Entertainment

Kimbra flattered by Prince praise

HIT singer Kimbra Johnson says comparisons to iconic rocker Prince are "flattering" - but she's not letting the compliments go to her head.

Kimbra, whose album Vows debuted at No. 14 on the Billboard US charts today, is riding a wave of success in America, where her single with Gotye - Somebody That I Used to Know - has spent six weeks at No. 1.

Accolades have been heaped on the Hamilton artist - the biggest coming from Warner Brothers Records chairman Rob Cavallo, who said Kimbra "had the potential to be like Prince".

But, in an interview with nzherald.co.nz, Kimbra said she took claims like that with "a grain of salt".

"That's pretty big praise to be given. I would never want to put that kind of expectation on myself," she said while backstage after a New York concert.

"I find it very flattering, but (Prince) is like my idol - I don't know if I can reach that standard."

Life is extemely busy for Kimbra, who has notched up appearances at Coachella and on the Jimmy Kimmel show and is currently touring with Foster the People.

She has tours booked until December, including shows in Switzerland, Istanbul and Turkey.

"It's weird to have my life planned out till December, it's pretty intense (that) my life operates to a schedule now," she said.

"Life is seasonal and you have seasons where you have to spend your life on the road. I know the time will come where I will be back to a much more relaxed kind of existence. I'm just rolling with it."

Kimbra said she heard her song with Gotye everywhere she went in the US, including many remixes, but admitted she wasn't sick of it yet.

"Sometimes it's hard to muster the same energy for a song you've sung so many times. For me, I look out into the audience and when I see their reaction to that song it energises me.

Her "holy crap" highlight was having Tears For Fears member Curt Smith visit her tour van as "I'm a big fan".

But she admitted: "There have been countless moments that I've been grateful for in the last six months."

Topics:  entertainment kimbra music prince


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Patients inside as ambulance hit on highway

Queensland Ambulance Service transported a 60-year-old man from Septimus

Three paramedics among the injured

James Hardie boss devastated by work death

Construction firms have faced challenges from rising costs and small margins, but there's absolutely no indication that the coming year will be any worse than the past couple, MBA's Will Wilson says.

A MAN in his 60s has died in an industrial accident.

Highway in lockdown after crash kills three people

The scene of the crash about 30km south of Boggabilla in which three people died this morning.

Police appeal for witnesses to triple-fatal highway crash

Local Partners

Pauline Hanson's plane story contradicted by leaked tapes

A SECRET recording has captured Pauline Hanson indicating a plane at the centre of an AEC investigation was donated by a Victorian developer.

What to expect at Birds of Tokyo's Ipswich gig

The band will perform at the Racehorse Hotel on Friday.

BAND member Glen Sarangapany talks music, pub grub and doing shoeys

What public holidays are left in 2017

Ipswich residents will get the day off tomorrow for the show.

IPSWICH residents will get tomorrow off for the show

Caitlyn comes home to launch debut album

Gympie's Caitlyn Shadbolt will launch here debut album Songs On My Sleeve at an exclusive all-ages concert in Gympie on Friday, May 26.

Win tickets to Caitlyn's album launch

Sam Armytage and Tom Cruise? Saaaaay what?

SAMANTHA Armytage has hit back at rumours she’s dating Tom Cruise, following reports the pair had hit it off during an interview on Sunrise.

Musical tribute to flood volunteers released

Songwriter honours flood volunteers who helped their neighbours.

Lismore songwriter Simon Thomas was moved by strangers' kindness

Karl Stefanovic's rant about Schapelle Corby 'a bit rich'

Karl Stefanovic is sick of hearing about Schapelle Corby.

Maybe he just wanted to make himself the story.

Could Schapelle be heading for Gladstone?

Australian Schapelle Corby is escorted by Bali Police at the parole office in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, 27 May 2017.

Schapelle's mother teases her free daughter could be Gladstone bound

Six things you never knew about Men in Black

Mushu the pug

It's been 20 years since Men in Black first hit cinemas

10 strange stories behind famous sex scenes

Khaleesi and Khal Drogo in a steamy moment.

Every set has their own way of filming sex scenes

HBO spills new details on Game of Thrones’ final season

Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season will only have six episodes.

New details about what to expect from the eighth, final instalment.

New $46.7m counter-terrorism facility to be built in Wacol

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, pictured with Police Commisioner Ian Stewart, has announced plans to build a new counter-terrorism facility in Wacol.

The facility will be built over three years.

Home to a sex worker: Sordid history of iconic Coast shed

Milojevic Djordjevic's daughter Linda at the derelict shed on Yandina-Coolum Road.

The shed was once a liveable 'barrack'.

This is real estate's billion-dollar man

Bob Wolff at AREC with John McGrath of McGrath Real Estate.

They don’t call him the “Billion dollar man” for nothing

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!