BEHIND THE GROOVES: a music blog by Jeff Harris

On this day in music history: August 5, 1989 - “Batdance” by Prince hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the R&B singles chart for 1 week on August 12th. Written and produced by Prince, it is the fourth #1 Pop and sixth R&B chart topper for the Minneapolis, MN born singer, songwriter and musician. Prince will become involved in the “Batman” film project after being shown a rough cut of the film by director Tim Burton, who had been using “1999” and “Baby I’m A Star” as temporary music tracks while editing the film. Cancelling a scheduled vacation, Prince will fly back home to Minneapolis and begin writing music for the film. Within a month, the artist will compose eight new songs (only few will make the final cut) for the film. The track “Batdance” is a song collage (featuring pieces of the songs “200 Balloons” (Batdance’s non-LP B-side), “The Future”, and “Electric Chair”) written and recorded overnight, using samples of dialogue from the film. Though it is not included in the film, the song will be brilliantly utilized to market both the film and album. Released as a single on June 9, 1989, it will be an immediate hit. Entering the Hot 100 at #53 on June 17, 1989, it will rise to the top of the chart seven weeks later. “Batdance” is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA. 

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