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Album details

Released: 6 May, 1988 (France)
9 May, 1988 (UK)
10 May, 1988 (USA)
Length: 45:07
Label(s): Paisley Park Records
Studio(s): Paisley Park

Charts, Certifications & Awards

Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: Billboard Top Pop Albums 25 May 1988 11 20
USA: Billboard Top Black Albums 25 May 1988 5 17
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Austria: Alben Top 75 1 Jun. 1988 3(?) 28
Germany: Muzikmarkt Top 75 Albums 23 May, 1988 4 24
The Netherlands: Nationale Top 75 21 May 1988 1(3) 19
Norway: VG-Lista Top 40 Albums Week 19/1988 2(?) 18
Sweden: Top 60 Albums 25 May 1988 1(2) 8
Switzerland: Schweizer Hitparade 25 May 1988 1(2) 12
U.K.: UK Albums Chart 21 May 1988 1(1) 32
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Australia: ARIA Top 50 Album 26 Jun. 1988 13 6
New Zealand: Top 40 Album 12 Jun. 1988 1(2) 18
Institution, Country Date Certification
RIAA, USA 5 Dec. 1988 Gold (500,000)
BPI, UK 10 May. 1988 Silver, Gold (100,000)
BPI, UK 23 Aug. 1988 Platinium (300,000)
SNEP, France 1988 Gold (100,000)
SNEP, France 18 Oct. 2001 Gold x2 (200,000)
BVMI, Germany 1989 Gold (250,000)
Institution, Country Date Award
9th Minnesota Music Awards, USA 11 May, 1989 Best Album

Singles released

Alphabet St.
b/w Alphabet St. part II
Glam Slam
b/w Escape
I Wish U Heaven
b/w Scarlet Pussy

See also

(Sheet Music)
Lovesexy is the tenth full-length studio album by Prince. It was released worldwide in May, 1988, 13 months after his previous album Sign O' The Times.

As an artistic statement, the initial CD release of the album was not split into tracks, but was instead tracked as one single 45:07 track, designed to be listened to as a whole (track titles were included, however). Later releases of the CD split the album into the nine named tracks, however.

Recording process

The album was written and recorded hastily in response to Prince's decision in early December, 1987, to cancel "The Black Album", which Prince deemed too dark. One of the tracks from that album, When 2 R In Love, recorded in October, 1987, was kept for inclusion on Lovesexy, and the remaining eight tracks were recorded in the following two months. No, Dance On and Positivity were recorded in mid-December, 1987.

Lovesexy was also initially recorded in mid-December, 1987, but was re-recorded with different music in late January, 1988. Alphabet St. was recorded at the end of December, 1987. Glam Slam was also recorded at some point in December, 1987, and Anna Stesia was recorded at some point in December, 1987 - January, 1988, but specific dates for these tracks are unknown. I Wish U Heaven was recorded in late January, 1988, as the final track recorded for the album.

While Sheila E. appears on drums for many of the album's tracks, the album was largely recorded solely by Prince. His full live band appeared on No, and some band members appeared in minor roles on Alphabet St., Anna Stesia, Lovesexy and Positivity. The album marks Cat and Boni Boyer's first appearances on a Prince album.


The album produced three commercially-released singles, Alphabet St. (which preceded the album), Glam Slam and I Wish U Heaven.

Prince supported the album with a major European, North American and Japanese tour, the Lovesexy Tour, which focused largely on the album (while including many songs from Prince's back catalog).


The album reached number 11 on the US Billboard Top Pop Albums Chart, and number 5 on the Billboard Top Black Albums Chart. It fared much better in Europe, reaching number 1 in the UK, Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden. The album also did well in New Zealand, where it also reached number 1.

Track listing

The compact disc version is a reissue from the LP.

  1. No (5:46)
  2. Alphabet St. (5:38)
  3. Glam Slam (5:04)
  4. Anna Stesia (4:57)
  5. Dance On (3:43)
  6. Lovesexy (5:49)
  7. When 2 R In Love (3:58)
  8. I Wish U Heaven (2:43)
  9. Positivity (7:16)

Vinyl and Cassette have the same tracks sequence

  • Side 1:
  1. Eye No No (5:46)
  2. Alphabet St. (5:38)
  3. Glam Slam (5:04)
  4. Anna Stesia (4:57)
  • Side 2:
  1. Dance On (3:43)
  2. Lovesexy (5:49)
  3. When 2 R In Love (3:58)
  4. I Wish U Heaven (2:43)
  5. Positivity (7:16)

All songs written by Prince.


