Album: Newpower Soul

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Newpower Soul

Newpower Soul album artwork

Album details


Released: 30 June 1998
Length: 59:54
Label(s): NPG Records
Studio(s): Paisley Park Studios

Charts, Certifications & Awards


Charts
America
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
USA: Billboard 200 18 Jul. 1998 22 8
USA: Billboard Top R&B Albums 18 Jul. 1998 9 11
Europe
Country: Chart Entry Date Peak Position Weeks in Chart
France: Top Album 75 4 Jul. 1998 45 4
Germany: MusikWoche Top 100 Albums 20 Jul. 1998 34 6
U.K.: Gallup Album Chart 11 Jul. 1998 38 2
Certifications
This album has not received any certifications in the USA
Awards
This album has not received any awards in the USA

Singles released


The One promo only
b/w None
Theone single.jpg
Come On
b/w Come On
Comeon single.jpg

See also


Come 2 My House
(album)
 
GCS 2000
(album)
 
link=Album: Come 2 My House(album) link=Album: GCS 2000(album)

Alternate Album Configuration


  • Undated configuration
  1. Newpower Soul
  2. Mad Sex
  3. Until U're In My Arms Again
  4. When U Love Somebody
  5. Shoo-Bed-Ooh
  6. The Good Life (Big City Remix)
  7. Push It Up
  8. Freaks On This Side
  9. Come On
  10. The One
  11. (EyeBlue.png Like) Funky Music
  12. Wasted Kisses (2:58)
Newpower Soul is the third and final 'solo' album by the New Power Generation (although Prince is the only band member featuring on all three albums). It was released worldwide in June 1998. The album produced only one commercially-released single, Come On, although The One was available as a promotional single in the USA prior to the album's release.


Recording Sessions

The album was recorded between May 1997, and February 1998, at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA. Although bandmembers are listed for the whole album, their contribution is uncertain in many cases, with the album largely recorded by Prince. Indeed, while the two previous New Power Generation albums feature Prince in a back-up role, often hidden, uncredited, or using disguised vocals, Newpower Soul features him in a prominent role, and he is the only person shown on the cover. As such, the album is often incorrectly referred to as a "Prince" or "SymbolSmallerBlue.png" album, but the choice to release the album under the band name was intentional, and as such, it is featured here as it is credited.

Although the band is referred to as New Power Generation the album title uses "Newpower" as a single word. This is perhaps to differentiate it from the track New Power Soul, released on Exodus. Also of note is that "Newpower" in the album title is printed on the inlay card, visible using a clear CD tray; it is not printed on the album's booklet, so images of the album cover using the booklet as a basis, such as the one used here, do not display the full album title.

Promotion

Prince (as SymbolSmallerBlue.png) toured extensively to support the album with the New Power Soul Tour and the New Power Soul Festival Tour, promoting this album and the 'companion' albums, Chaka Khan's Come 2 My House and Graham Central Station's GCS 2000. The tours were billed using the name SymbolSmallerBlue.png, but the name "New Power Generation" was used commonly on promotion, and the images, the merchandise and the backdrop of the tour focused on the Newpower Soul album.

The album reached number 22 on the US Billboard 200 Chart, and number 8 on the Billboard R&B Albums Chart.



Track listing
CD MC

The compact disc version is the original issue.

  1. Newpower Soul (5:00)
  2. Mad Sex (5:12) 1
  3. Until U're In My Arms Again (4:47)
  4. When U Love Somebody (5:56)
  5. Shoo-Bed-Ooh (3:23)
  6. Push It Up (5:28) 2
  7. Freaks On This Side (5:42)
  8. Come On (5:59)
  9. The One (7:04)
  10. (EyeBlue.png Like) Funky Music (4:31) 3
  11. Wasted Kisses (2:58) 4

The MC format was released at same time as the CD.

  • Side 1:
  1. Newpower Soul (5:00)
  2. Mad Sex (5:12) 1
  3. Until U're In My Arms Again (4:47)
  4. When U Love Somebody (5:56)
  5. Shoo-Bed-Ooh (3:23)
  6. Push It Up (5:28) 2
  • Side 2:
  1. Freaks On This Side (5:42)
  2. Come On (5:59)
  3. The One (7:04)
  4. (EyeBlue.png Like) Funky Music (4:31) 3
  5. Wasted Kisses (2:58)

All songs written by Prince (credited to the New Power Generation), except where noted.

1 Written with Kirk Johnson (credited to the New Power Generation)
2 Written with Larry Graham and Doug E. Fresh (credited to the New Power Generation)
3 Written with Doug E. Fresh (credited to the New Power Generation)
4 Wasted Kisses is a hidden track, track 49 - tracks 11-47 are silent tracks, 0:05 each, and track 48 is also silent, with a length of 0:44.



Personnel
Musicians


Production


Thanks
  • "TheNewPowerGeneration would like 2 praise God/Love/Truth 4 universal knowledge and preservation in the face of mendacity... thank u 4 everexpanding clarity. Chaka Khan, Larry Graham, Doug E. Fresh, Hornheadz and Kat Dyson: your contributions b da bomb... peace, at least! NPG Records thanx - SymbolSmallerBlue.png, Mayte, Jacqui Thompson, Willie Donwell, Parke, Billy Sparks, Opnmind, Milv, Evolve2001, Manuela T. and Love4Oneanother Charities, Inc.. NPG Records is owned and operated by the New Power Generation. A word 2 all up and coming "artists" - the art u create is an xtension of u and your contribution is priceless. Don't sell out. $is only paper and your picture ain't on it, but a good song never dies. Much respect 2 the husbands and midwives and husbands - Chaka Khan, Larry Graham, Kirk Johnson 4 the drum and synth programs, Doug E. Fresh and the Hornheadz."



Releases
LP, CD, Cassettes and Other versions
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

This section is under construction

Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
Country Format Cat. Number Comments Front Back Label 1 Label 2

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Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia

  • Initial copies of the album incorrectly number the tracks on the back cover. Shoo-Bed-Ooh is correctly identified as track 5, but the next track, Push It Up, is listed as track 7 (likely due to the intended inclusion of The Good Life (Big City Mix) as track 6). This error was corrected for later printings.
  • The album was included in a so calledNew Power Pak 3CD box-set, released through 1-800 New Funk, along with Chaka Khan's Come 2 My House and Graham Central Station's GCS 2000. The box-set included the standard packaging for each album, with a cardboard slipcover around the three CD cases.
  • An early configuration of the album contained The Good Life (Big City Remix); the track was removed, but the first printings of the album's back cover show incorrect numbering following the track's removal (it is also mentioned in order during the rap on Newpower Soul.
  • During a Love4oneanother.com "? of the week" in 1999, a fan (using the name Joe Kelly) asked, "Since you are obviously opposed to violence and promote peace, what is the positive significance and meaning of your gun microphone [used on the album cover and during live shows]?", to which Prince replied, "My words of peace go in2 the gun and nullify its power".

References
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Exodus
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