The Artist premiered songs from his upcoming album, Rave Un2
the Joy Fantastic (Nov. 2), for reporters and label executives Thursday
afternoon (Sept. 16) at a New York theater, then played a 45-minute set
of funk and soul covers and his own "I Could Never Take the Place of Your
Man" with the New Power Generation. Songs such as "Undisputed,"
"Baby Knows" and "The Greatest Romance Ever Sold"
scheduled to be released as a single in two weeks mix futuristic
funk beats with guitar lines recalling the days when the Artist was known
as Prince. Prince, in fact, is credited with playing all the
instruments and singing the title track, which features his falsetto
voice over a metronomic beat. Guests on the album include rappers
Chuck D of Public Enemy and Eve of the Ruff
Ryders, singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow and singer Gwen
Stefani of the ska-pop band No Doubt.