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Musicology album.jpg
from the album Musicology
Musicology single.jpg
artwork for Musicology single
Song details
Performer: Prince
First Released: 27 March 2004 - Musicology album
Album(s): Musicology

Anthology: 1995-2010

Writer(s): Prince
Producer(s): Prince
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
Performed regularly on tour:
Performed occasionally in shows:

Musicology is the first track on Prince’s 28th studio album Musicology, and, five weeks after the album’s download release, Musicology was released as the album’s first single in the UK, Germany and Australia.

Initial recording dates are unknown, but it is likely that the track was recorded in early 2003 at Paisley Park Studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota. In early May 2003, brief 2 second ’stabs' of each instrument, taken from the song, were playable at the NPG Music Club in a foyer by clicking on a picture of each instrument.

A contest was run for members to submit remixes using the samples, and starting 9 June 2003, members' remixes were added to the site (over the course of the Summer, 55 remixes were added in all). Since these have no input by Prince beyond the initial samples, they are not included in the listings below.

The album version of the track includes a segue at the end of the track involving a radio changing between stations (similar to a Segue on Carmen Electra’s album Carmen Electra). Each station is playing a Prince song, and included are clips of If I Was Your Girlfriend, 17 Days, Kiss, Sign O’ The Times and Little Red Corvette. Spoken over it are lyrics to Illusion, Coma, Pimp & Circumstance, the following track on the album.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
Early 2003 Paisley Park Studios,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
Recording Personnel
  • Prince - all vocals and instruments
  • Unidentified/Uncredited horn players - most likely sampled from another songs

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Musicology 4:26 Musicology

Musicology single
Cinnamon Girl 12" promo (UK)
Anthology: 1995-2010

Musicology (Edit – Full Ending) 4:15 Musicology promo Edit Without segue
Musicology (Edit – Short Ending) 3:42 Musicology promo Edit
Musicology (Edit – With Fade) 3:38 Musicology promo Edit
Video Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Musicology 4:57 Musicology album CD-ROM component (retail edition only) Promo video See Musicology video for more details
Musicology (Much Music) 4:25 NPG Music Club .wmv download TV performance video 28 July 2004 (mat.), MuchMoreMusic Live!, MuchMusic Studios at the CHUM-City Building, Toronto, ON, Canada
Broadcasts/streaming (only)
Title Length Released Version Additional info
Musicology T.B.C. Delayed performance TV broadcast Live 26 February 2004, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, NBC Studio 3, Burbank, CA, USA
Musicology (Live At Webster Hall - April 20, 2004) 3:24 The Art Of Musicology performance broadcast Live 20 April 2004, Webster Hall, New York, NY, USA
Musicology 12:01 3rdEye TV Show # 4 performance audio stream Rehearsal Segues directly from a rehearsal of Next To Me; features Mama Feelgood; segues into a rehearsal of Extraloveable
1999 / Little Red Corvette / Musicology (intro) 9:52 3rdEye TV Show # 7 live video stream Live 30 June 2013 (a.m.) City Winery Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Musicology 0:32 3rdEyeGirl YT account Live 05 October 2013, Paisley Par, Chanhassen, MN, USA
Musicology 2:51 3rdEyeGirl YT account Live 29 December 2013, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT, USA

Additional Information

See also Trivia

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