Cinnamon Girl (Prince song)
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UK CD single
|Single by Prince|
|from the album Musicology|
|B-side||"Dear Mr. Man (Live at Webster Hall)" (UK CD single)
"United States of Division" (UK CD single)
"Dear Mr. Man (Live at Webster Hall Video)" (UK CD single)
"Cinnamon Girl (Video)" (NPG CD single)
"Cinnamon Girl: Xposed (Making of the Video)" (NPG CD single)
|Released||September 7, 2004|
|Recorded||Paisley Park Studios, January, 2003|
|Prince singles chronology|
The single has been released in several formats. On September 6, 2004, the European CD single was released with four tracks: "Cinnamon Girl" (Album version), "Dear Mr. Man" (live at Webster Hall) "United States of Division" (which had been available only as a download) and an MPEG video of the "Dear Mr. Man" performance. Two weeks later, a similar single was released, but without the video. In November of the same year, Prince's NPG Music Club online retail store sold an Enhanced CD including the audio track, its music video, the lyrics and a five-minute segment of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.
Despite not charting in the US, the single nearly cracked the Top 40 of the UK, reaching number 43.
UK/German CD single
- "Cinnamon Girl" – 3:56
- "Dear Mr. Man" (Live at Webster Hall) – 4:14
- "United States of Division" – 6:18
- "Dear Mr. Man" (Live at Webster Hall Video) – 4:14
NPG Enhanced CD single
- "Cinnamon Girl" – 3:56
- "Cinnamon Girl" (Video) – 4:04
- "Cinnamon Girl: Xposed" (Making of the Video) – 5:15
The music video for the song was controversial, especially among conservatives in the United States. In the video, directed by Phil Harder, a Muslim girl (played by New Zealand Māori actress Keisha Castle-Hughes) is depicted as being victimized following the September 11 attacks in 2001 and then dreaming of blowing up an airport with a bomb. While the New York Post described the video as the most tasteless ever, the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee has praised the video for bringing attention to the discrimination faced by Arab-Americans since the attacks.
|Germany (Official German Charts)||89|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||34|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||43|
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