X's Face

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X’s Face

Hitnrun album.jpg
from the album Hitnrun Phase One
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 14 March 2015 - Live Nation email download
Album(s): None
Writer(s): Prince and Joshua Welton
Producer(s): Prince and Joshua Welton
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • 2015 (during sampler set), 2016 (during sampler set)

X’s Face (a.k.a. The X’s Face) is the seventh track on Prince’s 38th album Hitnrun Phase One. Six months earlier, the track (as The X’s Face) was available as a free download, emailed by Live Nation to ticket holders for four Prince and 3rdEyeGirl concerts scheduled in Louisville, KY, USA (on 14 and 15 March 2015) on the night of the first show (along with What If). It had been premiered the night before on New York City radio station 90.7 WFUV.

Almost six months earlier, the track was streamed in part during the Yahoo! Live album release party for Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum by Joshua Welton from his Macbook Pro in Paisley Park Studios (Studio C), Chanhassen, Minnesota (along with Revelation and Ain’t About 2 Stop).

While specific recording dates are not known, it is assumed to have been recorded in Summer 2014 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Summer 2014 (assumed) Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
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
The X’s Face 2:40 Live Nation email delivery Studio Sent to ticket holders of 14 and 15 March 2015, The Louisville Palace, Louisville, KY, USA. Clean ending to track
X’s Face 2:38 Hitnrun Phase One Studio Same track as above, but track ending overlaps with following album track Hardrocklover

Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Detail of the email sent by Live Nation through Ticketmaster customer support services to Louisville ticket holders:
    Subject: Thanks for buying your ticket to see Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL, here’s some new music for you

    Thanks for buying your ticket.
    As a special gift from Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL, here are two brand new tracks for your listening pleasure. Click the links to download.
    Questions? Just hit reply and ask us or visit Ticketmaster.com!
    Thanks for being a fan!

    Ticketmaster Fan Support

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