No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani will release her as-yet-untitled debut studio album on November 23, with the first single “What You Waiting For?” premiering in October. Stefani’s new set features contributions from OutKast’s Andre 3000, Linda Perry, Nellee Hooper, and No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal, who co-wrote the songs “Serious” and “Crash.” According to No Doubt’s official website, those two tracks were recorded at Kanal’s home studio.
Stefani told LAUNCH that she learned a long time ago that her best songwriting and performances come from just being herself: “I kind of figured that out a while back, even before the success. I mean, the more that I found myself just being myself, the more unique that I was and I think that’s true with everyone. And at that point, I just remember thinking, ‘Um, gosh, just be yourself.’ The more I was that, the stronger it was. Every time I tried to fake it, it was like, ‘You know what? (laughs) It’s not working.'”
Stefani is also gearing up to debut the fall collection in her L.A.M.B. clothing line and will make her big-screen debut portraying actress Jean Harlow in the Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio.
Meanwhile, the other members of No Doubt are keeping busy pursuing their own projects. Kanal has teamed up with new artist Elan Atias on his debut album, due out next year.
Drummer Adrian Young will appear on Unwritten Law’s upcoming studio album and also has a small role in the new Miramax film The Underclassman due out early next year. He’s scheduled to participate in a golf tournament dubbed Celebrity Players tour taking place November 10 through 14 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Guitarist Tom Dumont says he’s working “on a environmentally-friendly home landscaping project.”
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