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Collaborator Jamie Hewlett gives an update

Gorillaz much-anticipated fifth album is set to be released next year, according to collaborator and comic book artist Jamie Hewlett.

The as-yet-untitled album was previously reported to be released later this year but according to Hewlett, the record won’t be out until next year.

Hewlett provided the update to Gorillaz fan page GorillazNorthAmerica, stating that the “really fuckin special” album “can’t be rushed”.

WE GOT JAMIE NEWS! This here is HIM and our friend Linda. JAMIE says new GORILLAZ is special, really fuckin special. Can’t be rushed. 2017, yo. Fuck. So, guys, that Gorilla Fund, we got time. Go shop, take vacation, that shit aint happening this year. BUT its gonna be all that and more. And….Jamie follows us. So….you got something to say to him and don’t wanna get yelled at on his IG by his very serious followers, say it here! HE IS HERE. Watching, reading and digging it. He loves this account and appreciates our repping. #JamieHewlett #JamieSaid #ThoseWords #FuckinAye #Gorillaz #Gorillaz2017 #ThisIsNotOurFace #WeTookThePic #Explanations #DidWeMention #JamieWasMadCool #Animated #Friendly #GangstaToo #HisShow #HisArt #SoCool #Go #IfYouCan

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The Instagram post continued, “2017, yo. Fuck. So, guys, that Gorilla Fund, we got time. Go shop, take vacation, that shit aint happening this year.”

Speaking of the new Gorillaz album in 2015, Damon Albarn said, “So far, it’s really fast, and it’s got quite a lot of energy. I’ve been stuck on piano, somewhere off Broadway, for years now. I want to go somewhere completely opposite of that.”

Last month, Vic Mensa was pictured in the studio with Albarn. Producer Remi Kabaka, a frequent Gorillaz collaborator who provides the voice of fictional band member Russel Hobbs, shared a photo of Mensa in the studio on Instagram (May 17).