NEW YORK — Prince announced he’s writing his memoir, told the audience he was leaving to change clothes and came back to perform songs for the feverish New York City crowd.

Prince said Friday that his book – with the working title “The Beautiful Ones” – will be released next year by publishing house Spiegel & Grau.

“If you don’t mind, I’m going to go home and change real quick and come back and party with y’all,” Prince said.

And he did.

He returned to the dark room to perform for the audience, which included Harry Belafonte, Trevor Noah, R&B singer Maxwell, journalists and music industry players.

“New York, do you want to play with me?” yelled Prince, who was getting help from a DJ when performing. “You know how many hits we got? You know how long we gon’ be here? It’s time to jam!”

Dancers also were on the second level with Prince, and at one point he put his leg over the railing and stuck his microphone out to the crowd.

Before his performance, the pop icon said Spiegel & Grau made him “an offer I can’t refuse.”

He added that the book will start with his first memory.

“This is my first (book). My brother Dan is helping me with it. He’s a good critic and that’s what I need. He’s not a ‘yes’ man at all and he’s really helping me get through this,” Prince told the audience.

“We’re starting from the beginning from my first memory, and hopefully we can go all the way up to the Super Bowl,” he said.

– From news service reports


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