Prince Album is by Prince. The self-titled second studio album was released on the 19th of October 1979 to positive reviews. The record was the sole work of Prince, who wrote, produced, arranged and performed every song.
The only track to feature additional vocals was ” Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? “, which had some vocal harmonies from André Cymone, a friend of Prince and a bass guitarist for his early touring band.
The album was recorded in just a few weeks after his record company, Warner Bros Records, requested a follow-up to his debut album, For You, which reached number 163 on the Billboard 200 Chart in 1978.
The Prince album focuses more on R&B than his debut album, which was a disco-influenced production. The album received a Platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) after selling over a million copies in the United States.
The lead single, ” I Wanna Be Your Lover ” was released on the 24th of August 1979. Lyrically the funk track is about Prince’s love for a woman and how his treatment of her would be better than the man she is with at that time.
The single became Prince’s first major hit in the United States, where it reached number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100. Other Billboard Chart positions were two on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs and Number One on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles Chart.
It also charted in New Zealand where it reached number three on the Recorded Music NZ Chart.
The album was a commercial success in the country reaching a peak of number twenty-two on the Billboard 200 and number three Billboard Top R&B Albums Chart.
The Prince album had a second run on the charts in 2016 after his death. The US it reached number fifty-two on the Billboard 200. In the same year, it made 190 in France and ninety-two in Switzerland.
Prince Rogers Nelson was born on the 7th of June 1958 in Minneapolis, the largest city in the state of Minnesota, United States.
Prince is regarded by many to have been a musical innovator. He was known for his eclectic work, flamboyance on stage and wide vocal range. He fused a wide variety of styles into his music, including funk, rock, jazz, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia and pop.
Prince’s debut Album, For You, was released on the 7th of April 1978 to a mixed response from critics. The Album reached number 163 on the Billboard 200 and twenty-one on the Top Black Albums Chart.
To date, as a solo artist, Prince’s Album releases are thirty-nine studio, three live, seven compilations, seventeen video and twelve extended plays. He also released 104 Singles, thirty-four Promotional singles, twenty-three Internet downloads, three Airplay-only songs and eleven streams.
As a multi-award-winning recording artist, Price has won or been nominated for Academy Awards, American Music Award, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Black Entertainment Television Network, Billboard Music, Brit, Boston Society of Film Critics, Golden Globe, Golden Raspberry, Grammy and MTV Video Music.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2016.
During his lifetime, Prince had sold over 100 million Albums, which included 48.9 million certified units sold in the United States. In the United Kingdom, his sales are over 10 million. He has been ranked as the 21st most successful act of all time.
Prince died at the age of 57 of an overdose of Fentanyl, a type of painkiller, at his Paisley Park recording studio and home on the 21st of April 2016.
Prince Track Listing:
1.I Wanna Be Your Lover
2.Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?”
4.When We’re Dancing Close and Slow
8.I Feel for You ( explicit )
9.It’s Gonna Be Lonely