Prince is the eponymous second studio album by Prince, released on October 19, 1979. The album was written, arranged, composed, produced and performed entirely by Prince, with the only known contribution from another person being "some vocal harmony" added by close friend/bassist André Cymone on Track 2.
Prince recorded the album in just a few weeks after Warner Bros. asked for a follow-up to his 1978 debut, For You. Prince had used twice his initial recording advance on the album, and it had failed to generate a pop hit (although "Soft and Wet" became a No. 12 R&B hit). Displeased at his lack of success, Prince quickly recorded the follow-up. The album begins with the disco-influenced pop tune "I Wanna Be Your Lover", and is followed by "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?", a rock song reminiscent of "I'm Yours" from his debut. The pace quickens with the sexually charged dance funk number "Sexy Dancer", but slows for the sweet romantic "When We're Dancing Close and Slow". Another ballad, "With You" follows, and then the blazing hard rock of "Bambi". "Still Waiting" is a country/western-tinged ballad, and "I Feel For You" is a simple pop song that was covered by Chaka Khan, who brought the song to the Billboard Top Ten. The album closes with the emotional "It's Gonna Be Lonely".
Overall, the album was much more diverse and well-received than For You, critically and commercially. It peaked at No. 22 on the United States Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, and sold 3 million copies. It is notable for containing standard R&B ballads performed by Prince, before he would go on to establish himself with sexual romps on later albums. The success of this album geared Prince towards his next, Dirty Mind, which would be called a complete departure from his earlier sound.