Drfunkenberry.com
12Feb
2011
41

Exclusive! Prince Not Happy With “Glee” Over Use Of “Kiss”

Prince. Photo Courtesy of NPG Records For Use By Dr.Funkenberry.com
Prince.  Photo Courtesy of NPG Records For Use By Dr.Funkenberry.com

Prince Copyright NPG Records 2010

When Prince is not busy kicking Kim Kardashian off his stage, I am sure he watches television just like the rest of us.  We wonder if he is a fan of the show "Glee" however.

Gwyneth Paltrow will be returning to the show set at Mckinnley High as Holly Holiday, where she covered Cee Lo's"Forget You" to rave reviews.  She will be teaming with Matthew Morrison to perform "Kiss" by Prince as a duet.

We hear it has been filmed and is set to air March 8th.  We have been hearing for a while about "Glee" wanting to do an all Prince episode and were surprised clearance was given for "Kiss"...but it turns out....it wasn't.

Prince's people contacted us about the song being used on Glee and we were given this statement;

"The planned performance of Prince's "Kiss" on Glee is NOT approved by anyone in Prince's official camp."

So we now have to wonder, will this "Kiss" ever bee seen or will this be "Never Been Kissed" part 2 for Glee fans?-Dr.FB

40 comments
Me
Me

In a few word, Prince is an egocentric megalomaniac who sucks badly. He wrote a couple decent songs but does not deserve the stardom he has.

The Trash Bat
The Trash Bat

Prince is a genius, an eccentric, and....maybe....not the shrewdest business man......WHEN IT COMES TO WHAT HAS BEEN HISTORICALLY ACCEPTABLE! He doesn't owe anyone anything....he has total independence financially and creatively. Who isn't shrewd now? Warner Bros. was in the delicate position of handling a massively talented musician with superior intellect and broad foresight, they made lots of money, and they lost him. Sounds good. They made some good bets and some bad ones, but I'm pretty sure both Prince and Warners are happy they met........the scope of this mans work has fed many families of warner employees. How big of a pain in the ass could he really be. Prince, I'll hot glue faux leopard fur over the walls of the Grand Dulder if it makes u happy dude! U just keep up that brilliant music!

KLD
KLD

In 1993, Prince stated: "Prince is the name that my mother gave me at birth. Warner Bros. took the name, trademarked it, and used it as the main marketing tool to promote all of the music that I wrote. The company owns the name Prince and all related music marketed under Prince. I became merely a pawn used to produce more money for Warner Bros... "

Bryson
Bryson

By the way, I know that forgetting the "s" on the end of the "growth" makes me seem like an imbecile. If you want to bitch about it, may I suggest using that designated time for said bitching to do something productive for the face of the earth: go get Herpes. You probably deserve it.

Bryson
Bryson

Glee is one of the largest, most hideous growth on the butt of entertainment. I could go on and on about its obnoxious and unrealistic depiction of highschool, but I think I will simply note its heavy use of Hell (or, as you all may now it by, "Autotune"). Not only would they butcher the collected works of one of the greatest artists of all time, but they would think of some lame-ass, stereotyped way of incorporating the subject of Prince into the episode. Glee is a urine-stained piece of garbage that needs to be eliminated from the face of the earth. Good for Prince for not letting those whiny kids shit all over his masterpieces!

moker
moker

Glee is an abhorrent cancer, nauseatingly growing off genuine talent and originality. It dishes up radio friendly, American-shiny versions of hits but with their soul, intent and passion removed. If people want to see watered down versions of genuine works of art, by an Ikea print for your wall or go to a musical. There’s plenty of cr@p out there. It’s bad enough that manufactured bands discredit musicians with boy/girl band covers of songs as it is without this new breed of horrendousness further raping the back catalog of our collective culture. The fact that Prince, a man who has steadfast stuck to his artistic principles, has said no to releasing any of his tunes to Glee isn’t something to scorn, it’s something to celebrate. Purity of art and purely of message is important. Important beyond all else, and the fact that Prince wishes to maintain this is completely fair enough. Don’t like it? Go write your own songs for 30 years for a living before making a judgement on how precious you would be if a bunch of TV executives want to destroy them for 3 minutes of lowest common denominator “fun”.

Chocolate_Box777
Chocolate_Box777

That Glee version was horrid. I liked Gwenneth's part of the song better. She has a decent voice. They should have had her sing the whole thing....

