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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Albarn teases solo album debut

Damon Albarn will release his debut solo album in 2014

Damon Albarn has revealed that his solo debut album will be out in 2014.

The Blur and Gorillaz frontman gave a teasing glimpse of his upcoming record with a 21-second video on YouTube, followed by the announcement through titles: "Damon Albarn, First solo album, Coming 2014."

The black and white video, which shows Damon at a piano and microphone, marks the first official confirmation that the 45-year-old musician is stepping away from the two groups to focus on his own material.

Damon previously revealed that XL Records boss Richard Russell will produce the album.

"Making a solo record can be such a disaster, so I thought if we're going to make a record with my name on it, I should get someone to really produce it - take that responsibility away from myself. Richard does the kind of rhythmic side of it and I do everything else," he told Rolling Stone.

He also told the Wall Street Journal that he had finished the album in July, adding: "It's quite intimate."

Damon, who has been busy with Africa Express's latest compilation, previously released a 10" vinyl record, Democrazy, through his Honest Jon's label.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Blur will start work on a new album, their first in 11 years, after Damon's solo album is released. Damon and Jamie Hewlett also have plans to revive Gorillaz as soon as "the time's right".

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