Prince’s official music video for ‘Somebody’s Somebody,’ off of “Emancipation”
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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.
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Few Prince videos capture the experience of a Prince show from all angles as well as “Somebody’s Somebody,” from the eager “fams” (Prince’s preferred term for his extended family of concertgoers and listeners) waiting outside the venue to the quiet moments Prince spends alone before the show and the mesmerizing interactions he shares with his band and his crowd once it’s time to perform.
“Somebody’s Somebody” was co-written by Prince, the soul singer Brenda Lee Eager, and the jazz and soul bassist Hilliard Wilson. Eager and Wilson originally wrote the lyrics and gave them to Mavis Staples, who was collaborating with Prince on her 1992 album, The Voice, and Prince set their words to music. He didn’t end up using the song for that album, but he did revisit it a few different times throughout the mid-1990s; avid followers may remember that an instrumental version of the song was used for a skit that Prince created to advertise his mail-order hotline 1-800-NEW-FUNK.
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