Green Day: 'Albums Are A Lost Art Form'

Billie Joe Armstrong said they wanted to make a big statement with their new album trilogy "¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tre!" because other artists focus too much on releasing singles.

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Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong says that making albums has become "a lost art form".

He told Classic Rock (via NME) that the band were making a big statement with their forthcoming album trilogy, "¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tre!":

"It was time for a change and a new era. You just start with one simple song at a time, where less is more, but we made three albums and it ended up becoming epic. We wanted to make something that rocked really hard, and partied really hard, with a lot of meaning behind it. And a lot of soul. Hopefully we achieved that".

He continued: "It's kind of what a rock'n'roll collage. I think there's a big statement in putting out three albums, because right now people are so addicted to just singles. Making an album is like a lost art form. And where we come from is making albums - all our favourite bands make great albums".

Green Day released details of an epic US tour this week, where they will play 28 shows between November and February. Next summer they'll embark on a stadium tour across the UK.

Their album trilogy will be released in three parts, with the first part "¡Uno!" to be released next week on September 24.

Has the art of making an album been lost? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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    As much as I agree with what they're saying, I don't think their main audience cares about CDs, anyway I hope the new material is good after talking about it like this.
    So since people no longer have the attention span to listen to an entire album, they decided to release a THREE disc album? Interesting strategy.....
    It's not a three disc album. They're releasing three albums within the span of 4 months
    If I was Billie Joe I would say this... There are some brilliant albums coming out at the moment anyway
    I know right, I have purchased so many albums this year and there are still several more yet to be released. I've always needed to have the full album on my iPod, anything else just feels...wrong.
    Guise Hey guise They posted the entire album on their Facebook profile. I srs guise Look. scroll down a bit. It sounds almost like Dookie to me.
    I really like how they're talking about it, but the music so far is just...not that appealing.
    He says people are addicted to putting out singles, yet they'll release 4-5 singles before the first album even gets released
    Their music doesn't do anything at all for me... they're right about albums though.
    it is like everything cause of downloading, and choosing the songs that you know are popular, not getting the whole album, and maybe falling for a song that isnt as popular as the hit single or singles.