Prince (album)

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Studio album by Prince
Released October 19, 1979
Recorded April–June 1979
Studio Alpha Studios, Burbank, California
Genre R&B, funk,[1] pop rock
Length 40:52
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Prince
Prince chronology
For You
(1978)For You1978
Dirty Mind
(1980)Dirty Mind1980
Singles from Prince
  1. "I Wanna Be Your Lover"
    Released: August 24, 1979
  2. "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?"
    Released: January 23, 1980
  3. "Still Waiting"
    Released: March 25, 1980
  4. "Sexy Dancer"
    Released: April 1980 (non-US single)

Prince is the self-titled second studio album by American recording artist Prince. It was released on October 19, 1979 by Warner Bros. Records.


The album was written, arranged, composed, produced and performed entirely by Prince, with the only known contribution from another person being "some vocal harmony" added by close friend/bassist André Cymone on "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?".

Prince recorded the album in just a few weeks after Warner Bros. asked for a follow-up to his 1978 debut, For You. Prince had used twice his initial recording advance on the album, and it had failed to generate a pop hit (although "Soft and Wet" became a No. 12 R&B hit). Displeased at his lack of success, Prince quickly recorded the follow-up.

Critical reception[edit]

Overall, the album was much more diverse and well-received than For You, critically and commercially, selling three million copies. It is notable for containing standard R&B ballads performed by Prince, before he would go on to establish himself with sexual romps on later albums. The album was certified platinum and contained three R&B/dance hits: "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?", "Sexy Dancer" and "I Wanna Be Your Lover". "I Wanna Be Your Lover" sold over two million copies and received a platinum disc, rushing to No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 (becoming Prince's first hit single) and topped the R&B charts. In addition, it peaked at No. 41 in the United Kingdom (his first entry in the country) and reached number 2 on the Billboard Dance/Disco Singles chart. Prince performed both "I Wanna Be Your Lover" and "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?" on American Bandstand on 26 January 1980. Overall, the success of this album geared Prince towards his next album, Dirty Mind, which would be called a complete departure from his earlier sound.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Blender 3/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B+[3]
Entertainment Weekly B–[4]
MusicHound 4/5[5]
Q 3/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[8]
Smash Hits 5/10[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Prince.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "I Wanna Be Your Lover" 5:49
2. "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?" 3:49
3. "Sexy Dancer" 4:18
4. "When We're Dancing Close and Slow" 5:23
Side two
No. Title Length
5. "With You" 4:00
6. "Bambi" 4:22
7. "Still Waiting" 4:12
8. "I Feel for You" 3:24
9. "It's Gonna Be Lonely" 5:27



Chart (1979) Peak
US Billboard 200 22
US Billboard Top R&B Albums 3
Chart (2016) Peak
French Albums (SNEP)[10] 190
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 92
US Billboard 200[12] 52


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b "Prince > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
  2. ^ Blender review Archived August 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Prince". Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Browne, David (21 September 1990). "Purple Products". Entertainment Weekly. No. #32. ISSN 1049-0434. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds.) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide (2nd ed.). Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 897. ISBN 1-57859-061-2. 
  6. ^ "Prince CD Album". Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Holden, Stephen (3 April 1980). "Prince: Prince". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 2 October 2007. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  8. ^ Hoard, Christian David; Brackett, Nathan (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4, revised ed.). Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-0169-8. 
  9. ^ Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits. No. February 7–20. p. 31. 
  10. ^ " – Prince – For You". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 17, 2016.
  11. ^ " – Prince – Prince". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  12. ^ "Prince Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  13. ^ "British album certifications – Prince – Prince". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Prince in the search field and then press Enter.
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Prince – Prince". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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