Fall Out Boy album release date In doubt

Election tie-in puts "Folie a Deux" in limbo

NEW YORK -- The Nov. 4 release date for Fall Out Boy's "Folie a Deux" is in doubt, according to a post on the band's Web site, which cited concerns over the planned election day tie-in.

"Six months ago we thought it would be a fun idea to release our album on election day but this is not the election to be cute," the band says. "We felt as though rather than making a commentary we were only riding the wave of the election. This seemed less and less like what we intended to do and more of a gimmick."

"It is now in the hands of our label to give us a new release date," according to the band, adding "it is our intent to get our record out this year and as soon as possible -- as we made sure to have it done in time for its original release." An Island spokesperson was unavailable for comment at deadline.

If the album winds up being delayed, Fall Out Boy promises "a surprise or two" (one of which has been identified as an Elvis Costello guest appearance) as well as "an extensive preorder campaign that will take into account the current state of our economy" and both new songs and a podcast series via iTunes.

The first single from the album, "I Don't Care," has sold 167,000 downloads in four weeks of U.S. release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

As another olive branch to expectant fans, Fall Out Boy will play "extremely small club shows" in the U.S. in November, with tickets only being available on the day of. Details have yet to be announced.

"Folie a Deux" is the follow-up to 2007's "Infinity on High," which has sold 1.3 million copies.

Jonathan Cohen is senior editor at Billboard. (NY)
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