Single: 1999: The New Master

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1999: The New Master

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Single details


Released: 2 February 1999
Related album: None
Label(s): NPG Records
Non-Album track(s):

1999 (Acapella) (5:11)
1999 (Keep Steppin') (4:33)
1999 (Rosie & Doug E. In A Deep House) (6:23)
1999 (The Inevitable Mix) (5:46)
1999 (The New Master) (7:09)
1999 (The New Master: Single Edit) (4:30)
Rosario (1999) (1:19)

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: Billboard 200 20 Feb. 1999 150 1
USA: Billboard Top R&B Albums 20 Feb. 1999 58 2
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
(original issue)
1999 '98
(1998 reissue)
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1999 was originally the first single to be released from Prince's fifth album 1999, but the release listed here is a stand-alone single re-recorded and released to coincide with the calendar year 1999 (on the same day as Graham Central Station's album GCS 2000).

Although Prince was using the name SymbolSmallerBlue.png at the time, the tracks and single were credited to Prince and the Revolution, although the original track and single were recorded and credited only to Prince, and no original Revolution members appear on this re-recording (instead, Rosie Gaines, Larry Graham and Doug E. Fresh appear).

The single was released independently by NPG Records within six weeks of Warner Bros.' re-release of the original 1999 single, but there was no video accompanying the single and without much marketing, the single did not sell well, reaching only number 150 in the US Billboard Pop Chart, and number 58 on the Billboard R&B Chart.

Love4OneAnother.com stated at the time that every track released by Warner Bros. had been re-recorded as a "new master" by Prince (specifically as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) (to, in essence, regain control over the songs), and that this was the first taste of these recordings. No other "new masters" have been made publicly available, however.


Track listing
12" CD

A1. 1999 (The New Master) (7:09)
A2. Rosario (1999) (1:19)
A3. 1999 (The Inevitable Mix) (5:46)
A4. 1999 (Keep Steppin') (4:33)
B1. 1999 (Rosie & Doug E. In A Deep House) (6:23)
B2. 1999 (The New Master: Single Edit) (4:30)
B3. 1999 (Acapella) (5:11)

References:
US: 7-85337-19991-6 (purple vinyl)

1. 1999 (The New Master) (7:09)
2. Rosario (1999) (1:19)
3. 1999 (The Inevitable Mix) (5:46)
4. 1999 (Keep Steppin') (4:33)
5. 1999 (Rosie & Doug E. In A Deep House) (6:23)
6. 1999 (The New Master: Single Edit) (4:30)
7. 1999 (Acapella) (5:11)

References:
US: 7-85337-19992-3

  • See individual tracks and related albums for credits.

Other Formats
12" Promo Cassette
  • (US: No Cat. Nr)

A1. 1999 (The New Master) (7:09)
A2. Rosario (1999) (1:19)
A3. 1999 (The Inevitable Mix) (5:46)
A4. 1999 (Keep Steppin') (4:33)
B1. 1999 (Rosie & Doug E. In A Deep House) (6:23)
B2. 1999 (The New Master: Single Edit) (4:30)
B3. 1999 (Acapella) (5:11)

  • This single wasn't released on cassette.
Others
  • This single wasn't released in any other format.

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

USA 12" Promo - Promotional Transluscent Purple Vinyl
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USA 12" 7-85337-19991-6 Transluscent Purple Vinyl
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USA CD 7-85337-19992-3
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Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

None

 

 

 
Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Triva

  • The arrival of the calendar year 1999 meant that the original version of 1999 was played heavily on radio and TV, and the lyrics were referred to regularly throughout the media world.
  • Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) hosted two launch parties in Las Vegas, NV, USA, to celebrate the single's release. The first, on 1 January 1999, featured a live set by The Time at which Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) guested on guitar and keyboards for two songs. The second, on 2 January 1999, featured a full live set by Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png), also featuring Rosie Gaines, Larry Graham and Doug E. Fresh, who appear on the single.
  • NPG flyer for this release.
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  • This is the first time Prince revisited an older single to re-record and re-release.

References
1999'98 single.jpg 1998
1999 ('98 reissue)
All Singles All Related Artists Singles 1999
Extraordinary
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