The Pretenders Share Single, Announce New Album

Chrissie Hynde and James Walbourne of The Pretenders perform in 2018. Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

The Pretenders dusted off their instruments and will have a new album to show for in 2020. The band recently announced their new 11th studio record, titled Hate for Sale, will be out on May 1st.

This new album, the group’s first since 2016’s Alone, is produced by Stephen Street, known for his works with The Smiths, Blur, and The Cranberries. The songs were co-authored by frontwoman Chrissie Hynde and lead guitarist James Walbourne.

As part of the announcement, The Pretenders also debuted the first single from the album, “The Buzz.” Hear it below.

“I think we all know that love affairs can take on the characteristics of drug addiction,” said Hynde of the song. “‘The Buzz’ is about that. Not mine, of course—I’m never obsessive never obsessive never obsessive.”

Hate for Sale will also see the contributions from founding member Martin Chambers. The drummer and founding member of the band didn’t take part in recording sessions for Alone and 2008’s Break Up the Concrete, although he was present for most of the touring activities. Chambers and Hynde remain the only two members of The Pretenders’ original lineup.