Friday, April 12, 2024

Mariah Carey Says Prince Didn’t Like Covers of His Songs, Yet Those Were Among His Biggest Hits


For some reason Mariah Carey is under the impression that Prince didn’t like people covering his songs.

In Variety today she says:

“He did not like [covers], nor did he believe in the concept.”

Well if others hadn’t covered Prince’s songs and had big hits with them he would not have been able to fund his lifestyle. Those hits are among the biggest in his catalog.

The Bangles took “Manic Monday” to number 1. It remains a radio staple. Sinead O’Connor’s “No One Compares 2 U” was massive, bigger than any Prince chart hit than all of them except maybe “When Doves Cry.” The record is still played constantly.

Chaka Khan’s “I Feel For You” became her signature hit. Also, a number 1 on the charts. Also heard day after day.

There are others. Cyndi Lauper’s cover of “When You Were Mine” is one of the building blocks of both of their careers. And let’s not forget Tom Jones’ version of “Kiss,” which exploded everywhere at the time.

So Prince didn’t like covers of his songs? My guess is that when he saw his royalty statements, the opposite was the case!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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