Girl 6

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Girl 6

from the album Girl 6

single art for Girl 6
Song details
Performer: New Power Generation
First Released: 19 March 1996 - Girl 6 album
Album(s): Girl 6
Writer(s): Prince (lyrics) and Tommy Barbarella (music)
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

Girl 6 is the thirteenth and final track (third of three previously-unreleased tracks) on the soundtrack album Girl 6 (a compilation of music by Prince and associated artists for the movie Girl 6, directed by Spike Lee), and, a week after the album’s release, Girl 6 was released as the album’s first and only single. The song contained lyrics written by Prince and music written by Tommy Barbarella, and was largely recorded by Prince.

While specific recording dates are now known, basic tracking took place in December 1995, at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, based on Tommy Barbarella’s home studio recording (which had no musical input by Prince). Although Prince had changed his name to two and a half years previously, the song used the name Prince in its credits, perhaps because the rest of the album contained songs by "Prince". The track samples Raspberry Beret’s counted lead-in and Housequake’s phrase "Shut up, already! Damn!" It also contains various spoken samples from the Girl 6 movie, featuring actress Theresa Randle as "Girl 6".

In November 2007, James Brandon, manager of a band named GOMAB, filed a lawsuit against Prince for copyright infringement. Brandon states that Girl 6 plagiarized a GOMAB track called Phone-Sex recorded in 1993. Brandon claims he gave a demo-tape which contained the song to Spike Lee’s uncle, Clarence Lee, during a meeting in 1994 to promote his group and asked him to forward it to Lee (who is also sued). New Power Generation, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks Inc., Twentieth Century Fox Corporation, Warner Brothers and various media outlets were also included in the complaint filed from Barbados (where Brandon lived at that time) for the exploitation and distribution of the soundtrack and the use of the song in the movie. Brandon brought the action in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida for copyright infringement in 2015, adding Tommy Barbarella (co-author of the song) to the long list of defendants. The case was still not settled before Prince’s passing and the action was brought in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in April 2020. The case is still pending at the time of writing.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
December 1995 Tommy Barbarella home studio,
Minnesota, MN, USA
Demo recording (no Prince input)
December 1995 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Recording Personnel

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Girl 6 4:04 Girl 6

Girl 6 single

Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Girl 6 4:30 Girl 6 VHS/DVD Extended version Extended studio version played over movie credits
Girl 6 2:23 Girl 6 VHS/DVD Edit Version in the movie w/ phone call over music

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Girl 6 Demo Tommy Barbarella’s demo before Prince input
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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