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20/02/2015 06:56 GMT | Updated 20/02/2015 06:59 GMT

Blur Ready For Chart Battle After Announcing New Album ‘The Magic Whip': ‘Surely We'll Outsell Sam Smith And Sheeran'

Blur have opened up about their decision to release their first full album in 12 years, revealing that they’re ready to do battle with today’s chart heavyweights.

Who needs Oasis when you have Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran, eh?

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Blur

The ‘Parklife’ creators went up against Liam and Noel Gallagher’s band in one of the most famous chart battles of all-time in the ‘90s, and now they’re ready to do it all again - with different competition, of course.

Speaking to The Sun, Damon Albarn explains: “Surely acts like Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran can’t possibly sell as many records as us this late into their records’ lives, can they?

“Our album is a decent record and we really wouldn’t be putting it out after such a long hiatus and stuck our necks out if we didn’t believe in it.

“It has to be one of our best records, if not our best record.”

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Sam Smith

The band kept their comeback a secret until yesterday, when they revealed their new album plans at a London press conference, and also confirmed that they’ll be headlining British Summer Time Festival at London’s Hyde Park this summer.

Shortly after the press conference, a new track ‘Go Out’ was released online.

While Blur have toured frequently in recent years, and released two singles in 2012, their last full album was 2003’s ‘Think Tank’.

Watch the video for their new track below…

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