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Leonard Cohen to Release New Album

Leonard Cohen has revealed that he will be releasing a new album next year.

His first album for six years will mostly feature songs written before the Canadian embarked on a world tour in 2008 and 2009, The Guardian newspaper has reported.

Speaking at his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, he added that the album should be set for release next year. He said: “God-willing it will be finished next spring.”

“[There will be] 10 or 11 songs. One song was written on tour, the rest were written before.”

Cohen’s last album, ‘Dear Heather,’ was released in 2004, whilst in 2006 he released a book of poetry and drawings entitled ‘Book of Longing,’ which proved a hit in Canada, topping the bestsellers list.

The promise of a new album is somewhat a suprise after Cohen seemingly hinted at retirement at a New York gig in 2009, as previously reported by Spinner.

In recent years the prominence of Cohen in mainstream music has skyrocketed after both ‘American Idol’ and UK’s ‘X Factor’ TV shows used his song ‘Hallelujah.’ In the UK, a Christmas chart battle commenced between 2008 series winner Alexandra Burke and a cover by Jeff Buckley, with Burke eventually landing at No. 1 — whilst Cohen’s original charted at 36.