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Target Practice album.jpg
from the album Target Practice
Balloon single art.jpg
single art for Balloon
Song details
Performer: Heroine December featuring Sheila E.
First Released: 14 February 2014 Balloon single
Album(s): Target Practice
Writer(s): Maya McClean, Nandy McClean (assumed) and Prince (uncredited)
Producer(s): Dre Knight (To be confirmed)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not known to have been performed by Prince
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Balloon is the first track on Heroine December’s first and only EP Target Practice. The song was released as the first single on 14 February 2014, two months before the EP release with no songwriting credits.

Prince’s involvement on Balloon was confirmed at the time of release as ’rearrangement,' but the specific details were confirmed in 2021 when Maya McClean revealed in an interview that he help them rewrite the song she wrote (most likely with her sister Nandy:

"He re-wrote one of the songs that me and my sister released called Balloon. We’ll play it somewhere and then he goes "Maybe you can do a little bit of a change here and a little bit there." So then when we recorded it, we have used his chords in some of the transitional parts."

Balloon features Sheila E. on congas. This is thought to be her latest contribution to a track written by Prince, but the timing has not been confirmed.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
2013 (assumed) Information needed Tracking
12 February 2013 Information needed Sheila E. percussion overdubs
Recording Personnel

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Balloon 3:48 Balloon single

Target Practice album

Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Balloon 3:46 Official Lyric Video

Additional Information

See also Trivia

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