Prince disses Maroon 5 for ‘Kiss’ cover

The pop legend also takes aim at Madonna in a candid interview

Prince has slammed Maroon 5’s cover of his 1986 hit ‘Kiss’.

The singer and pop legend has hit out at the band’s cover of the song, insisting that that their version adds nothing new to the classic track.

The ‘Moves Like Jagger’ band, fronted by Adam Levine, included the song on their latest album ‘Overexposed’, but Prince has dissed the group for including a cover track on an LP.


He told Billboard: “I do pay performance royalties on others’ songs I perform live, but I’m not recording these songs and putting them up for sale. Why do we need to hear another cover of a song someone else did? Art is about building a new foundation, not just laying something on top of what’s already there.”

The ‘Purple Rain’ legend also took a subtle pot shot at Madonna, who he dated in the 80’s, during a candid interview with the magazine. When asked about the end of his 20-year relationship with Warner Bros. Records in 1996, he said: “It was also about Madonna. She was getting paid, but at the same time we were selling more records and selling out concerts on multiple nights.”

Last week, Prince unveiled his new single ‘Screw Driver’ – you can listen to the track by scrolling down the page and clicking.

The singer has also just finished up a series of intimate rehearsal gigs in Minneapolis after he reportedly booked six dates at an tiny jazz club this week in order to audition for a new drummer and host a jam session for his band.

The release of new music, plus Prince’s acknowledgement that he is auditioning a new live drummer has sparked rumours that he’ll be heading out on a wider tour this year, although thus far there are no dates scheduled.