Considering how long No Doubt fans have been waiting for the release of their next album, it should come as no surprise that they'll have to wait a little longer.
The group took to their official site this week to let fans know it's going to take a little longer than planned before they drop anything new. "Ideally our new record would be coming out this year but it's just not ready yet," the statement reads. "We don't want to rush this album just to get it out. This collection of songs means everything to us and our only priority right now is to make sure that it's the best album we can possibly make. There is still more work for us to do. ..."
The band noted that while no new music will be coming out in 2011, it's been a big year for them in other ways. "The past twelve months have been eventful; we performed for Paul McCartney and President Obama at the Kennedy Center Honors, three beautiful new No Doubt babies were born, and we've recorded in studios all over Los Angeles."
They added at the end of the statement that the delay will actually benefit fans. "We love our fans and are doing this for your ears and want you to know how much we appreciate your patience and support," they wrote. "There have been some stories circulating about us collaborating with outside producers and artists. Please don't believe anything you hear unless it comes from us."
The group has been keeping fans up-to-date on the progress of the album through [article id="1648137"]interviews[/article] and on [article id="1630595"]Twitter[/article]. It will be their first studio release since 2001's Rock Steady.