UPDATE (8:05 a.m. ET, 3/22/17): The late artist’s family have now confirmed a release date for ‘Chuck’ — Berry’s first release of new recordings in nearly 40 years — to be on June 16, 2017. Fans can now pre-order the album. “Big Boys”, one of the ten tracks off the album, can be heard below.
With Chuck Berry’s biggest fans mourning his tragic death over the weekend, the musician’s family is breaking their silence and shedding light on his final album release.
“Since Chuck’s passing on Saturday, the Berry family has received many inquiries from friends, fans and media about the status of his forthcoming album ‘CHUCK’, which was originally announced on his 90th birthday, October 18, 2016,” a statement from his family read. “Working to prepare the release of this record in recent months and in fact over the last several years brought Chuck a great sense of joy and satisfaction. While our hearts are very heavy at this time, we know that Chuck had no greater wish than to see this album released to the world, and we know of no better way to celebrate and remember his 90 years of life than through his music.”
The news comes after fellow rock legends John Lennon (in 1972), Bruce Springsteen, Lenny Kravitz and more paid tribute to Berry following the announcement of his death.
The statement added: “For months now plans have been in place, and preparations have been made with our friends at Dualtone Records, to reveal further details and music from the album this week. As a tribute to Chuck Berry, and with gratitude to his fans around the world, we will be following through on those plans in the coming days.”
Though the family have settled any confusion regarding upcoming music from Berry, their first address to his fans did not confirm the star’s cause of death.
Berry was widely regarded as one of the founding fathers of Rock ’n’ Roll and his influence on the genre worldwide is reflected in the dramatic sales jump since his death. Sales of his album increased by 9,581 percent, with 2,054 album sales on the day of his death, followed by 3,808 units moved the day after. Individual sales of songs, meanwhile, increased by 11,684% with 16,616 total sales the day after his passing.