Blondie Schedules New Album for 40th Anniversary
2014 is the 40th anniversary of Blondie’s start, and to celebrate that occasion, the seminal New Wave band has a new album planned.
According to reports, this release, their 10th full-length studio album, will be titled Blondie 4(0)Ever but will include two releases. One is a disc of entirely new material called Ghosts of Download. The second features their highest-charting tracks and will be titled Deluxe Redux: Greatest Hits.
Although this combination essentially celebrates their heyday, Ghosts of Download involves collaborations with multiple modern performers, such as Gossip’s Beth Ditto and Systema Solar. Additionally, a cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s “Relax” is expected to be included in the tracklist.
This album follows 2011’s Panic of Girls, their second full-length release recorded out of Manhattan and the first not to include keyboardist Jimmy Destri. Paul Carbonara also left during the recording process, which included putting together 35 songs. The album had minimal commercial success, reaching just No. 73 on the U.K. Albums Chart and not entering the Billboard 200 in the U.S.
Blondie recorded six albums from 1976 to 1982 and then didn’t put out anything until their 1999 comeback, No Exit.
If you’re a Blondie fan, what do you think they should do for their 40th anniversary? Is an album enough, or should they go on tour as well?
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