Album: Lovesexy

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Lovesexy

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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


Charts
America
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
 
Europe
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
 
Pacific
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
Certifications
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)
Awards
Institution, Country Date Award
9th Minnesota Music Awards, USA 11 May 1989 Best Album

Singles released


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


Lovesexy
(Sheet Music)
Lovesexy
(Tour)
SheetMusic-Lovesexy.jpg 1988 Lovesexy staff all access.jpeg
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. Eye88.png 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 Eye88.png 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.


Promotion

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).


Charts

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
CD LP

The compact disc version is a reissue from the LP.

  1. Eye88.png 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.



Personnel
Musicians


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


Thanks



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

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

References
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All Albums All Related Artists Albums 1989
Batman
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