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1994: Controversy All Singles All Related Artists Singles 1994: Pope 
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


Charts
The Most Beautiful Girl In The World
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: Billboard Hot 100 5 Mar. 1994 3(3) 26
USA: Billboard R&B Singles 5 mar. 1994 2(1) 23
USA: Billboard Adult Contemporary 7 May 1994 25 17
 
Europe
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Austria: Singles Top 75 17 Apr. 1994 5 12
Belgium: Ultratop Vlaanderen 2 Apr. 1994 4 19
France: Nielsen & Ipsos Top 50 9 Apr. 1994 5 24
Germany: Muzikmarkt Top 100 Singles 18 Apr. 1994 9 23
Ireland: IRMA Top Singles 30 mar. 1994 4 8
The Netherlands: Nederlandse Top 40 2 Apr. 1994 1(2) 16
The Netherlands: Mega Top 50 2 Apr. 1994 1(1) 15
Norway: Single Charts Week 15/1994 4 6
Sweden: Single Charts 8 Apr. 1994 13 13
Switzerland: Schweizer Hitparade 17 Apr. 1994 1(2) 22
U.K.: Gallup Top 40 Singles 9 Apr. 1994 1(3) 12
 
Pacific
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Australia: ARIA Top 50 Singles 1 May 1994 1(2) 15
New Zealand: Single Charts 8 May 1994 1(4) 17
 
The Beautiful Experience
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: Billboard 200 4 Jun. 1994 92 12
USA: Billboard R&B Albums 4 Jun. 1994 29 12
 
Europe
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Austria: Singles Top 75 12 Jun. 1994 16 3
Germany: Muzikmarkt Top 100 Albums 13 Jun. 1994 29 9
Ireland: IRMA Top Singles 2 Jun. 1994 17 2
Switzerland: Schweizer Hitparade 29 May 1994 4 1
U.K.: Gallup Top 40 Singles 4 Jun. 1994 18 3
 
Pacific
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
Australia: ARIA Top 50 Singles 5 Jun. 1994 14 6
New Zealand: Single Charts 3 Jul. 1994 47 2
Certifications
Institution, Country Date Certification
RIAA, USA 26 May, 1994 Gold (500,000)
Awards
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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