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Duran Duran working with Mr. Hudson, Frusciante on new album

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Duran Duran officially confirmed news the band is in the studio with producer Mr. Hudson in its latest D-Blast newsletter out May 11.

Band members are in the studio with the fellow Birmingham native Mr. Hudson, a singer-songwriter and producer who has worked with Jay Z and Kanye West.

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 have been trading tracks between the studio in London and the guitarist's home base in California.

Duran's recording sessions for the new album have taken a few twists and turns since the band reconvened in the studio. First, Duran looked to record a follow-up effort to "All You Need Is Now" with that album's producer, Mark Ronson. The band even released photos of recording sessions featuring Ronson.

Then, few details were heard about the band's time in the studio until news leaked about Duran working with Frusciante, and now, Mr. Hudson.

Of late, Duran is whetting fans' appetites with a vinyl release of the live album "A Diamond in the Mind." "Diamond," which has seen releases on Blu-ray, DVD, and CD, soon will be available on double LP complete with diamond-dusted sleeve.

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