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Michael Stipe has 18 solo songs ready for release


Michael Stipe, the former R.E.M frontman, has revealed plans to return to music with his new solo material after taking a five-year hiatus.

The band, who officially broke up way back in 2011, which resulted in most members separating off into the music industry to focus on alternative projects. Michael Stipe, however, has actively avoided the recording studio in favour of some time off.

While he has been keeping his head down in recent years, Stipe sat down with Stipe recently sat down with the Italian Newspaper La Repubblica and detailed his plans to return to music.

“For five years I’d had a clean break from music,” he said. “Now I’m writing, composing and recording all by myself and for the first time.”

He then added “18 songs are already ready.”

Stipe’s most recent music release came in the shape of a brief appearance on ‘Future, If Future’ and a surprise opening set for Patti Smith in New York last year.

While the former  R.E.M has always flirted with the idea of going solo, there has never been any indication that he would release a full album until now.