On this day in music history: May 10, 1988 - “Lovesexy”, the tenth studio album by Prince is released. Produced by Prince, it is recorded at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, MN from December 1987 - January 1988. Recorded and mixed in just seven weeks, Prince will issue the album in the wake of the abruptly cancelled release of “The Black Album” in December of 1987. The central theme of the album is the struggle between good and evil, and serves as a stark contrast to the “dark energy” of “The Black Album”. The artist will explain (rather cryptically), he had been “tricked” by Spooky Electric (“Satan”) “into delivering the dark side of himself” and that Camille (“God”) “had figured out what to feel”, prompting him to withdraw “The Black Album”. In releasing the more musically and spiritually positive “Lovesexy”, Prince takes on his twin obsessions of sex and spirituality, searching for a balance between the two. Fan and critical reaction to the album will be mixed upon its release, which will also be hampered by some record store chains refusing to the stock it because of the Jean-Baptiste Mondino cover shot depicting Prince in the nude. The original CD release of the album will also be issued without track markers between songs. This was done intentionally by Prince so that the album had to be played in a continuous sequence. Later issues will correct this, and will include standard track indexing. The album will spin off three singles including “Alphabet Street” (#3 R&B, #8 Pop), “Glam Slam” (#44 R&B), and “I Wish U Heaven” (#18 R&B). “Lovesexy” will peak at #5 on the Billboard R&B album chart, #11 on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
Everyone slept on this mixtape that came out at the end of 2012. Though it lacks the slinky, sexy “Demonstrate”, Agápē is a lean 27 minutes of great R&B. JoJo tries every kind of production, from acoustic to minimal to loud, and she explores a range of emotions. “Andre” sounds like a cross between the modern day synth-heavy EDM pop radio and 00s Outkast joints, and it soars. Hopefully, that next JoJo album is on the way?
Live on Sway in the Morning on Sirius XM Radio, Shade 45.
1. Pretty Fly - Sasha Go Hard
2. Wake Up, Turn Up - Ciara [The Town Edit]
3. (One More) Silly Bitch - Branko vs. Njenna Reddd Foxxx
4. Cruisin’ - Jasmine Solano [Leo Justi Remix]
5. La La La Go Hard - Kreayshawn [Dj Sliink Remix]
6. Watup Bitch - Kronic ft. Flygirl Tee [Oh Snap!! Trap Remix]
7. Bad Bxtches - Dj Uniique X Dj Yolo Bear
8. Molly - Ree$e [LOUDPVCK Remix]
9. Hey Ho - $1 Bin x Kilbourne
10. Look at These Hoes - Santigold
11. SO I KNOW IT’S REAL - Chippy Nonstop [Saint Remix]
12. Let That - Gita
13. Loose Screws - Diamond
14. Trill Lolita - Itzel Xoco
15. Werk - Chloe Riley