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1999

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Album details


Released: 27 October, 1982 (USA)
9 November, 1984 (UK)
Length: 70:35
Label(s): Warner Bros. Records
Studio(s): Kiowa Trail Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA; Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Canada: Albums Chart 29 Aug. 1983 20 10
USA: Billboard Pop Chart 20 Nov. 1982 9 153
USA: Billboard Black Chart 20 Nov. 1982 4 93
Europe
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
The Netherlands: Nationale Hitparade LP Top 50 2 Mar. 1985 45 2
U.K Gallup Top 40 Chart 8 Sep. 1984 30 21
Pacific
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Australia: ARIA Top 50 Albums 4 Apr. 1983
(Double LP)
35 8
Australia: ARIA Top 50 Albums 9 May 1983
(Simple LP)
36 17
New Zealand: Album Chart 19 Jun. 1983 6 22

Certifications
Institution, Country Date Certification
CRIA (Canada) 1 Oct. 1983 Gold (50,000)
RIAA (USA) 11 Jan. 1983 Gold (500,000)
RIAA (USA) 17 May 1983 Platinum (1 million)
RIAA (USA) 22 Oct. 1984 Platinum x2 (2 million)
RIAA (USA) 22 Jul. 1985 Platinum x3 (3 million)
RIAA (USA) 24 Mar. 1999 Platinum x4 (4 million)
BPI (UK) 5 Feb. 1985 Silver (60,000)
BPI (UK) 17 Oct. 2008 Gold (100,000)
BPI (UK) 17 Oct. 2008 Platinum (300,000)

Awards
Institution, Country Date Award
This album has not received any awards in in the USA

Singles released


1999
b/w How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore
Little Red Corvette
b/w All The Critics Love U In New York
D.M.S.R. (promo only)
b/w D.M.S.R.
Delirious
b/w Horny Toad
Automatic (Australia only)
b/w Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)
Let's Pretend We're Married
b/w Irresistible Bitch

See also


1999 Tour 1999 Sheet Music
1999 is the fifth full-length studio album by Prince. It was released worldwide in October, 1982 (twelve months after his previous album, Controversy).

When CD technology was created and albums were released on CD, D.M.S.R. was left off the initial releases of 1999 as the time limit on CDs was 74 minutes at the time. As CD capacities increased, however, the track was added to the tracklist again.


Recording process

Album sessions took place from early 1982 to August, 1982, at Prince's Kiowa Trail Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA and later at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA. International Lover is believed to be the first track recorded for the album, in mid-January, 1982. Recording dates for All The Critics Love U In New York are not known, but it was recorded in early 1982.

Let's Pretend We're Married was recorded in late March, 1982. D.M.S.R. followed in mid-April, 1982. Free and Something In The Water (Does Not Compute) were recorded in late April, 1982, while Automatic and Delirious were recorded in early May, 1982. Lady Cab Driver followed in early July, 1982. 1999 and Little Red Corvette were recorded on the same day, 7 August, 1982.

1999 was not included on an early configuration of the album (which was likely given another name at the time), but Prince's management suggested he add an over-arching thematic song to the album, and he wrote the song in response (since Little Red Corvette was recorded on the same day, the early configuration must have been missing this also, although no details of the early configuration are known).

The album was largely a solo recording project by Prince, although various band members appear in small roles, especially on 1999 and D.M.S.R. (see credits below for details).


Promotion

The album produced five commercially-released singles, 1999 (which preceded the album), Little Red Corvette, Delirious, Automatic (available in Australia only) and Let's Pretend We're Married. Additionally, D.M.S.R. was available as a promotional single following the release of Little Red Corvette.

Prince toured extensively in the USA to support the album on the 1999 Tour, which largely focused on the album (the tour featured The Time and Vanity 6 as opening acts, and also acted as promotion for their albums).

The album reached number 9 on the US Billboard Pop Chart and number 4 on the Billboard Black Chart.

1999 has been certified 4x platinum by the RIAA, indicating 4,000,000 copies shipped in the USA.



Track listing
CD LP

The compact disc version is a reissue from the LP.

  1. 1999 (6:22)
  2. Little Red Corvette (4:58)
  3. Delirious (3:56)
  4. Let's Pretend We're Married (7:20)
  5. D.M.S.R. (8:15)
  6. Automatic (9:27)
  7. Something In The Water (Does Not Compute) (4:00)
  8. Free (5:08)
  9. Lady Cab Driver (8:25)
  10. All The Critics Love U In New York (5:55)
  11. International Lover (6:37)


Initial CD run

  1. 1999 (6:22)
  2. Little Red Corvette (4:58)
  3. Delirious (3:56)
  4. Let's Pretend We're Married (7:20)
  5. Automatic (9:27)
  6. Something In The Water (Does Not Compute) (4:00)
  7. Free (5:08)
  8. Lady Cab Driver (8:25)
  9. All The Critics Love U In New York (5:55)
  10. International Lover (6:37)

The vinyl long play format is the initial release.

  • Side 1:
  1. 1999 (6:22)
  2. Little Red Corvette (4:58)
  3. Delirious (3:56)
  • Side 2:
  1. Let's Pretend We're Married (7:20)
  2. D.M.S.R. (8:15)
  • Side 3:
  1. Automatic (9:27)
  2. Something In The Water (Does Not Compute) (4:00)
  3. Free (5:08)
  • Side 4:
  1. Lady Cab Driver (8:25)
  2. All The Critics Love U In New York (5:55)
  3. International Lover (6:37)


Cassette

  • Side 1:
  1. 1999 (6:22)
  2. Little Red Corvette (4:58)
  3. Delirious (3:56)
  4. Let's Pretend We're Married (7:20)
  5. D.M.S.R. (8:15)
  6. Free (5:08)
  • Side 2:
  1. Automatic (9:27)
  2. Something In The Water (Does Not Compute) (4:00)
  3. Lady Cab Driver (8:25)
  4. All The Critics Love U In New York (5:55)
  5. International Lover (6:37)

All songs written by Prince



Personnel
Musicians


Production


Thanks
  • "Thank U - God.
    Steve - "Your guidance is invaluable". Jamie - "I'm glad you're my friend". Lisa, J.J., Dez, Brown Mark, Bobby Z. & Fink. Carol, Peggy, Don, Fred M., Sandy, Lee Phillips, Roy (The Best) Bennett, Tom Marzullo and the crew. David the blade, My love to Vashti and my money to Al. Thank U all for being my pal."



Releases
LP, CD, Cassettes and Other versions
 
Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia

  • At time 1999 went platinum, it was the third double-pocket album released in the 80's decade to top the million sales mark. It followed Bruce Springsteen's The River and Dan Fogelberg's The Innocent Age. In their article Prince Scores Platinum Double (Vol.95 N°24 - 11 June, 1983), Billboard commented that such achievement was noteworthy for a black artist because the last black starts to accomplish similar success with a double studio album were Donna Summer with Bad Girls in 1979 and Stevie Wonder with Songs In the Key of Life in 1976. Billboard also added that in the past 5 years (1979 to 1983), only two double-pocket studio albums went platinum: Fleetwood Mac's Tusk and Pink Floyd's The Wall (both in 1979).

References
www.musiccanada.com / CRIA Gold and Platinum / 1999
Prince Scores Platinum Double by Paul Grain (Billboard Vol.95 N°24 - 11 June, 1983).
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