International Lover is the eleventh and final track on Prince's fifth album 1999, and in 1983 it was included as a b-side on some versions of the single Little Red Corvette, the album's second single.
A brief solo piano rehearsal of the track was released on the 2018 posthumous album Piano & A Microphone 1983,
Basic tracking took place on 14 January 1982 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California (three days after Bold Generation and Gigolos Get Lonely Too, the same day as The Walk, and the day before Colleen), during sessions for The Time's second album What Time Is It?.
It was intended to be sung by Morris Day, but Prince reclaimed the song to use on 1999 instead. It is likely that Morris Day recorded vocals for the song during these sessions, but this is unconfirmed.