Watch as Gwen Stefani remembers working with Prince for No Doubt album

"He's just like a genius"

Gwen Stefani has spoken of her time working with Prince in 1999 for the No Doubt album ‘Return of Saturn’.

The band recorded the track ‘Waiting Room’ with the late artist. Instead of featuring on the intended ‘Return of Saturn’ album, it was used on the band’s 2001 album ‘Rock Steady’.

Speaking on The Howard Stern Show, Stefani recalled her experiences working with Prince – who was then using the unpronounceable “Love Symbol” – labelling him a “genius”.

Stefani claims she spent eight hours in the booth recording vocals, with Prince feeding her harmonies to repeat into the microphone. The singer said she remembers being scared during the whole experience.

“I’m not even that good of a singer,” she told Stern. “I’m saying technically, as a singer, I have my style, but it’s not like I have a big range. I can sing in tune and I can hear notes, but he’s just like a genius.”

Stefani also contributed vocals to Prince’s song “So Far, So Pleased,” which was released in 1999 on the album ‘Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic’. During their time together, Prince told Stefani that Jennifer Lopez was her main competition.

“I’ve never told Jennifer that, hopefully she’ll hear,” Stefani added. “It was interesting. He just was up on everything.”