Leonard Cohen fans will have extra reason to sing "Hallelujah" when the multi-Juno and Grammy winner celebrates his 80th birthday next month. The legendary Canadian singer-songwriter will become an octogenarian on Sept. 21, 2014 and will mark the event with a new studio album.
According to an article posted Aug. 11 at RollingStone.com courtesy of the webmaster of LeonardCohen.com, the 2008 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee's new release will be titled Popular Problem. It will be Cohen's13th studio effort and a follow up to 2012's multi-award winning Old Ideas.
The album will consist of new songs, one of which will likely be "I've Got a Secret," which the multi-talented artist premiered during his recent hugely successful AEG Live produced Old Ideas World Tour stop last September in Dublin, Ireland. Amazon France cites the release date for the Popular Problem as Sept. 22.
Old Ideas topped the charts in 11 countries upon its release. It was Cohen's highest-charting release in the U.S, reaching No. 3 on the Billboard 200 coming 44 years after his debut release Songs of Leonard Cohen. The album earned recognition at the Hungarian Music Awards for International Classic Pop-Rock Album of the Year. Cohen also picked up two awards at Canada's 2013 Junos Awards for Artist of the Year award and for Songwriter of the Year.
There are currently no plans in the works to support the album with a tour. Cohen wrapped up his Old Ideas World Tour with a nine date run, which ended on Dec. 21, 2013 at Auckland's Vector Arena.
Did you know? Leonard Cohen earned a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 and has been inducted into the U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honour.