Prince will appear on Idol

Prince may not like American Idol, but that won't stop him from using the show to sell more records. Gossip site PageSix.com reports today that enigmatic pop star Prince will appear on the reality show at the behest of his record company, Universal Music.

Executives are urging Prince to appear on Idol and perform a song from his latest LP, 3121, after Barry Manilow received a huge bump in sales following his appearance on the show. The site quotes a source close to Prince as saying that the move isn't sitting well with his majesty.

"It wasn't easy though because Prince apparently hates the show and has never even watched it," the source said.

Prince earned a career first last week when 3121 debuted at number one on the Billboard charts, selling 183,000 copies. The same week, Manilow's LP, The Greatest Songs of the Fifties, rose 20 spots to number four and saw a 140 percent increase in sales, ostensibly due to his Idol appearance.

In the past, American Idol has incorporated famous musical guests into "theme" nights, as when Manilow appeared and all of the contestants sang Barry Manilow songs, or an all-Stevie Wonder night when Wonder appeared. Idol fans would be in for a treat, seeing their favorite contestants belt out Prince classics like "Raspberry Beret" or "Little Red Corvette."

If the appearance comes to fruition, it would be a minicoup for the reality competition, which is already seeing series-high ratings this season. The publicity-shy Prince limits his personal appearances, and for a time only communicated to the outside world through his Web site.

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Oh god no!!!!
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Prince doesn't have to do a crappy show like Idol. Prince moves millions of copies annually worldwide. I hope he doesn't do it, a pure talent like his would never make it on to Idol. Simon Crowell doesn't know real talent from his ass. Nor would Prince have stood his insults when he first came out in the 70's. Prince does whatever the hell he wants and that's why his REAL fans love him. Afterall he worth 250 million dollars, and make music for his fans.
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I wonder what the symbol is for "sellout"?
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A Prince-themed night would be awesome! I love a lot of his songs. And it'd be interesting to see him interact on there also. I've heard he's super shy, so I bet he won't say much. LOL

Andrea
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I would love to see prince on american idol.
Can you imagine him actually judging the idols on singing his songs...That would be awesome. Do you realize how shy he his, he will have to talk and be interactive..I would not miss that for the world...
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I wish he was more concerned with making interesting music than trying to be popular again.....I'd take his lesser known stuff from the 90's over any of this "comeback" material.....
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He hates American Idol? Don't let him appear on the show, Idol! Not if he hates it! And, they didn't sing all Manilow songs when Manilow came, so the article is wrongs. Plus, I don't want an all the same artist theme night again.
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Really, who cares.
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=)
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Oooooo! If The Purple One backs out, maybe they could get Dave Chappelle to appear as Prince....
I'm a fan, though, so I could get into Prince night on Idol. Just noooooo moooooorrreee country, puh-leeze!
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I don't know
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He's right to hate the show - it BLOWS!
I will be watching the night he's on though!
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Th new stuff is real good, but i think all his his amazing. The 80's stuff is fantastic, but his work in the 90's is really amazing.
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I want to hear "When Dove's Cry", that's what I wanna hear.
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I would KILL to see a Prince-themed episode. Comedy gold right there.
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wow. This would be wild, putting pure purple talent next to no talent- it'll be brutal to the contestants.
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