The Story Behind Prince's Forgotten Collaboration With Madonna
Madonna and Prince rarely worked with big-name pop stars — but they collaborated with each other. Somehow, their collaboration languishes in obscurity. Madonna opened up about the song she made with Prince, which had its origins in an unproduced musical.
Why Madonna and Prince’s musical fell through
In 1989, Bill Zehme of Rolling Stone interviewed Madonna. Zehme asked Madonna about vocalists she admired. Madonna expressed her love of Prince’s singing. She then discussed her Prince collaboration: “Love Song.”
“[W]e’ve been friends for years and admirers of each other’s work,” Madonna said. “So we’d always talked about getting together to write. And, in fact, there was a moment last year when we were possibly going to write a musical together. I went to his studio in Minnesota and worked on some stuff, just to get the feel of what it would be like to collaborate.”
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Madonna said writing songs with others is an intimate process for her. She recalled how she’d tried to write songs with a number of other people and sometimes was not able to do so. Madonna’s first attempts to work with Prince did not result in any completed songs. After working with Prince a few days, she left his studio. She was no longer interested in writing a musical with him.
What finishing the song was like
Later, Madonna played a role in the ...
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