|Studio album by|
|Released||August 19, 1979|
|Studio||Alpha Studios, Burbank, California|
|Singles from Prince|
Prince is the self-titled second studio album by American recording artist Prince. It was released on August 19, 1979 by Warner Bros. Records. The album was written, arranged, composed, produced and performed entirely by Prince.
Prince peaked at 22 on the US Billboard 200 and 3 on the US Billboard Top R&B Albums. The album 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. On February 15, 1980, the album was certified Gold by the RIAA, and a week later it was certified Platinum.
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.
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.
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
All tracks written by Prince.
|1.||"I Wanna Be Your Lover"||5:49|
|2.||"Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?"||3:49|
|4.||"When We're Dancing Close and Slow"||5:23|
|8.||"I Feel for You"||3:24|
|9.||"It's Gonna Be Lonely"||5:27|
- "I Wanna Be Your Lover" b/w "My Love is Forever" (US #11, US R&B #1, US Dance #2, UK #41)
- "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?" b/w "Baby" (US R&B #13)
- "Still Waiting" b/w "Bambi" (US R&B #65)
- "Sexy Dancer" b/w "Bambi"/"Baby" (UK Only US Dance #2)
|US Billboard 200||22|
|US Billboard Top R&B Albums||3|
|French Albums (SNEP)||190|
|Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)||92|
|US Billboard 200||52|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||60,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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