Album: 16

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16 (Front Cover)

Album details

Released: 18 November 1987
Length: 36:42
Label(s): Paisley Park Records
Studio(s): Galpin Blvd Home Studio, Chanhassen, MN, USA; Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, MN, USA

Charts, Certifications & Awards

This album has not charted in the USA
This album has not received any certifications in the USA
This album has not received any awards in the USA

Singles released

b/w Ten And ½
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b/w Four
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See also

(Unreleased 1989 album)
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16 is the second (and final) studio album by Madhouse, and was released in November 1987 (ten months after their first album 8). New Directions In Garage Music appears as a subtitle on the cover, in a nod to a series of albums by Miles Davis from the late 60s and early 70s.

All eight tracks were written or co-written by Prince, and all contain him playing most instruments, with Eric Leeds playing saxophone and minimal contributions from other musicians. Following on from the previous album, 8, all tracks are given written numerical names, from Nine to Sixteen, while the album is named numerically.

Prince and Eric Leeds would return to Madhouse projects in the future, although no other Madhouse albums were released. See 24 (1989) and 24 (1994) for two later unreleased albums.

Sessions and compiling

Prince and Eric Leeds recorded the album in a very dense few days of recording at Paisley Park Studios, Chanhassen, Minnesota, from 30 July to 2 August 1987, shortly after completing filming for the Sign O’ The Times movie.

The only exception are Nine, which was recorded in March 1987 at Prince’s Galpin Blvd Home Studio, Chanhassen, Minnesota. Sixteen was also likely recorded around this time.

Musicians input

Four of the eight tracks on the album feature only Prince and Eric Leeds. Sheila E. plays drums and Levi Seacer, Jr. plays bass guitar on three tracks (Ten, Eleven and Fifteen), and Dr. Fink plays keyboards on Sixteen. Prince and Sheila E.’s contributions are uncredited. The band for the whole album is listed as Eric Leeds, Levi Seacer, Jr., Dr. Fink and the fictional John Lewis.


The album produced two singles, 10 and 13, but failed to enter the charts.

Track listing

The compact disc version is a reissue from the LP.

  1. Nine (2:06) 1
  2. Ten (5:04) 2
  3. Eleven (6:14) 2
  4. Twelve (5:14) 1
  5. Thirteen (4:46) 1
  6. Fourteen (5:12) 1
  7. Fifteen (3:49) 2
  8. Sixteen (4:17) 3
  1. Nine(2:06) 1
  2. Ten (5:04) 2
  3. Eleven (6:14) 2
  4. Twelve (5:14) 1
  • Side 2:
  1. Thirteen (4:46) 1
  2. Fourteen (5:12) 1
  3. Fifteen (3:49) 2
  4. Sixteen (4:17) 3

All songs written by Prince except where indicated.
1 Written by Prince (credited as Madhouse)
2 Written by Prince, Eric Leeds, Levi Seacer, Jr. and Sheila E. (credited as Madhouse)
3 Written by Prince and Eric Leeds (credited as Madhouse)


  • Prince - producer (credited as Madhouse)
  • Eddie Garcia - engineering, mixing
  • Eddie Miller - engineering
  • Eric Leeds - mixing
  • Bernie Grundman Mastering - mastering
  • Maneca Lightner - "Madhouse cover girl"
  • Laura LiPuma - art direction / design
  • Richard Litt - photography
  • Rosha - hair, make-up
  • Carol James - styling
  • Lisa Elliott - dress
  • Neo 80 - dress

  • none

LP, CD, Cassettes and Other versions
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Variants, Special Editions and Reissues
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Additional Information

Promotion (at time of release) Trivia

  • Album ad in USA


  • * The New directions in music subtitle or a variant also appears on Xpectation and N.E.W.S., both released in 2003.

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