Single: 1999

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1999

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Single details


Released: 24 September 1982 (US release)
7 January 1983 (UK release)
11 January 1985 (UK re-release)
Related album: 1999
Label(s): Warner Bros.
Non-Album track(s):

1999 (Edit) (3:36)
1999 (Edit) (Mono) (3:36)
Free (Edit) (4:35)
How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore (3:50)

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: Billboard Black Singles 16 Oct. 1982 4 19
USA: Billboard Dance/Disco Top 80 23 Oct. 1982 1(2) 22
USA: Billboard Hot 100 30 Oct. 1982 44 11
USA: Billboard Hot 100 23 Jul. 1983 12R 15
 
Europe
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Belgium: Ultratop Flanders 8 Jan. 1983 8 13
Ireland: IRMA Singles Chart 13 Feb. 1983 21 2
U.K.: Gallup Singles Chart 23 Jan. 1983 25 7
Ireland: IRMA Singles Chart 20 Jan. 1985 (re-issue) 6R 4
U.K.: Gallup Singles Chart 20 Jan. 1985 (re-issue) 2R 10
Certifications
This single has not received any certifications in the USA
Awards
This single has not received any awards in the USA

See also


1999
(music video) 
1999
('98 single reissue)
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1999 was the first single to be released from Prince's fifth album 1999. It was released a month before the album, and received a release around the world. The b-side, How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore, was previously-unreleased.

The single was a huge success, helping to bring Prince to the attention of a much wider audience. It reached number 4 on the Billboard Black Singles Chart and reached number 44 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

6 months later, after the Top 10 chart success of both Little Red Corvette and 1999 album, Warner Bros. decided to re-issue it to US Pop radio stations, enabling it to re-entry the Hot 100 and this time reach position 12.

It also reached number 2 on the UK Gallup Singles Chart, and has been re-released numerous times (see below for details).


Track listing
7" 12"

A. 1999 (Edit) (3:36)
B. How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore (3:50)

References:
US: 7-29896
UK: W 9896
DE/BE: 92.9896-7
CA: 92 98967
JP: P-1723
AU: MX206909-10

Cassette Single

A. 1999 (Edit) (3:36)
AA. Little Red Corvette (Edit) (3:08)

References:
US: 00468-4 (1989 Backtrax Reissue)

Cassette Maxi

A1. 1999 (6:22)
A2. Uptown (5:30)
A3. Controversy (7:14)
B1. Dirty Mind (4:11)
B2. Sexuality (4:20)

References:
UK: W 9896C

A. 1999 (6:22)
B. Let's Pretend We're Married (7:20)

References:
DE: 92.9820-0
AU: MX207933-4

A. 1999 (6:22)
B1. How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore (3:50)
B2. D.M.S.R. (8:15)

References:
UK: W 9896T

A. 1999 (6:22)
B1. 1999 (Edit) (3:36)
B2. How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore (3:50)

References:
BE: 92.9852-0

A1. 1999 (6:22)
A2. Uptown (5:30)
A3. Controversy (7:14)
B1. Dirty Mind (4:11)
B2. Sexuality (4:20)

References:
AU: 238221

  • See individual tracks and related albums for credits.

Other Formats
7" Promo 12"
  • (US: 7-29896)

A. 1999 (Edit) (Stereo) (3:36)
B. 1999 (Edit) (Mono) (3:36)

7" 1985 Reissue

  • (UK: W 1999)

A. 1999 (Edit) (3:36)
B. Little Red Corvette (Edit) (3:08)

7" 1987 Back-To-Back Hits Reissue

  • (US: GWB 0468)

A. 1999 (Edit) (3:36)
AA. Little Red Corvette (Edit) (3:08)

  • (US: PRO-A-1070)

A. 1999 (Album Version) (6:22)
B. 1999 (Single Version) (3:36)

  • (US: PRO-A-2042)

A. 1999 (Single Version) (3:36)
B1. Free (Edit) (4:35)
B2. Automatic (9:24)

12" 1985 Reissue

  • (UK: W 1999T)

A. 1999 (6:22)
B. Little Red Corvette (4:58)

12" 2007 Reissue

  • (UK: W 1999T)

A. 1999 (6:22)
B. Little Red Corvette (4:58)

Others

A. 1999 (6:22)
B. Little Red Corvette (Dance Mix) (?:??)


Releases
7", 12", CD, Cassettes and Other versions
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

USA 7" 7-29896
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UK 7" W 9896
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Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

UK 7" W 1999 1985 re-issue
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UK 12" W 1999T 1985 re-issue
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Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Triva

  • On 14 December 1982 Prince taped a performance of 1999 KTLA Studios - Stage 6, Hollywood, CA, USA for Solid Gold TV Show. It was first aired on 29 January 1983.
  • UK press advert published in Smash Hits (January 1985) to promote the early 1985 reissue:
    Smash Hits press advert for 1999 reissue published in January 1985
  • The initial US version of the single was released on the same day as Nasty Girl, by Vanity 6, in which Prince was heavily involved.
  • When the single was re-released, more than 150 Pop Radio Stations in the USA were reporting playing the record, compared to around 50 when the single was first released. Billboard (Vol.95 N°26 25 June 1983) reported that top-40 formatted radios that hadn't programmed 1999 in 1982 fall changed their program philosophy during the first semester of 1983. WOKI-FM programmer in Knoxville admitted that the changes in their playlists were primarily to keep up with other radio competitors that were airing dance hit records by black artists such as Michael Jackson and Prince.
  • The single was nominated at 26th Annual Grammy Awards inthe category Pop Field - Best Pop Vocal performance, Male.
  • The UK single remained 5 weeks in the UK Top 40 Chart.
  • On 29 June 1983 Prince performed 1999 at Prom Center, St. Paul, MN, USA for the 2nd Minnesota Black Music Awards. The event wasn't televised, therefore isn't listed here as due promotion for the single.
  • 1999 was re-released on 11 Jan. 1985 in the UK with a new artwork, it remained 9 weeks in the UK Top 40 Chart.
  • 1999 was re-released worldwide at the end of 1998 to bring in the year 1999. See 1999 for details.
  • 1999: The New Master was released in early 1999 as an independent release by Prince (credited to Prince and the Revolution). See 1999: The New Master for details.

References
Billboard Hot 100 Charts - The Eighties by Joel Whitburn (ISBN 0-89820-079-2)
The Billboard Book Of Top 40 R&B and Hip-Hop Hits by Joel Whitburn (ISBN 0-8230-8283-0)
Top R&B Singles 1942 - 1999 by Joel Whitburn (ISBN 0-89820-136-5)
Hot Dance/Disco 1974-2003 by Joel Withburn. (ISBN 0-89820-156-X)
British Hit Singles by Martin Roach (ISBN 978-0-7535-1537-2)
The Official UK Charts Company / Prince
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Sexuality
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Little Red Corvette
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