Damon Albarn announces first official solo album

20/01/14

Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn has announced that he will release his debut solo album in April.

Although he has had numerous albums with Blur and other collaborators, this will be the first time he releases material under his own name.

He confirmed the news on Twitter, saying: "New @DamonAlbarn album #EverydayRobots out 28 April. Title track video Everyday Robots premieres tomorrow."

The musician had already posted a teaser clip on YouTube.

The black and white video showed him seated at a piano.

The singer has also been announced as the second headliner at this year's Latitude Festival.

The event is taking place at Henham Park, near Southwold, for a ninth year between 17-20 July with Two Door Cinema Club, Billy Bragg and Haim already announced.

Blur

In addition to his work with Blur, Albarn has had a number of other projects, including his The Good, The Bad And The Queen album (which he performed at Latitude in 2007), his Mali Music collaboration and Gorillaz.

The singer has also released soundtracks to the stage productions he has scored, Monkey: Journey To The West and Dr Dee.

Blur bandmate Alex James revealed last week that he had applied to trademark a drink called Britpop.

The musician, who also produces his own cheeses, has applied to the intellectual property office (IPO) for the trademark.

Blur's first album Leisure was released in 1991 with their most recent release, Think Tank, coming out in 2003.

Albarn, James and their Blur bandmates Graham Coxon and Dave Rowntree, performed together for a Hyde Park show in 2012, which coincided with the end of the Olympics.

That year they also received a Brit Award for their outstanding contribution to music and released a new single called Under The Westway.

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