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The Most Beautiful Girl In The World

 

Single details


Released: 9 February, 1994 (USA)
28 March, 1994 (UK)
17 May, 1994 (The Beautiful Experience)
Related album: The Gold Experience (although none at the time of release)
Label(s): NPG Records
Non-Album track(s):

Beautiful (3:57)
Beautiful (5:55)
Beautiful (Extended Club Version) (6:25)
Beautiful Beats (3:30)
Brian's Mix / Sax Mix (3:30)
Flutestramental (3:35)
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (4:07)
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (4:37)
Mustang Instrumental (3:23)
Mustang Instrumental (3:19)
Mustang Mix (6:19)
Sexy Staxophone And Guitar (3:54)
Sexy Staxophone And Guitar (3:36)
Staxowax (5:14)
Staxowax (4:59)

Charts, Certifications & Awards


The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
Entry Date Chart, Country Peak Position Weeks in Chart
5 mar. 1994 Billboard R&B Singles Chart (USA) 2(1) 23
5 Mar. 1994 Billboard Hot 100 Chart (USA) 3(3) 26
30 mar. 1994 IRMA Top Singles (Ireland) 4 8
2 Apr. 1994 Nederlandse Top 40 (The Netherlands) 1(2) 16
2 Apr. 1994 Mega Top 50 (The Netherlands) 1(1) 15
2 Apr. 1994 Ultratop Vlaanderen (Belgium) 4 19
8 Apr. 1994 Single Charts (Sweden) 13 13
9 Apr. 1994 Gallup Top 40 Singles (UK) 1(3) 12
9 Apr. 1994 Top 50 (France) 5 24
17 Apr. 1994 Schweizer Hitparade (Switzerland) 1(2) 22
Week 15/1994 Single Charts (Norway) 4 6
17 Apr. 1994 Singles Top 75 (Austria) 5 12
 ? Apr. 1994 Single Charts (Germany) 9 23
1 May 1994 ARIA Top 50 Single Charts (Australia) 1(2) 15
7 May 1994 Billboard Adult Contemporary (USA) 25 17
8 May 1994 Single Charts (New Zealand) 1(4) 17
The Beautiful Experience
29 May 1994 Schweizer Hitparade (Switzerland) 4 1
2 Jun. 1994 IRMA Top Singles (Ireland) 17 2
4 Jun. 1994 Gallup Top 40 Singles (UK) 18 3
4 Jun. 1994 Billboard 200 Chart (USA) 92 12
4 Jun. 1994 Billboard R&B Albums Chart (USA) 29 12
5 Jun. 1994 ARIA Top 50 Single Charts (Australia) 14 6
12 Jun. 1994 Singles Top 75 (Austria) 16 3
3 Jul. 1994 Single Charts (New Zealand) 47 2

Date Institution, Country Certification
26 May, 1994 RIAA, USA Gold (500,000 units)

Date Institution, Country Award
This single has not received any awards in the USA

See also


The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
(music video)
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
(sheet music)

The Most Beautiful Girl In The World was the first single to be released from Prince's 17th album The Gold Experience, the first album to be credited to (although no album was connected to the single at the time of its release).

It was also the first single to be credited to , and the first to be released independently of Warner Bros., as well as the first release of any kind from NPG Records (the replacement to the defunct Paisley Park Records).

The single was released only five months after The Hits collections, and was clearly intended as a break from the past. It became Prince/'s first UK number one single, although there were allegations that 's organization had bought thousands of copies of the single around the world to ensure its success.

Three months after the single's release, an EP called The Beautiful Experience followed, containing several remixes of the song, each with separate titles (rather than remix names in parentheses). This release contains different artwork also, but is included here, as it was not the only variation. CD singles were also released of the Staxowax and Mustang Mix versions, also included here.

wanted to release different tracks independently, but Warner Bros. had required that only one song be released independently, so his response was to put out several different versions of the song, some so different that they could be considered separate tracks.

The single's originally-planned b-side, New World, had been blocked for release by Warner Bros., so instead recorded the Beautiful version of The Most Beautiful Girl In The World, which uses many of the same musical elements as New World.

For more information on 's disputes with Warner Bros., click here.


