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US 7-inch single
Single by Prince
from the album Batman
  • "When 2 R in Love"
  • "Sex" (12")
ReleasedNovember 28, 1989
Format7-inch single, 12-inch single, maxi single
RecordedOctober 17, 1988[citation needed]
StudioPaisley Park
Length7-inch edit: 4:12
Album: 6:15
Long version: 19:15
LabelWarner Bros.
Prince singles chronology
"The Arms of Orion"
"Thieves in the Temple"
Prince (GER) singles chronology
"The Arms of Orion"
"The Future"
Alternative cover

"Scandalous" (modified to "Scandalous!" for single release) is the eighth track on Prince's soundtrack album Batman and was released as the album's fourth single, five months after the album was released. The music is attributed to Prince and his father, John L. Nelson. A maxi-single was released after the single titled The Scandalous Sex Suite, which contained a three-part 19-minute suite of the song "Scandalous", with the three parts named The Crime, The Passion, and The Rapture. Kim Basinger, who played the character Vicki Vale in Batman, also appeared on the maxi-single.[citation needed]

As Prince's final single released in the 1980s, "Scandalous!" reached number five on the US R&B singles chart.[citation needed]

Due to licensing issues with the Batman franchise, Prince was not allowed to include songs from this album on any compilations. Even on concert T-shirts listing Prince's albums, the Batman title was replaced by the song "Scandalous!"[1] Nevertheless, an alternate pressing of the single (and not the EP) features the Batman logo in a dark blue background.

Track listings[edit]

7-inch single (Scandalous!)

  1. "Scandalous!" (edit) – 4:12
  2. "When 2 R in Love" – 3:58

12-inch/CD single (The Scandalous Sex Suite)

  1. "The Crime" – 6:25
  2. "The Passion" – 6:20
  3. "The Rapture" – 6:30
  4. "Sex "the '80s are over and the time has come 4 monogamy and trust"" – 6:56
  5. "When 2 R in Love" – 3:58
  6. "Partyman" (The Purple Party Mix) – 6:02 (Japan EP bonus track)
  7. "Partyman" (Partyman Music Mix Remix) – 4:31 (Japan EP bonus track)
  8. "Partyman" (The Video Mix) – 6:20 (Japan EP bonus track)
  9. "Feel U Up" (Short Stroke) – 3:42 (Japan EP bonus track)


Chart (1989–90) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 95
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 17
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 45
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 21
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[6] 5


  1. ^ "Prince Tour T-Shirt (IMAGE)". Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  2. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  3. ^ " – Prince – Scandalous!" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  4. ^ " – Prince – Scandalous!" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  5. ^ " – Prince – Scandalous!" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  6. ^ "Prince Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 3, 2016.

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