A bit of not-so-great news, No Doubt fans. The band has posted a note on its official website, revealing that it's long-awaited new album is not going to see the light of day in 2011. The reason for the delay? "It's just not ready yet" is how the band put it. While this news is a bum out for fans that have been waiting 10-plus years for some new tunes from Gwen Stefani and her crew of merry rock musicians, it's best to let the ska-pop band work and polish the album. We're sure it'll be worth the wait.

Also, don't believe those pesky rumors that the band is struggling to come up with new music given their long hiatus. The band is not relying on others to help jumpstart what some might think is stalled creativity or writer's block, either.

Here is the text of the band's posted statement:

Dear Friends,

We've been incommunicado for the past few weeks so we wanted to reach out and say hi. Work on the new No Doubt album is well underway and we can't wait to share it with you. The past twelve months have been eventful; we performed for Paul McCartney and President Obama at the Kennedy Center Honors, three beautiful new No Doubt babies were born, and we've recorded in studios all over Los Angeles. Ideally our new record would be coming out this year but it's just not ready yet. We don't want to rush this album just to get it out. This collection of songs means everything to us and our only priority right now is to make sure that it's the best album we can possibly make. There is still more work for us to do...

We love our fans and are doing this for your ears and want you to know how much we appreciate your patience and support. We'll keep you updated here at nodoubt.com and on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Gwen, Tony, Adrian and Tom
No Doubt

PS. There have been some stories circulating about us collaborating with outside producers and artists. Please don't believe anything you hear unless it comes from us.

There you have it from the horse's mouth. The new platter is still under construction and don't believe the hype that the band has called for assists from other artists. Stefani herself once said that working without outside songwriters on her solo albums was misery for her and is a convention she won't rely on again! In fact, she said it was an experience that made her want to toss her cookies.