1999 (Prince song)
"1999" is a song by American musician Prince, the title track from his 1982 album of the same name. In 1983, the song peaked at number 2 in Australia, it peaked at number 44 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1982 but with its re-release, it peaked at number 12 in the US in July 1983, at number 25 in the UK in January 1983. Rolling Stone ranked the song number 215 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Following Prince's death, the song re-charted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 41 moving up to number 27, making it the fourth separate time the song had entered the Hot 100 and the third different decade in which the song re-charted; as of April 30, 2016, it has sold 727,363 copies in the United States. The album version of the song starts with a slowed-down voice, reassuring the listener "Don't worry, I won't hurt you. I only want you to have some fun." Prince shares lead vocals on the track with members of his band The Revolution, namely Dez Dickerson, Lisa Coleman and Jill Jones.
Conceived to be a three-part harmony, it was decided to separate out the voices that started each verse. Some music critics have suggested Phil Collins' 1985 song "Sussudio" sounds similar to "1999". Collins confirmed this claim, remembers listening to "1999" while he was on tour with Genesis. Rolling Stone ranked the song number 215 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In January 1985, "1999" was released as a 12" single in the US with "Little Red Corvette" as the B-side, "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?"/"D. M. S. R." in the UK. The single peaked at number 2 in its second week of release; the song was re-recorded at the end of 1998 with The New Power Generation, reusing portions of the original recording, was released the following year as 1999: The New Master. "1999" was re-released in the US in late 1998 to accompany the song's namesake year. It was released on 12" vinyl with the same track listing as the original 12" single: the album version, along with "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?" and "D.
M. S. R." A CD single was issued with the same track listing, except the edit of "1999" was substituted for the album version. It was re-released again towards the end of its namesake year; the original version re-charted within the Top 40 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in December 1998, becoming Prince's last top 40 hit before his death in 2016. The video, directed by Bruce Gowers, was shot during the last week of rehearsals for the 1999 Tour, it depicts his band during a live performance. Just in time to take his part after Lisa Coleman, Jill Jones and Dez Dickerson, Prince appears on the stage from above, gliding down on a fireman's pole, wearing a glittery purple long coat. Something went wrong with shooting Dez's lead vocal line and that footage was re-shot by a local camera crew the afternoon prior to the first show of the 1999 Tour in Chattanooga on November 11, 1982. 7""1999" "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?"12" UK"1999" "D. M. S. R."12" Germany"1999" "Let's Pretend We're Married"12" Australia"1999" "Uptown" "Controversy" "Dirty Mind" "Sexuality"12" - 1985 re-release"1999" "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?"
"D. M. S. R." List of anti-war songs List of number-one dance singles of 1982 Nilsen, Per. The Vault: The Definitive Guide to the Musical World of Prince. Linghem: Uptown. ISBN 916315482X. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Dirty Mind (Prince song)
"Dirty Mind" is the follow-up single in the U. S. and title track to Prince's third album, released in 1980. The song is built around a keyboard riff created by Doctor Fink; the demo-like song lacks a chorus, is a stark departure of the smooth R&B sound of Prince's first two albums. The lyrics concern sexual thoughts, which are representative of the other songs from the album; the single's B-side is the ballad "When We're Dancing Close and Slow", from the previous year's Prince. "Dirty Mind" reached number sixty-five on the soul chart. Along with the tracks "Uptown" and "Head", "Dirty Mind" reached number five on the dance chart. "Dirty Mind" – 3:23 "When We're Dancing Close and Slow" – 5:18
Sign o' the Times
Sign o' the Times is the ninth studio album by American recording artist Prince, released on March 30, 1987, by Paisley Park Records and Warner Bros. Records; the album is the follow-up to Parade and is Prince's first album following his disbanding of the Revolution. The songs were recorded during 1986 to 1987 in sessions for albums Prince aborted: Dream Factory, the pseudonymous Camille, the triple album Crystal Ball. Prince compromised with label executives and shortened the length of the release to a double album; the album's music encompasses a varied range of styles, including funk, psychedelic pop and rock. Its release was supported by several singles, among them the conscious title track and "If I Was Your Girlfriend". Sign o' the Times was Prince's most acclaimed record, being voted 1987's best album in the Pazz & Jop critics poll and since being ranked as one of the greatest albums by several publications. Prior to the disbanding of The Revolution, Prince was working on two separate projects: The Revolution album Dream Factory and a pseudonymous solo effort, Camille.
