Moby's Magic Number Is '18'
Moby has settled on "18" as the title of his long awaited new album, due in May on V2 in North America and Mute internationally. "In addition to the record being called '18' because there are 18 songsMoby has settled on "18" as the title of his long awaited new album, due in May on V2 in North America and Mute internationally. "In addition to the record being called '18' because there are 18 songs on it, there are other more obscure reasons for it being called '18,'" the electronic music maven said in a cryptic statement. First single "We Are All Made of Stars" will precede "18" in April.
Scant details have been released about the album, which was recorded in Moby's New York studio over the past year. "18" will include "some special guest appearances," according to the statement, but at deadline, a spokesperson could not confirm rumored spots by soul vocalist Angie Stone and rapper MC Lyte.
Moby will tour internationally this year and next, potentially as part of the sequel to his successful Area: One trek last summer. Beforehand, he will perform live at the 2002 Winter Olympics Concert for the Athletes in Salt Lake City. Specific details are expected to be announced shortly.
"18" is the follow-up to 1999's "Play," which peaked at No. 38 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 10 million copies worldwide, according to Mute. "Play" spawned the No. 14 Billboard Hot 100 hit "South Side" featuring No Doubt's Gwen Stefani, plus the club hits "Bodyrock," "Porcelain," and "Natural Blues."