Cream (Prince song)

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"Cream"
UK 7" single
Single by Prince and The New Power Generation
from the album Diamonds and Pearls
B-side "Horny Pony"
"Gangster Glam" (UK 12" and CD)
Released September 9, 1991
Format 7" single
12" single
CD single
CD maxi single
Recorded Paisley Park Studios, Winter, 1990
Genre
Length 4:12
Label Paisley Park/Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Prince
Producer(s) Prince
Certification Gold (RIAA) - January 16, 1992
Prince and The New Power Generation singles chronology
"Gett Off"
(1991)
"Cream"
(1991)
"Insatiable"
(1991)

"Cream" is a song by Prince and The New Power Generation, from the 1991 album Diamonds and Pearls.[3] Prince states that he wrote the song while standing in front of a mirror.

The single's B-side, "Horny Pony", a rap song which was replaced on Diamonds and Pearls at the last minute by "Gett Off", was re-used from the "Gett Off" single. "Cream" was also released as a maxi-single EP with remixes and songs/raps loosely based on "Cream". The EP was notable for including several prank telephone conversations.

In the UK, "Gangster Glam" was an additional B-side on the 12"/CD maxi single. In Japan, an EP was released with the tracks from the US maxi single, and four tracks from the US "Gett Off" maxi single. "Cream" was Prince's fifth and last number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, and was Prince's only Hot 100 number-one single that was not associated with a movie. The song was featured in an episode of the BBC Two comedy Rev.

Chart performance[edit]

In the US, "Cream" hit number 1 for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in November, 1991, keeping "Can't Stop This Thing We Started" by Bryan Adams from reaching the top spot[4] and it also made the Top 20 in the UK. It was very well received on American radio, peaking at number 2 on the Hot 100 Airplay. However, it did not make the R&B singles chart, because the track was not sent to Urban radio; "Insatiable" was sent to Urban instead.

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100 1
Australia (ARIA) 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 4
France (SNEP) 5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 7
New Zealand (RIANZ) 5
Norway (VG-lista) 3
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 6
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 3
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company) 15

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 66

Track listing[edit]

7"
No. Title Length
1. "Cream"   4:12
2. "Horny Pony"   4:17
UK CD/12"
No. Title Length
1. "Cream"   4:12
2. "Horny Pony"   4:17
3. "Gangster Glam"   5:06
US CD maxi single (9 40197-2)
No. Title Credits Length
1. "Cream" (album version)   4:12
2. "Cream" (N.P.G. Mix)   4:52
3. "Things Have Gotta Change" (Tony M. Rap)   3:57
4. "2 the Wire" (Creamy Instrumental)   3:13
5. "Get Some Solo"     1:31
6. "Do Your Dance" (KC's Remix) Special guest vocal by Jevetta Steele; mixed and co-produced by Keith "KC" Cohen; Assisted by Dave Aron and Eric Anset at Larrabee West 5:58
7. "Housebangers"   Additional production and Mix by Junior Vasquez; keyboard programming by Joseph Moskowitz; Remix engineer: Curt Frasca 4:23
8. "Q in Doubt" (instrumental) Edits by Dave Friedlander 4:00
9. "Ethereal Mix"   Edits by Dave Friedlander 4:43

Cover versions[edit]

Scottish electronica artist pomDeter recorded a cover of the song, which was available for download on the Internet.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Browne, David (4 October 1991). "Diamonds and Pearls: Prince". Entertainment Weekly. No. #86. Time. ISSN 1049-0434. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Poulson-Bryant, Scott (November 1991). "Prince and the New Power Generation: Diamonds and Pearls". Spin. Spin Media. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Prince & The New Power Generation - Cream". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  4. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-07-08. 
  5. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1991". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
Preceded by
"Romantic" by Karyn White
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
November 9, 1991 – November 16, 1991
Succeeded by
"When a Man Loves a Woman" by Michael Bolton