Album: Purple Rain

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Purple Rain

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Album details


Released: 25 June 1984 (USA)
13 July 1984 (UK)
Length: 43:54
Label(s): Warner Bros. Records
Studio(s): Kiowa Trail Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA; The Warehouse, St. Louis Park, MN, USA; Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA; Record Plant Remote - Mobile Truck (from New York, NY in Minneapolis, MN USA) at First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Canada: RPM Top 100 Albums 15 Jul. 1984 1(17) 46
Canada: The Record Top 40 Albums 23 Jul. 1984
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1(13) 41
USA: Billboard Top LP's & Tapes 14 Jul. 1984 1(12) 50
USA: Billboard Black LPs 14 Jul. 1984 1(19) 47
USA: Billboard Rock Albums Airplay 16 Jun. 1984 20A 12
Canada: RPM Top 100 Albums of 1984 5 Jan. 1985 2 -
USA: Billboard Catalog Albums 8 May 2004 32R 8
USA: Billboard 200 12 Jul. 2014 193R 1
USA: Billboard 200 8 Nov. 2014 195R 1
USA: Greatest of All Time Billboard 200 Albums 2016 110 n/a
R indicates re-entry of an album that had already charted.
 
Europe
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Austria: Alben Top 75 1 Jan. 1985 8 22
France: Nielsen & Ipsos TOP 20 3 Feb. 1985 8 9
Germany: Muzikmarkt Top 75 Albums 30 Jul. 1984 5 48
The Netherlands: Nationale Hitparade LP Top 50 4 Aug. 1984 1(3) 40
Norway: VG-Lista Top 40 Albums Week 35/1984 4 17
Sweden: Top 60 Albums 3 Aug. 1984 3 14
Switzerland: Schweizer Hitparade 12 Aug. 1984 7 31
U.K.: UK Albums Chart 21 Jul. 1984 7 91
U.K.: Gallup Album Charts 13 Sep. 2014 19R 1
R indicates re-entry of an album that had already charted.
 
Pacific
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Australia: ARIA Top 50 Albums 29 Jul. 1984 1(?) 27
New Zealand: Top 40 Albums 5 Aug. 1984 2(?) 36
Australia: ARIA Top 50 Albums 26 Jan. 1992 21R 13
R indicates re-entry of an album that had already charted.
Certifications
Institution, Country Date Certification
CRIA, Canada 1 Sep. 1984 Platinum x3 (300,000)
CRIA, Canada 1 Nov. 1984 Platinum x5 (500,000)
CRIA, Canada 1 Dec. 1984 Platinum x6 (600,000)
RIAA, USA 29 Aug. 1984 Platinum (1 million)
RIAA, USA 13 Nov. 1984 Platinum x8 (8 millions)
RIAA, USA 16 Jan. 1985 Platinum x9 (9 millions)
RIAA, USA 22 Feb. 1989 Platinum x10 (10 millions)
RIAA, USA 11 Jul. 1994 Platinum x11 (11 millions)
RIAA, USA 16 May 1996 Platinum x13 (13 millions)
Diamond
SNEP, France 1984 Gold (100,000)
SNEP, France 1993 Platinum (300,000)
BVMI, Germany 1985 Gold (250,000)
BVMI, Germany 1993 Platinum (500,000)
BPI, UK 30 Aug. 1984 Silver (60,000)
BPI, UK 25 Sep. 1984 Gold (100,000)
BPI, UK 26 Apr. 1985 Platinum (300,000)
BPI, UK 1 May 1990 Platinum x2 (600,000)
ARIA, Australia 9 Mar. 1992 Platinum (70,000)
ARIA, Australia 8 Dec. 1996 Platinum x2 (140,000)
Awards
Institution, Country Date Award
12th annual American Music Awards, USA 28 Jan. 1985 Favorite Album (Soul/R&B)
12th annual American Music Awards, USA 28 Jan. 1985 Favorite Album (Pop/Rock)
4th annual BRIT Awards, UK 11 Feb. 1985 Best Film Soundtrack
27th annual Grammy Awards, USA 26 Feb. 1985 Best Rock Performance by a Group
27th annual Grammy Awards, USA 26 Feb. 1985 Best Album of Original Score Written For A Motion Picture
57th annual Academy Awards, USA 25 Mar. 1985 Best Original Score
4th annual World Soundtrack Awards, Belgium 9 Oct. 2004 WSA Special 20th Anniversary Award

