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Dead Weather's "Cowards" Single "Die By the Drop" Out March 23rd?

March 18, 2010 3:07 PM ET

When Rolling Stone talked to Jack White last November, the multitasking rocker promised a new Dead Weather disc by March 2010. So far, no LP, but the Dead Weather's official website just revealed the title of the upcoming record — Sea of Cowards — and a vague timetable for its release: "Coming Soon."

While it's unclear when Sea of Cowards is arriving — reports of an early May release are being bandied about — we won't have to wait long for the first single, as TwentyFourBit has identified an Amazon.com page boasting the song "Die By the Drop" as the album's first single. It appears that "Die By the Drop," backed by the B side "Old Mary," will be released digitally on March 23rd, a mere five days from now. Added bonus: 30-second excerpts of both tracks are currently streaming at the e-tailer. UPDATE: The band's reps tell Rolling Stone Amazon's March 23rd release date is incorrect. As of now, there is no firm drop date for the track.

"We have a lot of songs cooking right now, we've been playing a few of them live, and I'm sure by March the entire 20 or 25 songs will be onstage by then," White told Rolling Stone in November 2009. "We can't tell you that much about it except that it's gonna be really expansive, and I use that word loosely in a scientific sense, meaning that I'm just using it to distract you."

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