Blondie Get Sia, Johnny Marr, Charli XCX and Maybe Even Kanye West for New Album
Published May 06, 2016New wave icons Blondie last released an LP in 2014 with the arrival of Ghosts of Download (in conjunction with a 40th anniversary compilation), but despite more than four decades of success, they're showing no signs of slowing down.
The band are currently working on a brand new album, and they've unveiled some of the high-profile guests that have contributed to the forthcoming material. Co-founder Chris Stein spoke to Charli XCX for her Beats 1 radio show The Candy Shop this week, revealing to listeners that the interview wasn't their first collaboration.
Charli XCX had a hand in creating two tracks for Blondie's upcoming album, while other notable musicians like Sia, Johnny Marr and the Strokes' Albert Hammond Jr. also contributed songs.
Stein went on to say that they're trying to incorporate some hip-hop cameos on the new songs, divulging that they've spoken to Kanye West on the phone and frontwoman Debbie Harry has even met up with Yeezy "once or twice." Harry hasn't ruled out other possibilities, either, claiming that she'd "love to have Ludacris" on the record.
As if that wasn't enough star power behind the forthcoming music, the new record is being produced by John Congleton and his frequent collaborator St. Vincent.
The album doesn't have a title or firm release date yet, but Stein said that the record is pretty much done save for some finishing vocal touches from Harry.
Blondie have a series of summer North American shows scheduled, and you can find all the details here.