Money Don't Matter 2 Night

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"Money Don't Matter 2 Night"
UK 7" single
Single by Prince
from the album Diamonds and Pearls
B-side "Call the Law"
"Push" (UK 12" and CD)
Released March 3, 1992
Format 7" single
12" single
CD single
Recorded Warner Pioneer Studios, Japan, 1990
Genre Soul
Length 7" edit: 4:12
Album/12" single: 4:48
Label Paisley Park/Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Prince/Rosie Gaines
Producer(s) Prince
Prince singles chronology
"Diamonds and Pearls"
"Money Don't Matter 2 Night"
"Sexy MF"
Prince (UK) singles chronology
"Diamonds and Pearls"
"Money Don't Matter 2 Night"

"Money Don't Matter 2 Night" is a song by Prince and The New Power Generation from their 1991 album, Diamonds and Pearls.[1] Co-written with Rosie Gaines, the lyrics deal directly with money, poverty, and greed. The vocal delivery is similar to that of "When Doves Cry", but more subtle. Overall, the song is a smooth delivery with layered vocals by Prince.

While the distorted vocals on the song were unintentional, engineer Michael Koppelman liked the effect and it is assumed that Prince did as well, since his performance was never replaced with a non-distorted take.

The B-side is a previously unreleased track "Call the Law", with lead vocals by Tony M., supplemented by Rosie Gaines on the chorus. Prince provides guitar solos throughout the song. The track was added to the New Power Generation release Goldnigga in 1993. The UK 12" single and CD release also included the album track "Push".

Music videos[edit]

The song is notable for its promotional video, directed by Spike Lee.[2] Featuring a poverty-stricken African-American family, with no shots of Prince, it was considered overly political and not "MTV friendly". A second version was issued, which included footage of the song performed by Prince and The New Power Generation.

Chart performance[edit]

The song was an overall modest hit, reaching #23 and #24 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Hot 100 Airplay charts respectively, #14 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart, and #27 on the Airplay chart. It reached #19 in the UK.


Chart (1992) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 23
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 24
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Songs 14
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Airplay 27
UK Singles Chart 19
Australian Singles Chart 18


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