January 17, 2002 -
Blur's new album will not be
released this summer, despite tabloid reports to
the contrary, dotmusic can confirm.
The Sun newspaper today reported
that Damon Albarn and co were due to enter
a second chart battle with Britpop rivals Oasis,
with both bands due to release highly anticipated
albums in June.
However, a spokesperson for Blur
told dotmusic the band were a long way off
completing their album, and that a 2002 release
date was merely a possibility.
Blur are said to have been
working on the new long player since late last
year though the success of Damon's side
project, Gorillaz, has slowed down
Oasis' forthcoming album,
which has the working title of 'Heathen
Chemistry', is likely to be released this
summer, though no final release date has been
Meanwhile, in other Blur-related
news, Gorillaz are ready to embark upon
their first tour of North America, kicking-off
with a gig in Toronto on February 23.
Rolling Stone today reported that
the band would be releasing 'G-Sides' in
the US next month, an album said to feature Gorillaz
b-sides, remixes and two brand new tracks.
However, Blur's press office
have told dotmusic that no new tracks or
remixes are included on the compilation, which is
a Japanese release.
There are no plans
to release 'G-Sides' in the UK.