News (Prince album)

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Studio album by Prince
Released May 26, 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]

News (styled n·e·w·s) is the twenty-seventh studio album by American recording artist Prince. It was released on May 26, 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 Album.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and produced by Prince.

No. Title Length
1. "North" 14:00
2. "East" 14:00
3. "West" 14:00
4. "South" 14:00
Total length: 56:00

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


Chart (2003) Peak
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[4] 83
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[5] 93
US Top Internet Albums (Billboard)[6] 8


  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. 
  3. ^ "Grammy Nominees". NARAS Nominees for 2003. Retrieved November 18, 2016. 
  4. ^ " – Prince – N.E.W.S." (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  5. ^ " – Prince – N.E.W.S." (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved May 2, 2016.
  6. ^ "Chart Search". Billboard Top Internet Albums for Prince. Retrieved May 14, 2016.