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Album details

Released: 19 November, 1996
Length: 60:00; 60:00; 60:00
Label(s): NPG Records / EMI
Studio(s): Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA

Charts, Certifications & Awards

Entry Date Chart, Country Peak Position Weeks in Chart
16 Nov. 1996 Top 50 Albums (FR) 9 4
25 Nov. 1996 Gallup Album Chart (UK) 18 6
7 Dec. 1996 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (USA) 6 26
7 Dec. 1996 Billboard 200 (USA) 11 21

Date Institution, Country Certification
22 Nov. 1996 CRIA (Canada) Gold (100,000 shipped)
31 Jan. 1997 RIAA (USA) Gold, Platinum (1 million shipped)
7 Feb. 1997 RIAA (USA) Platinum x2 (2 millions shipped)

Date Institution, Country Award
17 Jul. 1997 Minnesota Music Awards (USA) Best R&B Recording

Singles released

Slave promo only
b/w New World
Given out as a promo cassette single at Paisley Park Studios concert, 9 Dec. 1995
Betcha By Golly Wow!
b/w Right Back Here In My Arms
The Holy River
b/w Somebody's Somebody
Somebody's Somebody promo only
b/w Somebody's Somebody
NYC (Jam Of The Year live)
b/w Face Down live
Direct order only
Face Down promo only
b/w I Can't Make You Love Me

See also

Love 4 One Another Charities Tour Jam Of The Year World Tour
Emancipation is the 19th full-length studio album by and the first album to be released following the end of 's contract with Warner Bros., which ended less than a week prior to this album's release. It is also 's first released triple album. It was released worldwide in November, 1996 (just four months after Chaos And Disorder).

The album produced two commercially-released singles, Betcha By Golly Wow! and The Holy River. Eleven months prior to the album's release, Slave was given out as a cassette single to concert goers at a Paisley Park Studios show.

Additionally, following the album's release, Somebody's Somebody and Face Down were available as promotional releases. EMI Records went bankrupt during the album's promotional run, however, stalling all promotion for the album. also independently released a live single, NYC, containing live versions of Jam Of The Year and Face Down.

toured extensively to promote the album on the Love 4 One Another Charities Tour and the Jam Of The Year World Tour, although the tours focuses largely on past hits, with only a few songs from Emancipation played regularly. also made multiple television appearances and media interviews to support the album, and labeled it "the album I was born to make".

The album reached number 11 on the US Billboard Pop Chart, and number 6 on the Billboard R&B Chart.

began recording songs for the album in January 1995, and work continued on the album until October, 1996. Two early configurations, from July, 1995, and a later unknown date in 1995, are known, but both were single-disc sets and should be viewed as works-in-progress (see below for details).

The album was largely a solo work, although it also contains tracks showing 's transition from the 1993-5 version of the New Power Generation (with Michael B., Sonny T., Tommy Barbarella and Mr. Hayes) to the new, 1996, version of the band (containing Kirk Johnson, Rhonda Smith, Kat Dyson, Mr. Hayes and Eric Leeds).

The album is also Prince's first to include cover versions of others' songs (indeed the first commercial single release, Betcha By Golly Wow!, was a cover version). He has occasionally included cover versions on albums since Emancipation. Each of the album's three CDs contains 12 tracks and lasts exactly 60:00 - mentioned in interviews that this was planned based on his studies of Egypt, "the building of the pyramids and how the pyramids were related to the constellations. They were a message from the Egyptians about how civilisation really started."

Track listing

The compact disc version is the original issue.

  • Disc 1:
  1. Jam Of The Year (6:09)
  2. Right Back Here In My Arms (4:42)
  3. Somebody's Somebody (4:43) 1 
  4. Get Yo Groove On (6:31)
  5. Courtin' Time (2:46)
  6. Betcha By Golly Wow! (3:30) 2 
  7. We Gets Up (4:17)
  8. White Mansion (4:47)
  9. Damned If Do (5:20)
  10. Can't Make U Love Me (6:37) 3 
  11. Mr. Happy (4:46) 4 
  12. In This Bed Scream (5:40)
  • Disc 2:
  1. Sex In The Summer (5:56)
  2. One Kiss At A Time (4:40)
  3. Soul Sanctuary (4:41) 5 
  4. Emale (3:37)
  5. Curious Child (2:57)
  6. Dreamin' About U (3:52)
  7. Joint 2 Joint (7:51)
  8. The Holy River (6:55)
  9. Let's Have A Baby (4:07)
  10. Saviour (5:48)
  11. The Plan (1:46)
  12. Friend, Lover, Sister, Mother/Wife (7:37)
  • Disc 3:
  1. Slave (4:51)
  2. New World (3:42)
  3. The Human Body (5:41)
  4. Face Down (3:16)
  5. La, La, La Means Love U (3:58) 6 
  6. Style (6:40) 7 
  7. Sleep Around (7:41) 8 
  8. Da, Da, Da (5:15)
  9. My Computer (4:36)
  10. One Of Us (5:19) 9 
  11. The Love We Make (4:38)
  12. Emancipation (4:12)

The MC was released at same time as the CD.

