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No Doubt says first album in 10 years will now be their first album in 11 years

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Earlier this summer, the members of No Doubt met up with Entertainment Weekly and pushed play on a handful of songs the group was working on for its first album in a decade. They said the still-untitled collection would be out before the end of the year.

Unfortunately, fans may have to wait a little longer still. In a statement on their website, they told the world that work on the new songs has been more involved than once predicted.

“Ideally our new record would be coming out this year but it’s just not ready yet,” the statement said. “We don’t want to rush this album just to get it out.  This collection of songs means everything to us and our only priority right now is to make sure that it’s the best album we can possibly make.  There is still more work for us to do.”

They assured fans that they would be kept abreast of the progress, and also noted that despite rumors about collaborations and producers dropping in, none of those should be trusted. “Please don’t believe anything you hear unless it comes from us,” the statement concluded.

Based on the tracks EW heard a few months ago, it sounds like the vibe lends itself more to a warm-weather release anyway, so why not wait to perfect the mix and hold out for a spring release? That would time everything out perfectly for a summer tour, which means that 2012 will be the year of No Doubt. Be prepared!

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