Things have been pretty quiet on the [artist id="1790812"]Patrick Stump[/artist] front ever since July, when he took to his Twitter account to [article id="1643964"]clear up some "misinformation" about his upcoming solo album[/article]. He closed that flurry of tweets by saying he was "going to disappear back to the studio" and promised that his fans' patience "will be rewarded."
And, though it took a while, Stump delivered on that promise. On Wednesday (November 17), he got back on Twitter, this time to post a link to his website, which now features the handwritten sheet music for a new song called "Spotlight."
While we can't actually hear the song — at least, not yet — just seeing the notes was enough to make us excited. So we decided to e-mail Stump and find out the latest on his album — which he told us is officially called Soul Punk — and whether "Spotlight" will be the first taste of what's ahead.
"I'll let the label decide what's a single, but 'Spotlight' will be the first Soul Punk song people will hear, and that will happen very soon," Stump wrote in an e-mail to MTV News. "In the meantime, I'm happy to let it just be notes on a page. The album should be out in February and as can be inferred from the long delay, it's changed dramatically from the album I alluded to a year ago."
Stump expounded on that dramatic change by adding that the songs he had debuted earlier this year at [article id="1634370"]South by Southwest[/article] "will not be on the record, but will receive a proper release."
So, for the time being, fans are going to have to be content to just stare at "Spotlight" (or maybe attempt to play it), but all that is going to change soon. And yes, Stump knows you've been waiting a long time for this. All he can do is promise you the wait will be worth it.
"As for the delay of the album itself, I'd say it's been less about the music or recording and more about all the other things that finish the thought," he wrote. "I just want to make sure I go to sleep at night knowing I'm not half-assing this."
Are you looking forward to Stump's solo album? Let us know in the comments!