Leonard Cohen Returns

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Leonard Cohen unveils his new single titled Almost Like The Blues, adding to the anticipation of his new album.

Leonard Cohen turns 80 years old next month and the Canadian singer-songwriter is going to release a new album for his birthday.

Popular Problems features nine new songs, it will be the singer’s thirteenth studio LP and his first since Old Ideas, released two years ago.

Rumours of the impending record, broke at Dublin’s fan-run Leonard Cohen music and poetry festival. Although Cohen did not make the trip to Ireland for the event, it was an officially sanctioned fan convention.

A foreward was written in the programme notes by Finnish Cohen fan Jarkko Arjatsalo. Arjatsalo runs the official Cohen website leonardcohenfiles.com.

He said: “Leonard has worked hard on his next studio album of entirely new songs. He asked me to let you know that Popular Problems will be out at the end of September, shortly after his 80th birthday.”

Jarkko Arjatsalo, wrote to Rolling Stone about the statement saying the information had come “directly from Leonard.” “There are no tour plans! We are now looking forward to a great new studio album,” he wrote.

Listen to the new single below.