Single: Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?

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Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?

Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? (single cover for the USA)

Single details


Released: 23 January 1980
Related album: Prince
Label(s): Warner Bros.
Non-Album track(s):

Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? (Mono) (3:49)

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: Billboard Hot Soul Singles 9 Feb. 1980 13 15
Certifications
This single has not received any certifications in the USA
Awards
This single has not received any awards in the USA

See also


Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?
(solo version)
I Wanna Be Your Lover
(single)
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Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? is the second single to be released from Prince's second album, Prince.

It was released three months after the album, in the USA and New Zealand only. The b-side, Baby, was taken from Prince's first album For You (the b-side in New Zealand, Bambi, was taken from Prince).

The single did not enter the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, but reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart.


Track listing
7"

A. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? (3:49)
B. Baby (3:09)

References:
US: WBS 49178
EC: 45-80026

A. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? (3:49)
B. Bambi (4:22)

References:
NZ: WBS 49178

  • See individual tracks and related albums for credits.

Other Formats
7" Promo 12" Promo
  • (US: WBS 49178)

A. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? (Mono) (3:49)
B. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? (3:49)

  • (NZ: WBS 49178)

A. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? (3:49)
B. Bambi (4:22)

1986 Back-To-Back Hits Reissue

  • (US: GWB 0392)

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

  • (US: PRO-A-848)

A. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad? (3:49)
B. Bambi (4:22)

Others
  • This record has never been 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 49178
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USA 7" WBS 49178 Promo
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USA 12" Pro-A-848 Promo
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New Zealand 7" WBS 49178
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New Zealand 7" WBS 49178 Promo
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Ecuador 7" 45-80026
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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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Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Triva

  • Prince performed Why You Wanna treat Me So Bad? 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 Soul Singles chart progression:
    Entry position 64 (9 Feb. 80), 48 (16 Feb. 80), 38 (23 Feb. 80), 30 (1 Mar. 80), 25 (8 Mar. 80), 19 (15 Mar. 80), 16 (22 Mar. 80), 13 (29 Mar. 80), ? (5 Apr. 80), 15 (12 Apr. 80), 21 (19 Apr. 80), 24 (19 Apr. 80), 24 (26 Apr. 80), 31 (3 May 80), 40 (10 May 80), exit position 100 (17 May 80).
    Weeks in Top 10: 0, weeks in Top 40: 12.

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)
Iwannabeyourlover single.jpg 1979
I Wanna Be Your Lover
All Singles All Related Artists Singles 1980
Still Waiting
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