Controversy (Prince album)

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Controversy
Studio album by Prince
Released October 14, 1981
Recorded Uptown, Sunset Sound, Hollywood Sound, 1981
Genre Pop, funk, dance, new wave
Length 37:15
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Prince
Prince chronology
Dirty Mind
(1980)
Controversy
(1981)
1999
(1982)
Singles from Controversy
  1. "Controversy"
    Released: September 2, 1981
  2. "Let's Work"
    Released: January 6, 1982
  3. "Do Me, Baby"
    Released: July 16, 1982
  4. "Sexuality"
    Released: 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Blender 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A−[3]
Entertainment Weekly B+[4]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[6]
Spin (8/10)[7]
Virgin Encyclopedia 3/5 stars[8]

Controversy is the fourth studio album by Prince, released on October 14, 1981. Keith Harris of Blender calls the album "Prince's first attempt to get you to love him for his mind, not just his body" and comments that it "refines the propulsive funk of previous albums and adds treatises on religion, work, nuclear war and Abscam."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written, composed, and arranged by Prince

Side one
  1. "Controversy" – 7:15
  2. "Sexuality" – 4:21
  3. "Do Me, Baby" – 7:43
Side two
  1. "Private Joy" – 4:29
  2. "Ronnie, Talk to Russia" – 1:58
  3. "Let's Work" – 3:54
  4. "Annie Christian" – 4:22
  5. "Jack U Off" – 3:09

Personnel[edit]

  • Lisa Coleman - backing vocals (on "Controversy", "Ronnie Talk to Russia" and "Jack U Off"), keyboards ("Jack U Off")
  • Dr. Fink - keyboards ("Jack U Off")
  • Bobby Z. - drums ("Jack U Off")
  • All other vocals and instruments performed by Prince.

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Singles and Hot 100 chart placings[edit]

  1. "Controversy"
  2. "When You Were Mine"
  1. "Let's Work"
  2. "Ronnie, Talk 2 Russia"
  3. "Gotta Stop (Messin' About)" (U.S. 12")
  1. "Do Me, Baby"
  2. "Private Joy"
  • "Sexuality" (German/Japan/Australia single)
  1. "Sexuality"
  2. "Controversy" (DEU, JAP)
  3. "I Wanna Be Your Lover" (AUS)

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[11] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Prince: Controversy at AllMusic. Retrieved September 15, 2011 (2011-09-15).
  2. ^ a b Harris, Keith (June–July 2001). "Every Original CD Reviewed - Prince". Blender (Alpha Media Group) (1). 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Prince". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ Browne, David (September 21, 1990). "Purple Products". Entertainment Weekly (Time) (#32). ISSN 1049-0434. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ Holden, Stephen (January 21, 1982). "Prince: Controversy". Rolling Stone (Wenner Media) (RS 361). ISSN 0035-791X. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  6. ^ Hoard (2004), p. 655. Portions posted at "Prince: Album Guide". RollingStone.com. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 
  7. ^ Weisbard, Eric (October 10, 1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide (1st ed.). Vintage. ISBN 978-0-679-75574-6. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  8. ^ Larkin, Colin (2002). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Concise 4 ed.). Virgin Books. ISBN 978-1-85227-923-3. Retrieved September 15, 2011. 
  9. ^ http://princevault.com/index.php/Album:_Controversy
  10. ^ "British album certifications – Prince – Controversy". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved April 2, 2014.  Enter Controversy in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Prince – Controversy". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 2, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  12. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  13. ^ a b "Allmusic: Controversy : Charts & Awards: Billboard Albums". allmusic.com. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Billboard.BIZ: Top Pop Albums of 1982". billboard.biz. Archived from the original on January 15, 2013. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 

References[edit]

  • Nathan Brackett, Christian Hoard (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide: Completely Revised and Updated 4th Edition. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.