The Greatest Romance Ever Sold
|"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|
CD maxi single
|Recorded||Paisley Park Studios, June 1998–September 1999|
|Length||Radio edit: 4:26
Adam & Eve Remix: 4:30
|Prince singles chronology|
"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. 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.
|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|