Feb. 25--Prince, a man who has been world-famous for more than three decades, speaks out against racism in music and film in a new British interview and asks the reporter: "Didn't you know that black people don't get a second chance?"
The 55-year-old Minneapolis native has spent most of February in England playing a series of last-minute concerts to rave reviews from fans and critics. An interview conducted in "his secret Caribbean lair" is the cover story of the latest issue of British music magazine Mojo.
Prince told the reporter: "It's like Chris Rock said: Leonardo DiCaprio can make one bad movie after another, and he just keeps going. Chris Rock makes a bad movie, and he doesn't work again. Black people aren't allowed to make mistakes."
Elsewhere in the story, Prince spoke about his all-female backing band, 3rdEyeGirl, and their impending album together, "Plectrum Electrum." He said the disc, which could arrive as soon as next month, will feature "new music with a sense of history." He also praised 3rdEyeGirl: "To get in this world you've got to be good. We ain't no punks. These girls have got to put up with me 24/7, which is not an easy job."
Prince also revealed details on the unexpected influence behind one of his new songs, the ethereal ballad "Tictactoe." "We recorded it in Bryan Ferry's studio in London, after a night of partying for which ('80s British alt-rock group) the Cocteau Twins was the soundtrack. You can't understand the words of Cocteau Twins songs, but the harmonies put you in a dreamlike state."
Prince also found time to complain about the music industry: "People don't understand real musicians anymore. Jack White is great, he's the real thing, but he isn't having hits. Why aren't Vintage Trouble or Lianne La Havas having hits?"
The U.K. concerts earned an avalanche of press coverage, including a probably incorrect tabloid report that Prince is planning to record a duet with multi-platinum Brit songstress Adele.
Pop music critic Ross Raihala can be reached at 651-228-5553. Follow him at twitter.com/RossRaihala.
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