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[ Warner Bros. Records / 2 LP ]

Release Date: Friday 19 July 2019

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Originals is a 15-track album featuring 14 previously unreleased recordings that illuminates the vital, behind-the-scenes role Prince played in other artists' careers. The tracks were selected collaboratively by Troy Carter, on behalf of The Prince Estate, and JAY-Z.

Several of the iconic songs found on Originals were considerable hits for the artists who recorded them. Sheila E.'s "The Glamorous Life" reached #1 on the dance charts in 1984, while the enormous success of "Manic Monday" propelled the single and its accompanying album, The Bangles' Different Light, to the #2 spot on the pop charts. The Time's Ice Cream Castle, featuring the top 20 "Jungle Love", spent a whopping 57 weeks on the Billboard 200. And in 1991, Martika enjoyed international success with "Love… Thy Will Be Done", a top 10 hit in France, Australia, the UK and the USA.

Originals pulls back the curtain to reveal the origins of these familiar songs, in addition to deeper album cuts such as Vanity 6's "Make-Up," Jill Jones's "Baby, You're a Trip," and Kenny Rogers' "You're My Love." The album also features Prince's majestic original 1984 version of "Nothing Compares 2 U," released in 2018 as a standalone single.


A1. Sex Shooter (first recorded by Apollonia 6 in 1984) A2. Jungle Love (The Time, 1984)
A3. Manic Monday (The Bangles, 1985)
A4. Noon Rendezvous (Sheila E., 1984)
A5. Make-Up (Vanity 6, 1982)
B1. 100 MPH (Mazarati, 1986)
B2. You're My Love (Kenny Rogers, 1986)
B3. Holly Rock (Sheila E., 1985)
C1. Baby, You're a Trip (Jill Jones, 1987)
C2. The Glamorous Life (Sheila E., 1984)
C3. Gigolos Get Lonely Too (The Time, 1982)
C4. Love… Thy Will Be Done (Martika, 1991)
D1. Dear Michaelangelo (Sheila E., 1985)
D2. Wouldn't You Love to Love Me? (Taja Sevelle, 1987)
D3. Nothing Compares 2 U (The Family, 1985)