Over the weekend, [artist id="1231843"]My Chemical Romance[/artist] fans got a bit of a shock when a page on MTV.com appeared, listing both a title and release date for the band’s long-in-the-works new album.
According to the page, MCR would return on June 29 with The Midnight Curfew, a new album on a new label: Pride Music. This seemed odd for a number of reasons, chiefly the fact that frontman Gerard Way had recently been tweeting about the title of the album, hinting that he would be announcing it “in a special way this time … maybe some sort of event.”
Info about the new album’s title and release date quickly began spreading, until bassist Mikey Way took to his Twitter to defuse the whole thing, writing that “the new album is not titled Midnight Curfew. That is an unauthorized biography DVD that we have nothing to do with. Buyer beware.”
And so, it is. The “Curfew” DVD can actually be pre-ordered on Amazon.com right now.
So how did “Curfew” end up on MTV.com? Well, data for upcoming releases is automatically pulled from AllMusic.com, which does, in fact, have a page listing for the DVD. MTV News’ e-mails to AllMusic seeking comment were not returned by press time.
Digging a little further — using the product code for the DVD listed on AllMusic — it turns out that “Curfew” is being actually being released through Chrome Dreams, a U.K.-based media company that sells biographical books, DVDs and CDs of everyone from Lady Gaga to 50 Cent. Under their “Pride Music” label, they’ve recently released a two-disc “unauthorized” look at the making of Guns ‘N Roses Chinese Democracy album and a retrospective DVD about Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love. By press time, the company has not responded to an e-mail seeking clarification and/or comment about “The Midnight Curfew.”
And through all this, we still don’t know the actual title (or release) date for My Chem’s new album. E-mails to MCR’s actual label, Reprise Records, were not returned.