Musicology by Prince: 19 Years Later


Noah Norville

March 27 marks the anniversary of Prince’s twenty-eighth studio album Musicology. Released in 2004, Musicology marked the return of Prince into the worldwide spotlight. Although he had released albums a few years prior such as The Rainbow Children (2001), and One Night Alone… (2002), the albums did not have much success besides Prince touring in 2002. However, 2004 proved to be one of the best years for Prince. First, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and even performed alongside Tom Petty in their rendition of “My Guitar Gently Weeps” by The Beatles. Prince came back strong with his album Musicology, which has become a fan favorite. The album featured the singles “Musicology,” “Call My Name,” and “Cinnamon Girl.” Musicology was Prince’s most successful album since his thirteenth studio album Diamonds and Pearls and was certified platinum by June 2005. Critics loved Prince’s return and generally praised Musicology. All in all, Prince’s return to commercial music came nineteen years ago with this fan-beloved album.