All four members have been writing together at Damon's Ladbroke Grove studio...

BLUR have finally started recording their new album, NME.COM can exclusively reveal – putting paid to rumours of fall-outs amongst the group and fears they had finally split.

Damon, Graham, Alex and Dave started writing together in Damon’s own Ladbroke Grove studio last week after months apart following the phenomenal success of Damon’s side project Gorillaz.

Damon admitted to NME.COM last week that he had been there for the past few days and a spokesperson also confirmed that work had started on the follow-up to Blur‘s last album, ’13’, which was released in March 1999. Much of ’13’ was also recorded at the same studio.

For the full story, see this week’s NME, dated December 1, on sale around Britain from Wednesday, November 28.