My Name Is Prince

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"My Name Is Prince"
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UK 7" single
Single by Prince and The New Power Generation
from the album Love Symbol Album
B-side
  • "Sexy Mutha"
  • "2 Whom It May Concern" (UK)
  • "Sexy M.F." (12" Remix) (maxi-single)
  • "Sexy M.F." (clean version) (Japan maxi-single)
Released September 29, 1992
Format
Recorded Paisley Park Studios, September 18, 1991[1]
Genre
Length 7" edit: 4:05
Album: 6:37
12" Club Mix: 8:11
House Mix: 7:18
Original Mix Edit: 8:06
Hard Core 12" Mix: 7:55
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Prince
Prince and The New Power Generation singles chronology
"Sexy MF"
(1992)
"My Name Is Prince"
(1992)
"7"
(1992)

"My Name Is Prince" is a song by Prince and The New Power Generation, the second single from the 1992 Love Symbol album. The song is about Prince himself and his musical prowess. The rap sequence is performed by NPG member Tony M. Prince's vocals range from the low note of C3 to the high note of C6.

The B-sides were "Sexy Mutha", a clean remix of "Sexy MF", and "2 Whom It May Concern", a preview of songs from the then-upcoming Love Symbol album.

Music video[edit]

The music video features Kirstie Alley as news reporter Vanessa Bartholomew[2] and Lauren Green as a studio anchor.[3][4] In the video, fans are rioting to see Prince perform onstage. However, instead of performing onstage, he dances with his band in an alleyway while shooting his latest music video, wearing the outfit from the single's artwork (a police uniform and hat with chainmail obscuring his face), singing into a microphone in the shape of a gun, and inciting riots and general chaos.

Track listing[edit]

UK 7"[edit]

  1. "My Name Is Prince" (Edit) – 4:05
  2. "2 Whom It May Concern" – 4:02

US 7"[edit]

  1. "My Name Is Prince" (Edit) – 4:05
  2. "Sexy Mutha" – 3:55

UK 12" picture disc[edit]

  1. "My Name Is Prince" (LP version) – 6:38
  2. "Sexy Mutha" – 3:55
  3. "2 Whom It May Concern" – 4:02

UK CD1[edit]

  1. "My Name Is Prince" (Edit) – 4:05
  2. "Sexy Mutha" – 3:55
  3. "2 Whom It May Concern" – 4:02
  4. "My Name Is Prince" (LP version) – 6:38

UK CD2[edit]

  1. "My Name Is Prince" (Original Mix Edit) – 8:06
  2. "My Name Is Prince" (12" Club Mix) – 8:11
  3. "Sexy M.F." (12" Remix) – 7:34

US CD[edit]

  1. "My Name Is Prince" (Original Mix Edit) – 8:06
  2. "My Name Is Prince" (12" Club Mix) – 8:11
  3. "My Name Is Prince" (House Mix) – 7:18
  4. "My Name Is Prince" (Hard Core 12" Mix) – 7:55
  5. "Sexy M.F." (12" Remix) – 7:34

Japan CD maxi single[edit]

  1. "My Name Is Prince" (Original Mix Edit) – 8:06
  2. "My Name Is Prince" (12" Club Mix) – 8:11
  3. "My Name Is Prince" (House Mix) – 7:18
  4. "My Name Is Prince" (Hard Core 12" Mix) – 7:55
  5. "Sexy M.F." (12" Remix) – 7:34
  6. "Sexy Mutha" – 3:55
  7. "Sexy M.F." (Clean version) – 5:24
  8. "2 Whom It May Concern" – 4:02

Chart performance[edit]

"My Name Is Prince" returned Prince and The NPG to radio and the Top 40 in the US after their previous single, the provocative "Sexy MF" failed to chart on any airplay charts. "My Name Is Prince" received modest airplay on Mainstream Urban and Rhythmic radio stations, earning respectable positions of number 25 on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart, number 20 on the Rhythmic Top 40, and number 36 on the Hot 100. In the United Kingdom, "My Name Is Prince" was another Top 10 hit for Prince and The NPG, peaking at number 7.

The remixes single also charted, hitting number 51 in the UK.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 9
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 7
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 11
France (SNEP)[8] 29
Germany (Official German Charts)[9] 19
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 8
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 7
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 15
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 14
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15]
Remixes
51
US Billboard Hot 100 36
US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 37
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 25
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay 51
US Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 20

Samples[edit]

  • Ronny Jordan sampled the orgasmic female moan in his electronica standard "Bad Brother".

Cover versions[edit]

  • "My Name Is Bart", a parody cover version performed by Bart Simpson (voiced by Nancy Cartwright) was recorded in 1993 for inclusion on The Yellow Album, an album by the Simpsons. The song appeared on early promo copies of the album, but when The Yellow Album was eventually given a commercial release in 1998, "My Name Is Bart" was removed from the album.[16]
  • Around the time of its release in Australia, Channel 9 made a Christmas parody entitled "My Name Is Santa" on A Current Affair.
  • Jamie Foxx, as Prince, sang a parody version on an episode of the sketch show In Living Color titled "Prince of Munchkin Land", which made jokes directed at the artist's height.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.princevault.com/index.php?title=My_Name_Is_Prince
  2. ^ "Kirstie Alley: People.com". Retrieved 2016-06-07. 
  3. ^ http://aleteia.org/2017/08/28/fox-news-lauren-green-shines-light-on-faith/
  4. ^ http://www.adweek.com/tvnewser/the-death-of-prince-reported-by-some-media-others-more-cautious/291248
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Prince & The New Power Generation – My Name Is Prince". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  6. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Prince & The New Power Generation – My Name Is Prince" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Prince & The New Power Generation – My Name Is Prince" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  8. ^ "Lescharts.com – Prince & The New Power Generation – My Name Is Prince" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  9. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Prince & The New Power Generation – My Name Is Prince". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Prince & The New Power Generation – My Name Is Prince" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  11. ^ "Charts.nz – Prince & The New Power Generation – My Name Is Prince". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  12. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Prince & The New Power Generation – My Name Is Prince". Singles Top 100. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  13. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Prince & The New Power Generation – My Name Is Prince". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  14. ^ "Prince: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  15. ^ "Prince: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  16. ^ "The Simpsons CD music albums – Simpsons Crazy". Simpsoncrazy.com. Retrieved 2011-06-29. 

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