Album: Elixer

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Elixer


Elixer (front cover)

Single details


Released: 24 March 2009 (download)
29 March 2009 (USA/Target release)
7 September 2009 (French release)
Length: 44:25
Label(s): NPG Records
Studio(s): Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA; Circle House, Miami, FL, USA

Elixer is the first and only full-length studio album by Bria Valente, and is only available in a package with Prince's 33rd and 34th albums Lotusflow3r and MPLSound. It was initially released as a download on the launch date of Prince's website Lotusflow3r.com, with a CD release exclusively at Target five days later as part of Prince's 3CD package known as Lotusflow3r.

The album produced one download-only single, Another Boy, released six months before the album, although a few tracks had been previewed as online streams also. In October 2007, HereEyeBlue.png Come was streamed on 3121.com as the site's first "Jam Of The Week" (initially known as "Jam Of The Month"). In May 2008, a clip of Home was premiered on DrFunkenberry.com.

Bria Valente did not promote the album, but Prince promoted the 3CD set, which benefited Elixer also (see Lotusflow3r and MPLSound for promotion details). The album package reached number 2 on the US Billboard 200, and number 1 on both the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart and the Billboard Independent Albums chart, perhaps due in part to the sale of three CDs together for the low retail price of $11.98.
Specific recording dates for the album are not known. Prince began working with Valente in late 2006, however (and she first appeared on the track The Song Of The Heart).

Kept Woman was initially recorded with Támar Davis between early 2005 and early 2006, and was intended for her album Beautiful, Loved & Blessed, later renamed Milk & Honey before it was abandoned. Bria Valente's version was a re-recording, however, tracked at some point between late 2006 and early 2009. HereEyeBlue.png Come was recorded between late 2006 and late 2007.

Home was recorded at some point between late 2006 and early 2008. Another Boy and Elixer were recorded at some point between late 2006 and Summer 2008. The remaining tracks could have been recorded at any point between late 2006 and early 2009 - All This Love, Something U Already Know, Everytime, 2nite and Immersion.
The album was mostly recorded by Prince and Bria Valente alone, although C.C. Dunham and Joshua Dunham appear on three tracks, All This Love, Something U Already Know and Kept Woman, and Clare Fischer provided string arrangements on Everytime and Elixer.

Track listing

CD/Download

  1. HereEyeBlue.png Come (4:28)
  2. All This Love (4:39)
  3. Home (4:26)
  4. Something U Already Know (5:44)
  5. Everytime (3:50)
  6. 2nite (5:02)
  7. Another Boy (3:56)
  8. Kept Woman (4:15) *
  9. Immersion (4:02)
  10. Elixer (4:00)


All songs written by Prince and Bria Valente, except where noted
* Written by Prince (credited to Prince and Bria Valente)

Personnel

Musicians


Production


Singles released

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Charts

Entry Date Chart, Country Peak Position Weeks In Chart
Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, USA 18 Apr. 2009 1 (1 week) 23
Billboard Independent Albums, USA 18 Apr. 2009 1 (1 week) 20
Billboard 200, USA 18 Apr. 2009 2 13

Releases

Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label1 Label2

USA CD 07541 09549 Target exclusive, 3CD package with
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USA Digital download n/a .wav format
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USA Digital download n/a mp3 320kb format
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Variants, special editions and re-releases


Album promotion

Time-of-release

Awards, nominations, and certifications

  • None

Trivia

  • Elixer appears to be a deliberately-misspelled word to give the sexual connotation 'he licks her'. When Another Boy was released as a download single, however, the artwork stated the album title as the correctly-spelled 'Elixir'.
  • While Prince appears prominently on instrumentation throughout the album, his only vocals appear as a duet with Bria on the title track, Elixer.


References

Neverforget album.jpg 2007
Never Forget: A Journey Of Revelations
All Albums All Related Artists Albums 2010
Concrete Jungle
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