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Gorillaz Tap Snoop, Mos Def, De La Soul for ‘Plastic Beach’

The GorillazSuper animated Brit group, the Gorillaz, have announced their return this Spring with a brand new album. Details come just one day following news that the group will headline the 2010 Coachella Music Festival with Jay-Z in April. The upcoming 16-track album, ‘Plastic Beach’ will debut on March 9, with an all-star line up of eclectic featured artists.

The group, long known for their experimental, genre-bending music have recruited hip-hop and R&B heavyweights Mos Def, De La Soul, Snoop Dogg and Bobby Womack for the new album. This marks the Gorillaz’s second collaboration with De La Soul, who appeared on the 2005 hit single ‘Feel Good Inc.’ But for first-timer Bobby Womack, who was not familiar with the group, it wasn’t an instant decision to jump onto the album. “The only thing that convinced me was my daughter,” Womack told Rolling Stone. “She said, ‘Dad, you got to do this. They’re awesome.’” Womack admitted that he initially thought the group was literally a band of Gorillaz.

Snoop Dogg — who recently announced a follow up to ‘Malice N Wonderland’ — lends his verses to the album’s second track ‘Welcome to the World of Plastic Beach,’ De La Soul join Gruff Rhys on the track ‘Superfast Jellyfish,’ and Bobby Womack and Mos Def, who both appear on multiple songs, collaborate on ‘Stylo,’ the album’s first single.

Despite being scheduled for a digital release date of Jan. 26, ‘Stylo’ has already leaked to the net. Gorillaz’s Murdoc Niccals took to Twitter to address the early slip of the single. “A leak! A leak! Plastic Beach has sprung a leak!” he wrote. “One of those Russian pirates has put a bullet hole in my island! My single’s leaked! STYLO!”

‘Plastic Beach’ will hit stores on March 9. The Gorillaz’s previous album, ‘Demon Days’ sold over 2 million copies worldwide.

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