Single: Let's Work

From Prince Vault
Jump to: navigation, search
Controversy single 60px.JPG 1981: Controversy All Singles All Related Artists Singles 1982: Do Me, Baby Domebaby single.jpg
Let's Work

Letswork single.jpg

Single details


Released: 6 January 1982 (7" release)
17 February 1982 (12" release)
Related album: Controversy
Label(s): Warner Bros.
Non-Album track(s):

Let's Work (Dance Remix) (8:02)
Let's Work (Edit) (2:56)
Let's Work (Edit) (Mono) (2:56)

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: Billboard Disco Top 80
(Listed with Let's Work)
3 Oct. 1981 1 (6) 30
USA: Billboard Hot Soul Singles 23 Jan. 1982 9 16
USA: Billboard Bubbling Under The Hot 100 30 Jan. 1982 104 3
Certifications
This single has not received any certifications in the USA
Awards
This single has not received any awards in the USA

See also


     

Let's Work was the second single from Prince's fourth album Controversy. It was released three months after the album, and received release in North America and Europe. The b-side, Ronnie Talk To Russia, was also taken from Controversy.

The North American 12" versions instead included Gotta Stop (Messin' About), which had previously been released as a stand-alone single in European territories.

The single reached only number 104 on the US Billboard Pop Chart, but reached number 9 on the Billboard Soul Chart. Pairing with Controversy, Let's Work also reached number 1 for 6 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Disco Top 80 in late 1981.

Prince had initially planned to release a single earlier in 1981 with the title track Let's Rock (named after a dance Prince had seen in clubs during the summer of 1981), and Prince wanted to release it as a single immediately after recording. Warner Bros. declined, and while Prince liked the track, he felt it needed to be renamed when released to avoid it seeming dated. The track, and the resulting single, were renamed Let's Work.


Track listing
7" 12"

A. Let's Work (Edit) (2:56)
B. Ronnie Talk To Russia (1:48)

References:
US/CA/NZ: WBS 50002
UK: K17922
NL/DE: WB 17922

A. Let's Work (Dance Remix) (8:02)
B. Ronnie Talk To Russia (1:48)

References:
UK: K17922T
NL/DE: WB 26216

A. Let's Work (Dance Remix) (8:02)
B. Gotta Stop (Messin' About) (2:55)

References:
US/CA: DWBS 50028

  • See individual tracks and related albums for credits.

Other Formats
7" Promo 12" Promo
  • (US: WBS50002)

A. Let's Work (Edit) (Stereo) (2:56)
B. Let's Work (Edit) (Mono) (2:56)

  • (US: PRO-A-1004)

A. Let's Work (Dance Remix, Long Version) (8:02)
B. Let's Work (7" Single Version) (2:56)

Others
  • This record wasn't released in any other format (cassette, CD, Digital).

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

USA 7" WBS 50002
Letswork singleusa.png
Princevaultsinglecover.png
Princevaultsinglecover.png
Princevaultsinglecover.png
USA 12" DWBS 50028
Letswork 12usa.jpg
Princevaultsinglecover.png
Princevaultsinglecover.png
Princevaultsinglecover.png
UK 7" K17922
Letswork single.jpg
Princevaultsinglecover.png
Princevaultsinglecover.png
Princevaultsinglecover.png

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 tracklist for the Let's Rock configuration of the single is not known, although the a-side, presumably, was Let's Rock (see notes above).
  • The single remained 10 weeks into the Billboard Soul Singles Top 40 Chart.
  • Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart progression:
    Entry position 109 (30 Jan. 82), 107 (6 Feb. 82), exit position 104 (13 Feb. 82).

References
Bubbling Under The Billboard Hot 100 1959-2004 by Joel Whitburn (ISBN 0-89820-162-4)
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)
Controversy single 60px.JPG 1981
Controversy
All Singles All Related Artists Singles 1982
Do Me, Baby
Domebaby single.jpg