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Tom DeLonge promotes A&A, Blink-182 album delayed…

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In anticipation of Angels & Airwaves‘ third studio effort next month, vocalist and guitarist Tom DeLonge spoke to Billboard about its low-key release, the corresponding feature film, and oh yeah, his other band. For those itching to hear news about Blink-182, the outlook isn’t too appeasing, so let’s start with A&A first.

Titled Love, the forthcoming studio effort from this U2-inspired band will surface February 14th, both as a free download via the band’s official site and also for purchase through either iTunes or retail outlets worldwide as a deluxe version.

“We’re redefining the music business,” DeLonge tells Billboard. “And I honestly think we’re going to be 10 times bigger because of it.” He digresses, “When you sign with a label early in your career, it’s because they have the advantage of investing in your brand. Now it’s changed, because the majority of the kids now get their records for free (and) the labels don’t have money to invest.”

DeLonge is going everywhere with Love, with the feature film to hit select theaters by year’s end, and partnerships with everyone from Live Nation to Hurley, whose websites will link up with the album’s download and also remind their customers via e-mail. According to Billboard, “The combined lists will reach about 55 million people.”

Then there’s Blink-182, and although the reunion tour was quite a smash success last year, the band’s aforementioned hopes to release a studio album in 2010 now seem a bit premature in hindsight. The article finishes with the lousy news “that Blink-182 is planning to record its new album soon and is talking with its label, Interscope, about a 2011 release.” However, the trio will have themselves a Eurotrip this summer, so that should make our overseas readers happy. For us lonely Americans, let’s just feel fortunate that DeLonge is bringing us Love on V-Day.

At least we know who will be our Valentine now.

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