Singles released


When Doves Cry
b/w 17 Days
N°1 in Billboard Hot 100
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Let's Go Crazy
b/w Erotic City
N°1 in Billboard Hot 100
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Purple Rain
b/w God
N°2 in Billboard Hot 100
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I Would Die 4 U
b/w Another Lonely Christmas
N°8 in Billboard Hot 100
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Take Me With U
b/w Baby I'm A Star
N°25 in Billboard Hot 100
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See also


Purple Rain
(film)
Purple Rain
(tour)
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Alternate Album Configuration


  • 7 November 1983, configuration
A1. Let's Go Crazy
A2. The Beautiful Ones
A3. Computer Blue
A4. Darling Nikki
A5. Wednesday
B1. Purple Rain
B2. I Would Die 4 U
B3. Baby I'm A Star
B4. Father's Song


  • 23 March 1984, configuration
A1. Let's Go Crazy
A2. The Beautiful Ones
A3. Computer Blue
A4. Darling Nikki
B1. When Doves Cry
B2. I Would Die 4 U
B3. Baby I'm A Star
B4. Purple Rain


Purple Rain (the motion picture soundtrack to the movie Purple Rain) is the sixth full-length studio album by Prince, and the first to be credited to Prince and the Revolution. It was released worldwide in June 1984, a month before the movie, Purple Rain opened in theaters.

Released a year and eight months after Prince's previous album 1999, it marked the longest period between albums to date.


Recording Process

The album was mostly recorded between August 1983, and March 1984, although Baby I'm A Star had first been recorded in 1981. The last three songs on the album, I Would Die 4 U, Baby I'm A Star and Purple Rain, were recorded live at the 3 August 1983, First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA show, although overdubs and edits took place later. This marked the first time Prince had included live recordings on an album or on any release.

In keeping with previous albums, all tracks were primarily written by Prince. Computer Blue features songwriting input by Dr. Fink, Lisa Coleman, and Wendy Melvoin. Dr. Fink also wrote a keyboard bass line for the track. Prince’s father John L. Nelson was also credited for the Father's Song component of the track, which had been worked on during rehearsals on the 1983 leg of the 1999 Tour.

While Prince's previous albums were primarily solo recordings by Prince, Purple Rain contained the credits “produced, arranged, composed and performed by Prince and the Revolution.”

The full band appears on four tracks: Let's Go Crazy, I Would Die 4 U, Baby I'm A Star and Purple Rain. Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman also appear on Computer Blue, while the remainder of the tracks are essentially solo performances. Apollonia sings co-lead on Take Me With U. Three of the tracks include a string section arranged by Lisa Coleman and Prince, conducted by Coleman and Melvoin: Take Me With U, Baby I'm A Star, and Purple Rain.

The string players are Novi Novog (violin and viola), David Coleman (cello), and Suzie Katayama (cello).


Promotion

The album produced five commercially-released singles, When Doves Cry (which preceded the album), Let's Go Crazy, Purple Rain, I Would Die 4 U and Take Me With U. Both When Doves Cry and Let's Go Crazy reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Prince supported the album with the Purple Rain Tour, his most extensive to date, and the first billed as Prince and the Revolution. Every song on the album was played regularly on the tour, which comprised of 100 shows throughout the United States, also including two shows in Canada.


Charts

On 4 August 1984, after 3 weeks in the chart, Purple Rain reached number 1 on the US Billboard Top Lps And Tape chart, where it remained for 12 weeks (the album remained almost a year in the US charts). It also reached number 1 on the US Billboard Black LPs chart, remaining at top position for 19 weeks.

In Canada the albums topped the RPM Top 100 Albums chart for 17 weeks, and the "The Record Top 40 Albums" chart where it remained 13 weeks. The albums fared also well in Europe, reaching number 1 position in the Netherlands (for 3 weeks), top 5 positions in Germany, Sweden and Norway, and top ten positions in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria and France.

Boosted by the success of the Purple Rain movie, the album catapulted Prince to international stardom as the album outsold all of his previous (and subsequent) albums, selling 13 million copies in the US and 5 million in the rest of the world.


