Single: Purple Rain

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Purple Rain

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Single details


Released: 10 September 1984 (UK release)
26 September 1984 (USA release)
Related album: Purple Rain
Label(s): Warner Bros.
Non-Album track(s):

God (3:59)
God (Love Theme From Purple Rain) (7:54)
Purple Rain (Edit) (4:02)
Purple Rain (Long Version) (7:05)
Purple Rain (Radio Edit) (4:19)
Purple Rain (7" Edit) (4:30)
Purple Rain (Long Radio Edit) (5:37)

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: Billboard Hot 100 6 oct. 1984 2 (2) 16
USA: Billboard Black Singles 13 Oct. 1984 4 14
 
Europe
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Belgium: Ultratop Flanders 13 Oct. 1984 1(2) 15
France: Ipsos & Nielsen Top 50 12 Jan. 1985 12 16
Ireland: IRMA Singles Chart 23 Sep. 1984 8 5
U.K.: Gallup Single Chart 22 Sep. 1984 8 9
U.K.: UK Singles Chart 21 Nov. 2009 62R 1
U.K.: UK Singles Chart 27 Oct. 2012 75R 1
R indicates re-entry of an album that had already charted.
Certifications
RIAA, USA 5 Dec. 1984 Gold (500,000)
BPI, UK 1 Nov. 2013 Silver (60,000)
Awards
This single has not received any awards in the USA

See also


Purple Rain
(music video)
Purple Rain
(sheet music)
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Purple Rain was the third single from Prince's seventh album Purple Rain (the first album to be credited to Prince and the Revolution). The single was the second to be credited to Prince and the Revolution.

It was released ten weeks after the album, and received a release around the world. Unusually, God (Love Theme From Purple Rain) was available on international versions of the single, but not in the US, where it has never had an official release.

The single continued Prince's run of success, reaching number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart, and number 4 on the Billboard Black Singles Chart.


Track listing
7" 12"

A. Purple Rain (Edit) (4:02)
B. God (3:59)

References:
CA: 92 91747
US: 7-29174
PE: F-WBR-0729174.9
UK/IE: W9174
DE/SP/FR: 929 174-7
IT: 92 9174-7
PT: 759 92-9174-7
ZA: WBS 469
JP: P-1904
AU: MX209491-2
NZ: 729174
PH: WB-77-416

A. Purple Rain (Edit) (4:02)
B. 17 Days (3:54)

References:
BR: C.S. 16.268

7" Shaped Picture Disc

A. Purple Rain (Edit) (4:02)
B. God (3:59)

References:
UK: W9174P

A. Purple Rain (8:45)
B. God (3:59)

References:
CA: 92 02670
US: 0-20267
EC: 80000-29
DE/FR: 920 267-0
SP: MS 920 267-0
AU: MX209615
NZ: 020267

A. Purple Rain (Long Version) (7:05)
B1. God (Love Theme From Purple Rain) (7:54)
B2. God (3:59)

References:
DE/FR: 920 267-0
UK/IE: W9174T

  • See individual tracks and related albums for credits.

Other Formats
7" Promo 12" Promo
  • (US: 7-29286)

A. Purple Rain (Edit) (4:02)
B. Purple Rain (Edit) (4:02)

  • (UK: SAM 214)

A. Purple Rain (Radio Edit) (4:19)
B. Purple Rain (Long Radio Edit) (5:37)

  • (IT: PROMO 212)

A. Purple Rain (Edit) (4:02)
B. Sex Shooter - Apollonia 6 (Edit) (3:00)

7" 1987 Back To Back Hits Reissue

  • (US: GWB-0528)

A. Purple Rain (Edit) (4:02)
AA. Raspberry Beret (3:31)

  • (US: PRO-A-2192)

A. Purple Rain (Edit) (4:02)
B. Purple Rain (LP Version) (8:45)

  • (BR: 21 030)

A1. Purple Rain (Fade) (4:39)
A2. Purple Rain (LP Version) (8:45)
B. Ice Cream Castles - The Time (Edit) (3:45)

12" 2007 Reissue

  • (UK: 8122799678)

A. Purple Rain (Long Version) (7:05)
B1. God (Love Theme From Purple Rain) (7:54)
B2. God (3:59)

CD 1993 Promo for The Hits 2

  • (SP: WEA 1.668)

1. Purple Rain (8:45)

Others

A. Purple Rain (Long Version) (7:05)
B1. God (Love Theme From Purple Rain) (7:54)
B2. God (3:59)


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

USA 7" 7-29174 PVC picture sleeve
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UK 7" W 9174 Paper labels
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UK 12" 8122799678 / W 9174T
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France 7" 929 174-7 With sticker
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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

  • Purple Rain was released during the height of popularity for the movie of the same name, which features the song Purple Rain as its climax - the single and the movie received a lot of cross-promotion with this release.

References
Letsgocrazy single.jpg 1984
Let's Go Crazy
All Singles All Related Artists Singles 1984
Syndicate
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