Billy Idol Announces First Album of Original Material Since 2005
Billy Idol returned to music in 2005, 12 years after his flop of an album Cyberpunk. At the time, Devil’s Playground and a Christmas album a year later held fans over, but the punk singer turned rocker hasn’t put out a full-length release since then.
Billboard revealed that Idol now has plans for a follow-up – nine years later. While a title has not been revealed, Idol’s new album will come out through BFI Records and Kobalt Label Services and will be produced by Trevor Horn.
The new release further coincides with his autobiographical memoir, Dancing With Myself. A release date hasn’t officially been announced, but Billboard’s report claims tracks will start coming out this summer.
Devil’s Playground did moderately well on the charts when it came out, reaching No. 46 on the Billboard 200. The release could be considered a return to form after Cyberpunk, which went for an entirely synthesized sound – vocals and instruments. Fans and critics were turned off, with Cyberpunk getting panned and charting poorly.
The release, however, didn’t stop Idol from making music – but conflicts with the producers at Chrysalis Records did. As a result, even though the ‘80s star put out music for film soundtracks in the ‘90s, most of it was released through indie labels.
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