|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.
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.