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

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

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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



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  • Me
    Posted at 00:54h, 06 November

    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.

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    Posted at 11:32h, 15 January

    Let’s hope not

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  • The Trash Bat
    Posted at 20:37h, 23 June

    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
    Posted at 22:44h, 28 April

    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
    Posted at 10:43h, 03 April

    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
    Posted at 10:37h, 03 April

    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
    Posted at 11:39h, 01 April

    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
    Posted at 12:47h, 14 March

    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
    Posted at 11:08h, 14 March

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

  • Michael K
    Posted at 19:35h, 03 March

    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
    Posted at 06:36h, 19 February

    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.





    Remember this:

    “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?


    “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
    Posted at 12:51h, 18 February

    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.

  • G'
    Posted at 21:51h, 14 February

    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
    Posted at 18:10h, 13 February

    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
    Posted at 14:06h, 13 February


    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
    Posted at 11:50h, 13 February

    @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
    Posted at 11:46h, 13 February

    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.

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