Newpower Soul

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Newpower Soul
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 30, 1998
RecordedMay 1997 – February 1998; Paisley Park Studios[1]
GenrePop, dance, funk, hip hop, house
ProducerNew Power Generation (de facto Prince)
New Power Generation chronology
Newpower Soul
Singles from Newpower Soul
  1. "The One"
    Released: April 13, 1998 (promotional single)
  2. "Come On"
    Released: October 16, 1998

Newpower Soul is the third and final studio album by The New Power Generation, but is considered a de facto Prince album (his stage name at that time being an unpronounceable symbol). The album was announced as a "Prince" album in a press release issued by his publicist, but mere days later his official website at the time claimed those were mere rumors.

The album title has a long history in Prince's songs. In 1988, "New Power Soul" was a lyric in the Lovesexy top ten hit, "Alphabet St." and was also part of the album art (written in the form of an arrow). A year later, the hit "Batdance" also had a segment repeating "Power Soul". This was sampled later on Carmen Electra's debut album (which was primarily written by Prince). The 1992 song "Love 2 the 9's", from the Love Symbol Album, features the lyrics "Stay awake 4 4teen hours, Listen 2 the band play New Power Soul". In 1995, The New Power Generation's second album, Exodus contained a mostly instrumental track with the title "New Power Soul" and a spoken outtake from the album prompted the listener to await the next NPG album, Newpower Soul. "New Power" was contracted to "Newpower" for the later album and song. The concept is most likely related to the New Power Generation, which was also mentioned back on Lovesexy.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[2]

The album sold relatively poorly despite promotional efforts and many of the reviews for the album were poor as well.[citation needed] The title track reuses the music from "Big Fun", from the album Exodus. The album is currently the last from the New Power Generation, as their own entity.

Despite the negative reviews,[citation needed] the album is noted by fans for a few key tracks such as "The One", "Come On" (featuring vocals by Chaka Khan) and the bonus hidden track "Wasted Kisses".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Newpower Soul"
  2. "Mad Sex"
  3. "Until U're in My Arms Again"
  4. "When U Love Somebody"
  5. "Shoo-Bed-Ooh"
  6. "Push It Up"
  7. "Freaks on This Side"
  8. "Come On"
  9. "The One"
  10. "(I Like) Funky Music"
  11. "Wasted Kisses" (3:07) – hidden track, following silent tracks 11–48.


  1. "Come On" (Doug E. Fresh Mix)
  2. "Come On" (Remix)
  3. "Come On" (Album Edit)
  4. "Come On" (Hypermix)
  5. "Come On" (Latenitemix)
  6. "Come On" (a cappella)
  7. "The One" (Remix) only available on 1-800-NEW-FUNK maxi-single


  1. ^ "Album: Newpower Soul".
  2. ^

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