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Rod Stewart talks new rock album for 2013

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Rod Stewart has confirmed plans to release a new album of original material in 2013.

The singer admitted that he enjoyed songwriting again, despite being opposed to the idea when it was put to him last year.

Rod Stewart

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Rod Stewart introduces Stevie Nicks at Hyde Park‘s ‘Hard Rock Calling’, London

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"It's all done," Stewart told Billboard. "I produced it myself.

"It's all finished, mixed, everything... Just a good, old-fashioned Rod Stewart album [with] a lot of mandolin and acoustic [guitar] and fiddles and good storytelling, I believe, too."

The iconic star admitted that he wasn't initially enthusiastic about writing new material, which will be his first batch of original songs since 2001.

"About a year ago I was sitting at my house in England, and [long-time collaborator Jim Cregan] came around and said, 'Come on, let's try to write a song'," Stewart explained.

Rod Stewart performing live at the London O2 Arena

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Rod Stewart performs live at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

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"And I said, 'No, I can't be bothered. Those days are over'. But we sat down, I started humming a melody and he took it away and sent it back and said, 'Listen, this is pretty good', so I wrote some words for it and ever since then it's been just flowing like a river.

"The songs just keep going. An issue which I thought had long past and which I'd given up, songwriting, has come back, and I'm thoroughly enjoying it."

Stewart revealed that he has recorded 10 new tracks so far, while an 11th - called 'Love the Life You Live' - is expected to feature as the set's title track.

The new collection is expected to be released in spring 2013.

Meanwhile, the star will release festive album Merry Christmas, Baby on October 29 in the UK and a day later in the US.

Watch the music video for Rod Stewart's hit 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?' below:

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