  • Side 1:
  1. Jam Of The Year (6:09)
  2. Right Back Here In My Arms (4:42)
  3. Somebody's Somebody (4:43) 1 
  4. Get Yo Groove On (6:31)
  5. Courtin' Time (2:46)
  6. Betcha By Golly Wow! (3:30) 2 
  • Side 2:
  1. We Gets Up (4:17)
  2. White Mansion (4:47)
  3. Damned If Do (5:20)
  4. Can't Make U Love Me (6:37) 3 
  5. Mr. Happy (4:46) 4 
  6. In This Bed Scream (5:40)
  • Side 3:
  1. Sex In The Summer (5:56)
  2. One Kiss At A Time (4:40)
  3. Soul Sanctuary (4:41) 5 
  4. Emale (3:37)
  5. Curious Child (2:57)
  6. Dreamin' About U (3:52)
  7. Joint 2 Joint (7:51)
  • Side 4:
  1. The Holy River (6:55)
  2. Let's Have A Baby (4:07)
  3. Saviour (5:48)
  4. The Plan (1:46)
  5. Friend, Lover, Sister, Mother/Wife (7:37)
  • Side 5:
  1. Slave (4:51)
  2. New World (3:42)
  3. The Human Body (5:41)
  4. Face Down (3:16)
  5. La, La, La Means Love U (3:58) 6 
  6. Style (6:40) 7 
  • Side 6:
  1. Sleep Around (7:41) 8 
  2. Da, Da, Da (5:15)
  3. My Computer (4:36)
  4. One Of Us (5:19) 9 
  5. The Love We Make (4:38)
  6. Emancipation (4:12)

All songs written by except where indicated.

1  Written with Brenda Lee Eager and Hilliard Wilson
2  Written by Thomas Randolph Bell and Linda Creed
3  Written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin
4  Contains a sample of What Can I Do? by Ice Cube (written by Leon Ware, Arthur Ross, Ice Cube, Mychal-Kaye Simmons and Victor Nathan Taylor)
5  Lyrics co-written with Sandra St. Victor and T. Hammer (uncredited)
6  Written by Thomas Randolph Bell and William Hart
7  Contains a sample of Atomic Dog performed by George Clinton (written by Garry Marshall Shider, David Lee Spradley and George Clinton Jr.)
8  Contains a replay section from "Squib Cakes" (miscredited as "Squibcakes") by Tower Of Power (written by Chester Thompson)
9  Written by Eric M. Bazilian




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Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia

  • promoted the album heavily with multiple interviews, television performances and concerts. Click here for more details.
  • The album marks the first time released a cover version on a studio release.
  • Press release (NPG Records: 22 November, 1996):
"The Freedom Train Rolls In Minneapolis; Live Performance And Video Simulcast Via Satellite."

"Chanhassen, Minneapolis - "Free at last! Free at last! God Almighty, we're free at last!" was the chant that began the birth of the Emancipation era. Broadcast live around the world by MTV, VH1 and BET in a rare show of cross-network unity, Image:SymbolSmaller.png delighted millions with a liberating performance at his Paisley Park Studios. celebrating both his artistic freedom and the November 19th release of his new album Emancipation on NPG records, Image:SymbolSmaller.png and his four-piece New Power Generation band performed selections fro mthe new albul on a heavenly all-white soundstage. The half-hour long set included new album tracks "Jam Of The Year", Joan Osbourne's "One Of Us", and "Get Your Groove On", as well as old favorites "Purple Rain" and "If I was Your Girlfriend". The video for the first single, "Betcha By Golly Wow" (directed by Image:SymbolSmaller.png) kicked off the broadcast. Among thos swaying in gleeful attendance and snacking on Image:SymbolSmaller.png's favorite cereal (Cap'n Crunch) were Boys II Men, Donatella Versace, Phish, Bill Belamy, Mavis Staples and D'Angelo."

"At a press conference following his performance, Image:SymbolSmaller.png commented:"

"The whole process of this record was different. I'm a free man, I'm a happy man, I'm a married man and I'm a clear man. All the tracks on this record are free, happy and clear. making this record was uplifting for me."

"Emancipation is Image:SymbolSmaller.png's historic celebration of personal freedom, the album he states he was "born to make", times three: three discs, three hours of love, sex and liberty".

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