Prince brings humor, funky new song to takeover of 'Arsenio Hall Show'


Prince showed some of his funny side and debuted a new tune as part of his "Arsenio Hall Show" takeover Wednesday night on the CW network, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

The normally press-shy Prince opened up the microphone to Hall's audience for a Q&A during the hour-long special appearance, discussing some of his pet peeves. Continuing the knack for comedy he displayed on his post-Super Bowl appearance on FOX's "New Girl," Prince amused the audience with his answers.

"I was at an Oscars party and people kept bumping into me. And it always seems to be dudes," Prince quipped, discussing one of the things that annoys him.

Prince also had some fun on his Twitter account prior to his appearance, saying for one day, he was changing his name to "Arsenio Rogers Nelson."

The Purple One appeared on the show to promote his forthcoming album "Plectrum Electrum." He said the slowdown on the output of his songs is purposeful, thanks to his love of producing albums.

"We live in a singles market. I come from the old school and love making albums. You wait until you have other songs to go with (ones you like)," Prince said. "Without a contract, there's no rush to do an album."

Prince and his band 3rdEyeGirl played the new song "FUNKNROLL" as part of his appearance. The performance featured the 11-piece New Power Generation horn section on the latter half of the song.

Billboard says Prince also played a couple of his lesser-known songs, "She's Always in My Hair" and "Mutiny."

Half of the audience was wearing purple, Billboard says.

People magazine has a list of "5 Things We Learned" about Prince from the appearance. Among them: He doesn't own a cellphone and he would be a teacher if he wasn't playing music.

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