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Prince records duet with Rita Ora

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Jun 24, 2014 | 1:20pm EDT

R&B superstar Prince has recruited British pop singer Rita Ora to record an unlikely rap song for his next album. The Purple Rain hitmaker recently invited Minnesota Star Tribune reporter Jon Bream to a late night listening session at his Paisley Park home in Minneapolis, where he treated the journalist to samples of tracks he has been working on for his first solo album since 2009's LotusFlow3r. Bream gave readers an insight into the tunes in an article posted on Monday (23Jun14), describing the Ora collaboration as a "rare rap song on which the music was as aggressive and menacing as the rapping". During the visit, Prince, who is signed to Warner Music Group, also shared his frustration with the process of releasing an album through the traditional label system, lamenting, "Every number one song, every Top 10 song, every song in the Top 40 is at least six months old. We should be able to make music and put it out now." The title and release date for the album remain unknown, but Prince suggested fans may be treated to an early release of the Ora single sooner rather than later because he claims with her, "Time is money".

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