Matchbox Twenty: 2012 Album Preview

Matchbox Twenty Q&A: 'We Had This No-Fear Rule'

Matchbox Twenty Q&A: 'We Had This No-Fear Rule'

Matchbox Twenty
Title: TBA | Release Date: Summer

Matchbox Twenty fans haven't heard new material from the Rob Thomas-led rock group since 2007's "Exile on Mainstream," which essentially served as a greatest-hits set with seven new tracks. It debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and has sold 827,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The band later took a break to allow Thomas to focus on his 2009 solo album, "Cradlesong." Now Matchbox Twenty ( @matchboxtwenty) is back in the studio with Grammy Award-winning producer Matt Serletic for a new album tentatively due this summer, according to Atlantic head of A&R Pete Ganbarg. "There's definitely a hunger out there for an artist like this, as we've seen with Jason Mraz or Train," Ganbarg says, noting that the set will feature more songwriting from the band as a whole. Ganbarg describes its sound as "a modern version" of the group. " What everyone fell in love with," he says, "it's just the 2012-2013 version."

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