Blur set to release new single
Blur are set to release a new single for the first time in seven years.
It's thought that just 1,000 copies of the record will be issued to highlight Record Store Day, supporting independently-owned music shops.
Singer Damon Albarn said in a statement: "We want independent record stores to continue, they're an important part of our musical culture - music is a simple way for Blur to show our support and we hope people like it."
A title for the new material is yet to be revealed and its release will mark the first single from Albarn, Alex James, Graham Coxon, and Dave Rowntree since Good Song in 2003. It's understood the single will contain two brand new tracks, and further details are likely to be revealed next week.
The foursome reunited for a string of gigs last summer and featured in the documentary No Distance Left To Run.
Although sources say the single is a one-off, it's likely to fuel hopes among the Britpop heroes' fans that further new material could be in the pipeline.
On April 17 1,000 independent record shops across 18 countries and four continents - including 150 in the UK - will throw open their doors to celebrate Record Store Day.
A series of limited 7-inch singles are being released by Parlophone Records to support the day. The vinyl records, in vintage-style wrapping, include tracks by Bat For Lashes, Pet Shop Boys, Hot Chip, Babyshambles and Lily Allen. The Beatles' classic Paperback Writer will also be released in this way.
Parlophone said in the cases of some artists the material has never been heard before.
The maximum release for each will be 1,000 copies and the music is being made available through the independent record stores taking part.