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3rdEyeGirl - "FixUrLifeUp" & Prince Interview Pt. 2

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Riding the wave of their epic performance this past weekend at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, 3rdEyeGirl drops the studio version of "FixUrLifeUp" featuring Prince. The song made its official debut live at the ceremony during an electrifying performance in celebration of Prince's Icon Award. Floating around the web on a radio rip until now, the official studio version of the track opens like a wrecking ball plowing through the side of the building. The track is an explosive dose of funk rock perfection that is balanced well by Prince's smooth vocal performance.

As if Prince had not done a good enough job of making his presence felt this past weekend when he and 3rdEyeGirl tore down the stage at the Billboard Music Awards, the second portion of his interview with the Minnesota Star Tribune has surfaced. The piece is an easy conversation between Prince and journalist Jon Bream; the article itself likely marks a turning point in a once tenuous relationship that reportedly found Prince burning one of Bream's reviews live on late-night television at its peak. Bream details his years covering Prince and his conversation with the women of 3rdEyeGirl, before diving into an evening with the legendary rocker that begins under cover of night at the entrance to the Ogden Theatre and does not end until the sun is up. Take a look at Prince in real time:

Life on the rock ’n’ roll road is hurry up and wait. But there is no after-party quite like a Prince after-party. On this night, it was scheduled to be a band-only, no-performance affair. And of course it started late — 2:30 a.m., a good 90 minutes after the concert ended — and without Prince. He was still at his hotel, editing a video for the new single “Fix Ur Life Up.”

As I chatted with Prince’s girlfriend, two 3rdEyeGirl husbands and the trio’s stylist, his manager approached, holding out her cellphone. “Prince wants to talk to you.”

“What did you think of the show?” he asked.

“It’s the most exciting Prince show I’ve seen since probably the Sign o’ the Times Tour in 1987,” I opined.

We chatted for about 10 minutes. He promised to arrive at the after-party in 20 minutes.

An hour later he entered Lannie’s Clock Tower Cabaret, a downtown burlesque club. The Purple One was in turquoise, with glittery gold boots, a rhinestone-encrusted cane and a gold bib necklace. His round sunglasses were folded on the necklace and a two-finger ring featuring a giant eye (turquoise, of course) covered his right hand. His fluffy Afro obscured any earrings but not the guyliner and makeup he’s worn for years.

He reiterated his longstanding rule that interviewers not use tape recorders or notebooks, explaining that he wants to have a conversation in which he looks at the other people.

Read the full interview at The Minnesota Star Tribune. Listen to 3rdEyeGirl's new single "FixUrLifeUp" featuring Prince below. Download the track via iTunes.

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