Bobby Brown

My Prerogative

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Former New Edition member Bobby Brown wanted a number one pop hit. Though he'd come close with the L.A. & Babyface-produced number one R&B/number eight pop gold hit "Don't Be Cruel," he still hadn't hit the mark. "My Prerogative" was Brown's response to press reports and rumors of drug abuse. Written by Darryl Simmons and producers L.A. & Babyface, "My Prerogative" stayed at number one R&B for two weeks and hit number one pop in the fall of 1988. It was on his Don't Be Cruel album, which sold more than seven million copies and yielded the hits "Roni," "Every Little Step," and "Rock Wit'cha." The singer also had a platinum Top Five R&B/pop smash with "On Our Own" from the Ghostbusters II soundtrack.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Don't Be Cruel 1988 MCA 4:57
Dance!...Ya Know It! 1990 MCA 5:12
Best Dance Album 1995 1995
Various Artists
3:54
New Edition Solo Hits 1996 MCA 4:32
E-Man's Non Stop Master Dance Mix 1999
Various Artists
4:14
Sounds of the Eighties 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:51
MTV the First 1000 Years: R&B 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 4:37
Sounds of the Eighties: Rockin' 80's [1999] 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:51
Ultramix 2000
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:51
Greatest Hits 2000 MCA 4:39
I Want My 80's Box 2001
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:39
New Jack Swing Era 2002
Various Artists
Universal International 4:50
80's Urban Beats and Grooves 2002
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 4:49
Best of Soul 80s 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 4:49
New Jack Swing 2003
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:28
Ultra Mix: Dance Hits of the 80s and 90s 2004
Various Artists
Madacy / Universal 4:51
#1 Soul Hits of the '80s 2004
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:33
20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Bobby Brown 2005 Geffen 4:38
Gold 2005 Hip-O 4:31
'80s Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:32
The Definitive Collection 2006 Geffen 4:32
'80s Soul Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:39
The Greatest R&B Hits of All Time 2006
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 4:37
Old School '80s 2007
Various Artists
Thump Records 4:34
Number 1's: '80s Soul 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:32
Now That's What I Call the 80s [3 CD] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:49
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:49
True 80s 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:57
New Jack Swing Gold 2008
Various Artists
Hip-O 8:01
80's Top 100 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:29
Don't Quit Music: '80s Flashback Dance Fitness (Exercise, Fitness, Workout, Aerobics, Running, Walking, Weight Lifting, Cardio, Weight Loss, Abs) 2009
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:21
Gold 2009 Geffen 4:55
Floorfillers: 80s Club Classics 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:49
Pure Swing [Universal 2010] 2010
Various Artists
Universal Music 4:50
Icon 2013 Geffen 4:32
No Image
Various Artists
UMG Recordings Inc.
20 No. 1’s: 80's Pop
Various Artists
Hip-O 4:39
Body By Jake: 80s Flashback Dance Fitness
Various Artists
Body By Jake 3:21
Body By Jake: Randy Couture Workout Mix
Various Artists
Body By Jake 4:54
New Jack Swing
Various Artists
Hit Master / Zebralution
Now That's What I Call the 80s Hits [Deluxe Edition]
Various Artists
Now Joint Venture 4:50