Planet Earth, 2007
The second single from Prince's 32nd album, Planet Earth (which was initially released on CD as an insert with Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper), "Chelsea Rodgers" invited speculation about the song's muse. Was she the secret love child of Prince and Sheila E? One in a long line of gorgeous Purple protégés? Well, it turned out that the song's namesake was a model, apparently one with a "butt like a leather seat." Prince's ode to her is one of his funkiest songs of the 21st century, built on a succulent disco bassline, gospel vocals, cosmic synth squiggles and punctuated by ecstatic brass interjections.
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