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Plan B delays the release of 'The Ballad Of Belmarsh'

Singer says film projects have prevented him completing recording sessions for third LP

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Plan B has delayed the release of his new album 'The Ballad Of Belmarsh'.

The singer, whose real name is Ben Drew, has pushed back recording sessions to finish off the follow up to last year's 'The Defamation Of Strickland Banks' because he is too busy working on his new film Ill Manors. The move has angered his record company Atlantic, according to Drew.

He told The Daily Star:
I don't see the record label’s point of view at all. So long as the record is good enough, people will pay attention. I've had to remind them that nobody was interested when '...Strickland Banks' first came out. No-one thought it'd be as big a hit as it became, but it did so because it was good enough to get people's interest.
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The album, is set to return to his rap roots to continue the story of Plan B's alter ego Strickland Banks.

The singer added:
It's frustrating that there aren’t enough hours in the day, but I need to get the film done first. It became impractical to try to finish 'Belmarsh' at the same time. It can't get finished just to suit Atlantic's release schedule. I'll finish it when I can do it properly, when it'll be strong enough that I'm proud of it.


He is also set to appear in the film remake of '70s cop show The Sweeney alongside Ray Winstone.

Meanwhile, you can go behind the scenes with Plan B as he walks onstage at this year's Benicassim festival.
Walk Onstage With Plan B At Benicassim
Video: Walk Onstage With Plan B At Benicassim

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