Producer makes claims in new book 'Sing To Me'
Producer LA Reid makes the claims in his new memoir Sing To Me, a new memoir from record producer LA Reid. In the book, sections of which are serialised by The New York Post, Reid claims that the late singer would show footage of Prince’s live shows going wrong to guests at his Neverland home.
Reid describes Jackson showing him footage of a 1983 James Brown concert where both himself and Prince joined the star onstage. Watch that video beneath.
The passage reads: “Prince [couldn’t] make his guitar work, frantically stripping off his shirt and trying tricks with the microphone stand and making all these poses. After Michael’s dazzling star turn, Prince fell as flat as he could, and Michael enjoyed laughing at the video.”
Reid says that Jackson then showed him another video of Prince. “After that, he put on a scene from Prince’s movie Under The Cherry Moon, the artsy black-and-white bomb he made after ‘Purple Rain’ and he laughed some more at Prince.”
LA Reid is the CEO of Epic Records, having worked with artists such as Bobby Brown, Mariah Carey, Rihanna and Kanye West in the past. A close associate of Jackson’s, he served as executive producer on the posthumous Michael Jackson album ‘Xscape’.
The rivalry between Michael Jackson and Prince was previously addressed in 2015 biography MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson, which quoted Jackson as allegedly saying that Prince had “always been not nice to me”.
Meanwhile, there has been criticism over the casting of actor Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson in Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon, a forthcoming TV comedy from Sky Arts.
A number of commentators have recently questioned the decision to cast Fiennes, who is white, as the African American pop icon.
Fiennes recently defended his casting as the late singer, saying, “I’m a white, middle-class guy from London. I’m as shocked as you may be… [Michael Jackson] definitely had an issue – a pigmentation issue – and that’s something I do believe. He was probably closer to my colour than his original colour.”