Rock god and guitar hero Carlos Santana is set to release his new album, Shape Shifter, on May 15, he announced this week. The album will be his 36th major label release.
Yes, you read that correctly: This will be Santana’s 36th album. And you thought Too $hort couldn’t stay away.
Though in his sixth decade in the music business and with over 60 million records sold, the 64-year-old Santana obviously has no plans of slowing down – “Shape Shifter” is only one of three albums he plans on releasing this year.
“This is the personal album,” he tells Billboard, with the others being, respectively, “a Santana band album” and an album for “my family, my new wife and my brother Jorge.” He and the band are also only weeks into a lucrative two-year residency at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, but Santana says the day job won’t hinder the aging rockers’ recording schedule. “Since we’re only working at night we can do sessions during the day,” he told Billboard. “It’s just a balance — recording and being onstage. We can do three, four, seven albums.”
Santana’s upcoming albums will be released on his own Starfaith imprint, which is distributed through Sony’s RED Music. RED is also home to Odd Future, Childish Gambino, Cali Swag District and Mobb Deep.
Let’s hope that the day our Hip-Hop and R&B acts can enjoy this level of longevity and success comes soon. Santana’s Hall Of Fame career is one that artists of any genre would love to emulate.
Flashback: Carlos Santana f/ The Project G&B – “Maria, Maria”