  • Prince - producer, arranger and engineer
  • Joe Blaney - engineer
  • Eddie Miller - assistant engineer
  • Bernie Grundman - mastering
  • Jean Baptiste Mondino - cover photo


LP, CD, Cassettes and Other versions
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

Canada LP 92 57201
Canada CD CD 25720 Songs in continuous sequence
Canada MC 92 57204 C
USA LP 1-25720-DJ Promo DJ Gold Stamp
USA LP 1-25720-DJ Promo DJ virgin vinyl
USA LP 1-25720
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Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2
USA LP R 154087 RCA Music Service pressing
USA CD 2-25720 Long Box: songs in continuous sequence
USA MC 4-25720 1st edition: paper labels
USA MC 4-25720 2nd edition
Mexico LP LWB-6728
Venezuela LP 3231
Brazil LP 670.4155 Promo with facts sheet
Brazil LP 670.4155
Argentina LP 25 720 promo
Argentina LP 80746
Argentina MC 90746
UK LP WX164 Promo with Sticker
Germany LP 925 720-1
Germany LP 925 720-1 Virgin vynil
Germany CD 925 720-2 First Release: songs in continuous sequence
Germany MC 925 720-4
Spain LP 925720-1
Spain MC 925720-4
Portugal LP 9257201
Italy LP 92 5720-1
Italy MC 92 5720-4
Yugoslavia LP LSWB 73240
Yugoslavia MC CAWB 9336
Greece LP 925720-1
Greece MC 925720-4
Turkey MC 25720-4
Zimbabwe LP WBC 1645
South Africa LP WBC 1645 Promo with Black Stamp
South Africa LP WBC 1645
Israel LP BAN 925720-1
Israel CD 9 25720-2 Songs in continuous sequence
Israel MC MCB 925720-4
Japan LP P-13652 Promo With OBI strip + Sticker
Japan LP P-13652 With OBI strip
Japan CD 32XD-984 With OBI strip: Songs in continuous sequence
Japan CD WPCP-3650 With OBI strip: Songs in continuous sequence
Japan CD WPCP-360 With OBI strip: Songs in continuous sequence
Taiwan MC WU1350
Thailand MC 25720-4
Indonesia MC 925720-4
Philipines LP 25720-1
Philipines MC 25720-4
Australia LP 1-25720 Promo wrapped with black lace panties
Australia LP MX300955/56
Australia MC 25720-4

Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

Germany CD 7599-25720-2 Reissue: Tracked Version
Japan CD WPCR-75023 Reissue 2005: Forever Young Series, songs in continuous sequence
Japan CD WPCR-13540 Reissue 2009: SHMCD "Mini LP"

Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia

  • US press adverts published in Billboard and in Rolling Stones in spring 1988:
    US press advert published in Billboard (Vol. 100 No.20) on 14 May, 1988   US press advert published in Rolling Stone (info needed) in 1988
  • Warner Bros. records shipped 750,000 units in advance of its street release, and logged in 30,000 reorders by 11 May, 1988.
  • Department store giant Wal-Mart refused to carry the album or decided to stock it discreetly in their 1,100 stores across the USA because of the "provocative pose" of Prince on the cover that they thought was "too hot to handle". Interviewed by Billboard, a representative from the chain declared that their refusal of stocking the album was due to "the album cover itself", something that was "offensive" and that they didn't want to carry anything in their stores containing "graphics of this nature". In a similar way, a Minneapolis based company, Musicland Group, advised the managers of their 616 stores to keep the LP behind the counter, while cassettes and CDs were being displayed routinely. Asked about the controversy, Warner VP Dennissaid that the label had no intent in redesigning the cover as they "didn't see anything wrong with it", pointing that Time Magazine printed the cover on the second week of may 1988.

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