Certifications

It was certified platinum by RIAA two months after release, on 29 Aug. 1984. By November 1984, it had reached 8x platinum and in January 1985, 9x platinum indicating 9 million copies shipped in the USA within 7 months.

On 16 May 1996 the album was certified 13x platinum by the RIAA and reached the "Diamond album" status.



Track listing
CD LP / Cassette
  1. Let's Go Crazy (4:39)
  2. Take Me With U (3:54)
  3. The Beautiful Ones (5:13)
  4. Computer Blue (3:59) 1 
  5. Darling Nikki (4:13)
  6. When Doves Cry (5:52)
  7. I Would Die 4 U (2:51)
  8. Baby I'm A Star (4:20)
  9. Purple Rain (8:41)
  • Side 1:
  1. Let's Go Crazy (4:39)
  2. Take Me With U (3:54)
  3. The Beautiful Ones (5:13)
  4. Computer Blue (3:59) 1 
  5. Darling Nikki (4:13)
  • Side 2:
  1. When Doves Cry (5:52)
  2. I Would Die 4 U (2:51)
  3. Baby I'm A Star (4:20)
  4. Purple Rain (8:41)


8-Track

  • Program 1 (11:00 min):
  1. Let's Go Crazy
  2. Take Me With U
  3. The Beautiful Ones (Beg.)
  • Program 2 (10:59 min):
  1. The Beautiful Ones (Concl.)
  2. Computer Blue 1 
  3. Darling Nikki
  • Program 3 (10:59 min):
  1. When Doves Cry
  2. I Would Die 4 U
  3. Baby I'm A Star (Beg.)
  • Program 4 (11:00 min):
  1. Baby I'm A Star (Concl.)
  2. Purple Rain

All songs written by Prince (credited to Prince and the Revolution) except where noted.

1  Written by John L. Nelson, Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin and Prince



Personnel
Musicians


Production


Thanks


  • "Thanks 2 Don Thorin and all the cast & crew of Purple Rain: Clarence Williams, Olga Karlatos, Kim—hi, Morris & Jerome, Katy, Billy Sparks—what up 'tho? Richard Arrington—God—4 the sun, Wally Gator, Dez Dickerson & the Modernaires—Steve & everybody at 1st Avenue—all the extras & anybody else we foolhardy forgot 2 mention."


  • "Thank u all-may u live 2 see the Dawn."



