Though it’s been discussed at lengths in the past, and Gwen has stated before that she didn’t see herself going solo again, rumors and ideas are swirling that Gwen might have something up her sleeve. Billboard thinks she might.
After their surprise duet performance of “Hollaback Girl”, collaborator Pharrell mentioned how it’s the first time in nine months that he had seen Gwen and announced that she is “making her arrival back to the music industry.” It’s known that No Doubt did indeed work with Pharrell on new music last April along with others for a future release (which Adrian hinted at that might see the light of day by the end of the year!)
One of our most popular fan polls was your opinion of Gwen going solo again and over 55% of the votes wanted her to steer clear from another album of her own. We’ve expressed before how it might be pretty special of Gwen to reach out and do a collaboration or so possibly before the next No Doubt release.
Again, we’re not saying anything is or isn’t happening for sure, we just wanted to start some discussion!
Billboard — Gwen Stefani bestowed the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival with one of its biggest surprises when she skipped onstage during Pharrell Williams’ set on Saturday night (April 12) to perform her Neptunes-produced hit “Hollaback Girl.”
Before she departed the stage after the song, Pharrell teased that the rare live appearance from Stefani was the start of a comeback effort for the singer, who has not released a solo album since 2006.
“Before she leaves, I have not seen her in nine months,” Pharrell told his audience after he and Stefani embraced onstage. “Look how amazing the queen looks as she is making her arrival back to the music industry.”
Stefani has not formally announced any plans for a solo comeback, but a Twitter post after the performance suggests that she enjoyed the stage return on Saturday night. “Feels good to be out of the cave #Cochella2014 @Pharrell gx,” she wrote.
The 2006 release of Stefani’s sophomore album, “The Sweet Escape,” was followed by a prolonged period of returning to No Doubt to work on the group’s sixth studio album, “Push and Shove,” which was finally released in September 2012. Stefani and Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale have welcomed three children since 2006, most recently welcoming their son Apollo Bowie Flynn last February.