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Song details
Performer: Robin Power & Carmen Electra
Writer(s): Carmen Electra (lyrics) (credited), Levi Seacer, Jr. (music)
Producer(s): Prince (assumed)
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

Powerline is an unreleased song from 1990, and likely produced by Prince, who also played most of the instruments.

While specific recording dates are not known, basic tracking took place in early 1990 with Robin Power on lead vocals. The writing credit for the track is shared by Carmen Electra and Levi Seacer, Jr., but the original tracking took place before Prince first met Carmen, in November 1990.

It is possible it was tried with another female lead vocal before Carmen Electra recorded the track sometime in 1991 or early 1992 (at one of Record Plant, Los Angeles, California, Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California or Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota).

It was included as the ninth track on a configuration of her album, then titled On Top (with the artist credit "Carmen"), compiled on 15 June 1992. The song was ultimately rejected from the album, however, and the album was renamed Carmen Electra.

Her version contains samples from James Brown’s tracks Cold Sweat (released as a single in 1967) and Funky Drummer (released as a single in 1970, also sampled on the released version of Good Judy Girlfriend).

A sample of Carmen Electra saying "Alright, stop the music, stop the music" from this track was later used on an unreleased mix of MPLS.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
1990 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
1991 or early 1992 Unknown studio (Record Plant,
Los Angeles, CA, USA;
Sunset Sound,
Hollywood, CA, USA, Larrabee Sound Studios,
North Hollywood, CA, USA
Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA)
Tracking of Carmen's version
Recording Personnel

Robin Power version

Carmen Electra version

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
Powerline Studio – Robin Power 1990
Powerline Studio – unknown female vocalist 1990 or 1991
Powerline Studio - Carmen Recorded 1991 or early 1992 (assumed); included on 15 June 1992 configuration of On Top

Sampled, Referred to, Quoted in...
Title Length Released Version Additional info
MPLS Studio Intro sampled on an unreleased mix of MPLS
Additional Information

See also Trivia

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