Single: I Wanna Be Your Lover

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I Wanna Be Your Lover

I Wanna Be Your Lover (single cover for Spain)

Single details


Released: 24 August 1979
Related album: Prince
Label(s): Warner Bros.
Non-Album track(s):

I Wanna Be Your Lover (Edit) (2:57)
I Wanna Be Your Lover (Mono) (2:57)

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: Billboard Hot 100 8 Dec. 1979+ 11 16
USA: Billboard Hot Soul Singles 22 Sep. 1979 1 (2) 23
USA: Billboard Disco Top 100
(Listed with Sexy Dancer)
10 Nov. 1979+ 2 (1) 23
+ indicates single peaked in the year after it first charted.
 
Europe
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
U.K.: BMRB Single Top 75 19 Jan. 1980 41 3
Certifications
Institution, Country Date Certification
RIAA, USA 18 Mar. 1980 Gold (1,000,000 units)
Awards
This single has not received any awards in the USA

See also


I Wanna Be Your Lover
(music video)
I Wanna Be Your Lover
(sheet music)
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I Wanna Be Your Lover was the first single from Prince's second album Prince, and was released in August 1979, two months prior to the album's release.

The b-side, My Love Is Forever, was taken from Prince's first album, For You.

In some territories, the single included Just As Long As We're Together (also taken from For You), Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? or I Feel For You (taken from Prince), instead of My Love Is Forever.

The single was Prince's biggest hit to date, reaching number 1 on the US Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart, number 3 in the Billboard Disco 100 chart and number 11 in the Billboard Hot 100.

It was certified Gold by RIAA on 18 March 1980, indicating a million copies shipped.


Track listing
7" 12"

A. I Wanna Be Your Lover (Edit) (2:57)
B. My Love Is Forever (4:08)

References:
US/CA/NZ/BB/PA: WBS 49050
JP: P-531W
AU: MX 191517-8
FR: 17537
ES: 45-1929
AR: 200101
BR: 16.148
EC: 45-80024
MX: G-2271
PE: WBR 0049050.4

A. I Wanna Be Your Lover (Edit) (2:57)
B. Just As Long As We're Together (Edit) (3:25)

References:
UK: K 17537
NL/IT: W 17537

A. I Wanna Be Your Lover (Edit) (2:57)
B. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? (3:49)

References:
DE/SE: WB 17560

A. I Wanna Be Your Lover (Edit) (2:57)
B. I Feel For You (Edit) (3:24)

References:
ZF/ZW: WBS 334

A. I Wanna Be Your Lover (5:47)
B. Just As Long As We're Together (6:24)

References:
UK: K 17537T
NL: WB 26.126

  • See individual tracks and related albums for credits.

Other Formats
7" Promo 12" Promo
  • (US: WBS 49050)

A. I Wanna Be Your Lover (Edit) (Stereo) (2:57)
B. I Wanna Be Your Lover (Edit) (Mono) (2:57)

7" 1986 Back-To-Back Hits Reissue

  • (US: GWB 0392)

A. I Wanna Be Your Lover (Edit) (2:57)
AA. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? (3:49)

  • (US: PRO-A-832)

A. I Wanna Be Your Lover (5:47)
B. I Wanna Be Your Lover (Edit) (2:57)



12" 2007 Reissue

  • (UK: K 17537)

A. I Wanna Be Your Lover (5:47)
B. Just As Long As We're Together (6:24)

Others
  • (iTunes 2007 Rhino Digital issue)

A. I Wanna Be Your Lover (5:47)
B. Just As Long As We're Together (6:24)


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

USA 7" WBS 49050
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USA 7" WBS 49050 Promo
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USA 12" PRO-A-832 Promo
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Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2
Canada 7" WBS 49050
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UK 7" K 17537
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France 7" 17 571 picture sleeve
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Spain 7" 45-1929 picture sleeve
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Japan 7" P-531W picture sleeve
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Australia 7" MX 191517-8
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New Zealand 7" WBS 49050
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Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

USA 7" GWB 0392 Back To back Hits Reissue #1
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USA 7" GWB 0392 Back To back Hits Reissue #2
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Some of the images above courtesy of http://sleevographia2.free.fr

 

 
Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Triva

  • On 27 October 1979, Billboard published a cover ad (see Vol. 91, N° 43) for the forthcoming Prince album on their issue N° 43, Vol. 91 (ISSN 0006-2510). It featured the name Prince in big yellow capitals, underlined by black text in italic:
    "The new album featuring I Wanna Be Your Lover (WBS 49050). Produced and arranged by Prince. Career Direction: Cavallo Rufallo Management. Personal Manager: Perry Jones. On Warner Bros. Records & Tapes (BSK )"
  • US Press advert in Rolling Stone (7 Feb. 1980):
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  • Prince performed I Wanna Be Your Lover at both TV Shows listed below:
American Bandstand:
16 Dec. 1979 Hollywood, CA (USA): ABC Television Center Studios (Stage 55)
The Midnight Special:
8 Jan. 1980 Burbank, CA (USA): NBC Studio 2
  • Billboard Hot 100 chart progression:
    Entry position 85 (24 Nov. 79), 76 (1 Dec. 79), 40 (8 Dec. 79), 27 (15 Dec. 79), 23 (22 Dec. 79), 23 (29 Dec. 79), 17 (5 Jan. 80), 16 (12 Jan. 80), 13 (19 Jan. 80), 11 (29 Jan. 80), 11 (2 Feb. 80), 20 (9 Feb. 80), 31 (16 Feb. 80), 36 (23 Feb. 80), 87 (1 Mar. 80), exit position 95 (8 Mar. 80).
    Weeks in Top 10: 0, weeks in Top 40: 12.
  • Billboard Soul Singles chart progression:
    Entry position 80 (22 Sep. 79), 64 (29 Sep. 79), 54 (6 Oct. 79), 39 (13 Oct. 79), 27 (20 Oct. 79), 16 (27 Oct. 79), 7 (3 Nov. 79), 5 (10 Nov. 79), 3 (17 Nov. 79), 2 (24 Nov. 79), 1 (1 Dec. 79), 1 (8 Dec. 79), 2 (15 Dec. 79), 4 (22 Dec. 79), ? (29 Dec. 79), ? (5 Jan. 80), 4 (12 Jan. 80), 4 (19 Jan. 80), ? (26 Jan. 80), ? (2 Feb. 80), 13 (9 Feb. 80), 14 (16 Feb. 80), exit position 74 (23 Feb. 80).
    Weeks in Top 10: 12?, weeks in Top 40: 19. More information needed.
  • Billboard Disco 100 chart progression:
    Entry position 61 (10 Nov. 79), 50 (17 Nov. 79), 46 (24 Nov. 79), 40 (1 Dec. 79), 23 (8 Dec. 79), 16 (15 Dec. 79), 12 (22 Dec. 79), ?? (29 Dec. 79), ?? (5 Jan. 80), 4 (12 Jan. 80), 3 (19 Jan. 80), ?? (26 Jan. 80), ?? (2 Feb. 80), 4 (9 Feb. 80), 7 (16 Feb. 80), 11 (23 Feb. 80), 13 (1 Mar. 80), 37 (8 Mar. 80), 62 (15 Mar. 80), 59 (22 Mar. 80), 57 (29 Mar. 80), exit position ?? (5 Apr. 80).
    Weeks in Top 10: ?, weeks in Top 40: 15. More information needed.

References
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
Justaslongasweretogether single.jpg 1978
Just As Long As We're Together
All Singles All Related Artists Singles 1980
Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?
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