Sister trio HAIM have announced the decision to delay the release of their forthcoming new album Women in Music Part III due to the current coronavirus pandemic.
Originally planned to be released on April 24th through Columbia, the band has pencilled in a date for late summer. To fill the lost time, HAIM will share a string of new songs up until the new date.
“We’re on day 11 of quarantine, which has given us a lot of time to think,” the band wrote in a post on social media. “We’ve been talking every day for hours about our upcoming album and how we want to present it to you guys. Due to everything that is going on with COVID-19 and the changing nature of travel policies and quarantines across the world, we’ve decided it best to postpone the release of Women in Music Part III to later this summer.”
They continued: “We can’t wait to reschedule everything we had in mind for you all, and we can’t wait to see all of you on the road when it’s 100 percent safe to do so. In the meantime, we are gonna be dropping some new tunes.”
The ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease was first officially identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei in China. As of March 24th, more than 382,972 cases of COVID-19 have been officially confirmed but the actual number is thought to be much higher due to substantial under-reporting of cases.
With more than 16,585 people having died from the virus, COVID-19 has now spread into more than 180 other countries—including mainland Europe, South America and North America. Given the exponential growth in cases in countries like Italy and Spain, the WHO have now stated that Europe was the current centre of the pandemic.