With his blue velvet jacket on, gold silk shirt with just the right button job to show off some chest fur, his curly fro and fly-inspired sunglasses, isn’t Prince just the definition of rock star opulence? I mean, he does it up at all times just because he can, and can be seen practicing for performances in sparkling silver wedge heels, a hat shaped like a lion and flashy yellow pants (see the excerpt from his interview with the magazine). And by this time, we know that he’s the only guy who can adorn himself like this and still get comments about how alluring he is, even at the age of 54. He just rocks. Maybe that’s why he’s covering the newest issue of Billboard as he’s been announced as the upcoming recipient of the Billboard Icon Award. Just last year Stevie Wonder was given such an honor, and Prince will receive his during the televised awards ceremony on Sunday, May 19 (He’ll also reportedly perform during the show as he picks up the award).
In the newest issue of the magazine, Prince talks about his battle to have full ownership over his songs and work (and I think we’re all hoping he’ll touch on why he and YouTube don’t gel–seriously though, I can’t watch none of your videos!?), his three decades in music, and more as interviewer Gail Mitchell tries to navigate the world famous Paisley Park production studios, and the funk-tastic yet mysterious creature that is Prince. If you’d like to check out an excerpt of the issue, and even buy it, check out Billboard.com to get your Prince fix on. But until then, what do you think of his funky-fresh-dressed-to-impress cover?