PRINCE's new song "Rock & Roll Love Affair" debuted on an Iheart Radio station in Chicago this morning.
We were sent the photo above to post with the new song.
Rumor has it a video was shot for the song the same day that he shot "People Pleaser" with Andy Allo at his Paisley Park Studios earlier this month.
Check out the song above and let us know what you think of "Rock & Roll Love Affair" by PRINCE.-DocFB
Interesting Posts... It seems there is a common thread here. I agree that he needs to develop as an artist and i appreciate that. The problem I have, is this arrogance of ' I don't really listen to others output because I make music myself' ...there is a huge arrogance and ego and therefore I think critic is absolutely justified. I'm known to my friends as a big fan but all I've heard over the last few years is how crap his recent output is! I just want to sit them in front of livesexy and make them see what he's capable of!! It's not about wanting his old output, it's the confusion of not recognizing that genius anymore . Yes he's being very clever with how he makes money but I sort of feel cheated. ....
Why doesnt anybody ever consider that two divorces and the death of a baby can change a person? Prince has endured all this while in dispute with WB. Of course his music isn't going to be the same. How can he write the when every hope he had for the future has been crush. Selfish fans need to stop thinking Prince is just making songs to please them and try understanding he's doing it to recapture his own joy.
The best thing Prince could do right now is to tour with the Revolution. All this Tiny over quantised production is really letting him down. For me (a fan since 85) he's lost the soul in his music, it just sounds like music churned of a production line, anyone who's heard the original version of Extra Loveable would know what I'm talking about compered to that terrible remix from last year.
Wow!!! So wonderful to reconize it was my old Friendz voice sending chills of joy thru my soul! Missed u bro!
im 15 and i love prince more than anything else in the world. i saw him september 24 and he completely rocked. best experience of my life. im so happy to have a new song to listen to since ive heard like every one he's ever made. hes a total genius!
For 20 years, I am a fan of Prince. Last year he was in Germany and I was very disappointed in his show and his love for the fans. He is no longer the old man. This song is a compilation of old songs, nothing new. I think his time is over. I'll keep him in my memory but do not go to one of his concerts in the future .... He is a genius but he's tired and does not want more!
Went to Prince's last show in Chicago last night. AWESOME He still can rock the house. Amazing preformer!!! Loved it! Had a blast! THANK YOU PRINCE!!!
I like this cut to the fullest !! PRINCE, Your music is always in the pocket !! Go for it Brother. Peace, Morris Roberts, Marvelous Morris & Sgt. Roberts
One other thing. I can only speak for myself here but I don't LONG for the Prince of old. Not one bit. We have plenty that I can revisit, enjoy like anybody, any music lover that discovers old music or revisits an old album just because it was so great, from any favorite artists of theirs. I'm totally content with whats out there. I'm just not the audience for this post-WB/JW Prince. Its not the same artist, a perfect Gemini.
To Anthony Slate: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I got it. I GOT IT… if I haven't done the same, I can't talk shit. Whatever. You know you like the "thing of the past", you know that made you a fan, I don't long for that period. Its something I revisit like I revisit many an old song. Prince is certainly stuck in the past then according to your fam-logic. He's all about a 70's kind of vibe, an awful translation and step backward re-interpretation of the 70's with him name dropping Betty Davis, Miles Davis' wife in the 70's and her music. I honestly, can totally see artistic growth in many recording artists, evolutions that are marvelous and definitely you can see that from Prince's early demo's to his WB early work and the growth we saw from say DM to Parade, as an example. But this dude, is a de-evolution. Its a bubbling of something… its a simmer. Yeah, consistent to where Prince is now, which has been consistently the same in the last 10 years. I don't get it, I don't see where you see GROWTH. The song sounds like something off of Musicology or ONA or 2 ATEN, uh I mean… 2OTEN… Yes he's making major paper, he's not interested ONE bit off of sharing "the lion's share" of profits with record companies. He either gets paid upfront for a new full album, selling it direct to newspapers and other media or gets upfront paid before selling seats and leaves it all up to promoters, venues to promote what they invested in. Which is clever, got to hand it to him. But the slightly pathetic part of it, is you, the fam, doesn't get its not you who's sending paper unless you buy tickets direct. With that 2OTAN album, he didn't need fans or fams like you to make a million sales. Think about it. In my view, I think Prince adopted Hip Hop/New Jack/Rap elements into his music because HE knew that he was in danger of being viewed as dated. Gett Off, may have been the first attempt at staying relevant. Lastly, Prince is responsible for his legacy. What can we do? Nothing. Prince pretty much stated on The View he has NO intention of releasing songs from the Vault and honestly I think that really looks like he's saying he don't even care about the official stuff he did with Warner Bros. So FORGET proper remasters and special editions. Because this Christian/JW rock star is releasing only new stuff that sort of gets forgotten about, for YOU.
