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Danger Mouse Settles EMI Legal Drama, Plots 2nd Broken Bells Album


Plans to release Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse’s star-studded project Dark Night Of The Soul were halted last year due to mysterious (to the public, at least) “ongoing [legal] dispute with EMI,” but that didn’t stop Danger Mouse, aka Brian Burton, and company from getting the music out to the masses. The record, which features the likes of David Lynch, Iggy Pop, Julian Casablancas, Pixies’ Frank Black, the Flaming Lips, and many more, was leaked to the internet, and a book of photographs accompanied by a blank CD-R was released instead (get it?).

Well, EMI, Burton, Sparklehorse, and company have finally cleared the album for an official release, reports BBC 6Music. “The problems of last year are last year, so hopefully it will be out soon in June or something like that,” Danger Mouse said.

But that isn’t all Danger Mouse has in store for this year: The eponymous debut of his new band Broken Bells, a collaboration with the Shins’ James Mercer, won’t hit shelves until next week in the U.S. (Mar. 9), but the duo are already working on songs for its follow-up. Though he could conceivably plot a third Gnarls Barkley album, another project with Beck, or launch a new epic collaboration, Danger Mouse is going all-in with the Broken Bells: “I’m not really interested in too much else right now.”