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"We need to tell them that they keep trying to ram Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran down our throats and we don't like it no matter how many times they play it," Prince is revealed to have written in a new book titled The Beautiful Ones, which marked a collaboration between the Purple One and the Paris Review’s Dan Piepenbring.
Speaking with the Guardian about the experience of working with Prince on the book, which kicked off with a letter in 2016 that was followed "less than a day later" by an invitation to Piepenbring to meet Prince at Paisley Park, the writer recalled the deep-rooted effect Prince's death had on him as both a fan and a documentarian of the artist's career.
"I've had dreams about Prince, where he's still alive and his death was just a widely misreported thing," Piepenbring said. "I'm still reluctant to handle those memories. They're almost like something in a vitrine: the more you look, the more you get hot breath and fingerprints on the glass."
The Beautiful Ones is out now and also includes previously unreleased photos, scrapbook excerpts, lyric sheets, and more.
Wednesday, the Prince estate updated the late singer's official YouTube channel to include the 1998 Live in London clip of "Push It Up/Jam of the Year/Talkin' Loud and Sayin' Nothing" featuring Chaka Khan. Catch that video below.