Unlike the three previous band albums, Dream Factory included input from the band members and lead vocals by Wendy & Lisa. The Camille project saw Prince create an androgynous persona singing in a sped-up, female-sounding voice. With the dismissal of The Revolution, Prince consolidated material from both shelved albums, along with some new songs, into a three-LP album to be titled Crystal Ball. Warner Bros. balked at the idea of trying to sell a three-LP album and forced Prince to trim it down to a double album. As with many of Prince's early 1980s albums, this album features extensive use of the Linn LM-1 drum machine on most songs. In addition, many songs on the album feature minimal instrumentation, use of the Fairlight CMI, a state-of-the-art digital sampler. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Prince used the stock sounds of the Fairlight to create the title track. Four of the album's standout songs, "Housequake", "Strange Relationship", "U Got the Look" with Sheena Easton, "If I Was Your Girlfriend" offer sped-up vocals, ostensibly the voice of "Camille", Prince's alter ego of this era.
Of the album's diverse and varied collection of styles, AllMusic stated that "Prince shows nearly all of his cards here, from bare-bones electro-funk and smooth soul to pseudo-psychedelic pop and crunching hard rock, touching on gospel and folk along the way."Prince was known for recording his vocals in the control room area of the studio. In the recording process, a vocalist records in the recording booth, separated from the control room by a window or soundproof door. To have privacy during the vocal recording process, Prince asked his engineer, Susan Rogers, to leave the room. Rogers recalls: We'd get the track halfway or three-quarters of the way there and set him up with a microphone in the control room. He'd have certain tracks on the multi-track that he would use and he'd do the vocal alone. I think, the only way he could get the performance. On some occasions, Prince recorded vocals with his back to her. Rogers monitored the vocals with a pair of headphones so Prince's recording microphone would not pick up the speakers she would have used.
Prince used a Sennheiser 441 dynamic microphone for recording vocals at this stage in his career. Though Sign o' the Times was regarded as "less polished" than his earlier efforts, Rogers points out that "we spent more time and money on Sign o' the Times than anything he'd done. Much more work went into it." Two of the album's songs were first recorded in 1982 and 1983: "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man" and "Strange Relationship". Prince did additional work on both for their placement on the Dream Factory project and involved the "Wendy & Lisa" partnership of Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman on the former; when the project was canceled, "Strange Relationship" was further updated for Camille. The remaining tracks were recorded between March and December 1986; the surviving Camille tracks feature a playful sped-up vocal. "U Got the Look" was recorded in this manner, though it was not intended for the Camille album. Sign o' the Times produced three top-ten hit singles, the most from a Prince album since Purple Rain in 1984, although it sold modestly.
It was his most critically acclaimed record. Bart Bull, writing for Spin magazine in 1987, said that Prince's loosely organized songs are "genius" rather than indulgent and that, although there is no song as groundbreaking as "Girls & Boys", "nobody else's outtakes would sound so strong, rock so hard, swing so free." The album ranked number 2 among "Albums of the Year" for 1987 in the annual NME critics' poll, the title track ranked number one among songs. Robert Christgau of The Village Voice said that the album is not a "formal breakthrough", but rather "the most gifted pop musician of his generation proving what a motherfucker he is for two discs start to finish." He praised Prince's "one-man band tricks" and multi-tracked vocals, which he said "make Stevie Wonder sound like a struggling ventriloquist" and express real emotions: "The objects of his desire are objects of interest and respect. Some of them he may not fuck." Sign o' the Times was voted as the best album of 1987 in The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop critics' poll.
