When it comes to the music business and the world of celebrity, New York City and Los Angeles are where the action is. Yet, some platinum artists choose to live a more secluded lifestyle away from the spotlight, either because they want to maintain their privacy, like Prince in Minneapolis, or because they want to enjoy a life in the country, like John Mayer in Montana.
How strange is it that Prince, the man who once diligently worked to keep his music off the web and who in 2010 declared "The Internet is dead," is now leaking new material online to create buzz? We don't quite understand the abrupt change in tactics, but we will never complain about receiving new music from the purple genius, like his latest offering, 'Breakfast Can Wait.'
We didn't need Prince's new Billboard magazine cover story to tell us the guy was eccentric. That has been obvious for years. But the interview does provide some fascinating pieces of information about his idiosyncrasies, including the fact that he has an aggressive team of black female lawyers, he doesn't like old people and he abhors cover versions of songs, even though he's recorded numerous covers himself.
For those who may have forgotten that Prince is a musical genius who has mastered at least a dozen instruments, he gently reminds us in the 'Rock and Roll Love Affair' video with an opening scene in which he plays guitar and keyboards at the same time, with one hand on each. That is some serious talent!
Foster the People singer Mark Foster may be a big name to some people, but the bodyguards who kicked him out of Prince's L.A. gig the other night were not impressed. After Foster was spotted checking his cell phone during the concert -- a breach of protocol for this particular gig -- he was escorted outside and had to beg to get back in, and TMZ cameras were there to capture the entire awkward exchange.