Pet Shop Boys’ Next Studio Album Will Be Released In 2016

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After announcing last month that they’d spent the bulk of 2015 writing songs for the next Pet Shop Boys album,Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have let it be known ontheir official website that said studio effort won’t be in the hands and ears of their fans until sometime next year.

In an update that also announced the final two dates of the duo’s extensive Electric Tour, a jaunt that kicked off in 2013 to coincide with the release of most recent Pet Shop Boys LP Electric, the pair’s site states that the shows “will be followed by holidays for Neil and Chris after which they’ll commence working with Stuart Price on the production of their next album due to be released next year.”

Price has worked with pop acts ranging from Madonna to The Killers to Take That, and the British musician produced previous Pet Shop Boys outing Electric, which landed on Idolator’s 10 Best Albums Of 2013 list. It was also voted one of 2013’s 10 best albums via our annual readers’ poll. Stuart Price more recently teamed up with Ariel Rechtshaid to co-produce Hurts’ upcoming third studio set, Surrender (out October 9).

“We like the same things, so it’s a very natural thing for us to work with Stuart,” Chris Lowe told Idolator last year. “It was effortless, really. When we were writing some of these dance songs [for Electric], we clearly imagined Stuart producing them.”

In other news, Pet Shop Boys’ benchmark-setting fourth album Behaviour will turn 25 later this year. Originally released in October 1990, Behaviour earned an A+ at the time from Entertainment Weekly, and proved to be a major influence on artists such asRobbie Williams and The Killers.

Via the Idolator website

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