US 7" single
|Single by Prince|
|from the album Love Symbol|
|B-side||"2 Whom It May Concern"|
|Released||November 17, 1992|
|Recorded||Paisley Park Studios, September 1991 to March 1992|
|Genre||Pop, smooth jazz|
|Label||Paisley Park/Warner Bros.|
|Prince singles chronology|
"Damn U" is a slow-grooving romantic R&B ballad, featuring strings and violin. Prince sings of a woman who affects him greatly emotionally, and uses the term "damn u" as an expression of surprise at the woman's power over him. His vocal range shifts throughout the song from very high falsetto to his deeper lower baritone. The music video features Prince singing in the outfit he is wearing on the cover, sitting on a stool with shots of the New Power Generation performing the music. The video is notable for featuring Carmen Electra, and was used in the 1994 direct-to-video film Three Chains O' Gold.
"Damn U" was released as a limited-edition single and tailored for the R&B market; it became the lowest charting single from the album. It failed to make the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, but it peaked at #8 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, which is equivalent to #108. It fared better on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts, where it made the Top 40, peaking at #32. It received the most airplay on Mainstream Urban and Urban Adult Contemporary radio stations, and reached the top 10 on R&R's UAC Airplay chart. The single was not released anywhere else in the world.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||108|
|U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs||32|
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