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from the album The Lover In Me

single art for 101
Song details
Performer: Sheena Easton
First Released: 7 November 1988 - The Lover In Me album
Album(s): The Lover In Me
Writer(s): Prince (as Joey Coco)
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince.
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

101 is the eighth track on Sheena Easton’s ninth album The Lover In Me, and, five months after the album’s release, 101 was released as the album’s third single. 101 was written and produced by Prince (with writing credited as Joey Coco).

Basic tracking took place on 10 January 1987 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California (four days before Jaguar).

In a 2012 interview, Sheena Easton discussed the song’s recording:
"When you work with Prince, he’s one of those kind of guys that likes to keep you off guard. You'd get the phone call saying 'Hey, come down to the studio. There’s something I'd want you to hear.' Then you'd get down there, like with 101 and he'd play it and I'd be like, 'I don’t know' and he'd say, 'Well, just go and sit and listen to it a little bit.' I'd go and he'd come right in and say, 'Let’s go.' 'But I don’t know it completely,' [I'd say]. 'Well just sing what you know, then,' [he'd say]. There’s this part in there where I kinda go off-melody and I just start taking higher and higher and he says, 'Well, that’s not the right melody but we’re keeping that and we’re gonna work with that.' And so it’s one of those things that’s really organic - just a great moment in the studio. Plus I like the production. I love the subway doors opening and closing. He wanted it to be very haunting, and to just be about the desperation in the voice - [and] about the concept of you being away from this person for forever, it seems, and you just can’t bear it for one more night."

In the same interview, she declared that: "of all my songs I’ve ever done, that’s my favorite."

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
10 January 1987 Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Recording Personnel

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
101 4:06 The Lover In Me

101 single
Body And Soul compilation

101 4:06 101 single Studio slightly different mix from album version
101 (Instrumental) 4:06 101 single Instrumental
101 (Def House Mix / Extended Club Version) 7:58 101 single

The Lover In Me reissue

Remix a.k.a. 101 (The Remix); remix by David Morales
101 (Red Zone Mix) 4:50 101 promo Remix
101 (Uptown Version) 8:20 101 single Remix Remix by Prince
101 (Westside Mix / Radio Edit) 5:28 101 promo Remix Remix by David Morales
101 (Westside Radio / Mix Edit) 4:08 101 promo Remix Remix by David Morales
101 (Westside Sample Dub) 6:10 101 promo Remix Remix by David Morales
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
101 4:06 Promotional release only Promo video Official music video

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
101 Studio Original recording with Prince vocals
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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