Titled Apres, the album is comprised of 10 tracks which include covers of The Beatles' 'Michelle', Sinatra's 'Only the Lonely' and Piaf's 'La Vie En Rose'.
Iggy Pop said of the album: "All popular music forms of today get their strength from the beat. Rap, hip-hop, metal, pop and rock producers will tell you that the beats they use imitate the human heartbeat and that is where the power lies.
"I've always loved this other feeling, one that is intimate, sometimes a little sad, and does not try to beat me on the head."
He went on to suggest that he was drawn to French songs partly because they have resisted "the mortal attacks of the Anglo-American music machine" most successfully.
"I wanted to sing some of these songs myself," he explained, "hoping to bring the feeling I felt as a listener to my listeners through my voice.
"Many of these songs are in French, probably because it is French culture which has most stubbornly resisted the mortal attacks of the Anglo-American music machine."
Apres is the follow-up to 2009's Préliminaires. The tracklisting is as follows:
'Et Si Tu N'existais Pas'
'I'm Going Away Smiling'
'La Vie En Rose'
'What Is This Thing Called Love?'
'Only The Lonely'
Iggy Pop was an ambassador for Record Store Day 2012, which was held on Saturday (April 21).
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Watch the video for Iggy Pop's 'Lust For Life' below: