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Michael Stipe Discusses New Solo Album With NY Times (And Taylor Swift, Phoebe Bridgers, Matty Healy, & Jack Antonoff)

Michael Stipe is the subject of a lengthy new profile in this week’s edition of The New York Times Magazine, reported over the past year as the former R.E.M. frontman worked on-and-off on his long-gestating solo album. Stipe has been talking about that album for a while now, but progress is being made, and the profile ends on a quote from Stipe that’s somehow both definitive and also noncommittal: “We can say for the piece that I finished the songs, and by God, I will finish them before the piece comes out. How about that? Let’s leave the piece closing with: I finished the songs.”

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