But throughout the hiatus, Green has been at work on a new album called Heart Blanche that is nearly complete and slated for release in the fourth quarter of this year.
"We're actually in the final stages of completing his album. He's really been hard at work," Atlantic Records CEO/co-chairman Craig Kallman told Billboard Tuesday. "We've got a big, big list of songs that we've been going through, and we're kind of mixing the final songs now. We're going to be imminently figuring out his marketing plan and single release schedule, and we're looking at the fourth quarter [for release]."
Kallman said Mark Ronson, Wiz Khalifa co-star Charlie Puth, Eg White (Adele, Sam Smith), Wallpaper (Jason Derulo's "Talk Dirty") and John Hill (Eminem, Florence & the Machine) are among the dozen-plus collaborators Green has worked with during the album sessions.
"It's arguably the best piece of work he's ever done," says Green's manager, Larry Mestel of Primary Wave Entertainment, reached via phone from Israel. "It's very rare to find artists these days that focus on an album as a body of work -- most albums these days are just collections of songs, but that's not the case here." He said the LP has a unifying theme, but declined to provide more information or explain the motivation behind its title, saying Green will be available for interviews in the near future.
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Mestel did, however, explain the blink-and-you-miss-it nature of the TV on the Radio album, which was widely assumed to have been taken down for copyright-violation reasons. "Actually somebody inadvertently posted the project before it was supposed to come out," he explained, "so we had to have it pulled down. It got critical acclaim during the short period of time it was up, amazing reviews, but it wasn't time for it to be released -- the plan is for it to follow Heart Blanche. And frankly, not everything was cleared, but that's different now.
"One of the songs on it will be on Heart Blanche as well; that'll be a surprise."
Asked how Green's career can recover from his Twitter rant, both Kallman and Mestel said simply, "We're going to let the music do the talking." However, a source close to the situation said, "It was very unfortunate that the tweet occurred, but that's not the person [Green] is and not what he stands for. [Hopefully] his new music will recapture the imagination of who people thought he was and who he really is."
UPDATE: A previous version of this story had the album title as Carte Blanche.