Prince on modern artists copying him: ‘It’s a bad time for music’

‘There's not a lot of pop music in the mainstream that makes you feel scared,’ says singer

Prince has criticised the current pop climate by claiming that it is a “bad time for music”.

Speaking to the New York Post, the legendary singer was asked for his thoughts on artists such as Tame Impala, The Weeknd and Miguel being influenced by his work. Far from being flattered, Prince replied: “There might be music that sounds like me, but what good is that? You’re essentially in the feedback loop.”

He added: “It’s a bad time for music in general. There’s not a lot of pop music in the mainstream that makes you feel scared, that makes you wonder what’s happening.”


Prince is set to release new LP ‘The Hit & Run Album’ with his band 3rdEyeGirl via Tidal in September. It is his 35th studio record. He also released two albums in 2014, ‘Plectrumelectrum’ with 3rdEyeGirl and the solo LP ‘Art Official Age’. You can hear a track from the album, ‘This Could B Us’, below.

This Could B Us from TIDAL on Vimeo.

Prince recently explained the decision to work with Tidal by talking about the way the streaming service works: “After one meeting, it was obvious that Jay Z and the team he has assembled at Tidal recognise and applaud the effort that real musicians put in to their craft to achieve the very best they can at this pivotal time in the music industry,” the iconic singer explained.

“Tidal have honoured us with a non-restrictive arrangement that once again allows us to continue making art in the fashion we’ve grown accustomed to, and we’re extremely grateful for their generous support.”