Keane confirm they are 'taking a break' to work on solo projects

Band members will 'pursue their own projects' after they release their 'Best Of' album next month

Keane confirm they are 'taking a break' to work on solo projects
Keane have confirmed they are "taking a break" after they release their 'Best Of' album next month.

A story published in The Sun On Sunday today (October 20) claims the band are to split after 16 years so singer Tom Chaplin can make a solo album and main songwriter Tim Rice-Oxley can focus on penning hits for other artists.

However, at present the band's official line is more cautious. "Keane are taking a break after the 'Best Of' to pursue their own projects," a spokesman for the band told the newspaper.

Keane formed in 1997 and have seen each of their four studio albums – 2004's 'Hopes And Fears', 2006's 'Under The Iron Sea', 2008's 'Perfect Symmetry' and last year's 'Strangeland' – make Number One on the UK's Official Albums Chart. The band have won an Ivor Novello and two Brit Awards and and Rice-Oxley has co-written songs with Gwen Stefani and Kylie Minogue.

'The Best Of Keane' will be released on November 11 and features 20 tracks including two brand new songs, 'Higher Than The Sun' and 'Won't Be Broken'. Keane are set to play an intimate gig at the Forum in Tunbridge Wells this Friday (October 25).

Meanwhile, it was reported earlier this week (October 16) that Lily Allen, who is known to be a big fan of the band, is to soundtrack this year's John Lewis Christmas TV advert with a cover of Keane's 'Somewhere Only We Know'.

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