Big Bug
Big Bug

Would a Glee version be as rank as Tom Jones' bellowing dying elephant version? Probably.

Michael K
Michael K

Prince owns Controversy Music and therefore owns the songs. He doesn't own the recordings but he CAN say no to this being on Glee. A show I've never seen but I agree with those who say it don't need another cover version. Tom Jones and The Art of Noise was bad enough ;-)

B Man
B Man

I repeat: Warners have got ZILCH to do with this. Stop posting lies and bullshit. Warners only control the RECORDINGS, the publishing is controlled by PRINCE. When you want to release a cover of a Prince song, you don't talk to Warners, you talk to Universal. Anybody who tells you otherwise is LYING. The only reason record labels are involved with Glee is for CURRENT songs, because current hit songs are part of a marketing campaign and so Glee must fit into that campaign. Otherwise, the only people involved are songwriters and the publishing firms who handle their songs. hxxp://ipandentertainmentlaw.wordpress.com/2010/06/28/music-pubishing-and-the-value-of-glee/ hxxp://www.universalmusic.com/corporate/news35306 hxxp://www.universalmusic.com/artists?filter0=P hxxp://www.umusicpub.com/spotlight.aspx?id=1640 hxxp://www.jdsupra.com/post/documentViewer.aspx?fid=8f14b916-cf7a-4385-bff6-e404f4863cae Remember this: hxxp://musicians.about.com/b/2007/10/27/holden-lenz-18-months-versus-prince-and-universal-music-group.htm "Incensed that his song was audible in the background of this family video, that had been viewed by a grand total of 28 family members and friends, Prince instructed Universal Music Publishing Group, his publishers, to file a request with YouTube that the video be removed and Stephanie Lenz be warned about copyright infringement." Notice how there is not a single mention of Warners? hxxp://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/Story?id=3777651&page=1 "mom Stephanie Lenz said she received an e-mail from YouTube informing her that her video had been removed from the site at the request of Universal Music Publishing Group, the recording industry's largest label, and warning her that future copyright infringements on her part could force the Web site to cancel her account." Again: Universal Music Publishing Group, not a single mention of Warners. It's in-frikking-credible that nearly 20 years after Prince began his childish "record company did me wrong" fans continue to blame Warner Bros for events where only ONE MAN should be blamed: PRINCE. But instead of laying the blame where it belongs, they insist on bitching about: - the record company that poured MILLIONS into Prince's vanity record labels (which never made a dime), - the record company that gave Prince complete creative freedom, - the record company that funded the movie that made him a superstar, - the record company that destroyed millions of records mere days before they were supposed to be in shops because Prince had a bad XTC trip, - the record company that didn't force Prince to deliver all of the required albums in his contract, - the record company that gave Prince MILLIONS to keep his ass away from the compilation "The Hits/The B-Sides" (which had been delayed repeatedly because Prince kept stalling, - the record company that gave Prince final say on the "Ultimate" compilation, which meant that ace track "Erotic City" was removed. Etcetera. Yeah, what bastards those guys at Warners were. Gorram idiotic Prince fans who still can't be arsed to look up what "publishing" is on Wikipedia, who still don't know the difference between a song and a recording, who bitch about someone doing covers of Prince songs while Prince himself does several in concert.

paulito
paulito

Prince or any other artist does'nt need to "chill out" when it comes to Their music. They have all say on how and when Their music can be used. Just because a show is popular doesnt give them license. I say leave Kiss as it is. It doesn't need to be cheapened by a fly by nite tv show. Just my 2 cents. Peace.

G'
G'

to the person who said its the "worst thing he's ever written" slap yourself.....and once again for not mentioning "P Control" and other horrible songs he has done. "Kiss" is genuis; an excellent song with great meaning "act your age, mama, not your shoe size"....and it jams. anyways, Prince just needs to chill out. I can understand being upset about Glee but then again if he wasn't that upset about Happy Feet using it, then why something as popular and, in terms of singing, decent as Glee? Overall, alot people hate the show because its too bubbly, cute, and popular....shameful how things like that work out.

