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Columbia Records

Music comes before the ‘ology.

First released in MP3 format as downloads from Prince’s fanclub website npgmusicclub.com on 29 March 2004. Musicology spawned the commercial ‘comeback’ of Prince since his departure from Warner Brothers in 1996,  and was his first album for a major record label since Arista Record’s Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic of 1999.

Included in the cost of the ticket for the Musicology Live 2004ever Tour 400,000 copies of Musicology was handed out to every concert attendee, of which counted towards the sales of the CD. Although also receiving a retail release through Columbia Records and selling initially 100,000 copies, it charted at number 3, aided by its free distribution at the concerts. This triggered a change in Billboard’s rules that since bars freely distributed music’s eligibility in their charts.

The songs Musicology and Call My Name each won Grammy awards in 2005, and Musicology became the 25th highest selling album of 2004 (certified double Platinum by RIAA), and became Prince’s best selling album of that decade. The retail version of the album also contains the video of the title track. Musicology was reissued by Sony Music / Legacy Recordings on 8 February 2019.


All instruments
John Blackwell
Renato Neto
Alto Sax
Renato Neto
Candy Dulfer


NPG Records
Columbia Records
Cover Art/Photo
Afshin Shahidi, Sam Jennings and Jeremy Gavin
16 years, 2 months ago on 20 April 2004
8 February 2019
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  1. Musicology (4:23) 1
  2. Illusion, Coma, Pimp & Circumstance (4:45)
  3. A Million Days (3:49)
  4. Life O' The Party (5:14)
  5. Call My Name (3:56)
  6. Cinnamon Girl (3:56) 1
  7. What Do U Want Me 2 Do? (4:14)
  8. The Marrying Kind (2:49)
  9. If Eye Was The Man In Ur Life (3:08)
  10. On The Couch (3:33)
  11. Dear Mr. Man (3:14)
  12. Reflection (3:03)

1 Released as singles.

Singles from Musicology

Musicology single from Musicology


Columbia Records

22 August 2004
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  1. Musicology (4:36)
  2. On The Couch (3:33)
  3. Magnificent (4:30)
Cinnamon Girl single from Musicology

Cinnamon Girl

Columbia Records

28 September 2004
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  1. Cinnamon Girl (3:56)
  2. Dear Mr. Man [Live at Webster Hall] (4:14)
  3. United States Of Division (6:18)
  4. Dear Mr. Man [Live at Webster Hall; video] (4:14)

Supporting tour

Musicology Live 2004ever Tour

Musicology Live 2004ever Tour


  • 89 shows from 27 March to 11 September, 2004

Musicology – review

Musicology came as a pleasant surprise to fans and more so Prince since it turned out to be his most successful album since Diamonds And Pearls of 1991; be that chance or design, who knows. “Music comes before the ‘ology” tells Prince as the album is intended to be an education in music – ‘schools in’ for Musicology. We see a more chilled out Prince finally succumbing to forge his long awaited return to commercialism and give fans their much awaited ‘proper’ album – one once more full of radio-friendly tunes – having found his voice again since the instrumental fizzles of two preceding albums. Musicology heralds Prince’s commercial reawakening and wider audience appeal, that which made his name in the ’80s and dedicated the 90’s trying to disassociate his name from. It is clear Prince wants to be played on the radio again. Musicology is catchy and the tracks are a commercially consumable four minutes apiece. Although not art artful as The Rainbow Children (this is intentional) it is equally inspired and more importantly a ‘comeback’ album (although Prince himself would never attest to that fact). The outstanding tracks are A Million Days, Call My Name, Cinnamon Girl, The Marrying Kind and Dear Mr. Man all making truly enjoyable listening. The surprisingly down-to-earth Musicology hits its stride perfectly but it give you a musical ‘ology’? No. It is more commercial than conceptual – Prince’s ‘break glass in case of emergency’ album since Paisley Park has bills to pay. If only all studying was as enjoyable, example; Life O’ The Party, the weakest track, even it manages to spring to life with repeated listening – underlining the quality of the overall work. Warner Brothers better start repairing those burnt bridges fast, since after 10 years in chart abyss Prince has discovered “money and art …[really can]… mix”.


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