Partyman was the second single to be released from Prince's eleventh album Batman (the motion picture soundtrack to the 1989 Tim Burton movie Batman).
It was released two months after the album, and received a release around the world, continuing the successful commercial tie-in with the Tim Burton movie. The b-side, Feel U Up, was previously unreleased (although it had been originally planned for the Camille album, which was aborted in late 1986).
The maxi-single contained remixes by Prince of Partyman, including Partyman (The Purple Party Mix), whose opening segment contained samples from a number of Prince's hit songs from 1979 to 1988.
The single's artwork was the second, following Batdance, to feature Batman's logo, although in more simplistic form. The exact same symbol, although with different coloring, was used on the subsequent single, The Arms Of Orion.
The single reached number 18 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart, and number 5 on the US Billboard Hot Black Singles Chart.