Billy Corgan has been a busy man. He’s been working on a free 44-song album called Teargarden By Kaleidyscope since 2009 (releasing each track individually since its announcement), his own professional wrestling league and his own teahouse in his native Chicago. Yet somehow, he’s been able to make the new album Oceania in the meantime. The Smashing Pumpkins‘ newest album Oceania has had a very strange creative journey. It was announced while Corgan and Co. was still recording Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, but Billy insisted that Oceania is “an album within an album”. Via NME, we know that Oceania will be released this year on June 18th, just in time for a rockin’ summer and hopefully the announcement of more tour dates. Another interesting tidbit is that the album will be released via EMI, one of the biggest record labels around. This comes as a surprise as Billy Corgan has been releasing new material independently since the legal ramblings with Virgin Records following the release of 2007’s Zeitgeist. Corgan also mentioned that the album is the band’s strongest work since 1995’s Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness, so here’s hoping it lives up to the hype.
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