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    Wed, 22 Sep 2010 11:14:00

    R.E.M. Completes 15th Studio Album - It was recorded in New Orleans and Nashville

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    • R.E.M. - NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27:  Singer Michael Stipe of R.E.M. and director Stephen Frears attend The Cinema Society & Altoids screening of 'Tamara Drewe' at the Crosby Street Hotel on September 27, 2010 in New York City.
    • R.E.M. - NEW YORK - DECEMBER 07:  Singer Michael Stipe of R.E.M. attends the premiere of 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus' at the Crosby Street Hotel on December 7, 2009 in New York City.

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    The new R.E.M. album was recorded in both New Orleans and in Nashville, as well as Berlin, so it was fostered and fashioned in a quite musically rich and diverse environments. Singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and bassist Mike Mills have just finished recording their 15th studio album, which will be released in Spring 2011 by Warner Bros. Records. The band re-teamed with Grammy Award-winning producer Jacknife Lee, who produced R.E.M.'s acclaimed previous album Accelerate. He is also noted for his work on albums by U2, Snow Patrol, The Hives, and indie stalwarts Kasabian, The Editors, Aqualung, and Bloc Party. That's a resume loaded with cred and that is fully enhanced by R.E.M., of course.

    R.E.M. and Lee have been recording in New Orleans at the Music Shed and in Berlin at the famed Hansa Studios, where several legendary albums, including David Bowie's Heroes, U2's Achtung Baby and Iggy Pop's Lust for Life, were made. Additional recording and mixing was done at the venerable Blackbird Studio in Nashville.

    Do the recording locations entice your appetite for new R.E.M.?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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