FYI. Billboard reports the premiere of a new Prince studio album.
Prince will unveil a new studio album, “N.E.W.S.,” on Thursday (June 19) to members of his NPG Music Club Web site. It is not known if the set will be made available to traditional retail outlets. The disc features four songs — “North,” “East” “West” and “South” — each of which is 14 minutes long. NPG members can also preview three songs from the DVD “Prince Live at the Aladdin Las Vegas,” due later this year.
“N.E.W.S.” is Prince’s first studio release since “The Rainbow Children,” which in December 2001 hit No. 4 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart and No. 109 on The Billboard 200. The album was made available in stores via a distribution deal with Best Buy’s now-defunct Redline label.
More than a decade past his last worthy album (the symbol record, with “7″), a classic recording is too much to hope for. I just hope it’s better than the unlistenable and pretentious Rainbow Children album, with the ridiculous electronically altered spoken word religious mutterings.
PS I note numerous cheap used copies of the symbol album, less than $2, at Amazon. If you don’t have it, you should BUY IT NOW.