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3121

Universal Music

I ain’t commercial, it’s y’all who tell me whether I’m commercial or not.

Seven copies of 3121 included a hidden ‘Purple Ticket’ with which to attend a private concert at the home Prince rented at 3121 Sierra Alta Way in West Hollywood – of which took place on 6 May 2006 and in addition to the lucky winners the show was also attended by a smattering of celebrities. Part of the album was recorded at this property also, but the album’s name may also connect this being the 31st album of Prince’s career and that it was released on the 21st day of the month. Others believe 31:21 is in reference to the Psalms. For the title track Prince is reunited with former band mates Sonny T. and Michael B. from the original New Power Generation line-up.

3121 followed in the vein of Musicology in that it was commercially accessible and in result sold 183,436 units in its first week. It is also a noteworthy epoch in that 3121 became Prince’s first album since 1989’s Batman to reach the number 1 slot on the Billboard chart, and is certified Gold by the RIAA.

Performers

Vocals/Guitar
Prince
Drums
Michael Bland 3121
Bass Guitar
Sonny Thompson 3121
Joshua Dunham Te Amo Corazón and Get On The Boat
Trombone
Greg Boyer
Saxophone
Maceo Parker
Candy Dulfer
Trumpet
Ray Monteiro
Percussion
Ricky Salas Te Amo Corazón
Herbert Urena Te Amo Corazón
Sheila E. Get On The Boat

Data

Producer
Prince
Label
NPG Records
Distributor
Universal Music
Cover Art
Afshin Shahidi and Sam Jennings
Released
12 years ago, on 21 March 2006
Running Time
53:42
US Chart Peak
1
UK Chart Peak
9
Prince Album
#31

Tracklist

  1. 3121 (4:31)
  2. Lolita (4:06)
  3. Te Amo Corazón (3:37) 1
  4. Black Sweat (3:11)
  5. Incense And Candles (4:05)
  6. Love (5:46)
  7. Satisfied (2:50)
  8. Fury (4:01) 1
  9. The Word (4:12)
  10. Beautiful, Loved And Blessed [duet with Támar Davis] (5:43) 2
  11. The Dance (5:21)
  12. Get On The Boat (6:19)

1 Release as singles.
2 Co-written with Támar Davis.

Singles from 3121

Te Amo Corazón single from 3121

Te Amo Corazón

Universal Records

Released
20 December 2005
US Chart Peak
-
UK Chart Peak
No Release.
  1. Te Amo Corazón (3:37)
Black Sweat single from 3121

Black Sweat

Universal Records

Released
21 February 2006
US Chart Peak
60
UK Chart Peak
43
  1. Black Sweat (3:11)
  2. Beautiful, Loved And Blessed [duet with Támar Davis] (5:18)
Fury single from 3121

Fury

Universal Records

Released
21 March 2006
US Chart Peak
No Release
UK Chart Peak
60
  1. Fury (4:02)
  2. Te Amo Corazón / Fury [Live at the Brit Awards] (5:28)

Supporting tour

Per4ming Live 3121

Per4ming Live 3121

2006/7

3121 – review

3121 was Prince’s first album to strike number strike gold since Batman in 1989. It was the second of two back to back albums to run high in the charts for many a Prince year. Commercial success, after a whole decade without it, was becoming almost a habit. There is something special about playing a new Prince album for the first time. There are so many emotions the fan goes through, chiefly nervous excitement in wanting it to excel expectation with at any moment the possibility of those hopes being dashed. 3121 smashed all expectations and excels by returning fans to old territory – feeling the energy and excitement between Prince and his music again. 3121 draws on both classic and new Prince. The title track, which reunites Sonny T. and Michael B., kicks out the funk that dominates the album (Lolita, Black Sweat, Love and Get On The Boat) with incredibly infectious tracks that get the listener’s head bopping from the off. Prince treats us to his rough side – Fury – and sugar daddy – Incense And Candles – and lets his old dark side occasionally peak through. Easing up with the soulful Satisfied and the catchy Beautiful, Loved & Blessed, the schmaltzy Te Amo Corazón and the fabulously driving The Word. The standout tracks on this album is the electro-funk Love, summing up the production of the whole album – smooth as hell and 3121 an immensely enjoyable experience. ‘The Fresh Prince’ continues to amaze just as you think he has reached his creative peak, he suddenly surpasses them. 3121 is easily and firmly up there with the best of 2000 to 2010, chock full of joints for the party you will never want to leave. Musicology was intended to be a lesson in music, if you don’t want schooling just put on this masterclass in pure pop music, look no further here.

3121

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