When an artist with his band can draw from a bank of 300 songs for a worldwide tour, reconfigure and improvise those songs any kinda way at will and play with both spontaneity and precision after over 30 years of creating music said artist is really above petty criticism from anybody unless they have accomplished the same thing and have the same abilities. At this point Prince can do what he feels like doing; it's not about the strength of 1 song, it's about the body of work. To all the nostalgic people, the 80's and the Revolution are a thing of the past and people who long for that period obviously have no understanding of artistic growth and evolution. Miles Davis' first great quintet could have never played on 'Bitches Brew' or 'On the Corner'. Personally, i like the new song and after reading the Chicago Tribune article find the song to be very consistent to where Prince is right now. In closing, i'll offer this: remember when people thought Prince was crazy for going independent and look where the music industry is almost 20 years later. Prince is coasting, having fun, making major paper(after each show as opposed to waiting on royalty checks), still creating new music and is free to do whatever he chooses. He's ahead of the curve and his career is far from over. Independence is really like the fountain of youth as far as the music business goes; it truly gives people freedom, longevity and greatly expands their monetary parameters whereas the recording industry of the past slaps an expiration date on the artist, their creativity and their legacy.
My first impression of this track is that he wants so badly to be the "good witness" but u can hear the "sinner" come out just a bit... i have been a prince fan since 1979, yup that long.. and i know that he has had a change of heart as far as his religeous views , and i know that many fans want to hear the old prince but we have to face the facts... Prince isnt as young as he once was, and i think that at his age he needs and wants to take a different road... and i can honestly say, "i will come along for the ride" peace P)+>
I LOVE IT! The simplicity of mixing past tunes harmonic tones that heals one soul. The beautiful lyrics when your with life lessons... theirs space for what you want when your heart is open wide. Says it all.
Nobody in their right mind is complaining because they long for the Prince of old. We're complaining because we know the Prince of NOW is capable of so much more. H'e selling us -and perhaps most importantly, himself -short.
Omg tried 2 listen 2 it again...And No I dont like it whatsoever...Thought I would never say it but its cheesy...Now the new "look" I can get used to but doesnt fit the genre of this song...If ur gonna sport a mini fro come out with a 70's funk album...Look at Lenny when he cut his dreads...His album fit his look...CONFUSION!!!! I cant stand it...and he is aking a video for this song? This will def be interesting
Listen, I have every Prince album that has come out. Notice I said, "Album". That lets you know I am old school. I have been into Prince's music since the late 70's. Yes, 70's! I WASN'T happy with RnR Affair because I don't hear his passion. I think we have to be honest. There is a difference between bashing Prince for being Prince and loving his music and understanding that he isn't going to always hit it out of the ball park with song. Shoot, I have said it before, I can't stand "Horny Toad", but I digress. Anyhoo, Prince has to get out of the box. He has to get mean and lean again. I know that he thinks he is getting mean and lean when he changes his band members, but this is something he has to find within himself to change HIS music. I love his natural new look, but he has to find his passion again. I haven't been hearing passion in some of his newer music. Prince needs to step away from Larry for awhile and truly decide and map out a new direction for his music. God, I remember when I would almost lose my mind when a new Prince joint came out...sorry to say, I am growing just as cold as Prince has about his music. Hey, we are maturing, however, we are still kids at heart and Prince needs to set a new standard in his music and still keep his integrity.
Normally I feel any criticism of Prince to be unwarranted. Normally it comes from people that don't like or understand his music. On this board I can't help but agree with what you're saying though. In fact, I find that many of you are trying to be respectful of Prince and his music while stating some obvious insights. I know I'm not his biggest fan, although I have many of his albums (all his released albums and a few underground and website ones). I have been impacted by him as an artist for a huge part of my adult life. But lately, and I won't give a cut off date, I feel he's just treading water. More image or history than relevance today. His body of work cannot be touched. And he has more musical talent in one hand than many artists have in their whole body. Unfortunately he doesn't produce the music he once did. He had a tremendous run. It may be over.
