What did you bitches do to Prince?!? He’s leaving America, y’all. Actually, he seems to be saying that he just wants to live in France. Before his performances in Paris this weekend (these are the photos from his concert on Sunday), Prince gave an interview to La Parisien, and the translation has been making the rounds. Roughly speaking, Prince says: “It was nice to be back in Bercy where I gave a lot of concerts in the 1980s. I will return soon with a real blockbuster. Anyway, I want to live in France. Yes. Paisley Park, my center in Minneapolis, I use for my business but I really want to stay here.” Here’s part of his interview:
You’re back in Europe and soon in France. It’s always a pleasure for you?
PRINCE. Yes I love playing here, I gave two concerts this summer, but I will return in September. I even intend to sing in all the rooms of Paris.
The Parisians were surprised to see you last Thursday alongside Stevie Wonder in Bercy (the business quarter in Paris).
When Stevie is live somewhere and he knows I’m not far away, he always calls me up to invite me along. Then I come and I take my guitar … just in case. It was nice to be back in Bercy where I gave a lot of concerts in the 1980s. I will return soon with a real blockbuster. Anyway, I want to live in France.
Yes. Paisley Park, my center in Minneapolis, I use for my business but I really want to stay here.
Your new album will soon be distributed through newspapers in Europe as you did three years ago. Why this approach?
Because no record company is capable of reaching three million people instantly, as was the case in England when I did it.
The record industry is dead for you?
No, it is probably important for young artists who need resources. Me, everybody knows me, the most important thing is to show my new songs by touching the most.
What will he in this new album?
It will be called “20Ten” or 2010, because it will be like my diary of the year. I write a lot right now, I’m in a very creative phase.
This sounds like Prince incipient move to France could be related to how out-of-touch he is with the changes in the music industry over the last decade, right? He wants to live in Europe because he thinks he’ll be an even bigger star in Europe, because he thinks his music will be better appreciated there. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a Prince-hater, and I think he was right (in theory) with some of the stranger business decisions he’s made in his career. But there’s also a pettiness to him, right? He sounds kind of like a kid saying “I’m going to take my toys and I’m LEAVING!”
By the way, does he have an image of himself on his turtleneck blouse/tunic?
Prince performing in Paris on July 11, 2010. Credit: Fame.