Controversy is the fourth studio album by Prince, released on October 14, 1981. Keith Harris of Blender calls the album "Prince's first attempt to get you to love him for his mind, not just his body" and comments that it "refines the propulsivefunk of previous albums and adds treatises on religion, work, nuclear war and Abscam."[2]


 [hide*1 Track listing

Track listing[edit]Edit

All tracks written, composed, and arranged by Prince

Side one
  1. "Controversy" – 7:15
  2. "Sexuality" – 4:21
  3. "Do Me, Baby" – 7:43
Side two
  1. "Private Joy" – 4:29
  2. "Ronnie, Talk to Russia" – 1:58
  3. "Let's Work" – 3:54
  4. "Annie Christian" – 4:22
  5. "Jack U Off" – 3:09


  • Lisa Coleman - backing vocals (on "Controversy", "Ronnie Talk to Russia" and "Jack U Off"), keyboards ("Jack U Off")
  • Dr. Fink - keyboards ("Jack U Off")
  • Bobby Z. - drums ("Jack U Off")
  • All other vocals and instruments performed by Prince.


Singles and Hot 100 chart placings[edit]Edit

  1. "Controversy"
  2. "When You Were Mine"
  1. "Let's Work"
  2. "Ronnie, Talk 2 Russia"
  3. "Gotta Stop (Messin' About)" (U.S. 12")
  1. "Do Me, Baby"
  2. "Private Joy"
  1. "Sexuality"
  2. "Controversy" (DEU, JAP)
  3. "I Wanna Be Your Lover" (AUS)


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[11] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


Peak positions[edit]Edit

Chart Position
Australian Kent Music Report[12] 55
U.S. Billboard 200[13] 21
U.S. Billboard R&B Albums[13] 3

Year-end charts[edit]Edit

Chart (1982) Position
U.S. Billboard Pop Albums[14] 59

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