User:WhatGuy/No Doubt's forthcoming studio album
|Studio album by No Doubt|
|Recorded||December 2006-January 2012|
|Producer||Mark "Spike" Stent|
|No Doubt chronology|
Lead singer Gwen Stefani began work on her 1980s-inspired New Wave and dance-pop side project in 2003, which eventually evolved into the full-fledged solo album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby., released on November 23, 2004. The album reached multi-platinum status in several countries, including a quintuple platinum certification in Canada and triple platinum in the U.S. Stefani launched her first solo arena tour in October 2005, which coincided with the news of her pregnancy (her son, Kingston James McGregor Rossdale, was born on May 26, 2006). She released her second solo dance-pop album, The Sweet Escape in December 2006.
In early 2005, Tom Dumont released his own solo music project, Invincible Overlord, with friend and collaborator Ted Matson, and backed up Matt Costa on his 2005 tour. Adrian Young, the band's drummer, did the drums for Bow Wow Wow's 2004 tour and many of the tracks on Unwritten Law's 2005 release, Here's to the Mourning, as well as featuring on several shows in 2006 for TheStart. Young will also be playing on Rockstar: Supernova runner-up Dilana's upcoming album.[needs update]
With Stefani promoting her second solo album, No Doubt began initial work on a new album without her and planned to complete it after Stefani's tour was finished. In March 2008, the band started making posts concerning the progression of the album on their official fan forum. Stefani made a post on March 28, 2008 stating that songwriting had commenced but was slow on her end because she was, at the time, pregnant with her second child.
Manager Jim Guerinot said the yet-untitled album is being produced by Mark "Spike" Stent, who helped produce and mix Rock Steady. Between Stefani's pregnancy and recording, No Doubt did not tour in 2008, but Guerinot promised that they plan to hit the road hard in 2009 for their first full-fledged band tour in nearly five years.
No Doubt announced on their official website that they would tour in the summer of 2009 with Paramore, The Sounds, Janelle Monáe, Bedouin Soundclash, Katy Perry, Panic! at the Disco, and Matt Costa, all while finishing their upcoming album, which was set for release in 2010. Tickets for the tour went on sale March 7, 2009. As a special promotion for the tour, the band was giving away their entire music catalog free as a digital download with purchase of top tier seating.
In 2009, No Doubt made an appearance on the television series Gossip Girl, playing a fictional band called "Snowed Out" in the episode "Valley Girls". They performed their cover version of the Adam and the Ants song "Stand and Deliver".
No Doubt played at the Bridge School Benefit organized by Neil Young on October 24 and 25, 2009 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. During their performance on the 25th, Gwen stated, "We're trying to write a new record."
The group entered the studio in May 2010 to start recording on their sixth studio album. Gwen stated publicly that she wanted to complete the project by December 2010. The band were to release another compilation album on November 2 called Icon, in preparation for their upcoming comeback album. Icon will feature the same track listing as their previous compilation album The Singles 1992–2003 albeit with new artwork and a low price point.
On December 5, 2010, No Doubt performed a tribute to The Beatles at The Kennedy Center Honors, playing a medley of Beatles hits including "Penny Lane" and "Hello, Goodbye". The band performed for President Barack Obama, Sir Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey.
On January 4, 2011, Tom Dumont posted on the band's official website that they had spent most of 2010 writing and making demos, and that the "real" recording sessions had begun that same day.
To date, working titles of eleven songs from the band's new sixth album have been released so far: "One More Summer", "Gravity", "Settle Down", "Easy", "Dreaming the Same Dream", "Heaven", "Undercover", "Push and Shove", "Looking Hot", "Sparkle" and "Undone". According to several tweets on their official Twitter, the whole album has been recorded with producer Mark "Spike" Stent (who worked on their previous album Rock Steady) but they have also collaborated with Diplo and Switch. The band interviewed with journalists from Entertainment Weekly in which they released new lyrics from the songs "Settle Down" and "One More Summer". No Doubt previously revealed they are taking influence from ska and reggae music for the new record, and drummer Adrian Young was quoted to have hoped for new music to be released in fall 2011. The band decided not to release the album until 2012, stating they did not want to rush it. The band has also been updating their Twitter account about the new album, and the upcoming new single is called "Undone" According to their latest tweets, they have recently shot the album's artwork, as well as revealing that recording of the album is complete, and that mixing would take place in April. 
- Gwen Stefani – lead vocals
- Tom Dumont – guitar, keyboards
- Tony Kanal – bass, keyboards
- Adrian Young – drums, percussion
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