Michael Stipe Hints at New Solo Album

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Michael Stipe attends the premiere screening and party for truTV’s new comedy series “At Home with Amy Sedaris” at The Bowery Hotel on October 19, 2017 in New York City. 27056_024. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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When R.E.M. officially called it quits back in 2011, Michael Stipe made it clear he would be taking a break from songwriting. But last year he broke his silence with his solo debut, a song called “Future, If Future,” and he sang 3 new songs during a surprise opening set for Patti Smith in New York around New Years. And unless this entire story has gotten mumbled in Italian translation, it sounds like there’s a lot more from him on the way.

In an interview with Italian Newspaper La Repubblica, Stipe shared that “18 songs are already ready. For five years, I’d had a clean break from music. Now I’m writing, composing, and recording all by myself and for the first time.” Yahoo! It sounds like a solo album is in the works. While we wait for details of such a release, enjoy this cover of Bowie's "The Man Who Sold The World":