Noel Gallagher insists he won’t be “doing a U2” and giving away his new album for free.
The Irish rockers drew controversy when they distributed their new record automatically to iTunes users, but Noel says he won’t be following suit. “My records in particular cost too much money to make, let alone give away for free,” Noel , 47, says.
“People that do that tend to hide behind ambiguity of... ‘this many people may have downloaded it’.
“I prefer my bands to make a record, put it out, stick your chest out and stand behind it. That’s the way I work, and the way I always will.
“If anything, I’m gonna put the price up.”
The former Oasis frontman – who scoffed at hints of a reunion with brother Liam – is releasing new material under his moniker, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
The new album, released in March, will be called Chasing Yesterday, after he rejected jokey working titles including Dark Side Of The Room and Wheat Is Murder.
He produced the record himself, something he claims was “a pain in the a***”, and hints that there’s a disco vibe to some of the tracks. But we probably won’t see him performing any of his new tracks, including next month’s single In The Heat Of The Moment, on the X Factor after he turned down a position on the judging panel.
“I wouldn’t have thought I’d ever get asked to perform,” he says, speaking at a Q&A at Facebook’s London headquarters.
“Having seen people that perform on there, they proper put on a show.”
And his 14-year-old daughter, Anais, still hasn’t forgiven him for not taking up the role.
“She’s still furious. Every week we watch it, she’ll be tutting at the screen saying, ‘I could be there. It could have been you.’
“She’ll never forgive me. I’m convinced I’ll going to have to sit in a psychiatrist’s office with her when she’s 34.”
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