Home » Prince Discography » Prince Albums » MPLSound


NPG Records

Just like the old days.

The Minneapolis (MPLS) sound is a phrase coined to describe the funk rock style of music pioneered in the early 1980s by Prince. At that time With Minneapolis having no real music scene to speak of, Prince created an entire music scene on his own, started during his Dirty Mind and Controversy era. With his side-projects The Time, Vanity 6, Apollonia 6, The Family and Sheila E.) the so-called ‘Minneapolis sound’ became a major influence in the genres of electro, house and techno right into the 1990s.

In 2008 Prince created an album that evoked that sound and named it accordingly, it was recorded at his home studio at 77 Beverley Park Lane, Hollywood, and at Paisley Park Studios Minneapolis. MPLSound was released as part of a triple CD set that included another Prince album LotusFlow3r and his then girlfriend, Bria Valentie’s Elixer, and sold exclusively through a distribution partnership with US store chain Target for $11.98. MPLSound was also available as a single CD in France, where it charted at number 166. Despite its restricted circulation in the US, the set achieved 168,000 sales in its first week and reached number 2 on Billboard’s charts – just 3,000 units short of the number 1 holder.

The three albums were also available digitally from 24 March 2009, as downloads from a specially dedicated subscription website lotusflow3r.com. The physical CD format of MPLSound and its two companion albums followed on 29 March, only available within the US. The package went on to sell 543,700 copies in total. MPLSound enjoyed more a favourable reception with fans than its LotusFlow3r companion, because it marked Prince’s return to his industry-defining Minneapolis sound, and old-school electro funk.

Prince | MPLSound
Photography by Kevin Winter


All instruments


NPG Records
NPG Records
Anthony Malzone
12 years, 1 months ago on 24 March 2009
Running Time
US Chart Peak
2 (with LotusFlow3r)
UK Chart Peak
Not charted
Prince Album
Orig. Formats


  1. (There'll Never B) Another Like Me (6:01)
  2. Chocolate Box [feat. Q-Tip] (6:14)
  3. Dance 4 Me (4:58) 1
  4. U're Gonna C Me (4:36)
  5. Here (5:15)
  6. Valentina (3:59)
  7. Better With Time (4:54)
  8. Ol' Skool Company (7:30)
  9. No More Candy 4 U (4:14)

1 Released as a single.

Singles from MPLSound

Dance 4 Me single from MPLSound, NPG Records (2009)

Dance 4 Me

NPG Records

29 September 2009
US Chart Peak
UK Chart Peak
No Release
  1. Dance 4 Me [Icon Remix] (7:00)
Dance 4 Me [Reissue] single from MPLSound, Purple Music (2011)

Dance 4 Me [Reissue]

Purple Music

9 December 2011
US Chart Peak
UK Chart Peak
No Release
  1. Dance 4 Me [Original Mix] (4:58)
  2. Dance 4 Me [Jamie Lewis Revamped Purple mix] (7:12)
  3. Dance 4 Me [David Alexander Icon Mix] (6:15)
  4. Dance 4 Me [Brian Matrix Da Big Room Mix] (6:41)
  5. Dance 4 Me [Dominatrix Mix] (5:49)
  6. Dance 4 Me [Tribal Drum Mix] (5:13)

MPLSound – review

Let’s sum it up: Minneapolis Sound. Released as a companion album to LotusFlow3r, MPLSound actually is the better, more accomplished of the two. Faced with expectations of a collaborative, eclectic Madhouse-style album, MPLSound does not only surprise it delivers ten fold too. This is a true Prince, There’ll Never Be (Another Like Me) and Chocolate Box (featuring Q-Tip) start off an album that is strangely mainstream for what is after all, intended for the fans. Supposed to recapture the sound of Dirty Mind (The Gold Experience achieves this with greater conviction, however) MPLSound is nonetheless a great attempt and an album which strikes hot from the outset. MPLSound settles into its own with Dance 4 Me, Here, No More Candy 4 U and the great Ol’ Skool Company that will have you clambering for repeat. 2001s Ur’e Gonna C Me even gets a glossier reworking, proving that perfectionist Prince really can’t put a foot wrong having since grown to like commercial music again. If it is possible to pick a best from this album CD, that is Valentina (Hey Macarena!), in fact every song is worthy of a mention, for this is Prince at his best since leaving Warner Brothers, which before MPLSound one would have dared admit. The only crime is that this was released on an exclusivity deal, which is just plain barmy for an album this solid. But that’s just it. Being a Prince fan is a journey, and after all, there never really will be another quite like Prince.


Related releases


© Goldies Parade, 1998 – 2021 | Privacy

New Release

Welcome 2 America

30 July 2021
Welcome 2 America CD & Vinyl