Black Sweat

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Black Sweat

3121 album.jpg
from the album 3121
Black Sweat
single art for Black Sweat
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 21 February 2006 - Black Sweat download single
Album(s): 3121

Anthology: 1995-2010

Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Black Sweat is the fourth track on Prince’s 31st studio album 3121, and, a month prior to the album’s release, Black Sweat was released (as a download) as the album’s second single (a CD single release followed in Europe a week after the album’s release).

Specific recording dates are unknown, but the track was likely written in mid-late June 2004, as Prince added it to the acoustic section of the Musicology Live 2004ever tour on 25 June 2004 and played it fairly regularly after that (Prince spent a few days at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, around this time, and it is likely that the track was recorded there). Since the released track is a dance track rather than an acoustic track, it is possible the initial recording was re-worked later on, but information has not been verified. The track was included as the sixth track on a late 2005 configuration of 3121, following on from Incense And Candles before switching places with it while Streets Of Panama was removed from the album before its release.

The live recording of Black Sweat from Prince’s final full show (14 April 2016, Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA, USA) was made available from Tidal on 18 April 2016 as the Purple Pick of the Week, and became the final official release of music by Prince before his death on 21 April 2016.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Mid-late June 2004 (assumed) Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)
Tracking (unknown if re-recording took place at a later date)
2006 (assumed) Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA (assumed)
Tracking of 'Versace Experience' version
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Black Sweat 3:11 3121

Black Sweat single
Anthology: 1995-2010

Black Sweat (Edit) 2:52 Black Sweat single Edit
Black Sweat (Live) 3:18 Tidal download Live 14 April 2016, Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA, USA solo piano version
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Black Sweat 3:20 Black Sweat download

Black Sweat single (Enhanced CD)
The Singles Club - February 2006 Vol. 1 promotional compilation (CD/DVD)

Promo video See Black Sweat video for more details

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Black Sweat
(The Versace Experience)
re-created for fashion show remix used in a 2006 Versace fashion show
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Artwork (featuring Edward G. Robinson, who is mentioned in the performance) from the Black Sweat (Live) download on Tidal:
Blacksweatlive single.jpg

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