Did Prince just make his mainstream comeback?
Jesus did it, so in a biblical way (and Prince will appreciate this) it looks apt that Prince is forging a comeback of his own too. Prince courting the Grammys was more than being a stand-in for Janet Jackson, he showed the world’s top record execs that he was not only most talented and versatile musician act the world has seen over 20 years, he is available for a major signing. But could he be the cash cow he was in the 80’s and has he spent too long in commercial obscurity?
His recent One Nite Alone Tour seems to have done him wonders for his self confidence in respect of that the public and critics still love him. He seems in a position which most artists envy that he is making millions using the tiniest publicity marketing a largely internet only based private record deal. In a world where musicianship has been replaced by talent less clotheshorses, if Prince was to hit the market with a fully “commercial” album (i.e. an album actually containing accessible music), then yes we can expect a glorious comeback for the Prince of rock and roll. The ball had finally and firmly bounced back into his purple court but will he play ball with the industry he has spent years publicly criticizing?