1999 is the fifth studio album by American recording artistPrince. It was released on October 27, 1982 by Warner Bros. Records. The album was his first top ten album on theBillboard 200 chart in the United States (peaking at number 9) and became the fifth best-selling album of 1983 and was certified Multi-Platinum by RIAA. 1999was Prince's breakthrough album, but his next album, Purple Rain, would become his most successful. The title track was a protest against nuclear proliferation and became his first top ten hit in countries outside the United States.