Krislaw
Krislaw

Good.......Prince's music is way too good for that lame-ass show. If that show was any good they would have their own music and wouldn't have to rip-off other artists. It should be called the Black Eyed Peas Show.

shoegirl
shoegirl

Simple: 1. Only REAL musicians should and have usually covered Prince songs, Prince approved. Happy Feet's "Kiss" vs. say oh.. Alicia Key's "How Come U Don't Call Me?" Now... Glee.... yes. they can sing... but are they real musicians? I rest my case. Go on Prince, I stand behind you on this one.

Chocolate_Box777
Chocolate_Box777

@freda doughty Eye agree with U on NO ONE can do justice 2 a Prince song. Plus Prince owns the publishing and has the last word on whether he wants it used or not. Both the WB & Prince have 2 approve of it. Just like he approved 4 Nicole Scherzinger to dance to his songs on DWTS its the same here. She asked him personally can she use them, because she is a friend of his & he gave her a yes. This is going 2 b a big publicity scandal if Prince says no 2 "Glee" he won't be the first 2 say no 2 them. But they are going 2 treat it like he is.. Eye hope he says no. This show is so cheesy and a rip off of Fame.....

LexAve456
LexAve456

I tend to defend Prince but this is not that time. Prince is disgraceful when it comes to promoting his work and if a popular show wants to do a cover of one of his songs, then damnit what's the problem? It's exposure to a great song from a great artist. Prince needs all the positive publicity he can get cause when he's in the news, most of the time, it's for something negative. This could lead to someone, young or even old, to seek out work that he's done and before you know it, they will become fans. Isn't that what any musician/entertainer wants? Prince needs to but down the "control freak" flag and give this a chance. Glee is a great show and this will have nothing but positive results for Prince and his music. I hope and pray to God that Prince won't stop this episode from happening. It's bad enough we cant watch his stuff on youtube, why not just have one song of TV for a few mins? That's not too much to ask.

douglas
douglas

Welcome 2 America.............I guess the payment was not enough for him

Margot
Margot

It's the worst song he's ever written, so let them try and make the best of it. if he let some ancient Brit (Tom Jones) sing it in the second worst way, why not let miss P. try it?

The B Man
The B Man

There's a lot of stupid in this thread (as per usual). 1. Record companies have ZILCH to do with giving permission for shows like Glee covering a Prince tune. That is down to those who own the publishing - and guess what? PRINCE owns his own publishing; last I heard Universal was administering it for him. LEARN the difference between a song and a recording. If you don't know, keep your trap shut and don't post lies and bullshit. 2. Prince and his fans bitching about covers? SERIOUSLY? How many covers has he been playing live recently? How many times has he recorded a cover song?

MoonPool
MoonPool

...thats just "Glee" sneaking up on U !

B from France
B from France

If an artist is not happy with someone using his/her music, why should someone do it. Yesterday night there was a cover of Prince's Kiss on the French version of Dancing with the stars and it was just awfull.

visa victor
visa victor

Wow... Prince needs no TV, Prince needs no Musical revival... Prince needs no one born before 1990 to rehash what he's been conveying since 1975... Prince needs nothing... Prince is & and always be the Amadeus of the 20th & 21st Century... There's nothing "YOU" who listens to mainstream corporate music can do about it... Accept this - travel back in time or talk to someone who has "Your Mother" & then say to yourself "Am I an idiot about what real music is? What is good music? Before it was constantly pounded into me"? To make me say hey.... " I just heard this same damn song 50 times already - It's got to be good... Get some musical taste.... By Yourself... Without the help of Idiots.. O-I->.....Rock On Baby!

controversy12
controversy12

I am probably the only person in the world that HAS NOT seen Glee , that type of show dosent appeal to me so I can't comment on the actors musical talent or lack there of . . . however reading that Prince dosent approve of the show using his music does not suprise me. . . I hope everything works out ok . . . who knows Prince may be pleasantly suprised with the outcome.

John
John

SERIOUSLY...??! These Glee people CAN SING and if they want to do a whole episode on PRINCE MUSIC.. GET ON THE COTAIL... This would bring Prince's music to a NEW GENERATION... ENJOY! CELEBRATE...!!!

ertccty
ertccty

Of course the folks on Glee "supposedly" can sing.It's great to pre-record it in a studio and dress it up!But to me the show is soooooo cheesy and I am amazed at it's popularity!But then again look at the quality of most of the popular music today.SAD!JUNK FOOD! Justin Timberlake turned it down and I would have thought he would be one to sign on to appear on Glee.As far as Prince songs being performed on Glee whether it is his decision or the labels.I hope both parties decide against it! Besides it's not like they can do it better!So what's the point???

