About the track: “Somebody’s Somebody” was released as the second single off of Prince’s post-Warner Bros. Records debut, Emancipation, on January 13, 1997 ? the same week that footage was shot for the song’s promotional video. Scenes depicting Prince (who was then identified only by his unpronounceable symbol) in a hotel room in Manhattan, lounging around backstage, and performing on stage with his band were filmed on January 10 and 11, 1997, during Love 4 One Another Charities Tour stops at New York’s Roseland Ballroom and Washington, D.C.’s Constitution Hall.
About the track: The video for “Face Down” is a comical send-up of haters, critics, and Prince’s former self, with extras and members of Prince’s band attending a dramatized funeral for the purple icon. The song was written shortly after the release of 1995’s The Gold Experience, which was the first album that Prince released under his unpronounceable symbol, and the video speaks to the major transformations that were taking place during that period as he declared that the artist known as Prince was now “dead.”
Prince - Face Down
About the track: The video for Prince’s cover of The Stylistics’ “Betcha by Golly Wow!” captures a bittersweet time in the artist’s life. It was created around the time that he learned that his new wife, Mayte Garcia, was pregnant, and it depicts Prince rushing to the hospital to join Mayte and celebrate the happy news.
Prince - Betcha By Golly Wow!
About the track: The video stars Prince, Mayte in a dual role as woman and angel, and members of Prince’s live band in 1997: guitarist Kat Dyson, bassist Rhonda Smith, drummer Kirk Johnson, and keyboardist Morris Hayes. Notably, “The Holy River” depicts Prince using a mirror to write the word “SLAVE” on his own cheek ? a common occurrence in the mid-1990s and a visual symbol of his ongoing dispute for creative and professional freedom, which he celebrated with the release of his first post-Warner Bros. triple album, Emancipation.