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Prince Letitgo.jpg
Standard artwork (UK 12-inch single pictured)
Single by Prince
from the album Come
  • "Solo" (7")
  • "Alexa De Paris" (UK 12")
  • "Pope" (UK 12")
  • Various remixes of "Letitgo" (maxi-single)
Released August 9, 1994
Format 7" single
12" single
Cassette single
CD single
CD maxi-single
Recorded Paisley Park Studios, March 1994
Genre R&B
Length 7" edit: 4:15
Album: 5:33
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s) Prince
Producer(s) Prince (original versions), (Remixes) Quincy "QD3" Jones III, Gerald "G Bomb" Baillergeau & J. Swift
Prince singles chronology
"Love Sign"
Prince (UK) singles chronology
"The Beautiful Experience"
(1994) The Beautiful Experience1994
(1994) Letitgo1994
"Purple Medley"
(1995) Purple Medley1995

"Letitgo" is a song by American musician Prince from his 1994 album Come.[1] Despite statements that the album consisted entirely of "old" material, "Letitgo" was actually newly composed for the album. The mid-tempo song relies heavily on a drum machine pattern and bass guitar with synthesizers in the refrain. A keyboard and percussion solo appear toward the end. The song is sung in falsetto in unison with another track layered in his regular, lower register. Kathleen Bradford provides backing vocals, while Eric Leeds provides flute accompaniment.

The track was produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince, with the additions of Kathleen Bradford on background vocals, Eric Leeds on flute and additional keyboards by Ricky Peterson. The lyrics speak of Prince's disappointment with Warner Bros. Records' decision not to release music as quickly as Prince created it. He chides them that they will be sorry when he leaves the company.

The B-side was the album track "Solo", a downbeat number with Prince's voice only accompanied by harp, which was composed by David Henry Hwang. The title refers not to a musical solo, but actually that Prince's mood is "so low". It ties in with the slightly more upbeat "Letitgo". In addition, a CD single was released in the UK containing an edit of "Letitgo", "Solo", the extended version of "Alexa de Paris" (originally the B-side to "Mountains" in 1986) and "Pope", which was originally on The Hits 2 from 1993. A maxi single on CD and vinyl included several remixes of the track provided by Quincy "QD3" Jones III, Chronic Freeze., J-Sw!ft and Gerald "G Bomb" Baillergeau.

A 7" vinyl picture disc was issued in the UK.

Chart performance[edit]

"Letitgo" was moderately successful on the charts, peaking at number 31 on the Hot 100, 10 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart, 13 on the Rhythmic chart, 17 on the Mainstream/Pop chart and number 30 in the UK.

Track listing[edit]

7" single[edit]

  1. "Letitgo" (edit) – 4:15
  2. "Solo" – 3:48

UK 12" single and CD[edit]

  1. "Letitgo" (edit) – 4:15
  2. "Solo" – 3:48
  3. "Alexa de Paris" (extended version) – 4:54
  4. "Pope" – 3:28

US 12" and CD[edit]

  1. "Letitgo" (Caviar radio edit) – 4:59
  2. "Letitgo" (Cavi' street edit) – 5:02
  3. "Letitgo" (Instrumental) – 5:02
  4. "Letitgo" (On the Cool-Out Tip radio edit) – 4:34
  5. "Letitgo" (Sherm Stick edit) – 5:42
  6. "Letitgo" ((-) Sherm Stick edit) – 5:42
  7. "Letitgo" (original radio edit) – 4:15
  8. "Letitgo" (original album version) – 5:33


Chart (1994) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 22
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 29
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 28
France (SNEP)[5] 46
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 45
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[7] 14
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 24
Norway (VG-lista)[9] 7
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 21
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 30
US Billboard Hot 100 31
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 10
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 17
US Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 13


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