Fallinlove2nite is the sixth track on Prince’s 38th album Hitnrun Phase One. 18 months earlier, however, a slightly different version was released on the stand-alone digital single Fallinlove2nite (Prince’s first on Epic Records) in March 2014. The song was first broadcast (as an edited studio recording) on 2 February 2014 during Prince’s appearance on the TV series New Girl.
The full studio version was premiered (along with Funknroll) in March 2014, on radio station 102.3 KJLH, based in Los Angeles, California, before being available to stream in full the following week on iHeart Radio’s website.
The song was recorded specifically for the New Girl appearance, as vocals are shared between Prince and the show’s lead actress Zooey Deschanel (who is also a professional singer, as one half of She & Him). Although the New Girl performance was intended to appear as though the track was being performed live, it was lip-synched over the studio recording.
The version included on Hitnrun Phase One does not contain Deschanel’s vocals, and it is likely that it is the full studio version prior to her vocal overdubs, rather than her vocals being removed.
While specific recording dates are not known, it is assumed to have been recorded in late 2013 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota (Prince’s performance on the show was filmed on two days beginning 12 December 2013). The music was created by Joshua Welton around the vocal stems submitted by Prince. It is therefore safe to assume that an earlier recording of the song with different music by Prince also exists. The vocal stems also contained a third verse that were not kept for the final version.