Track listing
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
The Beautiful Experience
7"

A. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (4:07)
B. Beautiful (3:57)

References:
UK/DE: NPG6015-7

Cassette Single

The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
A. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (4:07)
B. Beautiful (3:57)

References:
US: BR-72514-4
DE: NPG 6015-9
AU: C 11735

Staxowax
1. Staxowax (4:59)
2. Sexy Staxophone And Guitar (3:36)

References:
US: BR 72516-2

Mustang Mix
1. Mustang Mix (6:19)
2. Mustang Instrumental (3:19)

US: BR 72521-2

12"

A1. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (4:07)
A2. Beautiful (3:57)

References:
GR: FM 2059

A1. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (4:07)
A2. Beautiful (3:57)
B1. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (4:07)
B2. Beautiful (3:57)

References:
US: BR 72514-1

A1. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (4:07)
A2. Beautiful (3:57)
B1. Beautiful (Extended Club Version) (6:25)
B2. Beautiful Beats (3:30)

References:
UK/DE: 0060150NPG
FR: 170816 - MU111
SP: 02.2000
IT: NPG 6015-0

12”

A1. Beautiful (5:55)
A2. Staxowax (5:14)
A3. Mustang Mix (6:19)
B1. Flutestramental (3:35)
B2. Sexy Staxophone And Guitar (3:54)
B3. Mustang Instrumental (3:23)
B4. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (4:37)

References:
US: BR-71003
UK/DE: 0060210NPG

Cassette Maxi-Single

A1. Beautiful (5:55)
A2. Staxowax (5:14)
A3. Mustang Mix (6:19)
B1. Flutestramental (3:35)
B2. Sexy Staxophone And Guitar (3:54)
B3. Mustang Instrumental (3:23)
B4. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (4:37)

References:
US: BR 71003-4
DE/CA: 0060214 NPG
AU: C 16077

12" Promo

A1. Staxowax (5:00)
A2. Mustang Mix (6:22)
A3. Brian's Mix (3:30)
B1. Beautiful (5:55)
B2. Original Mix (4:37)

References:
US/FR: SPRO-72516

  • See individual tracks and related albums for credits.

Other Formats
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World

CD
The Beautiful Experience

CD
  • (US: BR 72514-2, DE: NPG 6015-5, RB 8.250)

The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
1. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (4:07)
2. Beautiful (3:57)

  • (US: Z10083 54205F, JP: AVCS-10024)

4U Gift Box
1. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (4:07)
2. Beautiful (3:57)

  • (US: BR 72516-2)

Staxowax
1. Staxowax (4:59)
2. Sexy Staxophone And Guitar (3:36)

  • (US: BR 72521-2)

Mustang Mix
1. Mustang Mix (6:19)
2. Mustang Instrumental (3:19)

  • (UK/DEU: 0060212NPG)

1. Beautiful (5:55)
2. Staxowax (5:14)
3. Mustang Mix (6:19)
4. Flutestramental (3:35)
5. Sexy Staxophone And Guitar (3:54)
6. Mustang Instrumental (3:23)
7. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (4:37)

  • (JAP: AVCD-11220)

1. Beautiful (5:55)
2. Staxowax (5:14)
3. Mustang Mix (6:19)
4. Flutestramental (3:35)
5. Sexy Staxophone And Guitar (3:54)
6. Mustang Instrumental (3:23)
7. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World (4:37)
8. Beautiful Extended Club Version (6:25)
9. Sax Mix (4:30)

CD Promo
  • (US: CD PRO 72516)

1. Staxowax (5:00)
2. Mustang Mix (6:22)
3. Brian's Mix (4:30)
4. Beautiful (5:55)
5. Original Mix (4:37)

Others
  • This single hasn't been released on digital format.

Releases
7", 12", CD, Cassettes and Other versions
 
Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Triva

  • Press advertisement published in Voice: 8th feb. 1994 (left) & Bellmark advert published in Billboard (right):
       
  • This was the first single to be credited to .
  • This was the first to be released independently of Warner Bros.
  • This was the first release of any kind from NPG Records.

References
1994
Controversy
All Singles All Related Artists Singles 1994
Pope

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