Gold (Prince song)

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"Gold"
Single by Prince
from the album The Gold Experience
B-side "Rock 'N' Roll Is Alive! (And It Lives in Minneapolis)"
"I Hate U" (Extended Remix) (CD)
Released November 30, 1995
Format 7" single
Cassette single
CD single
Recorded Paisley Park Studios, May 1995
Genre Pop rock
Length 7" edit: 4:43
Album: 7:23
Label NPG, Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Prince
Producer(s) Prince
Prince singles chronology
"I Hate U"
(1995)
"Gold"
(1995)
"Dinner with Delores" (Video only in US)
(1996)
Prince (UK) chronology
"Purple Medley"
(1995)
"Gold"
(1995)
"Dinner with Delores"
(1996)

"Gold" is a song by Prince (his stage name at that time being an unpronounceable symbol) from his 1995 album The Gold Experience.[1] Obviously proud of the number, Prince was touting the song as the next "Purple Rain" to reporters before the album's release.

The B-side was "Rock 'n' Roll Is Alive (And It Lives in Minneapolis)", a response to the song "Rock and Roll Is Dead" by Lenny Kravitz. The song complements the rock-based "Gold" and features rousing guitar solos and live drumming as well as various studio tricks throughout the track. The chorus is sample recorded from a live audience. Prince would later use the technique on several songs for The New Power Generation release, Newpower Soul. Prince also made a special remix of the song called the "Tony Fly Mix" to be played on the local Minneapolis DJ's radio program. The remix remains unreleased.

A maxi single on CD and vinyl also included the extended remix of "I Hate U".

A limited edition gold CD single was released in the UK, housed in a gold jewel case. The track listing was the same as the standard CD single.

Chart performance[edit]

The song achieved little initial success in the US, with minor Mainstream radio play and no R&B/Hip-Hop or Rhythmic radio play, and weak sales. It peaked at number 88 and stayed on the Hot 100 for two weeks. The single was far more successful in the United Kingdom, where it reached number 10.

Chart (1995–96) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[2] 94
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 42
Germany (Official German Charts)[4] 58
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 25
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[6] 19
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 10
US Billboard Hot 100 88
US Billboard Hot R&B Singles 92
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 39

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Artist (Formerly Known As Prince), The - Gold at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  2. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Symbol – Gold" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  4. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The Symbol – Gold". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  5. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Symbol – Gold" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  6. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Symbol – Gold". Singles Top 100. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  7. ^ "Prince: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 2, 2016.

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