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Planet Earth

Columbia Records

Planet Earth is too good to be so lightly sold.

Copies of the Planet Earth album were given free in the UK as a cover-mount on the UK’s Mail On Sunday newspaper on 15 July 2007 and later to every attendee at The Earth Tour at London’s O2 Arena throughout that August and September.

Originally intended to be released on 24 July by Columbia Records, because of its earlier free distribution and its resulting ineligibility to chart, Planet Earth was only commercially available outside of Britain, since many fans already owned a free copy. In result HMV took the highly unusual step to sell the newspaper in its stores so to make the album available to their customers. The cover of the retail release version features a lenticular hologram that reveals Prince’s trademark Prince love symbol over the main artwork.

Hologram on cover

Planet Earth peaked at number 3 on the Billboard charts, retailing 96,000 units that week. The single Guitar is a re-working on an earlier version released on 3121.com. The track, Future Baby Mamma won Prince his 7th and final Grammy Award, for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance of 2008. Planet Earth was reissued by Sony Music / Legacy Recordings on 8 February 2019, maintaining the original’s hologram on the cover.

Performers

Vocals/Guitar
Prince
Drums
Michael Bland Planet Earth and Guitar
Cora C. Dunham
Bass Guitar
Sonny Thompson Planet Earth and Guitar
Joshua Dunham
Keyboards
Renato Neto Somewhere Here On Earth
Lisa Coleman The One U Wanna C and Resolution
Acoustic Guitar
Wendy Melvoin The One U Wanna C and Resolution
Saxophone
Maceo Parker Chelsea Rodgers
Mike Phillips Chelsea Rodgers
Trombone
Greg Boyer Chelsea Rodgers
Trumpet
Christian Scott Somewhere Here On Earth
Lee Hogans Chelsea Rodgers
Percussion
Sheila E. Chelsea Rodgers

Data

Producer
Prince
Label
NPG Records
Distribution
Columbia Records
Cover Art/Photo
Afshin Shahidi and Sam Jennings
Released
12 years, 3 months ago, on 24 July 2007
Reissued
8 February 2019
Running Time
45:00
US Chart Peak
3
UK Chart Peak
Ineligible
Prince Album
#32

Track list

  1. Planet Earth (5:51)
  2. Guitar (3:45) 1
  3. Somewhere Here On Earth (5:46)
  4. The One U Wanna C (4:29)
  5. Future Baby Mamma (4:47)
  6. Mr. Goodnight (4:27)
  7. All The Midnights In The World (2:22)
  8. Chelsea Rodgers [feat. Shelby J.] (5:41)
  9. Lion Of Judah (4:11)
  10. Resolution (3:41)

1 Released as a single.

Singles from Planet Earth

Guitar single from Planet Earth

Guitar

Columbia Records

Released
9 July 2007
US Chart Peak
No Release
UK Chart Peak
81
  1. Guitar (3:45)
  2. Somewhere Here On Earth (5:46)

Supporting tour

The Earth Tour

The Earth Tour

2007

  • 21 Nights in London (UK)
    21 shows exclusively The O2 Arena form 1 August to 21 September, 2007

Planet Earth – review

Given away totally free in the UK, no other Prince album received as much media attention since Purple Rain. Planet Earth spawned a new first for the music industry, in that it was an album that supported the tour. His “Best in years!” critics claimed. Planet Earth is a typically varied Prince outing, showcasing his legendary diversity through many genres: rock, funk, rap and soul. The title track gives it the mark of quality with haunting, yet theatrical, scope. Guitar sets the pace before slowing up with Somewhere Here On Earth reassuring the listener into an album that boasts quality. Old habits die hard in The One U Wanna C, which sees Prince talking his woman into bed with the proposal to “come like thunder”. Resolution (providing the cheese) and Lion of Judah form nice simple old-style harmonies that fuse both maturity and playfulness into Planet Earth. Prince retains his position as master of ballads with the Grammy winning Future Baby Mamma – superior as any in his career. Mr. Goodnight soothes where Prince provides a silky dreamy rap. The highlight of the album is Chelsea Rodgers, his funkiest in track in recent memory. Prince’s chessyest (possibly ever) is provided in Resolution – “The main problem with war”, notwithstanding there are actually many greater problems with war, can this lyric really have come from the mind that gave us Sign O’ The Times. Overall Planet Earth offers scope and maturity, whisking the listener on a journey of absolute quality, so rare a trait found this day and age. “So shall it be written, shall be sung” Prince is clearly showing it is 2007 which marks his prime, not 1984. Planet Earth is made all the more sweeter as a freebie, but I am sure fans would have more than happy to fork out a few pennies for this solid entry into Prince’s catalogue.

Planet Earth

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