Album: Plectrumelectrum

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Plectrumelectrum

Plectrumelectrum album artwork

Album details


Released: 26 September 2014 (Germany and much of Europe)
29 September 2014 (UK)

30 September 2014 (USA)

Length: 44:00
Label(s): NPG Records, Inc. under exclusive license to Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Studio(s): Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA; Studio One, London, UK

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
iTunes
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: 25 Sep. 2014 12 22 (days)
Canada: 1 Oct. 2014 37 9 (days)
Australia: 26 Sep. 2014 29 8 (days)
Brazil: 1 Oct. 2014 84 3 (days)
UK: 26 Sep. 2014 10 13 (days)
Germany: 26 Sep. 2014 13 16 (days)
France: 26 Sep. 2014 3 20 (days)
Spain: 26 Sep. 2014 4 17 (days)
Italy: 26 Sep. 2014 7 15 (days)
 
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: The Billboard 200 18 Oct. 2014 8 3
USA: Billboard Top Rock Albums 18 Oct. 2014 1(1) 2
USA: Billboard Tastemakers Albums 18 Oct. 2014 6 1
USA: Billboard Digital Albums 18 Oct. 2014 14 1
 
Europe
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Austria: Alben Top 75 10 Oct. 2014 8 2
Belgium: Ultratop Vl 4 Oct. 2014 11 7
Belgium: Ultratop Wa 4 Oct. 2014 29 4
Denmark: IFPI Hitlist Album Top 40 10 Oct. 2014 8 1
France: SNEP Top Albums 11 Oct. 2014 13 2
France: SNEP Top Albums Physiques 11 Oct. 2014 14 2
France: SNEP Top Albums Téléchargés 11 Oct. 2014 8 2
Germany: Albums Charts 10 Oct. 2013 31 2
Greece: IFPI Top-75 Albums Sales Week 40/2014 27 3
Hungary: MAHASZ Top 40 Album 10 Oct. 2013 6 2
Ireland: IRMA ChartTrack Top 100 Albums 2 Oct. 2014 14 2
Italy: FIMI/GfK Album Music Charts 5 Oct. 2014 21 2
The Netherlands: Album Top 100 4 Oct. 2014 9 4
Norway: VG-Lista Topp 40 Albums Week 41/2014 8 1
Spain: ProMusicae Top 100 Albumes 5 Oct. 2014 22 2
Sweden: GLF Top 60 Albums 10 Oct. 2013 50 1
Switzerland: Schweizer Hitparade 5 Oct. 2014 8 4
U.K.: UK Albums Chart 11 Oct. 2014 11 2
 
Asia
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Japan: Billboard Japan Top Albums 8 Oct. 2014 23 2
Japan: ORICON CD アルバム Albums 5 Oct. 2014 10 2
Japan: ORICON 洋楽アルバム World Albums 5 Oct. 2014 4 4
Korea: GAON 종합 Domestic Albums Week 43/2014 63 1
Korea: GAON 국외 International Albums Week 43/2014 13 1
 
Pacific
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Australia: ARIA Top 50 Albums 12 Oct. 2014 33 1
New Zealand: Top 50 Albums 6 Oct. 2014 31 1
Certifications
This album has not received any certifications in in the USA
Awards
This album has not received any awards in in the USA

Singles released


Fixurlifeup
b/w None
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Pretzelbodylogic
b/w None
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See also


3rdEyeGirl
(Band)
  
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Plectrumelectrum is the 36th full-length studio album by Prince. It was composed, recorded and produced by Prince and 3rdEyeGirl and was released on 30 September 2014 (29 September 2014 in Europe).

It was made available for pre-order on iTunes USA, Amazon and on a dedicated Warner Bros Records website on 25 August 2014. Available formats are CD + Digital MP3 bundle, MP3 and WAV. On 29 September 2014 the album was made available on Spotify streaming platform.

Late November 2014 the album was released on vinyl format.


First Steps

The 3rdEyeGirl band featured on the album began working together in December 2012, indicating a large portion of the album was recorded in 2013 and first part of 2014.

The title track, Plectrumelectrum, was first streamed in March 2013, as a rehearsal video. In April 2013, blogger Dr. Funkenberry relayed a news update "from Paisley Park" that a Live Out Loud Tour launch party would feature music from an album tentatively-titled Plectrum Electrum. Over time the title has been written with and without the space between words.

