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Bob Dylan announces new album, ‘Fallen Angels’

Bob Dylan performs in Hollywood in 2012 (Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1)

Bob Dylan has announced his 37th (!) studio album. Fallen Angels will be released on May 20, according to a seemingly-deleted post on Dylan’s Facebook page, and will be given free to each buyer of a pair of tickets at most stops on Dylan’s summer tour.

The tour, which will feature Mavis Staples — a longtime mutual admirer, and former paramour, of Dylan — opens on June 4 in Woodinville, Wash. No local stops are planned; the closest pass is in Highland Park, Ill. on June 24.

Engineer Al Schmitt revealed last month that Dylan was in the studio recording covers of musical standards, indicating that Fallen Angels will likely be similar to Dylan’s most recent studio album Shadows in the Night (2015), a collection of songs made famous by Frank Sinatra.

Just last week, Dylan made worldwide headlines when it was revealed that a massive personal archive will move to Oklahoma and be opened to the public in a specially-built study center and museum.