It has been announced that Blondie will release a new album called 'Panic Of Girls' in 2011.
Initially due out just in Australia this November, the follow-up to 2003's 'The Curse Of Blondie' will be released in the UK and the US next year.
While label and distribution deals are still being formulated, drummer Clem Burke tells Billboard.com that he expects the set to come out in Australia in time for Blondie's November-December tour with the Pretenders. Following that, the band plans to release it in 2011 in other territories, including the U.S. "There's a lot of politics involved," Burke says with a laugh.
This year also marks the 30th anniversary for 'Autoamerican' and its hits, 'The Tide is High' and 'Rapture'. Blondie isn't doing anything special to commemorate the landmark, but Burke says the group remains proud of the record. "The thing that everybody always talks about is when we delivered it, the record company told us it had no hits on it," he recalls. "They were confused. And then it had 'The Tide is High' and 'Rapture,' which were big hits around the world. It's probably my favorite album. It's very eclectic. It was a groundbreaking record in a lot of ways, and we still love playing those songs."