Buckcherry is eyeballing a summer release for its next album, the follow-up to 2006's platinum "15," which spawned crossover hits such as "Crazy Bitch" and "Sorry." "We're finishing up the songwriting

Buckcherry is eyeballing a summer release for its next album, the follow-up to 2006's platinum "15," which spawned crossover hits such as "Crazy Bitch" and "Sorry."

"We're finishing up the songwriting," frontman Josh Todd tells Billboard.com, adding that the group hopes to hit the studio in May with the "15" production team of Buckcherry guitarist Keith Nelson, Mike Plotnikoff and Paul DeCarli. "We're at the hardest point now. We've got a lot of stuff in the can, and the record is f*cking great," he says. "We just want it to be that much better.

"We've just had the biggest record of our career and now we gotta follow it up, and it's not easy," Todd continues. "I feel a lot of pressure. I also feel confident. I feel it all, but we work great under pressure. It motivates me, and it motivates the whole band."

Todd says that while he and Nelson remain Buckcherry's primary songwriters, the group's other members -- guitarist Stevie D., bassist Jimmy Ashhurst and drummer Xavier Muriel, who joined before "15" -- have also been contributing ideas.

Todd adds that the new set is "definitely a rock record. It's not like we're reinventing the wheel. We're a rock'n'roll band. We've just matured as songwriters, and I think it's gonna be more melodic. I'm singing a lot more on this record. There's some really great songs. There's some deep lyrics. I don't want to give it all away, but it's gonna be good. I think people are gonna be happy."

Buckcherry is making the new album under a mission statement to be The Next Great American Rock Band, and Todd says, "our next goal is to be an arena rock band. We want to be a band that can sell out an arena on our own as a headliner."

That said, Buckcherry is rumored to be part of Motley Crue's Cruefest summer tour, which will be announced tomorrow (April 15).


For more about the two-year chart run of "15" and the story of its creation, see the April 19, 2008, issue of Billboard. Subscribers can read the issue online at Billboard.biz.

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