U Make My Sun Shine

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"U Make My Sun Shine"
Single by Prince and Angie Stone
B-side "When Will We B Paid?"
Released April 10, 2001
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2000 at Paisley Park Studios
(Chanhassen, Minnesota)
Genre Soul
Length 5:52
Label NPG
Writer(s) Prince
Producer(s) Prince
Prince chronology
"Cybersingle"
(2000)
"U Make My Sun Shine"
(2001)
"Supercute"
(2001)
Angie Stone chronology
"Keep Your Worries"
(2000)
"U Make My Sun Shine"
(2001)
"Brotha Part II"
(2001)

"U Make My Sun Shine" is a song by Prince, released on April 10, 2001.[1] The ballad is a duet with guest vocalist Angie Stone, and was reportedly one of the tracks from Prince's canceled High album.

The B-side, "When Will We B Paid?", is a cover version of a 1970 song by The Staple Singers, originally titled "When Will We Be Paid". While The Staple Singers' version is somewhat upbeat musically, Prince's take is a sparse number with lyrics delivered with sadness and anger. The music is almost dirge-like, but features a searing guitar solo to further emphasize the anger. The song concerns the mistreatment and lack of appreciations for black people in the United States. Prince performed the song during his 2001 Hit N Run Tour, segueing it from "Purple Rain".

Music video[edit]

Prince and Angie Stone, as well as some other NPG members at the time, can be seen singing against a blue, partly cloudy background.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales 59
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles 8

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