla chips was the singer-actress, who told WENN: “It’s exactly (like) the first time I met him when I was 19; he requested me to be on his 1999 remix album. Imagine that phone call.
“He called me and said, ‘I’ve written this monologue and I think it’s really important and I’m very excited about doing this remix album for this song – for 1999 – and I think that you’re the voice of a generation and you need to say it. I was like, ‘I am? Oh my God.'”
The two became friends and Dawson admits she’s always inspired by the living legend: “All the moments and the years that we’ve known each other that he’s shown up my life have been so great.”