by Prince

Original Release Date: 1981-10-14


Controversy is the fourth studio album by American recording artist Prince, released on October 14, 1981 by Warner Bros. Records. It was produced by Prince, written (with the exception of one track) by him, and he also performed most of the instruments on its recording. Controversy reached number three on the Billboard R&B Albums chart and was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It was voted the eighth best album of the year in the 1981 Pazz & Jop, an annual critics poll run by The Village Voice.This was the first of his albums to associate Prince with the color purple as well as the first to use sensational spelling in his song titles.


  1. Controversy (7:14)
  2. Sexuality (4:20)
  3. Do Me, Baby (7:47)
  4. Private Joy (4:25)
  5. Ronnie, Talk To Russia (1:48)
  6. Let’s Work (3:57)
  7. Annie Christian (4:21)
  8. Jack U Off (3:12)

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Format Vinyl LP Album Limited Edition Reissue Remastered
Label Warner Bros. Records
Catalog Number 8122-79777-6
Notes ℗&© 1981 Warner Bros. Records Inc. A Warner Music Group Company. Manufactured in the E.U. Like most Rhino reissues - Rhino pressed both an EU version and a US version [[r3139564]]. This is the EU pressing. Record Technology Incorporated and Optimal Media Production were identified from runout/matrix. • Limited 180 grams audiophile with large fold-out poster of Prince in shower photo. • Mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering from the Original Tapes
Discogs URL Prince - Controversy