I am hanging by a thin string with this man....I know times change and music changes but....I find this song very lame..The arrangement and lyrics....pause and delete
Richard wrote..."Too bad these kids don't know what real music is...you sit in front of Prince at a concert and listen to him play his music...you'll learn what musicology 101 is all about instead of the crap they play these days on the radio!" All this negativity about the "crap" they play on the radio is just wrong. There's plenty of great music on the radio these days. Much better than the lame "Rock and Roll Love Affair" by Prince. In concert, Prince is the master. Nowadays in the studio however, it's a different story. He sounds watered down, safe, tame, boring. And, the very next time I hear Prince yell out in concert, "This is real music by real musicians", I'm gonna walk out. Quit preaching to the choir, Prince. We know you guys are REAL musicians and that you're playing REAL music, although I think your choice in playing so many God forsaken covers is the absolute wrong move for you to make. People come to hear YOUR music, not watered down, half-assed carbon copies of other people's songs. I doubt very seriously that if Sly Stone got on stage to do a concert he would EVER do a song of yours. He's there to play HIS music and God bless him for that!!! And, when it comes to your egotistical mantra, "This is REAL music by REAL musicians", I've got some news for you. You and your band ain't the only ones doing REAL music with REAL musicians. If you go to even a Rihanna, Pink or Shakira concert, they all have full bands of REAL musicians playing REAL music and doing it very, very well. So, take your "REAL music by REAL musicians" and get your tush in the studio and make REAL music with them instead of playing all the instruments yourself, creating mediocre songs. Not cool, brother.
Like many of his post WB songs (and albums) I heard it once. Then I may like it or find something redeeming in it, but then, I dont care to listen to it again. Or I may think its the worst thing, like many a song on 3121 where I literally declare that I NEVER want to hear it again. Why? Its not that I'm being a jerk or that I have no clue about "The Truth", but rather, I've been spoiled by Prince. The Warner Bros years Prince. What I call "Classic Prince". So, yeah, I can only speak for myself, but, yes, I can play oh say, Housequake or Good Love then Jump to Still Would Stand All Time and then, Elephants, Solo... Mountains, How Come U... heck, even Private Joy and just be lifted up and think, MAN, Prince was the dude! What happened? Could it be that being that he's basically a Christian/JW rock star now, I'm talking like in the same vein as Christian Rock music, could it be that its all clogged up with ability to expand creatively. I've had a sense he's been limited, very limited, his mind occupied by JW limits. Rave had HINTS that he had no limits, a freedom, just a few hints of that fading away. The musicians he hires now too... they seem capable, talented, but not challenging. A drummer like Blackwell inspired him on a few tracks on Rainbow, which is what you want, someone to inspire you but with this new song, the beat is steady, it sounds like every other song Prince has done since what, Musicology? They seem still hired rather than collaborators with unique, interesting, challenging musical backgrounds and experiences. I can name a few musicians that took Prince into fantastic directions with marvelous results, but I know the FAM in all of ya'lls would just attack me. Yes, I am proud to say I LIVE IN THE PAST. Because when I put on that Livesexy DVDR and I SEE and FEEL HEAR Prince in that, I'm floored, mesmerized, not only by him but his band... and thats the experience with almost all his "Classic Prince" work. But alas, what can we do, we're just an audience. A fan base that's been tricked into following a once innovative, surprising recording artist, with the hope of releasing The Vault when he just said, he has no intention of releasing anything. Its just used as a mystique promotional image tool now for Prince... oooh, The Vaaault... thousands of unreleased songgsss...woowwww. And see, just the mention of the mythical "VAULT" and you fam/fan, you know you want those gems released properly, oh but then you go "he's in the everlasting now! He uhmmm... he keeps moving with new music... he... he... he don't live in the past... he... ". Please.
Sorry, didn't mean to imply he should make another Purple Rain. In fact, that's what's always been so cool about him: his ability to reinvent himself. But that's exactly what's missing here: it's kind of more of the same. The thin synths on this song sound just like "Take Me With U" for example. And the rest of the song is very reminiscent to me of some of the other weaker pop songs he's written past his prime. I just wish he would rely less on his well known studio tricks and just strip it down more and perhaps even just give it more of a live sound (because that's _always_ so much better with him). Mind you, the more I listen to this song, I'm sure it'll grow on me anyway. And no matter what I think of what he'll put out next, I'll be the first in line to pay for it :-) Glad a lot of people already love the new song. Now I'm going to listen to "Laydown" - his most recent studio work I actually really like... Haven't heard it in a while, let's see what I think now :-) Erik
Prince is now about sending a message, uplifting sounds with real music... not about making purple rain again... it usually takes me a few listens, but i liked it right away... the melody, everything. not everyone likes the same things... to say a song isn't good is just an opinion, which I respect, but if some says it is good... they deserve the same respect. I love much of what he has done, and some songs I don't care for... like "everybody loves me".... hated that song. :)
Its unfair for peeps to constantly compare Prince's past music to his new. That was a different time period. For an artist at Prince's level to continue constantly non stop making music after over 30 years in the business its profound & astonishing. All of his music back then from the beginning up until now will always be a "Maste Piece ' to me. Give him his flowers now while he can still smell them... A lot of talented artist are gone now that weren't appreciated. Stop hating on this man..
erik... he's in a different place than purple rain... he has the right to do so, just as we have the right to listen or not....
