byPrince(The Artist Formerly Known As Prince), and his 1995 album. In his singles chronology, it was his third major release since changing his stage name to The Artist Formerly Known As Prince or TAFKAP. In his albums chronology, it along with the EP was his second release after changing his name. With the consent of Princes usual record distributorWarner Bros. Records, The Most Beautiful Girl in the World was released byNPG RecordsandEdel Music, and independently distributed byBellmark Records, under the control and guidance ofMusic of Life, as a one-off single, topping five different charts.
The single was released in February 1994 in the United Kingdom, and remains Princes only number one single in theUK Singles Chart,1and was shortly followed by anEPofremixestitledThe Beautiful Experiencethat also charted on 18 in the chart in the United Kingdom. The version that was released onThe Gold Experienceis a different mix of the song.
There has been a long running copyright dispute since 1995 and a court in Italy ruled that Prince had plagiarized the song, giving writing credit to those other than Prince.2
The original track is a slow-groovingballadthat serenades a beautiful woman, his soon-to-be fianc,Mayte Garcia. The song was played during theMiss USApageant 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 onThe Gold Experience.
The version onThe Gold Experienceis 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 lightguitarkeyboardsand livedrums. Although most of the song is sung in falsetto with Prince reaching some extremely high notes, the final bridge has him using his regular voice as well as a lower baritone range in one small segment.
The song was a worldwide hit and established Princes ability to succeed commercially under his new name, peaking at No. 3 on theBillboardHot 100. It was certifiedgoldby theRIAAand sold 700,000 copies domestically.34However, the song was his last top 10 hit on theBillboardHot 100 during his lifetime.5
It became his first and only United Kingdom No. 1 single under any name as a performer.1He did have two other United Kingdom number ones as a songwriter: the 1984 hit singleI Feel for Youcovered byChaka KhanandSinad OConnors 1990 cover ofNothing Compares 2 U. 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.
The music video for The Most Beautiful Girl in the World was directed by Prince and American film director and producerAntoine Fuqua.6
Bruno Bergonzico-wrote withMichele Vicinothe songTakin Me to Paradise, published on 1983 byWarner Chappell Italy. The session vocalist was Raynard. J, the pseudonym of Jay Rolandi. The song appeard on a number of compilations, internationally distributed. An Italian court ruled on 2003 thatPrinces 1994 hit,The Most Beautiful Girl in the World, was a plagiarism from the song by two Italian writers. Bergonzi and Vicino won on appeal in 2007. The third and final sentence, by theCourt of Cassationof Rome, arrived in May 2015. Italian collecting society SIAE recognizes Bergonzi and Vicino as the authors ofThe Most Most Beautiful Girl in the Worldmusic.7
Mayte Garcialater recorded her own version called The Most Beautiful Boy in the World. The song appears on her albumChild 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 byNPG Records.
In 1998, rapperRaheem the Dreamsampled the song to make his own track, also titled The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.
In 2003, pianistAlex Bugnoncovered the song on his album
In 2013, artistBruno Marscovered the song duringThe Moonshine Jungle Tour.
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