Pretzelbodylogic and Funknroll were both played at a listening party for the album in February 2014.

Initial information suggested that Prince did not appear on lead vocals for most of the album, and that the album would be released by 3rdEyeGirl alone, but over time it appears that many tracks have been added to as well as removed from the album, with the album finally being announced as a "Prince and 3rdEyeGirl" project.


Recording Process

Tracks known to have been recorded by the band between 2012 and early 2014, but not on the album include Check The Record, Pulla Wagon, Shade Of Umber, and a re-recording of The Breakdown.

The album was recorded and mixed at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA and at Studio One, London, England.


Promotion

Two singles have been released with the credit "Prince and 3rdEyeGirl" - Fixurlifeup (initially released with the artist credit "3rdEyeGirl feat. Prince" before the credit was reversed), and Pretzelbodylogic.

On 4 September 2014, Whitecaps was made available as pre-order digital single. On 20 September 2014 Anotherlove and Marz were made available to download on iTunes Germany.

The album reached number 1 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart, and 8 on The Billboard 200. It also entered the main charts in Europe, Australia and Japan, reaching top 10 positions in Austria, Denmark, France, Japan, Norway, Switzerland and the Netherlands.



Track listing
CD LP

The compact disc and digital versions are the original issues.

  1. Wow (4:27)
  2. Pretzelbodylogic (3:26)
  3. Aintturninround (3:01)
  4. Plectrumelectrum (4:51)1
  5. Whitecaps (3:42)
  6. Fixurlifeup (3:12)
  7. Boytrouble (3:52)
  8. Stopthistrain (3:40)
  9. Anotherlove (4:15)2
  10. Tictactoe (3:37)
  11. Marz (1:48)
  12. Funknroll (4:09)

Side A:

A1 Wow (4:27)
A2 Pretzelbodylogic (3:26)
A3 Aintturninround (3:01)
A4 Plectrumelectrum (4:51)1
A5 Whitecaps (3:42)
A6 Fixurlifeup (3:12)

Side B:

B1 Boytrouble (3:52)
B2 Stopthistrain (3:40)
B3 Anotherlove (4:15)2
B4 Tictactoe (3:37)
B5 Marz (1:48)
B6 Funknroll (4:09)

All songs written by Prince and 3rdEyeGirl, except where noted.

1  Written by Donna Grantis
2  Written by Alice Smith


© 2014 NPG Records. Inc. under exclusive licence to Warner Bros. Records Inc.
© 2014 NPG Music Publishing



Personnel
Musicians


Production


Thanks
Prince 4 Sharing Ur light with us. Joshua Welton & Trevor Guy 4 Ur brilliant contributions. Kirk Johnson, Theo London, Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins & the entire Paisley Park & New Power Generation family.
  • To all of our fans:
Thank U 4 Ur love & support! We R 3rdsEyeGirl & so R U.



Releases
LP, CD, Cassettes and Other versions
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USA CD 545610-2 with sticker
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USA Digital 24 Bits
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USA Digital MP3
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Argentina CD 9362-49333-5 with sticker
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EU CD 9362-49333-5 with sticker
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EU CD 9362-49333-5 Promo with 2 stickers
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EU LP 9362-49333-1
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South Africa CD WBCD 2331
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Japan CD WPCR16128 with OBI strip
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Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
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Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia

  • Pre-order bundles were made available at € 12,99 / £ 9,99 (CD+MP3) and € 9,99 / £ 7,99 (MP3, WAV)
  • When the album was first announced and made available for pre-order, track timings were only available for some tracks: Pretzelbodylogic, Whitecaps, Anotherlove and Marz.

References
  • Preorder(s)
Warner Bros Records; Plectrumelectrum Website; iTunes USA; Amazon
  • Press:
Prince announces two brand new studio albums (Press Release)
Prince announces details of two studio albums by Harriet Gibsone (The Guardian: 25 August 2014)
Prince Amps Up Funk and Soul on Two New Albums This Fall by Kory Grow (Rolling Stone: 25 August 2014)
Prince Set to Release First Solo Album in Four Years by By Ashley Lee (The Hollywood Reporter) (Billboard: 25 August 2014)
Prince streams two new albums on Spotify – listen by Lisa Wright (NME: 29 September 2014)
  • Releases:
Discogs: Plectrum Electrum master release
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