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Rolling Stones looking to release new album this year

‘We went in to cut some new songs, which we did,’ guitarist Ronnie Wood says

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The Rolling Stones are working to release their first collection of new music in more than a decade as early as this year, according to band member Ronnie Wood.

The guitarist told the Associated Press on Monday that the British rockers have recently been recording both original material and blues covers, with an eye toward dropping an album sometime in 2016.

“We went in to cut some new songs, which we did,” said Wood, 68. “But we got on a blues streak. We cut 11 blues in two days.” He added, “They are extremely great cover versions of Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter, among other blues people. But they really sound authentic.”

Of the Stones’ two dozen studio albums, their most recent was 2005’s A Bigger Bang. They just capped a tour of Latin America with a historic free show in Cuba.

Members of band have been hinting at a new album for some time.

Last August, guitarist Keith Richards told EW he’d been “trying to get the Stones into the studio.” But, he said, “I don’t quite honestly see it happen this year [2015]. After we do South America in February and March, I’d love to get in the studio in April. But I know what those guys are like. When they finish a tour, they don’t want to do nothing!”

Asked by the AP Monday about the prospect of a new album, Richards replied, “There’s one coming. I can’t say no more. My lips are sealed.”