Single: Sign O' The Times

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Sign O' The Times

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Single details


Released: 18 February 1987 (US release)
2 March 1987 (UK release)
Related album: Sign O' The Times
Label(s): Warner Bros. / Paisley Park Records
Non-Album track(s):

La, La, La, He, He, Hee (3:21)
La, La, La, He, He, Hee (Highly Explosive) (10:32)
Sign O' The Times (Edit) (3:42)

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: Billboard Hot 100 7 Mar. 1987 3 14
USA: Billboard Hot Black Singles 7 Mar. 1987 1(3) 14
USA: Billboard Hot Dance/Disco - Club Play 21 Mar. 1987 2(3) 11
 
Europe
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Belgium: Ultratop Flanders 21 Mar. 1987 8 9
Ireland: IRMA Singles Chart 8 Mar. 1987 6 7
U.K.: Gallup Singles Chart 14 Mar. 1987 10 9
 
Pacific
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Australia: ARIA Top 50 Singles 17 Apr. 1987 29 8
Certifications
This single has not received any certifications in the USA
Awards
This single has not received any awards in the USA

See also


Sign O' The Times
(music video)
Sign O' The Times
(sheet music)
Signothetimes-tb-vid.png SheetMusic-SignOTheTimes.png

Sign O' The Times was the first single to be released from Prince's ninth album Sign O' The Times, released six weeks before the album. The b-side, La, La, La, He, He, Hee, was previously-unreleased.

The single reached number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Chart, and number 1 on the Billboard Top Black Singles Chart (marking his fifth number 1 on that chart, following I Wanna Be Your Lover, When Doves Cry, Let's Go Crazy and Kiss.

The cover art depicted new bandmember Cat, with her face obscured by the heart she was holding. It is a common misconception that this was, in fact, Prince.


Track listing
7" 12"

A. Sign O' The Times (Edit) (3:42)
B. La, La, La, He, He, Hee (3:21)

References:
US/NZ: 7-28399
UK: W8399
JP: P-2241
DE/CA: 928 399-7
AU: MX213109-10

Cassette Single

A. Sign O' The Times (LP Version) (4:57)
B. La, La, La, He, He, Hee (Highly Explosive) (10:32)

References:
US: 4-20648

A. Sign O' The Times (LP Version) (4:57)
B. La, La, La, He, He, Hee (Highly Explosive) (10:32)

References:
US/CAN: 0-20648
UK: W8399T
DEU: 920 648-0
AUS: MX213113-4

12" Picture Disc

A. Sign O' The Times (LP Version) (4:57)
B. La, La, La, He, He, Hee (Highly Explosive) (10:32)

References:
UK: W8399TP

  • See individual tracks and related albums for credits.

Other Formats
7" Promo 12" Promo
  • (US: 7-28399)

A. Sign O' The Times (Edit) (3:42)
B. Sign O' The Times (Edit) (3:42)

7" 1989 Back To Back Hits Reissue

  • (US: 7-21938)

A. Sign O' The Times (Edit) (3:42)
AA. U Got The Look (3:46)

Cassette 1989 Back To Back Hits Reissue

  • (US: 4-21938)

A. Sign O' The Times (Edit) (3:42)
AA. U Got The Look (3:46)

  • (US: PRO-A-2687)

A. Sign O' The Times (Edit) (3:42)
B. Sign O' The Times (LP Version) (4:57)

  • (UK: SAM 349)

A. Sign O' The Times (LP Version) (4:57)
B. La, La, La, He, He, Hee (Highly Explosive) (10:32)

12" 2007 Reissue

  • (UK: 920 648-0)

A. Sign O' The Times (LP Version) (4:57)
B. La, La, La, He, He, Hee (Highly Explosive) (10:32)

Others
  • (iTunes 2007 UK digital reissue / BPM)

A. Sign O' The Times (LP Version) (4:57)
B. La, La, La, He, He, Hee (Highly Explosive) (10:32)


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

This section is under construction

Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

This section is under construction

 
Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Triva

  • UK press advert published in Smash Hits:
    1987 Sign O The Times UK press advert-SmashHits-PV.jpg
  • The single remained 11 weeks in the Billboard Hot Black Single Top 40 Chart and 7 weeks in the Gallup Top 40 UK chart.
  • Warner Bros. Records filed a suit on 12 March 1987 against US radio KIIS-L.A. for playing the single earlier than the scheduled airplay date provided with the advance copy of the single, asking $1 million in punitive damages. (Billboard Vol. 99 No.13 - 28 March 1987).

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)
Billboard Hot 100 Charts - The Eighties by Joel Whitburn (ISBN 0-89820-079-2)
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
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