Phoenix to release Bankrupt! lead single “Entertainment” on Monday

Next week, Phoenix will rise from the ashes…with new music.

After reaching new levels of success with “1901” and “Lisztomania” from their fourth album, 2009’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, the rock quartet from Versailles, France has spent the past two years working on its followup. Earlier this week, the band announced that Bankrupt! would be released during the week of April 22 by Glassnote Records and the band’s imprint, Loyauté, with an international release from V2 Records. The announcement of the album’s release date was accompanied with the album cover, its tracklist, and a short text-based video featuring audio from the track “Bourgeois.”

The cover artwork for Phoenix's upcoming fifth album, Bankrupt!
The cover artwork for Phoenix’s fifth album, Bankrupt!

Bankrupt! tracklist:

  1. Entertainment
  2. The Real Thing
  3. S.O.S. In Bel Air
  4. Trying To Be Cool
  5. Bankrupt!
  6. Drakkar Noir
  7. Chloroform
  8. Don’t
  9. Bourgeois
  10. Oblique City

Though there has yet to be an official announcement from the band as to the lead single from Bankrupt!, one track has already been designated to lead off the new album era with a radio premiere on BBC Radio 1 this Monday, February 18 at 7:00pm GMT. Opening cut “Entertainment” has been chosen as the album’s first single and is registered on Mediabase 24/7, a radio airplay service that lists tracks available for radio airplay and detects when a song is played on the various radio formats in the United States. “Entertainment,” which comes in at 3:40 in length and features a staccato guitar line under layers of synth-filled production, is the only track from the album currently listed on Mediabase; in addition, the single is set for a digital release on Tuesday, according to this Amazon MP3 listing, where an audio preview is also available. Radio resource website AllAccess also shows an alternative radio impact date of February 26 for a “TBA” Phoenix track, which means that the label will push for the song to be added to alternative-format radio stations’ playlists during that week.

Phoenix "Entertainment" single cover
The cover artwork for Phoenix’s new single, “Entertainment.” (click for full size)

While Bankrupt! is not yet available to pre-order, Amazon MP3 has a listing for the album priced at $10.99; it can be added to a signed-in user’s wish list for future reference. As another treat to anxious Phoenix fans, each of the album’s ten tracks is listed with a short preview. (update: Snippets for both the single and the album have been removed.)

Here is the newly-released lyric video for “Entertainment:”

Are you excited for the return of Phoenix and for some new “Entertainment” from the band? Which of the new tracks sound most promising? Let me know by commenting below or sending me a mention @KurtTrowbridge on Twitter, and be sure to come back and share your opinions of the track next week! You can now also follow me on Facebook for public updates.

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