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Placebo fans went wild on Friday when the alternative rock band released new single, Beautiful James on Friday, five years after dropping their last album, A Place for Us To Dream.
Frontman Brian Molko, 48, appeared onRadio 6 on Thursday to tease the upcoming track, where he admitted he was nervous for fans to hear it.
However, they were met with a fantastic response as listeners took toto give their verdicts, saying: 'OMG! The world is healing' - following the single's delayed release due to the pandemic.
In full capitals, one user wrote, 'HELLO THIS IS SO GOOD,' as others chimed in with, 'I LOVE IT!!!' and 'Yessss!!!' followed by four red heart emojis.
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'I love you,' added an admirer while another's comment could almost be heard by those who came across it: 'YOURE AMAZING ITS AMAZING THE WORLD IS HEALING [sic].'
In early 2020, the the MTV EMA winners were ready to go on tour because their untitled album was nearing completion following a set of gruelling sessions in their home studio over 2019, Brian revealed during his on-air interview.
'I don’t think I’ve ever been nervous and now, after this pause, I'm finding everything that I was used-to being new and nerve-racking to me so it’s different,' Molko told presenter Matt Everitt.
'We had decided already that Beautiful James would be the first single so we had a lot of confidence, we had a lot of get-up-and-go.
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'Then obviously what happened happened and so everything was kind of delayed by about two years now,' he said of the coronavirus pandemic bringing their plans to a holt.
Formed in 1994, Brian and guitarist Stefan Olsdal, 47, make up the band's line-up, which once featured Robert Schultzberg, 46, Steve Hewitt, 50, and Steve Forrest, 34.
Admitting he has a 'boredom problem', Brian claimed it informs the way that he works and led him to present bandmate Stefan with images first, rather than music.
'I wanted to do everything backwards so let’s choose an album cover before we write any music. Here’s a list of song titles which I’ve been writing over the past five years. Let’s start with the song titles instead of starting with the music,' he said.
'Let's do everything that we do last, first. Let’s do this whole album without a drummer because there's been a drummer on every album so far.
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'I just needed to do it backwards at the beginning so I could feel like I was doing something different,' he added.
An insomnia sufferer, the hitmaker went on to reveal that the album's lead single was initially called Bad Piano because he had recorded its melody onto his phone at five o'clock in the morning following a sleepless night.
'I really want each person who cares enough to listen to the record to find their own story. I fully expect people to ask me all the time, "Who's Beautiful James?"
'Well, I don’t know. Who’s your favourite James? James Corden or James Brown? Who is James to you and is James even a man?
'These are questions I’m not going to answer, I want people to answer themselves,' he concluded.
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