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Duran Duran back in the studio with Ronson

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Duran Duran confirmed a bit of welcome news for longtime fans of the band: The English new wavers have returned to the studio with producer Mark Ronson, a Facebook post by the band said July 21.

The band was confirming tidbits that bassist John Taylor recently posted on Twitter.

"Mark Ronson on 6 string duties with us in the studio this weekend," Taylor tweeted July 21. That followed an earlier message stating: "All well in South London .. in the studio with @iamMarkRonson."

Duran Duran recently posted a new batch of studio photos on its website. The band also has been in the studio with producer Mr. Hudson of late, and longtime collaborator Nile Rodgers is due to work with Duran this month.

But it was Ronson's production of Duran Duran's last studio album, "All You Need Is Now," that was hailed by fans and critics alike as a return to the band's early sound. Rodgers also worked with the band before, notably on No. 1 hit "The Reflex" and the "Notorious" album in the '80s.

Also in store for the new album, which will be Duran's 14th studio effort, are collaborations with former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante. According to the band, Duran and Frusciante traded tracks earlier this year between the studio in London and the guitarist's home base in California.

The studio news follows a rare live performance by the band this year. On July 12, Duran Duran performed at the White Nights of St. Petersburg Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Duran Duran opened the evening, performing “All You Need Is Now,” “Sunrise” and “Notorious.”

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