7 (Prince song)

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"7"
Single by Prince
from the album Love Symbol Album
B-side "7" (acoustic version)
Released November 17, 1992
Format 7" single
12" single
Picture disc
Cassette single
CD single / maxi-single
Recorded Paisley Park Studios, September 1991 to March 1992
Genre Pop rock
Length 7" edit: 4:23
Album: 5:09
Label Paisley Park/Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Prince
Lowell Fulson (as Lowell Fulsom)
Jimmy McCracklin
Producer(s) Prince
Certification Gold - (March 10, 1993)
Prince singles chronology
"My Name Is Prince"
(1992)
"7"
(1992)
"Damn U"
(1992)
Prince (UK) chronology
"My Name Is Prince"
(1992)
"7"
(1992)
"The Morning Papers"
(1993)

"7" is a song by Prince and The New Power Generation, from the 1992 Love Symbol Album.[1] It was released in late-1992 as the third single from the album, and became the most successful in the United States. It features a sample of the 1967 Otis Redding and Carla Thomas duet, "Tramp".

"7" is composed of heavy drums and bass in an acoustic style. It has a distinct Indian theme, and an opera-like chorus which features Prince's multi-tracked vocals. The song received positive reviews and peaked within the top forty of many of its major markets.

Music video[edit]

The video was shot on February 27, 1992. It begins with Mayte whispering "imagine" in Prince's ear, in the position they are in on the single cover. A scene from 3 Chains o' Gold is shown as well. It features Mayte belly-dancing. The video set is pictured on the album cover, along with a still shot from the video. In the video, Prince symbolically "kills" incarnations of himself who are trapped inside glass chambers. There are little girls wearing yellow belly-dancing outfits almost identical to Mayte's and little boys wearing black outfits and eyebands identical to Prince's. Throughout the performance, the girls dance with Mayte and the boys dance with Prince. This video is also notable for Mayte dancing with a sword on her head, which she would later do in live performances; the video featured her playing the role she played in 3 Chains o' Gold as an Egyptian princess who befriends Prince and enlists his help to find the men who assassinated her father.

Chart performance[edit]

The most successful single from the album in the U.S., "7" was most successful on the Top 40 Pop/Mainstream charts, where it earned a #3 placement, and coincidentally the single peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. It performed respectably on the Rhythmic charts (#19). However, it was less popular with R&B/Hip Hop radio, stalling at #61. In the Canadian RPM charts the song peaked at #12.

The single performed well in the U.K., rising as high as #27, but falling short of the success of the previous two releases, "Sexy MF" and "My Name is Prince", which had become top-10 hits.

Track listings[edit]

7" single / CD single
  1. "7" (LP version) – 5:13
  2. "7" (acoustic version) – 3:54
12" single
  1. "7" (LP version) – 5:13
  2. "7" (acoustic version) – 3:54
  3. "7" (After 6 Long Version) – 5:15
12" maxi-single / CD maxi-single
  1. "7" (LP version) – 5:13
  2. "7" (After 6 Edit) – 4:20
  3. "7" (After 6 Long Version) – 5:15
  4. "7" (acoustic version) – 3:54
  5. "7" (album edit) – 4:23
  6. "2 Whom It May Concern" – 4:01
US CD promo single[2]
  1. "7" (album edit) – 4:23
  2. "7" (After 6 Edit) – 4:20
  3. "7" (LP version) – 5:13
  4. "7" (acoustic version) – 3:54
  5. "7" (After 6 Long Version) – 5:15
  6. "7" (Mix 5 Long Version) – 4:56
  7. "7" (Mix 5 Edit) – 4:06

Charts[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • Norwegian artist Erlend Ropstad recorded a cover of the song for the 2008 tribute album Shockadelica - 50th Anniversary Tribute to the Artist Known as Prince.[4]
  • A cappella group Sixteen Feet from Swarthmore College recorded an a cappella version of the song on the 1996 album Sasquatch.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Prince And The New Power Generation* - 7 at Discogs". Discogs.com. 2004-10-16. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  2. ^ "Track Listing". Aprilsnow045.ueuo.com. Retrieved 2011-09-07. 
  3. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  4. ^ "musikkonline - C+C Records". Ccrecords.musikkonline.no. Retrieved 2011-09-07.