The Greatest Romance Ever Sold

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"The Greatest Romance Ever Sold"
US CD single
Single by Prince
from the album Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic
B-side "Adam & Eve Remix" (CD single)
Released October 5, 1999
Format 12" single
Cassette single
CD single
CD maxi single
Recorded Paisley Park Studios, June 1998–September 1999
Genre Pop
Length Radio edit: 4:26
Album: 5:29
Adam & Eve Remix: 4:30
Label NPG/Arista
Writer(s) Prince
Producer(s) Prince
Prince singles chronology
"NYC Live"
(1997)
"The Greatest Romance Ever Sold"
(1999)
"One Song"
(2000)
Prince (UK) chronology
"1999"
(1998)
"The Greatest Romance Ever Sold"
(1999)
"One Song"
(2000)

"The Greatest Romance Ever Sold" is a song and single from Prince's (his stage name at that time being an unpronounceable symbol) 1999 album Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic.[1] The track is a smooth ballad, featuring Prince's multi-layered vocals in the chorus.

The B-side was a remix of the track known as the "Adam and Eve" remix, featuring a rap by Eve. This mix was later mixed into the album version and available on the remixed version of the album called Rave In2 the Joy Fantastic. Prince's verse from the song was later interpolated into the song "Silicon" on the 2004 album The Slaughterhouse. The maxi single included additional remixes, produced by The Neptunes (featuring a guest appearance by rapper Q-Tip) and Jason Nevins.

Intended to be a comeback single for Prince, the song only became a minor hit, peaking at #63 (#23 on the R&B charts). This could possibly be because the song's music video may not have been released for best effect, instead premiering shortly after Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic was released and over a month after single was for sale. The failure of this single to make waves contributed to the relatively poor performance of the album.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999/2000) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 63
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 23
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay 33

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