Around the World in a Day
|Around the World in a Day|
|Studio album by|
|Released||April 22, 1985|
|Label||Paisley Park, Warner Bros.|
|Singles from Around the World in a Day|
Around the World in a Day is the seventh studio album by American recording artist Prince, and the second release where his backing band The Revolution is billed. It was released on April 22, 1985, by Paisley Park Records and Warner Bros. Records. Departing somewhat from the commercial sound of his previous release, the massively successful Purple Rain (1984), the album instead saw Prince experimenting with psychedelic styles and more opulent textures. In compliance with Prince's wishes, the record company released the album with minimal publicity, withholding accompanying singles until almost a month after the album's release.
Around the World in a Day was released to notably mixed reception after the success of Purple Rain, though it nonetheless sold relatively well and became Prince and the Revolution's second number-one album on the Billboard 200. Two of its four singles reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100: "Raspberry Beret" and "Pop Life". Following Prince's death, "Raspberry Beret" re-charted on the Billboard Hot 100 as a top 40 hit, reaching number 33. Around the World in a Day was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on July 2, 1985.
Recording for Around the World in a Day was begun in sessions dating back before that of Purple Rain. Following six months of touring behind that bestselling album, Prince returned to recording. An initial inspiration for the album's sound came in the form of a demo, recorded by David Coleman, the brother of Revolution band member Lisa Coleman, which would ultimately become the title track.
The album pursued a dense, psychedelic style that made use of unconventional instruments and cryptic lyrics. Its sound and album cover painted by Jim Warren drew numerous comparisons to The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. Prince spoke in an interview about the album's cover art, its psychedelic sound, and the comparison:
- "The influence wasn't the Beatles. They were great for what they did, but I don't know how that would hang today. The cover art came about because I thought people were tired of looking at me. Who wants another picture of him? I would only want so many pictures of my woman, then I would want the real thing. What would be a little more happening than just another picture would be if there was some way I could materialize in people's cribs when they play the record. I don't mind [the album being called psychedelic], because that was the only period in recent history that delivered songs and colors. Led Zeppelin, for example, would make you feel differently on each song."
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
|Spin Alternative Record Guide||4/10|
|The Village Voice||B−|
Despite the muted promotion and the material on the album being overall not as radio-friendly as Purple Rain, it still had two American top 10 hits, and went double platinum. It was initially met with mixed critical reception.
|1.||"Around the World in a Day"||Prince, John L. Nelson, David Coleman||3:28|
|3.||"Condition of the Heart"||Prince||6:48|
|8.||"The Ladder"||Prince, John L. Nelson||5:29|
Singles and Hot 100 chart placings
- "Raspberry Beret" (#2 US, #4 US R&B, #25 UK)
- "Raspberry Beret"
- "She's Always in My Hair" (US)
- "Hello" (UK)
- "Paisley Park" (#18 UK) No US release
- "Paisley Park"
- "She's Always in My Hair"
- "Pop Life" (#7 US, #8 US R&B, #60 UK)
- "Pop Life"
- "Hello" (US)
- "Girl" (UK)
- "America" (#46 US, #35 US R&B) No UK release
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||12|
|Austrian Albums Chart||7|
|Canadian Albums Chart||16|
|Dutch Albums Chart||1|
|German Albums Chart||10|
|New Zealand Albums Chart||16|
|Norwegian Albums Chart||10|
|Swedish Albums Chart||1|
|Swiss Albums Chart||8|
|UK Albums Chart||5|
|US Billboard 200||1|
|US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)||4|
|French Albums (SNEP)||134|
|US Billboard 200||51|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Gold||7,500^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,000,000^|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
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