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Gym Class Heroes are working on follow-up album

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Travie McCoy is wrapping up a year in which he focused on his solo debut album “Lazarus” and hit single “Billionaire,” but the rapper says that he’ll spend 2011 alongside his band, Gym Class Heroes.

At the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York, McCoy told that the group has been working on the follow-up to 2008’s “The Quilt,” which will be called “The Papercut Chronicles II.”

“We’re about 18, 19 demos deep, “McCoy says. “Some are in the very, very embryonic stages, and some are more refined.”

McCoy says that while he’s focused on promoting “Lazarus” over the holidays, January and February are set aside for him to rejoin his bandmates -- guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo, bassist Eric Roberts and drummer Matt McGinley -- in the studio.

“The guys are actually upstate right now working on it while I finish up the holiday stuff, and then I’ll be heading upstate to work on it,” McCoy says. “I can’t wait to finish it.”

Meanwhile, fans of McCoy’s solo material can expect to hear more of it next year.

“We’ll Be Alright,” the third single from “Lazarus,” will be released in January. “I’m stoked on that,” McCoy says.