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Billy Idol to Release First New Album In Nearly A Decade
Punk rock veteran Billy Idol will release his first new album of original material in October through his own BFI Records via Kobalt Label Services.
Produced by Trevor Horn, the as-yet untitled album will be released around the same time as “Dancing with Myself," Idol’s self-penned autobiographical memoir, which is set for publication on Oct. 7 through Simon & Schuster’s Touchstone imprint.
The forthcoming release will be Idol’s first album since "Happy Holidays" in 2006 and his first of original material since "Devil's Playground" in 2005. New music is expected to be released later this summer.
Idol, a three-time Grammy Award nominee, is currently touring through Europe and will continue playing live into 2015.
"Devil's Playground" reached No. 46 on the Billboard 200 chart and spawned the No. 26 Mainstream Rock Songs hit "Scream." The effort is one of 10 albums for the rocker to chart, and his history includes three top 10 sets: "Rebel Yell" (No. 6), "Whiplash Smile" (No. 6) and "Vital Idol" (No. 10).
During his lengthy career, Idol has earned 16 top 40 hit singles on either the Billboard Hot 100 or the Mainstream Rock Songs charts. Of those, nine reached the top 10, including his cover of "Mony Mony" (No. 1 on the Hot 100; No. 27 on Rock), "Cradle of Love" (No. 1 Rock; No. 2 Hot 100), "To Be a Lover" (No. 2 Rock, No. 6 Hot 100), "White Wedding" (No. 4 Rock; No. 36 Hot 100), "Rebel Yell" (No. 9 Rock) and "Eyes Without a Face" (No. 4 Hot 100, No. 5 Rock).
His first Billboard chart hit came with one of his most iconic tracks, "Dancing With Myself." The tune, first released with his former band Generation X, reached No. 27 in 1981 on the Dance Club Songs chart.