Prince is to takeover the 'Arsenio Hall Show' next week.

The 'Purple Rain' hitmaker is to make a rare late-night appearance on the US talk show, which will see him perform a number of songs with his all-female band 3RDEYEGIRL and sit down for an interview with the host-turned-comedian to discuss his plans for 2014.

The announcement was made on the programme, with a lookalike of Prince delivering an envelope containing the news, which Arsenio read out himself to the audience.

He said: '''So here's why I'm writing you, the 'Arsenio Hall Show' has always been so welcoming to us in the past and so we wanted to return that favour. Just say the word and we will bring our whole crew over to your place and do a performance you will never forget. Just in case you haven't heard, I've been practising and I've got pretty good now. If that's cool, we'd like to come in next week, perhaps Wednesday. Have your people contact my people and we'll invite some more people, like all of America.''

Prince, 55, will appear on the 'Arsenio Hall Show' on March 5.