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27 April 2024

Rare Prince Track ‘Magnificent’ Released To Celebrate ‘Musicology’ Turning 20

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In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Prince’s seminal Musicology album, NPG Records and Paisley Park Enterprises, in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment, have released Magnificent, a rare 2004 Prince track that was previously released as a “virtual B-side” to Musicology, the lead single from the classic record.

Having never been previously available on streaming services, today’s release marks the first time that Prince fans around the world will have access to this rare recording. The track’s debut on streaming follows the release of United States Of Division, another rare B-side from the Musicology era.

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Written and entirely recorded by Prince himself, Magnificent is a sensual love song backed by layers of heavy digital percussion and an ominous synthesizer riff throughout. Over the irresistibly funky backing track, Prince croons to an unnamed lover: “In the time it took the others / to say your name / We became magnificent.” Unheard by Prince fans for 20 years and sourced from master tapes found in Prince’s legendary vault, Magnificent is yet another stunning sonic artifact from a notably prolific era of his celebrated career.

The releases of Magnificent and United States Of Division also celebrates the 20th anniversary of Prince’s landmark Musicology Live 2004ever tour, a remarkable run of shows that saw the trendsetting star distributing copies of his most recent album Musicology to thousands of concert attendees along the tour route.

On Prince’s request, the tour featured reasonable ticket prices that encouraged fans young and old to attend shows. Devised by Prince and his longtime lawyer, confidante, and Musicology Executive Producer L. Londell McMillan this grassroots approach to album marketing profoundly changed that way the music industry viewed live performances and once again cemented Prince’s status as one of modern music’s great creative visionaries.

Prince’s Musicology era was recently spotlighted in notable articles from The Daily Beast and, who praised Musicology as “a vital part of the Purple One’s catalog 20 years on”, while The Daily Beast’s Jeff Slate lauded the broad spectrum of musical influences present on the record, stating that “he asserted himself as the best in the business—while never losing grip of the thing that drove him: his deep love of music.”

Speaking about this era of Prince’s career, McMillan noted: “Prince was the ultimate artist, musician and innovator. Musicology is a timeless album that had a “magnificent” impact. We continue to celebrate Prince’s accomplishments and musical works.”

Also approaching its 20th anniversary on April 20, Musicology was praised by Rolling Stone for “its sinuous grooves and effortless swing” and earned Prince two Grammy awards in addition to being certified double platinum by the RIAA in 2005. The album came at the peak of Prince’s early 2000s resurgence, practically coinciding with his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame where he performed his now iconic guitar solo on an all-star rendition of The Beatles classic, While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

He also notably duetted with Beyoncé weeks earlier during that year’s Grammy Awards ceremony, while the Musicology tour itself was Prince’s highest-grossing US tour of his career and one of the most successful US tours of the year, performing for over 1.4 million fans.

On June 20-24, Prince fans will once again gather to celebrate Prince’s enduring legacy at Celebration 2024. Located at Prince’s Paisley Park compound in Minneapolis, the event will feature world class music, celebrity panels, exclusive concert footage, multiple activations in downtown Minneapolis and a newly curated Paisley Park Tour. Celebration 2024 will also give fans the opportunity to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Prince’s seminal 1984 classic Purple Rain in addition to the 20th anniversary of Musicology.

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