Around the World in a Day is the seventh studio album by American recording artist Prince and The Revolution. It was released on April 22, 1985 by Paisley Park Records and Warner Bros. Records. In compliance with Prince's wishes, the record company released the album with minimal publicity, not even releasing an accompanying single until almost a full month after the album's release. Prince made the request because he preferred the public to first experience the record in its entirety rather than through any particular song.[11]


 [hide*1 Album Development

Album Development[edit]Edit

The album overall was an important step in Prince's musical evolution, incorporating new instruments and musical styles. This, taken together with the psychedelic vibe that pervades much of the record, drew numerous comparisons to The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.[2][11] In an interview, Prince once spoke on the album's cover art, psychedelic vibe, and the Sgt. Pepper comparison:

"The influence wasn't the Beatles. They were great for what they did, but I don't know how that would hang today. The cover art came about because I thought people were tired of looking at me. Who wants another picture of him? I would only want so many pictures of my woman, then I would want the real thing. What would be a little more happening than just another picture would be if there was some way I could materialize in people's cribs when they play the record. I don't mind the [album being called psychedelic], because that was the only period in recent history that delivered songs and colors. Led Zeppelin, for example, would make you feel differently on each song."[12]

Track listing[edit]Edit

All songs written and composed by Prince except where indicated. 

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Around the World in a Day"   PrinceJohn L. Nelson, David Coleman 3:28
2. "Paisley Park"   4:42
3. "Condition of the Heart"   6:48
4. "Raspberry Beret"   3:33
5. "Tamborine"   2:47
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "America"   Prince and The Revolution 3:42
7. "Pop Life"   3:43
8. "The Ladder"   Prince, John L. Nelson 5:29
9. "Temptation"   8:18



Album Reception[edit]Edit

Despite the low-key promotion and the material on the album being overall not as radio-friendly as Purple Rain, it still had two American top 10 hits, and went double platinum.


Chart (1985) Peak


US Billboard 200 1
US Billboard R&B Albums 4
UK Albums Chart 5

Singles and Hot 100 chart placings[edit]Edit

  1. "Paisley Park"
  2. "She's Always in My Hair"
  1. "Raspberry Beret"
  2. "She's Always in My Hair" (US)
  3. "Hello" (UK)
  1. "Pop Life"
  2. "Hello" (US)
  3. "Girl" (UK)
  • "America" (#46 US, #35 US R&B) No UK release
  1. "America"
  2. "Girl"
Preceded by

No Jacket Required by Phil Collins

Billboard 200 number-one album

June 1–21, 1985

Succeeded by

Beverly Hills Cop (soundtrack) by Various artists

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