Single: Alphabet St.

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Alphabet St.

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Single details


Released: 15 April 1988 (UK release)
23 April 1988 (USA 7" and 12" release)
Related album: Lovesexy
Label(s): Warner Bros. / Paisley Park Records
Non-Album track(s):

Alphabet St. (Cont.) (3:14)
Alphabet St. (Edit) (2:25)
Alphabet St. (This Is Not Music, This Is A Trip) (7:48)

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: Billboard Hot 100 30 Apr. 1988 8 13
USA: Billboard Hot Black Singles 30 Apr. 1988 3(1) 14
USA: Billboard Hot Dance Music - Club Play 28 May 1988 22 8
 
Europe
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Belgium: Ultratop Flanders 7 May 1988 9 9
France: Nielsen & Ipsos Top 50 4 Jun., 1988 47 1
Germany: Media Control Top 75 16 May 1988 18 11
Germany: Media Control Top 50 Airplay 25 Apr. 1988 24A 5
Ireland: IRMA Singles Chart 18 Apr. 1988 3(?) 4
The Netherlands: Dutch Mega Top 50 30 Apr. 1988 3(2) 13
The Netherlands: Dutch Top 40 30 Apr. 1988 5 10
Norway: VG-Lista Week 18/1988 1(6) 9
Sweden: Swedish Single Chart 27 Apr. 1988 5 4
Switzerland: Schweizer Hitparade 15 May 1988 5 8
U.K.: Gallup UK Top 75 7 May 1988 9 6
 
Pacific
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Australia: ARIA Single Top 50 26 May 1988 26 4
New Zealand: Single Chart 29 May 1988 1(1) 12
Certifications
This album has not received any certifications in in the USA
Awards
This album has not received any awards in in the USA

See also


Alphabet St.
(music video)
Alphabet St.
(sheet music)
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Alphabet St. was the first single to be released from Prince's tenth album Lovesexy.

It was released three weeks before the album (four weeks before the album in the UK), and received a release around the world. Like the follow-up single Glam Slam, the single was released in a clear sleeve with a stylized sticker, rather than traditional artwork.

Alphabet St. single is notable as the first Prince-related single to be offered in a CD format at the time of release. Other than promotional releases of low-key country-specific releases, every single following this one was released on CD until 2007's F.U.N.K..

For the first time on a Prince single, the b-side was another version of the track included on the a-side, instead of a different song. In fact, the a-side was an edit of the album version of Alphabet St., while the b-side was the continuation, together the two edits form the complete track.


Charts

The single reached number 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart, and number 3 on the Billboard Hot Black Singles Chart. It fared well on the european market, reaching number 1 in Norway, top 5 positions in Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland, and top 10 positions in Belgium and in the United Kingdom.

Of note, Alphabet St. also reached number 1 position in New Zealand.


Track listing
7" 12"

A. Alphabet St. (Edit) (2:25)
B. Alphabet St. (Cont.) (3:14)

References:
US/CA: 7-27900
EC: 45-80141
UK: W7900
FR/DE: 927 900-7
ZA: WBS 537
JP: P-2398
AU: MX300909-10

A. Alphabet St. (Edit) (2:25)
B. Divine Emotion (Narada Michael Walden)

References:
IT: PROMO 319

A. Alphabet St. (Edit) (2:25)
B. I Don't Want To Live Without Your Love (Chicago)

References:
AR: DFW118

Cassette Single

A. Alphabet St. (Edit) (2:25)
B. Alphabet St. (Cont.) (3:14)

References:
US: 4-27900

A. Alphabet St. (Album Version) (5:40)
B. Alphabet St. (This Is Not Music, This Is A Trip) (7:48)

References:
US: 0-20930
CA: 0-20930
UK: W7900T
DE: 920 930-0
AU: MX300911-2

Cassette Maxi

A1. Alphabet St. (Album Version) (5:40)
A2. Alphabet St. (This Is Not Music, This Is A Trip) (7:48)
B1. Alphabet St. (Album Version) (5:40)
B2. Alphabet St. (This Is Not Music, This Is A Trip) (7:48)

References:
US: 4-20930
UK: W7900C

  • See individual tracks and related albums for credits.