According to Christgau, the poll's creator, the album was "easily the biggest winner" in the poll's history and "established Prince as the greatest rock and roll musician of the era—as singer-guitarist-hooksmith-beatmaster, he has no peer." The title track
Spin (Darren Hayes album)
Spin is the first solo album released by former Savage Garden member Darren Hayes. The album was produced by Walter Afanasieff, it was released in Australia in March 2002 and reached the rest of the world that year. Hayes, continuing the trend from his years as Savage Garden's frontman, addresses romance on every track on the album. Walter Afanasieff, who had worked on Savage Garden's Affirmation, oversaw the production of the majority of the album, with help from co-producers Greg Bieck, Rick Nowels and Robert Conley. Afanasieff produced five of the twelve tracks on the original release: "Insatiable", "Heart Attack", "Dirty", "Good Enough" and the title track, "Spin". Afanasieff produced the Australian-release bonus track, "The Heart Wants What It Wants", the UK Collector's Edition bonus tracks, "I Wish U Heaven" and "Can't Help Falling in Love"; as of 2006, the album sold 118,000 units in the United States. "Insatiable" became the album's lead single in January 2002, becoming a hit in several places across the globe.
Some consider this to be Hayes' signature song. The single came backed with new B-sides "Falling at Your Feet" and "Ride", plus mixes of the track from Calderone, Pablo La Rosa, Specificus, DP and the Metro Boys. "Strange Relationship" became the album's second single in June 2002, but it was not a hit like its predecessor. The single came backed with the new B-side "So Bad", remixes by DP and Specificus, the Metro Boys remix and Capital Radio Session of "Insatiable", it included a cover of the Marvin Gaye song "Sexual Healing", Hayes' second cover of a song by the artist, having participated in the 2001 Artists Against AIDS Worldwide recording of the song. "I Miss You" became the album's third single in November 2002. It wasn't released in Australia until February 2003; the single includes the new B-sides "In Your Eyes" and "Where You Want to Be", plus a remix by Dallas Austin, the instrumental version, an acoustic version of "Insatiable", the F3 remix of "Strange Relationship", the "Crush on Holiday" remix of "Crush".
The Dallas Austin remix became the main video version in Australia. "Crush" became the album's fourth and final single in April 2003. However, it was released in September 2002 in Australia, prior to the release of "I Miss You" in that country; the single includes the new B-side "Right Dead Back on It", remixes by Mayday Biscuit Disco and "Crush on Holiday", the instrumental version, plus an Acoustic version of "Insatiable", the F3 remix of "Strange Relationship", the Dallas Austin mix of "I Miss You". The "Crush on Holiday" mix is a mash-up with Madonna's 1983 single "Holiday"; this version became the main video version in Australia. During the Spin recording sessions, a number of tracks were left over, included as B-sides or unreleased. Although certain tracks were marketed as demo recordings, all appear to be the complete, final studio recordings. A total of fifteen tracks, excluding remixes, are listed. Demo recordings: "Falling at Your Feet" – Available as a B-side to "Insatiable" in both the UK and Australia.
"Ride" – Available as a B-side to "Insatiable" in both the UK and Australia. "So Bad" -- Available as a B-side to "Strange Relationship" in both the Australia. "Where You Want to Be" – Available as a B-side to "I Miss You" in both the UK and Australia included as one of three tracks unlocked on Hayes' official website using the enhanced content on the debut release of "Spin". "Right Dead Back on It" – Available as a B-side to "Crush" in Australia only. After 15,000 copies of the single were pressed, the track was removed for unknown copyright reasons, new copies were pressed without it. Covers: "Sexual Healing" – Available as B-side to "Strange Relationship" in the UK only, cover of the Marvin Gaye original; the song was recorded as part of a Capital Radio Session, which featured a demo recording of "Insatiable". "In Your Eyes" – Available as a B-side to "I Miss You" in the UK only, cover of the Peter Gabriel original. The song was recorded for intention of use on "Spin", however, it was cut when Hayes claimed he wanted "all original material".
