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Adam Levine reflects on Prince's death: 'He's already so missed'

/ Source: TODAY

Count Adam Levine as yet another artist influenced by Prince.

The Maroon 5 singer and coach on "The Voice" reflected on the music legend on TODAY Friday as the world continues to mourn his death on April 21 at 57 years old.

"It's so shocking just to hear this happened,'' Levine told Matt Lauer. "It was so unexpected and out of the blue. Prince was a huge, huge influence on me as an artist.

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"Just the way he did things kind of his own way always, and the music was so wild and completely different, and he played guitar. He was a different kind of pop star. He was more than that, he was a lot of things. He's already so missed."

A clip of Levine performing Prince's "Purple Rain" at Howard Stern's 60th birthday bash in 2014 has been viewed more than 16 million times.

"He'll always be someone that I will look up to in all ways,'' Levine said. "(I) miss the guy."

Levine also talked about the latest season of "The Voice," and whether he ever gives advice to contestants about the business side of music.

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"Other than telling them it sucks, (and) the business side is not great?" he joked. "I kind of just tell them to just always be plowing ahead and not worry too much about the business because there are a lot of things that stink about it, to be totally frank. It's really more about just focus on your craft, work really hard and kind of hope for the best."

As for any upcoming music from Maroon 5, Levine said they are "in and out of the studio." Levine's wife, Behati Prinsloo, is also pregnant with their first child, a girl due in September.

"I'm a dead man,'' Levine joked.

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