Other Formats
CD 7" 1989 Back To Back Reissue
  • (UK: W7900CD; DE: 920 930-2; JP: 10SW-35)

1. Alphabet St. (Album Version) (5:40)
2. Alphabet St. (This Is Not Music, This Is A Trip) (7:48)

CD Promo

  • (US: PRO-CD-3079)

1. Alphabet St. (Edit) (2:25)
2. Alphabet St. (LP Version) (5:40)
3. Alphabet St. (Extended Version) (5:40)
4. Alphabet St. (This Is Not Music, This Is A Trip) (7:48)

  • (US: 7-21858 - 1989 Back To Back Hits)

A. Alphabet St. (Edit) (2:25)
B. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (Fade) (3:39)

Cassette Single 1989 Back To Back Hits Reissue

  • (US: 4-21858)

A. Alphabet St. (Edit) (2:25)
B. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man (Fade) (3:39)

Others
  • This single wasn't released in digital format.

Releases
7", 12", CD, Cassettes and Other versions
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America
Canada 7" PRO 79007 Promo WEA Comapny Sleeve
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Canada 7" 92 79007 CR PVC sleeve w/ sticker
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Canada 12" 92 09300 CR PVC sleeve w/ sticker
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USA 7" 7-27900 Promo w/ Barcode
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USA 7" 7-27900 Promo PVC sleeve w/ sticker w/o Barcode
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USA 7" 7-27900 PVC sleeve w/ sticker
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USA 12" 0-20930 Promo Gold Stamp PVC sleeve w/ sticker
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USA 12" 0-20930 PVC sleeve w/ sticker
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USA 5"CD PRO-CD-3079 CD case w/ sticker
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USA Cassette 4-27900 Transparent case w/ sticker
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USA Cassette 4-20930 Transparent long box case w/ sticker
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Mexico 7" PRO-265 Promo
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Ecuador 7" 45-80141 Fediscos Company Sleeve
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Argentina 7" DFW 118 Promo
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Europe
UK 7" W 7900 Promo PVC sleeve w/ sticker
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UK 7" W 7900 PVC sleeve w/ sticker
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UK 12" W 7900 T PVC sleeve w/ sticker
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UK Cassette W 7900 C Transparent case w/ sticker
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Germany 7" 927 900-7 Promo PVC sleeve w/ sticker & Product Fact sheet
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Germany 7" 927 900-7 PVC sleeve w/ sticker
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Germany 12" 927 900-0 PVC sleeve w/ sticker 45 RpM
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Germany 12" 927 900-0 PVC sleeve w/ sticker
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Germany 3"CD 920 930-2 PVC case w/ sticker & adaptor
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France 7" 927 900-7 White picture sleeve
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Spain 7" 950 Promo Picture Sleeve
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Italy 7" PROMO 319 Jukebox w/ sticker
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Africa
South Africa 7" WBS 537 Tusk Company Sleeve
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Asia
Japan 7" P-2398 Promo PVC sleeve w/ sticker & insert
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Japan 7" P-2398 PVC sleeve w/ sticker & insert
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Japan 3"CD 10SW-35
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Pacific
Australia 7" 7-20930 MX300909-10 PVC sleeve w/ sticker
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Australia 12" 0-20930 MX300911-2 PVC sleeve w/ sticker
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Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

USA 7" 7-21858 1989 Back To Back Reissue
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USA Cassette 4-21858 1989 Back To Back Reissue
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Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Triva

  • Two UK press adverts published in Smash Hits in May 1988 and facsimile of an US press advert published in Dance Music Report in May 1988:
    Published in Smash Hits in May 1988 Published in Smash Hits in May 1988 Published in Dance Music Report on 6 May 1988.
  • Billboard Hot Black Singles Chart progression:
    Entry position 65 (30 Apr. 1988), 54 (7 May 1988), 36 (14 May 1988), 22 (21 May 1988), 19 (28 May 1988), 9 (4 Jun. 1988), 7 (11 Jun. 1988), 4 (18 Jun. 1988), 3 (25 Jun. 1988), 5 (2 Jul. 1988), 15 (9 Jul. 1988), 41 (16 Jul. 1988), ?? (23 Jul. 1988), Exit position: ?? (30 Jul. 1988).
    More information needed.
  • Billboard Hot 100 Chart progression:
    Entry position 62 (30 Apr. 1988), 49 (7 May 1988), 33 (14 May 1988), 27 (21 May 1988), 19 (28 May 1988), 15 (4 Jun. 1988), 12 (11 Jun. 1988), 10 (18 Jun. 1988), 8 (25 Jun. 1988), 12 (2 Jul. 1988), 30 (9 Jul. 1988), 41 (16 Jul. 1988), Exit position: 71 (23 Jul. 1988).

References
Top Pop Singles 1955-2010by Joel Withburn ISBN 0-89820-190-X
Top R&B Singles 1942 - 1999by Joel Whitburn ISBN 0-89820-136-5
Hot Dance/Disco 1974-2003by Joel Withburn ISBN 0-89820-156-X
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All Singles All Related Artists Singles 1988
Glam Slam
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