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Poplife single.jpg
single art for Pop Life
included on The Hits / The B-Sides
Song details
Performer: Prince and the Revolution
First Released: 10 July 1985 - Pop Life single
Album(s): The Hits / The B-Sides
Writer(s): Prince (credited to Prince and the Revolution)
Producer(s): Prince (credited to Prince and the Revolution)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince.
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

Hello was released as the b-side of Pop Life, the third single (second in North America) from Prince’s seventh album Around The World In A Day, the second album to be credited to Prince and the Revolution. Concurrently, it was included as the b-side of the second single in Europe, Raspberry Beret. In 1993, the song was included as the opening track on The B-Sides compilation (included as the third and final disc on The Hits / The B-Sides).

Basic tracking took place on 24 May 1985 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California (the same day the Paisley Park single was released in Europe).

Hello was written in response to criticism received when Prince declined to participate in the recording of We Are The World, a multi-artist recording organized to aid famine in Africa; the lyrics make mention of his contribution of the song 4 The Tears In Your Eyes to the album We Are The World instead.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
24 & 26 May 1985 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Tracking, mix (24th), edits (26th)
11 June 1985 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Overdubbing, edits
25 September 1985 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Updated mix of extended version (post release) (Susan Rogers & Coke Johnson, Prince not present)
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments, except where noted
  • Jill Jones - background vocals

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Hello 3:23 Pop Life single

Raspberry Beret single
The Hits / The B-Sides

Edit Slightly alternate mixing than full version
Hello (Fresh Dance Mix) 6:16 Pop Life single

Raspberry Beret single

Studio Full version; a.k.a. Hello (Extended Remix) on Raspberry Beret single

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Hello Studio Extended Version mix updated after release
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Thirteen years after the release of Hello, Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) released Goodbye as the final track on Crystal Ball. Other than the titles might suggest, these tracks are entirely unrelated.
  • The repetitive sound heard at the end of the song where Prince speaks some lyrics is a sample from the Fairlight CMI sampler called 'Tibet' It’s the same sample Prince used as the basis for a song called Tibet, that remains unreleased. This sample can also be heard at the very end of the also unreleased song Others Here With Us

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