Single: I Would Die 4 U

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I Would Die 4 U

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Single details


Released: 26 November 1984 (UK release)
28 November 1984 (US 7" single)
19 December 1984 (US 12" single)
Related album: Purple Rain
Label(s): Warner Bros.
Non-Album track(s):

Another Lonely Christmas (4:51)
Another Lonely Christmas (Extended Version) (6:47)
I Would Die 4 U (Extended Version) (10:15)
I Would Die 4 U (Single Version) (2:57)

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: Billboard Hot 100 15 Dec. 1984+ 8 15
USA: Billboard Hot Black Singles 22 Dec. 1984+ 11 11
USA: Billboard Hot Dance/Disco Chart 19 Jan. 1985 50 6
+ indicates single peaked in the year after it first charted.
 
Europe
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Belgium: Ultratop Flanders 22 Dec. 1984 11 10
U.K.: Gallup Single Chart 8 Dec. 1984 58 6
Certifications
This single has not received any certifications in the USA
Awards
This single has not received any awards in the USA

See also


I Would Die 4 U
(music video)
I Would Die 4 U
(sheet music)
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I Would Die 4 U was the fourth commercially-released single from Prince's seventh album Purple Rain, the first album to be credited to Prince and the Revolution (Syndicate and Erotic City had also been available as promotional releases following the third commercial single, Purple Rain).

The single was the third to be credited to Prince and the Revolution. It was released five months after the album, and received a release around the world. The b-side, Another Lonely Christmas, was previously unreleased.

The single reached number 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart, marking the fourth straight top 10 single from Purple Rain. It also reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot Black Singles Chart.


Track listing
7" 12"

A. I Would Die 4 U (Single Version) (2:57)
B. Another Lonely Christmas (4:51)

References:
US: 7-29121
CA: 92 91217
PE: 0729121.8
UK/EI: W9121
DE: 929 121-7
SP: S 92 9121-7
IT: 92 9121-7
JP: P-1929
PH: WB-77-428
AU: MX209989-90
NZ: 729121

A. I Would Die 4 U (Extended Version) (10:15)
B. Another Lonely Christmas (Extended Version) (6:47)

References:
US: 9 20291-0
CA: 92 02910
UK: W9121TE
DE/FR: 920 291-0
SP: MS 920 291-0

A. I Would Die 4 U (Single Version) (2:57)
B1. Another Lonely Christmas (4:51)
B2. Free (5:00)

References:
UK: W9121T
DE: 920 297-0

  • See individual tracks and related albums for credits.

Other Formats
7" Promo 12" Promo
  • (US: 7-29121, UK: SAM 230)

A. I Would Die 4 U (Single Version) (2:57)
B. I Would Die 4 U (Single Version) (2:57)

  • (CA: 92 91217, PE: F-WBR 0729121.8, DE: 929 121-7, SP: 92 9121-7, JP: P-1929, NZ: 729121)

A. I Would Die 4 U (Single Version) (2:57)
B. Another Lonely Christmas (4:51)

7" 1987 Back To Back Hits Reissue

  • (US: GWB-0517)

A. I Would Die 4 U (Single Version) (2:57)
AA. Take Me With U (3:54)

  • (US: PRO-A-2233)

A. I Would Die 4 U (Single Version) (2:57)
B. I Would Die 4 U (Single Version) (2:57)

  • (US: 0-20291, CA: 92 02910, SP: 92 0291-0)

A. I Would Die 4 U (Extended Version) (10:15)
B. Another Lonely Christmas (Extended Version) (6:47)

12" 2007 Reissue

  • (UK 2007 re-release: W9121T)

A. I Would Die 4 U (Single Version) (2:57)
B1. Another Lonely Christmas (4:51)
B2. Free (5:00)

Others
  • (iTunes 2007 Rhino digital reissue; BPM)

A. I Would Die 4 U (Single Version) (3:02)
B1. Another Lonely Christmas (4:53)
B2. Free (5:08)


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

USA 7" 7-29121
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UK 7" W 9121
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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

  • I Would Die 4 U was released while Purple Rain was still very popular, featuring the song I Would Die 4 U performed live in an almost hysterical setting - the single received a lot of cross-promotion with this release.
  • UK press advert for this single.
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References
Top Pop Singles 1955-2010 by Joel Withburn (ISBN 0-89820-190-X)
Top R&B Singles 1942-1999 by Joel Withburn (ISBN 0-89820-136-5)
Hot R&B Songs 1942-2010 by Joel Withburn (ISBN 0-89820-186-1)
Hot Dance/Disco 1974-2003 by Joel Withburn (ISBN 0-89820-156-X)
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Take Me With U
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