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With a clear and candid statement posted on their website, No Doubt announced that their comeback album has been pushed back till 2012. Gwen, Adrian, Tony and Tom, addressing their fans with a warm ‘Dear Friends’, expressed: ‘Ideally our new record would be coming out this year but it’s just not ready yet. We don’t want to rush this album just to get it out’.
It seems like the band needs more time to wrap up their long-awaited record that has kept fans hungry for brand-new songs for almost a decade. No Doubt’s latest album ‘Rock Steady’ was released in 2001 to rave reviews and commercial success. After conquering the top again, the band edited a Greatest Hits collection entitled ‘The Singles 1992-2003′ and in 2004 they embarked on a well-documented hiatus.
Meanwhile all four members have ventured into different artistic adventures. Tom Dumont created a new band called ‘Invincible Overlord’ alongside Tod Matson. Drummer Adrian Young joined different artists on tour from Bow Wow Wow to TheStart and Tony Kanal produced and co-wrote tunes for P!nk’s multi-platinum seller ‘Funhouse’ in 2008.
But perhaps you recall more vividly a cheerleader rocking out at award shows, a frazzled Alice in wonderland, fighting a biological clock or a little lamb hopping from jackets to stilettos. Yes, that was Gwen Stefani — top-notch producers like Linda Perry, The Neptunes and Dr. Dre helped the Orange County songstress shape and mold two multi-platinum albums that brought Stefani closer to the rock star status she always deserved.
While her videos went viral and her songs broke records, her original and unique music style influenced others to go in new directions. Most known examples are Nelly Furtado and Fergie — the latter denying rumors claiming she was piggybacking on Stefani’s style.
Not only her solo effort was notoriously acclaimed but her personal style thrust her from Fashionista to fashion mogul with her clothing line’s runway debut in 2004. No Doubt had no personal break but marriages and kids have kept them busy. Now they will have to learn how to juggle fame, promos, tours and kids — lots of kids.
They already tested it when they reunited for an extremely successful summer tour two years ago. Back then they were hoping the live gigs would bring some inspiration to keep the writer’s block at bay. Sadly, nothing but money, tiredness and a whole lot of new fans came out of the tour.
Fans have been awaiting this project for a long time but there’s also a different generation out there now, which means they will enjoy iTunes success if they manage to engage contemporary youths with new anthems. As for old school No Doubters, the wait has been long and filled with setbacks but whether their new songs stick or not, they can take full credit for having written some of the most iconic tunes of the 90’s.
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