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1800newfunk.com

1997/2002

1800newfunk.com launched in 1997 to initially process orders for the Crystal Ball CD set. This was a pioneering website as it became one of the first ever websites offering an alternative to the traditional means of selling music – the retail of music online. An entirely in-house operation, the website’s purpose to sell music directly to fans also enjoyed an increased profit from every sale. The creation of the website was formed from the ashes of Prince’s merchandise stores in London and Minneapolis which closed in 1996 and their music products added to the range of 1800newfunk.com and which became Prince’s new official retail arm. The website served in this capacity until the retail operation was merged into the NPG Music Club in 2002. A toll-free ordering line was also added: 1-800-NEWFUNK.

1800newfunk.com categorised the merchandise into 5 categories: Music, Ice (jewelry), Lifestyle (mugs, calendars, tourbooks), NPG Gear (apparel), and Posters. The website relaunched in 2000 but only ever offered physical music releases. Much of its remaining stock following its closure in 2002 was sold off at later concerts. Manuela Testolini, an employee of NPG Retail, married Prince in 2001. They divorced in 2006.

Key releases

Crystal Ball

Crystal Ball

NPG Records

Released
29 January 1998
Running Time
2:29:10
Format
CD
Newpower Soul

Newpower Soul

BMG

Released
30 June 1998
Running Time
59:54
Format
CD
Beautiful Strange

Beautiful Strange

NPG Video

Released
24 August 1999
Running Time
80:29
Format
VHS
1800-NEWFUNK

1800-NEWFUNK

NPG Records

Released
14 August 1994
Running Time
46:02
Format
CD & Cassette
Exodus

Exodus

NPG Records

Released
27 March 1995
Running Time
65:33
Format
CD
GoldNigga

GoldNigga

NPG Records

Released
26 July 1993
Running Time
43:24
Format
CD
The Beautiful Experience

The Beautiful Experience

NPG Records

Released
17 May 1994
Running Time
32:57
Format
CD
The Beautiful Xperience

The Beautiful Xperience

Paisley Park Pictures

Released
3 April 1994
Running Time
65:15
Format
VHS
1999: The New Master

1999: The New Master

NPG Records

Released
2 February 1999
Running Time
34:57
Format
CD
NYC Live!

NYC Live!

NPG Records

Released
31 January 1997
Running Time
13:36
Format
Cassette
The War

The War

NPG Records

Released
21 July 1998
Running Time
26:00
Format
CD & Cassette

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