"I Wish U Heaven" – Available as a bonus track on the UK Collector's Edition of "Spin", cover of the Prince original. The recording only lasts 2:14, only includes up to the second chorus of the song. "Can't Help Falling in Love" – Available as a bonus track on the UK Collector's Edition of "Spin", cover of the Elvis Presley original. The recording only lasts 2:22, only includes up to the second chorus of the song. Bonus tracks: "When You Say You Love Me" – Available as one of three tracks unlocked on Hayes' official website using the enhanced content on the debut release of "Spin"; the song was covered by Australian band Human Nature for their album Walk the Tightrope, Clay Aiken for his album Measure of a Man. Hayes recorded a collaborative version of the song with Human Nature for their greatest hits album "A Symphony of Hits". "Lift Me Up" – Available as one of three tracks unlocked on Hayes' official website using the enhanced content on the debut release of "Spin". The song was covered by the Backstreet Boys, due for inclusion on their fifth studio album, Never Gone, considered for release on the follow-up album Unbreakable.
However, their version remains unreleased. Hayes recorded a collaborative version of the song with Olivia Newton-John for her duets album
UK Singles Chart
The UK Singles Chart is compiled by the Official Charts Company, on behalf of the British record industry, listing the top-selling singles in the United Kingdom, based upon physical sales, paid-for downloads and streaming. The Official Chart, broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and MTV, is the UK music industry's recognised official measure of singles and albums popularity because it is the most comprehensive research panel of its kind, today surveying over 15,000 retailers and digital services daily, capturing 99.9% of all singles consumed in Britain across the week, over 98% of albums. To be eligible for the chart, a single is defined by the Official Charts Company as either a'single bundle' having no more than four tracks and not lasting longer than 25 minutes or one digital audio track not longer than 15 minutes with a minimum sale price of 40 pence; the rules have changed many times as technology has developed, the most notable being the inclusion of digital downloads in 2005 and streaming in July 2014.
The OCC website contains the Top 100 chart. Some media outlets only list the Top 75 of this list; the chart week runs from 00:01 Friday to midnight Thursday, with most UK physical and digital singles being released on Fridays. From 3 August 1969 until 5 July 2015, the chart week ran from 00:01 Sunday to midnight Saturday; the Top 40 chart is first issued on Friday afternoons by BBC Radio 1 as The Official Chart from 16:00 to 17:45, before the full Official Singles Chart Top 100 is posted on the Official Charts Company's website. A rival chart show, The Vodafone Big Top 40, is based on iTunes downloads and commercial radio airplay across the Global Radio network only, is broadcast on Sunday afternoons from 16:00 to 19:00 on 145 local commercial radio stations across the United Kingdom; the Big Top 40 is not regarded by the industry or wider media. There is a show called "Official KISS Top 40", counting down 40 most played songs on Kiss FM every Sunday 17:00 to 19:00; the UK Singles Chart began to be compiled in 1952.
According to the Official Charts Company's statistics, as of 1 July 2012, 1,200 singles have topped the UK Singles Chart. The precise number of chart-toppers is debatable due to the profusion of competing charts from the 1950s to the 1980s, but the usual list used is that endorsed by the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles and subsequently adopted by the Official Charts Company; the company regards a selected period of the New Musical Express chart and the Record Retailer chart from 1960 to 1969 as predecessors for the period prior to 11 February 1969, where multiples of competing charts coexisted side by side. For example, the BBC compiled its own chart based on an average of the music papers of the time; the first number one on the UK Singles Chart was "Here in My Heart" by Al Martino for the week ending date 14 November 1952. As of the week ending date 18 April 2019, the UK Singles Chart has had 1352 different number-one hits; the current number-one single is "Someone You Loved" by Lewis Capaldi.
