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"Musicology" is a song by Prince, and title track from his 2004 album of the same name. The song is an obvious ode toJames Brown's style of funk music popularized in the early 1970s. The song is also reminiscent of Prince's own "The Work, pt. 1", from his 2001 album The Rainbow Children.
The B-side of the single is the Musicology track "On the Couch", a seductive ballad with a gospel flavor. In addition, Prince released a song on his website titled "Magnificent", which was listed as the "virtual B-side" to "Musicology".
In the United States, the song received airplay on Urban Adult Contemporary radio stations. The song enjoyed larger success as a video with television airplay, as it was played regularly on MTV, BET, and VH1. Outside of the U.S., the song enjoyed considerable success on the pop charts in a number of countries. Specifically, "Musicology" went Top 40 in Argentina, Australia, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland.