The Morning Papers

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"The Morning Papers"
UK 7" single
Single by Prince
from the album Love Symbol
B-side "Live 4 Love"
"Love 2 the 9's" (UK CD)
Released April 3, 1993
Format 7" single
Cassette single
CD single
Recorded Paisley Park Studios, September 1991 to March 1992
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:57
Label Paisley Park/Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Prince
Producer(s) Prince
Prince singles chronology
"Damn U"
"The Morning Papers"
"Pink Cashmere"
Prince (UK) chronology
"The Morning Papers"

"The Morning Papers" is a song by Prince and The New Power Generation, from the 1992 Love Symbol album.[1] It was released as the fourth worldwide (and fifth overall) single from the album; the B-side was "Live 4 Love", a track from Prince's previous album, Diamonds and Pearls. The UK CD single included "Love 2 the 9's", as well, also from the Love Symbol album.

The lyrics of the song concern Prince falling in love with Mayte Garcia, and sticks to the theme of the movie 3 Chains o' Gold, where Mayte (a princess in Egypt) and Prince meet after her father is assassinated by seven mysterious men. Prince sings about the things they do together and how other people do not value/understand the bond they share. Musically, the song is a pop-rock number with an emphasis on guitar. The video is notable for featuring Prince embracing "the grunge look".

Chart performance[edit]

"The Morning Papers" was a moderate success on all the charts on which it appeared. It peaked at #44 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #18 on the Top 40 Mainstream, #68 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and #52 in the UK. The song became the first song by Prince released in proper form in the United Kingdom to miss the top forty since "Mountains" in 1986, seven years earlier (this means that 23 of Prince's songs in a row had made the top-40 before "The Morning Papers"). The song, despite missing the Billboard top-40, made the top-40 mainstream chart meaning it received significant radio airplay in America.


Chart (1992/1993) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 44
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 68
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 18
UK Singles Chart 52