Rhonda
Rhonda

I've yet to see a good episode of Glee. I've tried but I think the show sucks. Prince doesn't want his music MOCKED and that's how I see Glee. Its so corny.

Chocolatsis65
Chocolatsis65

Man Ernest why do u even bother then? if u assume such venom on Prince. he has many many fans indeed and what I find soooo delightful is at my son's high school last week a 17 year old girl wearing a Purple Rain T-shirt:) There were only a few teens into him, but now lots more of the youth are diggin him as well it's sooo awesome!! And as far as being a "good" human being, well he certainly doesn't waste time writing negative things about you or anyone, if u knew him he is VERY sweet and compassionate he would even be to U! THE TRUTH

Ernest Radio Network
Ernest Radio Network

Prince doesn't have to give his permission. He doesn't own that song...yet. He won't until a few more years. Hell, they probably butchered it more in Happy Feet than they will in GLEE. Prince will still make a little chunk of change on it, so he should hush that anyone gives a crap about his music at all. He's too bitchy to his fans, what few he's got. It's not good P.R., or being a good human being.

Trent
Trent

Correct me if I'm wrong, From what I understand, Prince DOES NOT OWN the publishing or contractual rights to any of his music on Warner Bros. Records. Therefore, he has no say in what songs are being placed and for whom. So yeah, Prince's official camp didn't green-light the usage of "Kiss" for "Glee" . . . but Warner Bros. Records did because they can do that without Prince's permission. Aside from that, I don't see anything wrong with Glee performing a Prince song. I just wish they would have dug deeper in the catalog and chosen something unique. I would love to see a rendition of "Take Me Me With U" or maybe "Diamonds & Pearls." BTW, fantastic blog Dr. Funkenberry. I love the colorways -- very vibrant and clean.

Michael...
Michael...

So Prince is slipping into the "Pissy Prince Phase"? How predictable? Around and round eye see. Well maybe some day he'll get out of the holding pattern of cycles. Mostlikely not because he seems quite stunted.

Sophie
Sophie

Obviously I'm not a Glee fan, however I don't judge anyone who likes it. If you like it great, enjoy :-). I just think that some music should not be played on Glee that's all. The best way to listen to Kiss is to put on Prince's Parade album and listen to it from there.

Muzicluva3121
Muzicluva3121

Did Prince actually say this himself or did his people decide it for him?

phin
phin

@freda doughty and @Sophie - you guys need to get a grip. And freda a proofreader and some punctuation marks. @Muzicluva3121 - yes, it's a good show. People who are down on it just have no sense of fun.

Muzicluva3121
Muzicluva3121

Why does everyone hate Glee? These people can actually sing! It's not like Miley Cyrus doing it sor something!

Sophie
Sophie

I was really surprised in the first place that he would have approved "Kiss" to be used by a show like Glee. I hope they won't air it.

freda doughty
freda doughty

I don;t like the idea i can;t stand for anyone other than prince to sing princes songs, nobody can do it the right way and i would cringe to hear that man sing kiss ugh please don;t give permission, not unless you are gonna be on there to sing yourself and oversee the songs are not butchered. been a fan for 32 years.

phin
phin

Oh come on, Prince - Glee is a really good show, and instead of getting pissed off with them you should ride on their coat tails and get them to do a whole show with YOUR music and about YOU! Seriously - get on the case. Good exposure plus good PR, plus happy fans who get a double bonus of you AND Puck. Mmmm, Puck and Prince...

drfunkenberry
drfunkenberry

When we get a message from Prince's camp, you can be sure it is run by him first.

Trackbacks

  1. izrada sajtova | izrada sajta | sajtova izrada |…

    [...]Exclusive! Prince Not Happy With “Glee” Over Use Of “Kiss” | JohnJohnSaidIt.com[...]…

  2. glee t shirt says:

    glee t shirt…

    [...]Exclusive! Prince Not Happy With “Glee” Over Use Of “Kiss” | JohnJohnSaidIt.com[...]…

  3. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by drfunkenberry, Music2Nite and Jessica Fennelly, Suzanne. Suzanne said: RT @drfunkenberry: Exclusive! Prince Not Happy With “Glee” Over Use Of “Kiss” http://dlvr.it/GRQgn [...]