N.E.W.S (Prince album)

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For the Golden Earring album, see N.E.W.S..
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Studio album by Prince
Released July 29, 2003
Recorded February 6, 2003
Genre Jazz fusion, funk, instrumental
Length 56:00
Label NPG
Producer Prince
Prince chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Jazz Times (favorable)[2]

N.E.W.S. is the twenty-seventh studio album by American recording artist Prince. It was released on July 29, 2003 by NPG Records. The album is the second instrumental album released under Prince's own name, containing four tracks of 14 minutes duration each. Recorded at Prince's Paisley Park Studios over a single day, the album was initially available through Prince's NPG Music Club website on May 26, 2003 before becoming widely commercially available on July 29. The album can be seen as a modern incarnation of Madhouse, but this time as a Prince release. Original Madhouse member Eric Leeds lends his talents, as well as The New Power Generation members John Blackwell, Rhonda Smith and Renato Neto. The album is reportedly the lowest-selling Prince album released to date, with just 30,000 copies sold, but it did become a top ten hit on the Billboard Internet sales chart, and garnered a Grammy nomination for "Best Pop Instrumental Performance".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Prince.

  1. "North" – 14:00
  2. "East" – 14:00
  3. "West" – 14:00
  4. "South" – 14:00

Band members[edit]

  • Prince – electric guitar, Fender Rhodes, digital keyboards and percussion
  • Eric Leeds – tenor and baritone saxophone
  • John Blackwell – drums
  • Renato Neto – piano and synthesizers
  • Rhonda Smith – electric and acoustic bass


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Prince: N.E.W.S. > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 17 September 2011.
  2. ^ Tauss, Lucy (November 2003). "Prince: N.E.W.S.". Jazz Times. ISSN 0272-572X. Retrieved 17 September 2011.