Richard, you seem a little overly opinionated on those of us who feel rather underwhelmed by this new Prince song. I am definitely not stuck in the past, but this song just ain't doing it for me man. I agree with you that the man is unsurpassed when it comes to his live performances (just saw him back in May three times in Brisbane, one of them being the Eaton Hill's after show), but I just think he could use some help from some fresh ears perhaps when it comes to his latest studio work. Would love nothing more than for him to put some really impressive new studio album (actually, that's a lie: what I would love more is for him to start releasing a lot of his live material), but I think that Prince himself might be a little stuck when it comes to writing new material. That said, once he starts performing his new songs live, it always sounds so much better that I start liking the songs more. That always gives his songs these extra dimensions. Who knows, maybe it'll happen with song too... Perhaps the answer is for him to record an album of new material live -- after all, that's what he largely did with the Purple Rain album. Erik
It's nice to hear some of the older style music. Those who find it boring are stuck in the past and still curse themselves... they couldn't find a hit in this if it slapped them in the face. Too bad these kids don't know what real music is... you sit in front of Prince at a concert and listen to him play his music... you'll learn what musicology 101 is all about instead of the crap they play these days on the radio!
I enjoyed hearing the clearity in Prince's voice. So popular singing boy/girl. Masks dance until dawn. Flash with a bad aditude. Not at all, only there is no use saying anything wise when everyone thinks you're a fool. Even when the most foolish things you speak about are misunderstood. Sox puppets play with sox puppets of layers above mankind. The strings that are pullied against the will of the source code shall fall. No point dancing when no one can hear the music. You just look like the crazy one. My sufferings have passed awakening me moreover to something far more ugly in "THEM mans' world".
Supersuckycalifragipoopy. Time upon a once, this was uttered: "...There was a boy named Camille Now this boy named Camille didn't know how 2 feel. Sometimes he was lonely sometimes he was sad but most times he just took 4 granted all the nice things that he had. Some people said they loved him but Camille said "Contempt! Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall, love is no good unless it's felt by all" So, naive & terrifically in need Camille started looking for answers His paintbrush the questioner, his canvas the arena, Camille set out to silence his critics. "No longer daring" - his enemies laughed. "No longer glam, his funk is half-assed... one leg is much shorter than the other one is weak. His strokes are tepid, his colors are meek." So Camille found a new color. The color black: strongest hue of them all. He painted a picture called Le Grind -- hittin' so tall. And then Cindy C -- THE vogue fantasy. Horns & vocals 2 die 4. Lollipops -- in yours! Stroke after stroke callin' all others a joke. Superfunkycalifragisexi." LONG LIVE CAMILLE. Warner Brothers 4-Ever!
Frankly, it's bland. It could be a lot worse (just listen to Top 40 radio for a while) but it should be better. I feel like a teacher with an A+ student who just handed in a B grade paper. We know you've still got it in you, Prince. Why are you holding back?
I dig it. Took me back to a simple funky time, when it all wasn't about who could rack up the most dollars with the catchiest beat. Can't wait for more!
I love all things Prince, and this song is no exception. Prince is a beautiful human being who's talent transends time. -Peace & be wild! XO
Very much agree that Prince is in dire need of some outside Producer help. Great suggestion, Myles Matisse, although I would recommend inner-circle producers like Jimmy Jam & Tery Lewis or Wendy & Lisa if you want to get a real fresh perspective. Personally, I'd love Prince to work with someone like Dave Grohl (to give a random example). Erik
Whether Prince or any of his other fans agree or not, what Prince really, really, really needs more than anything else in the world is an outside producer to bring in a fresh perspective and a new set of ears. There's a slew of top notch producers Prince could collaborate with that wouldn't take away but enhance his sound and talents that have always been there. By Prince doing it all himself, he's limiting his song creations because of the lack of dimension that an outside force could help him find and build upon. Some producer choices: Quincy Jones, Rick Rubin, Stuart Price, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Wendy & Lisa, Trevor Horn, Chris Thomas, Tony Visconti, Lenny Kravitz, Questlove.
Note to Sally E: I live in Hollywood and live a very rock and roll lifestyle. This NEW Prince jam is anything but Rock and Roll. More like geriatric central.
Nice subtle beat, like that you can concentrate on his singing voice. like the horn arrangements too. more old school sound with funk!
At last he's done a pop song! Sooo tired of Prince Brand Rock. For me, I hope this is an indication of the next album. Prince playing what he wants not what his fans keep asking for. You go Prince! And please, for the love of whomever, please, please release it in hardcopy :)
not up to a his potential for a worldwide premier release. Very weak song filler...Controversy even For You had better fillers.... PRINCE HAS LOST IT on studio recording...He Lives as a Live Peformer.