This song was debuted on radio on September 17, 2012. It was released to preview Prince's three-night residency at Chicago's United Center, which started a week later. The Purple One performed the song for the first time on television on Jimmy Kimmel Live on October 23, 2012.
The song debuted on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart at #24, helped by extensive airplay in the week after its debut. It was Prince's first entry on the tally since "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" reached #25 in 1994.
John Lennon's lead guitar work on Yoko Ono's "Walking On Thin Ice" proved to be his final creative act. It was upon their return home after completing laying down the track that Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman.