Prince Prepares "Sampling CD Series"

Producers, DJs, and the general public will soon be able to be able to order a seven-CD set of Prince samples directly from the man himself.

The discs in the "Newfunk Sampling CD Series," individually titled "Bass," "The Human Voice," "Guitar," "Keyboards," "Loops & Percussion," "Sound FX," and "Orchestral," not only spare music producers the trouble of combing through Prince's prodigious output for sounds, but also help to encourage legal use of the artist's samples.

Instead of full-length songs, the Newfunk CDs offer hooks, beats, and much, much more culled from various Prince songs, including a few well-known works from his '80s heyday: "Kiss," "Raspberry Beret," "When Doves Cry," "Erotic City," and more.

RealAudio tidbits from the CDs, as well as more information about the set, can be found on Prince's Web site at www.npgonlineltd.com.

For a

one-time payment of $700, producers will be able to sample the works featured on the CDs without fear of reprisal, being sued for copyright infringement, or having to pay additional royalties.

The "Sampling CD Series" will be made available to consumers through Prince's Web site www.1800newfunk.com or through his toll-free line, 1-800-NEW-FUNK. A release date has yet to be set.