Before the compilation of sales of records, the music market measured a song's popularity by sales of sheet music. The idea of compiling a chart based on sales originated in the United States, where the music-trade paper Billboard compiled the first chart incorporating sales figures on 20 July 1940. Record charts in the UK began in 1952, when Percy Dickins of the New Musical Express gathered a pool of 52 stores willing to report sales figures. For the first British chart Dickins telephoned 20 shops, asking for a list of the 10 best-selling songs; these results were aggregated into a Top 12 chart published in NME on 14 November 1952, with Al Martino's "Here in My Heart" awarded the number-one position. The chart became a successful feature of the periodical. Record Mirror compiled its own Top 10 chart for 22 January 1955; the NME chart was based on a telephone poll. Both charts expanded in size, with Mirror's becoming a Top 20 in October 1955 and NME's becoming a Top 30 in April 1956. Another rival publication, Melody Maker, began compiling its own chart.
It was the first chart to include Northern Ireland in its sample. Record Mirror began running a Top 5 album chart in July 1956. In March 1960, Record Retailer had a Top 50 singles chart. Although NME had the largest circulation of charts in the 1960s and was followed, in March 1962 Record Mirror stopped compiling its own chart and published Record Retailer's instead. Retailer began independent auditing in January 1963, has been used by the UK Singles Chart as the source for number-ones since the week ending 12 March 1960; the choice of Record Retailer as the source has been criticised. With available lists of which record shops were sampled to compile the charts some shops were subjected to "hyping" but, with Record Retailer being less followed than some charts, it was subject to less hyping. Additionally, Retailer was set up by independent record shops and had no funding or affiliation with record companies. However, it had a smaller sample size than some ri
Do It All Night (Prince song)
"Do It All Night" was the lead single in the UK to support Prince's third album, Dirty Mind. The song is an ode to sex, Prince exclaims that he wants to do it all night; the song opens with a simple keyboard hook before a prominent bass guitar kicks in, along with rhythm guitar and live drums. The song consists of several repeats of the chorus. Featured is a keyboard solo in the bridge; the song opened Prince's Dirty Mind tour. The B-side of the track was the controversial Dirty Mind ode to oral sex, "Head". Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
"Glam Slam" is a song by American musician Prince, the second single from his 1988 album, Lovesexy. The song has sexual overtones with a spiritual undertone and fits the Lovesexy theme of integrating God and sex; the song is complex musically. It ends with a chorus of strings. A 12" single remix of the song by Shep Pettibone and Steve Peck includes dance beats and extra instrumentation and samples; the B-side, "Escape", is somewhat of a remix, sampling the chorus from "Glam Slam", but adding all new lyrics and a funky bass guitar. The theme of "Escape" is more anti-drugs and gangs and is more of a dance number than "Glam Slam"; the edit of "Escape" was included on 1993's The Hits/The B-Sides. The opening lines to "Escape" were lifted from the Camille outtake, "Rebirth of the Flesh"; these lines kicked off the Lovesexy World Tour, before leading into "Erotic City". Prince recorded a new version in 1991 called "Glam Slam'91", the basis of "Gett Off" from Diamonds and Pearls. In late 1989, Prince opened a nightclub in Minneapolis named after the song and decorated with paintings by Brian Canfield Mitchell.
After eight years of frustration vis-a-vis its more established rival First Avenue, he sold it to new owner, Gilbert Davison, former Prince Manager and President of Paisley Park, who renamed it The Quest. The club became one of the premier nightspots in the Twin Cities, rivaling First Avenue as a live music venue, before closing in 2006 due to a fire in the club; the building was reopened as the nightclub Epic. Other Glam Slam clubs opened in Miami, Los Angeles, Yokohama; the Glam Slam moniker was extended in 1993 with Prince's Glam Slam Ulysses, a combination of live performances and video loosely based on Homer's Odyssey. 7" single / Cassette single"Glam Slam" – 3:28 "Escape" – 3:3112" single"Glam Slam" – 8:52 "Escape" – 6:26Mini CD single"Glam Slam" – 3:28 "Escape" – 3:31 "Glam Slam" – 8:52 Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics