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The New Power Generation

The New Power Generation, also known as The NPG, was the backing group of musician Prince from 1990 to 2009.

History

The phrase "Welcome to the New Power Generation" was mentioned on the opening track of 1988's Lovesexy. New Power Generation was used for the first time as a band name in the 1990 film Graffiti Bridge, and a song entitled "New Power Generation" appeared on the accompanying soundtrack album.

The New Power Generation debuted live during the Nude Tour in 1990 and on record on the 1991 album Diamonds and Pearls. The band consisted of holdovers from the Nude Tour Michael Bland (drums), Levi Seacer, Jr. (guitar), Rosie Gaines (keyboards and backing vocals), Tony M. (lead raps and dancing), Kirk Johnson (percussion and dancing) and Damon Dickson (dancing), along with two new members Tommy Barbarella (keyboards) and Sonny T. (bass). Rosie Gaines left the band after the Diamonds and Pearls Tour and was replaced by keyboardist Morris Hayes.

When Prince began his formal dispute with Warner Bros. and changed his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol in 1993, the NPG became a side-project for Prince, allowing him to release music outside of his contract. The NPG was intended to appeal to a more urban audience than Prince's mainstream material.

The NPG's debut album, Goldnigga, featured Tony M. as lead vocalist/rapper. The album relied heavily on rap, while the music itself was reminiscent of 1970s funk. Prince participated heavily in writing and performing the music, while Tony wrote and performed raps. Prince provided co-lead vocals on two songs, "Black M.F. in the House" and "Johnny", and the two were often performed by him in his own concerts and aftershows.

A reduced NPG returned to the Prince fold when he began performing under the symbolic moniker in early 1994, backing him on The Gold Experience. The rappers and dancers were let go, and Levi Seacer left the band as well. Given an expanded role in the band was dancer Mayte Garcia who provided backing and Spanish vocals. This incarnation released Exodus in 1995. Prince again took a role behind the scenes, adopting the guise of the masked "Tora Tora" and performing lead vocals on several tracks, sometimes with an altered voice. His participation in this version of the NPG was much more apparent. Although several raps were recorded for the album, they were left out of the final release, and the focus was more on funk.

In 1996, longstanding members Michael Bland, Tommy Barbarella and Sonny T. were fired and a new band was formed for touring. Guitarists Kat Dyson and Mike Scott, along with bassist Rhonda Smith joined Morris Hayes and Kirk Johnson, who re-joined the band to play drums. In 1998, another NPG album was released titled Newpower Soul (modifying a song title from Exodus). In fact, a spoken outtake from Exodus mentions the upcoming album, indicating its planning stages. Prince features prominently on the cover and liner notes and provides lead vocals on all songs. Unlike the two previous releases, the album relies heavily on drum programming by Kirk Johnson and features input from Larry Graham and Doug E. Fresh.

A fourth album, Peace, due to be released in 2001, never materialized, although a few songs have been made public through limited-release singles at concerts or through Prince's former official website, NPG Music Club.

The band since then has been a "revolving door" of musicians, who usual stay for a couple years before being replaced. It's often nebulous who's actually an 'official' member. The best method would be to check Prince's current touring band.

In 2010, three former members of the original New Power Generation, drummer Michael Bland, keyboardist Tommy Barbarella and bass player Sonny T., became members of Nick Jonas and the Administration (a side project of Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers).[1]

Discography

This is the discography of The New Power Generation, credited as a separate entity from Prince.

Albums credited to Prince and The New Power Generation

Year Album US UK[2][3] Worldwide sales (when available) Additional information
1991 Diamonds and Pearls 3 2 7.0 million Album by Prince and The New Power Generation.
1992 Love Symbol 5 1 3.5 million Album by Prince and The New Power Generation.
2002 One Nite Alone... Live! Album by Prince and The New Power Generation
2003 C-Note Album by Prince and The New Power Generation

Albums credited to The New Power Generation

Year Album US UK[2][3] Worldwide sales (when available) Additional information
1993 Goldnigga - - - Album by The New Power Generation. Tony M. performs lead vox.
1995 Exodus - 11 - Album by The New Power Generation. Sonny T. performs lead vox.
1998 Newpower Soul 22 38 500,000 Album by The New Power Generation, but Prince's symbol (stylized) and portrait is on the front cover.

Albums with contributions of The New Power Generation

Year Album US UK[2][3] Worldwide sales (when available) Additional information
1990 Graffiti Bridge 6 1 2.0 million Unnamed New Power Generation members provided backing vocals on the song "New Power Generation".
1994 Blankman - - - Includes "2045: Radical Man", credited to The New Power Generation, with Prince on lead vocals.
Prêt-à-Porter - - - Includes an alternate version of "Get Wild", credited to The New Power Generation, with Sonny T. on lead vocals.
1996 Girl 6 75 - - Includes "Count the Days", from Exodus and title track is credited to The New Power Generation, with Prince on lead vox.
2004 The Chocolate Invasion - - - The New Power Generation is credited for the track "Gamillah".
The Slaughterhouse - - - The New Power Generation is credited for the tracks "Peace", "2045: Radical Man", and "The Daisy Chain".
2006 3121 1 9 1.38 million The New Power Generation is credited for "shouts" on the song "Lolita".

Singles

Year Song US US R&B US Dance UK[2][3] Album
1990 "New Power Generation" Provided backing vox 64 27 - 26 Graffiti Bridge
1991 "Gett Off" by Prince and The New Power Generation 21 6 1 4 Diamonds and Pearls
"Cream" by Prince and The New Power Generation 1 - - 15
"Diamonds and Pearls"
by Prince and The New Power Generation
3 1 - 25
1992 "Money Don't Matter 2 Night"
by Prince and The New Power Generation
23 14 - 19
"Insatiable" by Prince and The New Power Generation 77 3 - -
"Thunder" by Prince and The New Power Generation - - - 28
"Sexy MF"/"Strollin'" by Prince and The New Power Generation 66 76 - 4 Love Symbol/Diamonds and Pearls
"My Name Is Prince"
by Prince and The New Power Generation
36 25 9 7 Love Symbol
"My Name Is Prince" (remixes)
by Prince and The New Power Generation
- - - 51 -
"7" by Prince and The New Power Generation 7 61 - 27 Love Symbol
"The Morning Papers"
by Prince and The New Power Generation
44 68 - 52
"Damn U" by Prince and The New Power Generation 108 32 - -
1993 "2gether" - - - - Goldnigga
"Nothing Compares 2 U" by Prince and The New Power Generation - 62 - - The Hits/The B-Sides; B-side to "Peach"
1994 "Get Wild" - - - 19 Exodus
"Count the Days" - - - -
"Super Hero" by The New Power Generation featuring The Steeles - - - - Blankman: Music from the Motion Picture
1995 "Purple Medley" The New Power Generation contributes "additional music" 84 74 - 33 -
"The Good Life" - - - 29 Exodus
1996 "Girl 6" - 78 - - Girl 6
1997 "The Good Life" (re-issue) - - - 15 Exodus
1998 "The War" - - - - -
"The One" - 44 - - Newpower Soul
"Come On" - - - 65
2001 "Peace"/"2045: Radical Man" - - - - The Slaughterhouse
"The Daisy Chain"/"Gamillah" - - - - The Slaughterhouse/The Chocolate Invasion
2002 "Days of Wild" by Prince and The New Power Generation - - - - -
2004 "Controversy (Live in Hawaii)" by Prince and The New Power Generation - - - - -

See also

  • List of artists who reached number one on the Hot 100 (U.S.)
  • List of artists who reached number one on the U.S. Dance chart

References

  1. Oceanup.com
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums, 19th, London: Guinness World Records Limited.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums, 19th, London: Guinness World Records Limited.


Prince
Studio albums
For You | Prince | Dirty Mind | Controversy | 1999 | Around the World in a Day
Sign the Times | Lovesexy | Diamonds and Pearls | (Love Symbol)
Come | The Black Album | The Gold Experience | Chaos and Disorder | Emancipation | The Truth
The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale | Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic | The Rainbow Children | One Nite Alone... | Musicology | 3121
Soundtracks
Purple Rain | Parade | Batman | Graffiti Bridge | Girl 6
Live albums
One Nite Alone... Live!
Instrumental albums
Kamasutra | Xpectation | N.E.W.S
Internet albums
Xpectation | The Chocolate Invasion | The Slaughterhouse
Hits collections
The Hits 1 | The Hits 2 | The Hits/The B-Sides | Crystal Ball | The Very Best of Prince | Ultimate
EPs
The Beautiful Experience | 1999: The New Master
Films
Purple Rain | Under the Cherry Moon | Sign the Times | Graffiti Bridge
Related articles
The Revolution | New Power Generation | The Time


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