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This Could Be Us

Artofficialage album.jpg
from the album Art Official Age
Hitnrun album.jpg
from the album Hitnrun Phase One

Thiscouldbus single.jpg
single art for This Could B Us

Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 30 September 2014 - Art Official Age album
Album(s): Art Official Age

Hitnrun Phase One

Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince and Joshua Welton
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:

This Could Be Us is the seventh track on Prince’s 37th album Art Official Age. A remix of the track (titled This Could B Us) is the fifth track on Prince’s 38th album Hitnrun Phase One, and This Could B Us was released as the album’s third single (though only its first following the album’s release) ten days before the album’s release.

While specific recording dates are not known, it is assumed to have been recorded in Spring 2014 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. The Hitnrun Phase One remix contains additional recording believed to have taken place in early 2015 at Paisley Park Studios.

The track was first mentioned in a 23 June 2014 article by Jon Bream in the Minneapolis Star Tribune (along with The Gold Standard, a remix of Funknroll and an unnamed duet with Rita Ora, possibly Ain’t About 2 Stop or The Single Most Amazing). In the article, Bream mentions that Prince explained the track as
"inspired by a meme of him and Apollonia riding on a motorcycle, clearly a scene taken from the 1984 movie Purple Rain. It’s a joyful ballad with some ecstatic Prince vocalizing."

On 26 June 2014, a 35-second snippet of This Could Be Us was made available on 3rdEyeGirl Twitter account via a dropbox link.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Spring 2014 (assumed) Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Early 2015 (assumed) Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Remix with additional recording
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals, bass and guitar, except where noted (assumed)
  • Joshua Welton - keyboards & drum programming (assumed)

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
This Could Be Us 5:11 Art Official Age Studio
This Could Be Us 0:35 3rdEyeGirl Twitter download Snippet Snippet only with footsteps ending
This Could B Us 4:11 Hitnrun Phase One

This Could B Us single

Remix Remix by Joshua Welton with additional recording by Prince
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
This Could Be Us 3:51 Warner Bros. YouTube static video stream Edit

Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • "This Could Be Us" meme which inspired the song title:

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