R.E.M.’s new single, “Mine Smell Like Honey,” will impact radio on Tuesday, January 18th. The track, available for sale the same day, is the first single from the band’s upcoming new album Collapse Into Now due out March 8th, 2011, on Warner Bros. Records.
A deluxe version of Collapse Into Now, featuring three bonus tracks, is now available for pre-order at http://wbr.fm/rempreorder. The bonus tracks are live in the studio versions of three songs: “Discoverer,” “Oh My Heart,” and “Alligator Aviator Autopilot Antimatter.” The deluxe version also includes a video of “That Someone Is You,” shot in the studio in Berlin, liner notes from producer Jacknife Lee, lyrics and album artwork, and over a dozen photos shot by renowned photographer Anton Corbijn in Nashville.
For Collapse Into Now, R.E.M., which is singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and bassist Mike Mills, re-teamed with Grammy Award-winning producer Jacknife Lee, who produced the band’s acclaimed previous album Accelerate. Lee is also noted for his work on albums by U2, Snow Patrol, The Hives, and indie stalwarts Kasabian, Editors, Aqualung, and Bloc Party. R.E.M. and Lee recorded the album in New Orleans at the Music Shed and in Berlin at the famed Hansa Studios, where several legendary albums, including David Bowie’s Heroes, U2’s Achtung Baby, and Iggy Pop’s Lust for Life, were made. Additional recording and mixing was done at the venerable Blackbird Studio in Nashville.
Collapse Into Now is the follow-up to 2008’s Accelerate, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart, topped the Alternative, Rock, Digital, and Internet (physical goods) charts in the U.S., and debuted at No. 1 in Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. It spawned three hit singles “Supernatural Superserious,” “Hollow Man,” and “Man-Sized Wreath.” The band also released a two-CD live set, entitled R.E.M. Live At The Olympia, last October.