The Most Beautiful Girl In The World

Album: The Gold Experience (1994)
Charted: 1 3
  • This was Prince's first UK #1 hit. It was his 37th single release, making him the artist with the most attempts to get to #1 in the UK before achieving a chart-topper. He had had two previous UK #1s as a songwriter, the 1984 hit single "I Feel For You" by Chaka Khan and Sinead O'Connor's 1990 cover of "Nothing Compares 2 U."
  • When the son of a Warner Bros. executive suggested to Prince that he didn't have another hit record in him, he wrote this song the next day.
  • This was released by Prince on his own NPG label and it was his first release since changing his stage name to the unpronounceable symbol.
  • Prince organized a clever publicity campaign to promote this single. Many American magazines carried his face in silhouette with his message: "Eligible bachelor seeks the most beautiful girl in the world to spend holidays with." In February 1994, he launched the song on CBS-TV's Miss America Pageant and it was later released on Valentine's Day.
  • In January 2009, an Italian court ruled that this song was plagiarized by Prince from "Takin' Me to Paradise," written by Bruno Bergonzi and Michele Vicino. Bergonzi told Billboard magazine after the ruling was announced: "Our song was first released in 1983, at the height of the Italian dance boom and it appeared on assorted compilations that were distributed internationally. When we first heard Prince's song we immediately took action, but this case has been dragging on for 15 years and it isn't over yet, such is the slowness of the Italian legal system. We only decided to go public with our story now."
  • Prince's former wife Mayte Garcia recorded a cover of this song with a slight change to the title; it was called "The Most Beautiful Boy in the World" and debuted on her 1995 album, Child of the Sun.

Comments: 3

  • Leo from Westminster 1, MdOne of the better Rock Ballads he's done, The Most Beautiful Girl in the World find Prince and his guitar going the slow route but he makes it look simple and honest-this time, his Fender grinds out a Funk groove. Which just shows at the end of the day even a Telecaster needs love and affection. For all I care and know, Prince just as well would sing and write this song to his guitar. Who knows? The way I see it, there's nothing new under the sun-Music is a metaphor and language for self-expression and as far as I'm concerned, no one does that better than Prince. He is a musical genius who will never be forgotten!
  • Julian from Rochester, MnI've heard that the song was inspired by model and actor Daniela Amavia.
  • Victoria from Warren, RiI love this song because it sounds like it's about ur own live.
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