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Green Day Readying New Album, Reissues

Pop-punk trio Green Day is working on its first studio album since 2000’s “Warning,” and plans to release it later this year.

In an audio message posted to the band’s official Web site (http://www.greenday.com), singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong said he was “really excited” about the new set. “It’s really blowing me away… As long as I’m blowing myself away, I’ll continue to.”

A Reprise Records spokesperson said no specific date is on the label’s release schedule. “Warning” debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and has sold 994,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group has since released two compilations.

Meanwhile, Green Day’s former Lookout! Records label will on Jan. 27 release a remastered version of the compilation “1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours,” which comprises the band’s 1990 full-length debut “39/Smooth” as well as the EPs “Slappy” and “1,000 Hours.” The new version was remastered from the original tapes and includes 20 minutes of live video performances, handwritten lyrics and vintage photos.

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