Controversy (Live In Hawaii) is a live single recorded on the World Tour 2003, included in a deluxe box-set of the book Prince In Hawaii as a one-track CD single. The single included only a live version of Controversy from 16 December 2003 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, which had previously been available as a download on the NPG Music Club’s Musicology Download Store, beginning with the opening of the store on 29 March 2004.
The audio was recorded directly from the mix console of Prince’s long time sound engineer, Scottie Baldwin.
Receiving only a limited release, the single was not eligible for the charts.
Of note is that the single is credited to Prince and the New Power Generation (shortened to Prince & The NPG) - the first time a single was co-credited to the band since 2002’s similarly low-key release Days Of Wild.
The single marked the third distinct release of Controversy as a single. Following the initial release of Controversy in 1981 to precede the album Controversy, the single Controversy was released in 1993 to coincide with Prince’s first compilation albums The Hits 1 and The Hits 2, taken specifically from The Hits 2 (also included as the second disc of The Hits / The B-Sides), containing entirely new packaging and tracks from the original release. With 1999 this makes the only other song that has been the title track of three different single releases by Prince.