The Most Beautiful Girl in the World (Prince song)

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"The Most Beautiful Girl in the World"
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Single by Prince
from the album The Beautiful Experience and The Gold Experience
B-side "Beautiful"
"Beautiful" (Extended Club Mix by Simon Harris) (UK 12")
"Beautiful Beats" (UK 12")
Released February 24, 1994
Format 7" single
12" single
Cassette single
CD single
Recorded Paisley Park Studios August 1993
Genre Soft rock, R&B, pop
Length 4:07 (single edit)
4:37 (original mix)
4:25 (Gold Experience version)
Label NPG, Bellmark, Edel
Songwriter(s) Prince
Producer(s) Prince, Ricky Peterson
Prince singles chronology
"Peach"
(1993)
"The Most Beautiful Girl in the World"
(1994)
"Staxowax"
(1994)
"Peach"
(1993)
"The Most Beautiful Girl in the World"
(1994)
"Staxowax"
(1994)
Prince (UK) singles chronology
"Controversy"
(1993) Controversy1993
"The Most Beautiful Girl in the World"
(1994) The Most Beautiful Girl in the World1994
"Letitgo"
(1994) Letitgo1994

"The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" is the lead single from Prince's 1994 EP The Beautiful Experience and 1995 album The Gold Experience. It was his first release since changing his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol. With the consent of Prince's usual record distributor Warner Bros. Records, "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" was released by NPG Records and Edel Music, and independently distributed by Bellmark Records, under the control and guidance of Music of Life, as a one-off single, topping five different charts.

The single was released in February 1994 in the United Kingdom, and remains Prince's only number one single in the UK Singles Chart,[1] and was shortly followed by an EP of remixes titled The Beautiful Experience that also charted on #18 in the chart in the United Kingdom. The version that was released on The Gold Experience is a different mix of the song.

Development[edit]

The original track is a slow-grooving ballad that serenades a beautiful woman. The song was played during the Miss USA pageant in 1994, but not in full. It was widely advertised in news and trade magazines that a new song from Prince would be premiered at the pageant. The ads had Prince sitting in a chair with a hat pulled down over his face, and Garcia standing next to his chair. The song was officially released on February 24, 1994. It later appeared on The Gold Experience.

The version on The Gold Experience is remixed. The drums are more crisp in the mix, and there are slight instrumental changes. There are also added sound effects and instrumental breaks in the second version. The bridge is slightly more robust as well. The song is still based in light guitar, keyboards and live drums. Although most of the song is sung in falsetto with Prince reaching some extremely high notes, the bridge has him using his regular voice as well as a lower baritone range in parts.[citation needed]

The song was a worldwide hit and established Prince's ability to succeed commercially under his new name, peaking at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was certified gold by the RIAA and sold 700,000 copies domestically.[2][3]

It became his first and only United Kingdom No. 1 single under any name as a performer.[1] He did have two other United Kingdom number ones as a songwriter: the 1984 hit single "I Feel for You" covered by Chaka Khan and Sinéad O'Connor's 1990 cover of "Nothing Compares 2 U". The song was his last top 5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 during his lifetime. Prince danced to his own song "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World" after the World Music Awards at an after show event with Kylie Minogue in 1994.

Track listings[edit]

Single
  1. "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" (single edit) – 4:06
  2. "Beautiful" (single edit) – 3:54
United Kingdom 12"
  1. "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" – 4:07
  2. "Beautiful" – 3:57
  3. "Beautiful" (extended club mix by Simon Harris) – 6:25

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994–95) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[4] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 4
Canadian Singles Chart 6
France (SNEP)[7] 5
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 9
Irish Singles Chart 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[11] 4
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 13
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 3
US Hot R&B Singles (Billboard)[16] 2
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[17] 3
US Rhythmic Top 40 (Billboard)[18] 3

Mayte version[edit]

Mayte Garcia later recorded her own version called "The Most Beautiful Boy in the World" when she and Prince were married. The song appears on her album Child of the Sun. It has the same instrumental backing track with extra reverb, and her vocals, with a few slight ad-lib changes. It was released by NPG Records.

Cover versions[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Uptown: The Vault – The Definitive Guide to the Musical World of Prince: Nilsen Publishing 2004, ISBN 91-631-5482-X

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 565. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "American certifications – Prince – The Most Beautiful Girl in the World". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  3. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1994". Billboard. BPI Communications. 107 (3): 57. January 21, 1995. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Australian-charts.com – The Symbol – The Most Beautiful Girl in the World". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – The Symbol – The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Symbol – The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  7. ^ "Lescharts.com – The Symbol – The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  8. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The Symbol – The Most Beautiful Girl in the World". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Symbol – The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  10. ^ "Charts.org.nz – The Symbol – The Most Beautiful Girl in the World". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  11. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – The Symbol – The Most Beautiful Girl in the World". VG-lista. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  12. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Symbol – The Most Beautiful Girl in the World". Singles Top 100. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  13. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Symbol – The Most Beautiful Girl in the World". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  14. ^ "Prince: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  15. ^ "Prince – Chart History: The Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Prince – Chart History: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Prince – Chart History: Pop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Prince – Chart History: Rhythmic Top 40". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 15, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Southern Living". Narada.com. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
  20. ^ "Southern Living Alex Bugnon". JazzTimes.com. Retrieved 2014-03-31. 
Preceded by
"Everything Changes" by Take That
UK Singles Chart number-one single
April 17, 1994 – April 30, 1994
Succeeded by
"The Real Thing" by Tony Di Bart
Preceded by
"The Sign" by Ace of Base
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
May 29, 1994 – June 11, 1994
Succeeded by
"Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" by Crash Test Dummies