Matchbox Twenty 's long-awaited new album finally has a title and a release date. It's called North, and it'll be in stores September 4, according to a tweet from lead singer Rob Thomas . He added that the first single is called "She's So Mean," and it'll be out "in the next couple weeks."
North will be the band's first full album of original material since 2002's More than You Think You Are. Their most recent release as a band was the 2007 best-of, Exile on Mainstream, which contained a handful of new tracks.
Matchbox Twenty guitarist Paul Doucette tells Rolling Stone that the title of North refers to "us finding our way." He explains, "We went into this record with a lot of material. Many different songs that could have taken us in many different directions. It sort of overwhelmed us for a bit. But, at a certain point, we figured it out. We figured out where 'North' was."
Since the release of More than You Think You Are , Rob has launched a successful solo career, with two albums -- Cradle Songs and Something to Be -- and hits like "Lonely No More," "Her Diamonds," "Someday," "This Is How a Heart Breaks," "Ever the Same" and "Streetcorner Symphony."
In other Matchbox Twenty news, Rob Thomas tweeted that he enjoyed American Idol contestant Phillip Phillips ' version of the band's hit "Disease." Phillip performed the song, which Rob co-wrote with Mick Jagger , on Wednesday, and Rob wrote , "last night was my first time seeing phillip phillips. i thought he did a really good job. i like where he took it."
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