Album: Lotusflow3r

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Lotusflow3r

Lotusflow3r album artwork

Album details


Released: 24 March 2009 (download)
29 March 2009 (Target exclusive CD)
7 September 2009 (French release)
Length: 48:40 (physical)
46:54 (digital)
Label(s): NPG Records
Studio(s): Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA; 77 Beverly Park, Hollywood, CA, USA; Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: The Billboard 200 18 Apr. 2009 2(1) 13
USA: Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums 18 Apr. 2009 1(1) 23
USA: Billboard Independent Albums 18 Apr. 2009 1(1) 20
 
Europe
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Belgium: Ultratop Vlaanderen 25 Apr. 2009 44 6
Belgium: Ultratop Wallonia 18 Apr. 2009 78 2
France: SNEP Top Album 200 12 Sep. 2009 14 17
France: SNEP Top Albums Téléchargés 7 Sept. 2009 3(1) 5
France: SNEP Top Format Longs 7 Sep. 2009 26 8
The Netherlands: Album Top 100 18 Apr. 2009 23 7
France: SNEP Top Albums 200 27 Jun. 2011 191R 1
R indicates re-entry of an album that had already charted.
Certifications
This album has not received any certifications in in the USA
Awards
This album has not received any awards in in the USA

Singles released


  • None.

See also


MPLSound
(album)
Elixer
(album)
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Lotusflow3r is the 33rd full-length studio album by Prince (sold in a package with his 34th album 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, in a 3CD package that also included MPLSound and Bria Valente's first and only album Elixer.

In September 2009, the album was released in France as part of a 2CD package that also included MPLSound. At the same time, a single-disc set was released in France, titled Lotusflow3r but including the MPLSound disc (this was a deliberate marketing decision, not an error). In November, the album was released on vinyl in France as part of a 2LP package, again also including the MPLSound album.

The album's download version contains one alternate track from the CD version. The Morning After is included as the third track on the download, while the CD includes Crimson And Clover in its place. The change has not been explained.


Recording process

Little is known about the recording dates for the album. Prince stated around the time of release that some tracks stem from the sessions for the album 3121.

The tracks featuring Michael B. and Sonny T., From The Lotus..., Colonized Mind, Love Like Jazz, Wall Of Berlin and ...Back 2 The Lotus, are likely to be from this time, recorded in late 2005. Some lyrics from ...Back 2 The Lotus are sampled in the track 3121, corroborating this further.

Additionally, Támar Davis appears on 4ever and Colonized Mind, suggesting they were recorded between 2005 and Summer 2006. A clip of Feel Better, Feel Good, Feel Wonderful was streamed by the NPG Music Club in June 2006, stating it was a work-in-progress, suggesting it was recorded around that time (although the album version is a different recording).

Boom, Crimson And Clover, 77 Beverly Park, $ and Dreamer are assumed to have been recorded in 2008, but this is unconfirmed, and some tracks may have been recorded earlier.


Promotion

The album did not produce any singles, but Prince promoted the album with a Target commercial (using the song Dreamer), as well as various TV appearances and one-off shows. There was no full tour to support this album, however.

The album reached number 2 on The Billboard 200, and number 1 on both the Billboard Top 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.



Track listing
CD Digital

The compact disc version is the original issue.

  1. From The Lotus... (2:47)
  2. Boom (3:19)
  3. Crimson And Clover (3:52)1
  4. 4ever (3:48)
  5. Colonized Mind (4:48)
  6. Feel Better, Feel Good, Feel Wonderful (3:53)
  7. Love Like Jazz (3:50)
  8. 77 Beverly Park (3:04)
  9. Wall Of Berlin (4:17)
  10. $ (3:57)
  11. Dreamer (5:31)
  12. ...Back 2 The Lotus (5:35)


LP

The LP is a reissue from the original retail CD.

  • Side 1:
  1. From The Lotus... (2:47)
  2. Boom (3:19)
  3. Crimson And Clover (3:52)1
  4. 4ever (3:48)
  5. Colonized Mind (4:48)
  6. Feel Better, Feel Good, Feel Wonderful (3:53)
  • Side 2:
  1. Love Like Jazz (3:50)
  2. 77 Beverly Park (3:04)
  3. Wall Of Berlin (4:17)
  4. $ (3:57)
  5. Dreamer (5:31)
  6. ...Back 2 The Lotus (5:35)

The digital version was release on Lotusflow3r.com at same time as the CD.

  1. From The Lotus... (2:47)
  2. Boom (3:19)
  3. The Morning After (2:06)
  4. 4ever (3:48)
  5. Colonized Mind (4:48)
  6. Feel Better, Feel Good, Feel Wonderful (3:53)
  7. Love Like Jazz (3:50)
  8. 77 Beverly Park (3:04)
  9. Wall Of Berlin (4:17)
  10. $ (3:57)
  11. Dreamer (5:31)
  12. ...Back 2 The Lotus (5:35)

All songs written by Prince, except where indicated.

1 Written by Tommy James / Peter Lucia Jr. Includes uncredited clips of Wild Thing, written by Chip Taylor



Personnel
Musicians


Production
  • Prince - producer and arranger
  • Richard Furch - engineer
  • Eddy Schreyer - mastering (Oasis, Los Angeles)


Thanks



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

USA CD 07541 09549 Target exclusive, 3CD package with MPLSound and Bria Valente's Elixer
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Europe CD BEC5772562 Because Music limited edition, 3CD package with MPLSound and Bria Valente's Elixer
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Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

USA Digital (.wav) n/a sold on www.Lotuflower.com
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USA Digital (.mp3 @320k) n/a sold on www.Lotuflower.com
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France LP x2 BEC5772589 Because Music limited edition, 2 LP package with MPLSound
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Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia

  • The Lotusflow3r.com download version, released 5 days prior to the Target CD version, contained the track The Morning After instead of Crimson And Clover. As a result, no recording credits are available for Crimson And Clover, as credits are only available for the online version of the album.
  • Lotusflow3r had its own 'area' on the lotusflow3r.com website, containing a download of the album, a video for the song Crimson And Clover, various promotional photos, and the video globe commonly marketed as the central feature of the website.
  • It appears that 77 Beverly Park was at one point intended for MPLSound, given its mention in the spoken word segment of Ol' Skool Company, which mentions the other MPLSound tracks in their order of appearance on the album.
  • Feel Better, Feel Good, Feel Wonderful was also seen on a tracklist for MPLSound as late as February 2009, indicating it switched albums at a late stage.
  • Feel Better, Feel Good, Feel Wonderful is incorrectly listed as Feel Good, Feel Better, Feel Wonderful on the Target CD packaging.
  • The Lotusflow3r 3CD set sold 168,000 unit in the USA within a week, which granted the album a number 2 position on The Billboard 200 album charts.
  • The French triple pack release, issued on 7 September 2009 sold 3,375 units within a week, which enabled it to enter French charts TOP Album 200 at number 14. The next week it sold 2,340 copies, which had it dropping to position 26. On week 5 the record sold 1163 unit and dropped to position 51. On week 6, after a week of promotion in Paris, the record sold 2,896 copies and climbed up to position 25. It also entered the download album charts at position 3, its best position in 6 weeks.
  • On 2 December 2009, Dreamer was nominated for a Grammy for "Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance"; the first time a Prince track has been nominated for a Grammy without being released as a promo or commercial single (other songs in the category were Beyond Here Lies Nothin' by Bob Dylan, Change In The Weather by John Fogerty, Fork In The Road by Neil Young, and Working On A Dream by Bruce Springsteen, which won the Grammy).

References
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