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BartVanHemelen

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Chaka Khan claims she had discussed a collaborative album with Prince and Miles Davis

Excerpt from "Brand New Dance" by Gail Mitchell, an article in the 9 February 2019 issue of Billboard magazine, in the section "The Beat - The pulse of music right now":

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On her first album in 12 years, R&B icon Chaka Khan just wants to “keep it light”

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Chaka Khan is releasing her first album in 12 years, but don’t call it a comeback. As far as the 10-time Grammy Award-winning legend is concerned, she never left. “I’ve been on the road constantly,” says Khan, speaking from her home in Los Angeles, “doing the songs that everybody loves to hear. Nobody was asking for nothing new.” Khan, 65, sees herself as a perennial — “a seed that blooms when the season’s right.”

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Apparently, it’s that time. On Feb. 15 she’ll release her 13th studio album, Hello Happiness (Diary Records/Island Records). Its funky lead single, “Like Sugar,” arrived last June and sparked the global #LikeSugarChallenge, a testament to Khan’s staying power after 46 years in the business. Meanwhile, her current single, the new album’s title track, is a testament to her sunnier state of mind. The LP marks Khan’s first since she decided to enter rehab for prescription drug abuse following the death of her “brother,” and former NPG Records boss, Prince.

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Over her career, Khan has talked about various potential one-off recordings, from a jazz album produced by Robert Glasper to a Joni Mitchell covers album. Today, she adds an extraordinary, never-to-be-realized project to the list: a collaborative album she had discussed with Prince and Miles Davis before “they both left.” (Davis played on her 1988 CK track “Sticky Wicked,” which was produced by Prince and Khan.)

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The article is also available online: https://www.billboard.com...-interview

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Reply #1 posted 02/11/19 5:11am

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BartVanHemelen said:

Excerpt from "Brand New Dance" by Gail Mitchell, an article in the 9 February 2019 issue of Billboard magazine, in the section "The Beat - The pulse of music right now":


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On her first album in 12 years, R&B icon Chaka Khan just wants to “keep it light”


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Chaka Khan is releasing her first album in 12 years, but don’t call it a comeback. As far as the 10-time Grammy Award-winning legend is concerned, she never left. “I’ve been on the road constantly,” says Khan, speaking from her home in Los Angeles, “doing the songs that everybody loves to hear. Nobody was asking for nothing new.” Khan, 65, sees herself as a perennial — “a seed that blooms when the season’s right.”


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Apparently, it’s that time. On Feb. 15 she’ll release her 13th studio album, Hello Happiness (Diary Records/Island Records). Its funky lead single, “Like Sugar,” arrived last June and sparked the global #LikeSugarChallenge, a testament to Khan’s staying power after 46 years in the business. Meanwhile, her current single, the new album’s title track, is a testament to her sunnier state of mind. The LP marks Khan’s first since she decided to enter rehab for prescription drug abuse following the death of her “brother,” and former NPG Records boss, Prince.


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Over her career, Khan has talked about various potential one-off recordings, from a jazz album produced by Robert Glasper to a Joni Mitchell covers album. Today, she adds an extraordinary, never-to-be-realized project to the list: a collaborative album she had discussed with Prince and Miles Davis before “they both left.” (Davis played on her 1988 CK track “Sticky Wicked,” which was produced by Prince and Khan.)



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The article is also available online: https://www.billboard.com...-interview


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That would have been something... I hope her new album will be good. I had found the last one quite substandard for Chaka, very generic sounding.
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Reply #2 posted 02/11/19 5:35am

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Interesting. Thanks!

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Reply #3 posted 02/11/19 6:38am

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"Rehab for prescription drug abuse following the death of her “brother,” and former NPG Records boss, Prince." eek

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scififilmnerd said:


"Rehab for prescription drug abuse following the death of her “brother,” and former NPG Records boss, Prince." eek

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Calling him her former "boss" is a little far fetched. I was told she scolded him badly (and in front of his band) about some things that didn't go her way during the European 98 tour (probably around the time you interviewed her and she was upset the next interview), and Prince reportedly took it all and didn't say a word, like a scolded child. Only Chaka could get away with this lol
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databank said:

scififilmnerd said:

"Rehab for prescription drug abuse following the death of her “brother,” and former NPG Records boss, Prince." eek

[Edited 2/11/19 6:41am]

Calling him her former "boss" is a little far fetched. I was told she scolded him badly (and in front of his band) about some things that didn't go her way during the European 98 tour (probably around the time you interviewed her and she was upset the next interview), and Prince reportedly took it all and didn't say a word, like a scolded child. Only Chaka could get away with this lol [Edited 2/11/19 23:20pm]

H.M. Buff said in his Violet Reality interview that when he denied Chaka Khan the opportunity to play with prince's guitar during the recording of Come 2 My House, prince scolded him afterwards: "You don't say "no" to the Queen". So prince must have really been in awe of her. biggrin

This new interview is also fun, although it doesn't offer any further details: https://www.thesun.co.uk/...nce-death/ biggrin

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scififilmnerd said:

databank said:

scififilmnerd said: Calling him her former "boss" is a little far fetched. I was told she scolded him badly (and in front of his band) about some things that didn't go her way during the European 98 tour (probably around the time you interviewed her and she was upset the next interview), and Prince reportedly took it all and didn't say a word, like a scolded child. Only Chaka could get away with this lol [Edited 2/11/19 23:20pm]

H.M. Buff said in his Violet Reality interview that when he denied Chaka Khan the opportunity to play with prince's guitar during the recording of Come 2 My House, prince scolded him afterwards: "You don't say "no" to the Queen". So prince must have really been in awe of her. biggrin

This new interview is also fun, although it doesn't offer any further details: https://www.thesun.co.uk/...nce-death/ biggrin

“I had so much sh*t to battle with in the Eighties and Nineties with my record label. I was a slave to the system until I got free from Warners.”

“Prince and I had plans of having a label together but things didn’t quite work out.

“It was going to be him, myself and Miles Davis, and we were also going to do an album together.

“I have no doubt we will do one in heaven.”

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It's funny because I've always said if Miles had lived, he'd either have ended the 90's working with Bill Laswell OR adding a 4th album to the Newpower Pak trilogy. However realistically I suspect Miles would never have taken the chance to release a record on NPG Records, Miles was beyond superstardom at this stage of his career, he was major material and probably wanted major money.

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Now that statement by Chaka is challenging because I'm not sure when her problems with WB started, but Miles died in 91 so that would have meant that at some point before 1991, loooong before the Newpower Pak, she, Prince and Miles discussed the possibility of leaving WB to go indie, and that doesn't really add-up with what we know of the Prince/WB relationship. I wonder under which circumstances they discussed this.

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I'm sure there were many projects Prince talked about with potential collaborators during his career that never went beyond the discussion point. smile

The most interesting are the ideas that were actually worked on before being abandoned. biggrin

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scififilmnerd said:

I'm sure there were many projects Prince talked about with potential collaborators during his career that never went beyond the discussion point. smile

The most interesting are the ideas that were actually worked on before being abandoned. biggrin

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