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

America
Canada LP 92 51101 WEA Music Of Canada labels, w/ sticker and poster
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Canada LP W1-25110 CRC CI Columbia House (CBS Records Canada) labels
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USA LP 1-25110 w/ sticker and poster
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USA LP 1-25110 Purple Vinyl w/ sticker and poster
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Mexico LP LWB-6281 Purple Vinyl w/ poster
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Mexico LP LWBS-6281 Purple Vinyl w/ sticker & poster
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Mexico LP FLWB-6281 Picture Disc in PVC sleeve
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Guatemala LP 1-25110 DIDECA Labels, printed sticker
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Ecuador LP LP-80068 Fediscos Labels, 1st edition
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Ecuador LP LP-80068 Fediscos Labels, 2nd edition
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Ecuador LP LP-80068 Fediscos Labels, 3rd edition
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Colombia LP 6042 Philips labels
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Brazil LP 26.132 EMI ODEON labels, black & white insert sheet
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Brazil LP 670.4218 BMG ARIOLA labels
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Argentina LP 83.814 SADAIC labels
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Europe
Ireland LP 925110-1 Island Music labels
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UK LP 925 110-1 Island Music labels w/ BPI Award Winner sticker
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UK LP 925 110-1 Purple Vinyl, Island Music labels
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Sweden LP 925 110-1 Purple Vinyl, NCB Labels w/ poster
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The Netherlands LP 925 110-1 STEMRA Labels
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The Netherlands LP 925 110-1 Purple Vinyl, STEMRA Labels w/ poster
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Germany LP 925 110-1 • U • WE 361 Purple Vinyl, GEMA/BIEM label 1st edition w/ poster
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Germany LP 925 110-1 Purple Vinyl, GEMA/BIEM label 2nd edition w/ poster & booklet
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Germany LP 925 110-1 • U • WE 361 GEMA labels
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Germany LP 925 110-1 • U • WE 361 GEMA/BIEM labels w/ white sticker & poster
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Germany LP 925 110-1 • U • WE 361 GEMA/BIEM labels w/ purple rectangular sticker & poster
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Germany LP 41 685 9 Club Edition w/ GEMA/BIEM labels
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Germany LP 32 276-8 Club Edition w/ GEMA/BIEM labels
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France LP 925 110-1 • U • WE 361 SACEM labels + "le nouveau Prince" sticker
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France LP 925 110-1 • U • WE 361 GEMA/BIEM labels + "le nouveau Prince" sticker
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France LP 925 110-1 • U • WE 361 GEMA/BIEM labels + 2 stickers
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France LP 925 110-1 • U • WE 361 Purple Vinyl, SACEM labels + "le nouveau Prince" sticker
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France LP 925 110-1 Purple Vinyl, GEMA/BIEM labels + "le nouveau Prince" sticker
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Spain LP 925 110-1 Polygram + Island Music labels + bio insert
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Italy LP 92 5110-1 S.I.A.E. labels
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Greece LP 925110-1 AEPI labels
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Middle-East
Israel LP BAN 925110-1 w/ Hebrew language sticker
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Africa
South Africa LP WBC 1573
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Asia/Pacific
Korea LP OLW 316 Purple Vinyl
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Japan LP P-13021 w/ OBI, Poster, Lyrics & Info Sheet
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Japan LP P-13021 Purple Vinyl w/ OBI, Poster, Lyrics & Info Sheet
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China LP CH-1107 M&M Blue Labels w/ lyrics sheet
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China LP CH-1107 Chade Blue Labels w/ lyrics sheet
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Australia LP 25110-1 • MX209227/8 WEA Records Pty labels + white round sticker
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Australia LP 25110-1 • MX209227/8 WEA Records Pty labels + purple rectangular sticker
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Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

Europe
Germany Boxset WMV 573-3 ZY Issued in 1990: contains CD, VHS and a Poster
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Germany LP 7599-25110-1 [WE381] Limited Edition 180 grams, 1st edition (24 Nov. 1997). Matrix runout WMME Alsdorf 759 925110-1-A / B
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Germany LP 7599-25110-1 Limited Edition 180 grams, 2nd edition
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Europe LP 8122-79914-9 180 grams edition
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Asia/Pacific
Japan LP x2 PS-255-6 Strange Tales From the Rain promotional edition
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Some of the above pictures courtesy of Aprilsnow and Sleevographia

 

 
Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia

  • US and UK Press adverts for this album.

UK press advert published in The Face   UK press advert published in The Face in July 1984   1984 Press advert for LP with Poster

1984 Billboard US press advert  1984 Kerrang US press advert

  • Two early configurations of the album are known to exist containing alternate tracks and/or alternate versions (see Alternate Album Configuration column above).
  • Warner Bros. Records claimed first-day sales of 1.3 million copies for the album. The high figure was backed by retailers in a Billboard article on 7 July 1984; initial orders had sold within 3 days, having them to re-order a large number of units to face the demand.
  • The "Prince Purple Rain" logotype that was originally commissionned by Warner Bros for the movie was later adapted by graphic designer Jay Vigon for the album cover.
  • Even though he's not credited as such, Ed Thrasher, an art director previously employed at Warner Bros. Records, was the album cover art director. He also designed the Purple Rain movie poster.

References
USA: www.billboard.com / Purple Rain; Billboard Vol. 96 N°25 onwards: Top LPs And Tape, Black LPs & Rock Albums;
Canada: RPM Charts; Top Albums, The Essential Chart Guide by Nanda Lwin (Nielsen Soundscan ISBN 9781896594149); Billboard Vol. 96 N°30 onwards: Hits Of The World / Canada: The Record Top 20;
Europe: hitparade.ch; dutchcharts.nl; swedishcharts.com;norwegiancharts.com; austriancharts.at; www.infodisc.fr (France); Hit Bilanz - Deutsche Charts LP's 1962-1986 (Taurus Press ISBN 3922542298);
Pacific: australian-charts.com; charts.org.nz;
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