Duran Duran Wiki
Red Carpet Massacre
Red carpet massacre album duran duran wikipedia discogs
album by Duran Duran
Released 19 November 2007 (Europe)
13 November 2007 (USA)
Recorded 2006-2007
Genre New wave, rock, synthpop, hip hop
Length 49:13 minutes
Label Epic Records
Producer(s) Jim Beanz
Jimmy Douglass
Duran Duran
Nate "Danja" Hills
Justin Timberlake
Duran Duran

Red Carpet Massacre is the twelfth studio album by Duran Duran, released by Epic Records on 19 November 2007 in Europe and on 13 November 2007 in the USA.

About the album[]

Most of the music on the current incarnation of the album was completed in late 2006 after Andy Taylor left Duran Duran, when music producer Timbaland began working with the band.

The band did its initial recording for its follow-up to Astronaut with producer Michael Patterson between September 2005 and April 2006. Roger Taylor said in March 2006, "The record will be in some ways a homage to our roots as a band, more direct and a return to our dance and 'new wave' origins," and that they had brought fifteen tracks to near completion.

The record was provisionally titled Reportage and was expected in late May 2006 with a summer tour to follow, but as reported in Billboard, the new album was delayed as guitarist Andy Taylor had a falling out with the rest of the band.

Andy Taylor explained his feelings to Classic Pop magazine in 2023:

"I couldn't do the Timbaland album, because it just didn't move me. I was saying to the others: 'Why do we need this?' There's so much talent in the band, I never felt the need to bring other people in to write with Duran. It bugged me. It wasn't about getting my own way. But if the force is against you, it's difficult. When you're older, band rules can become very difficult. The band rule was: 'The band comes first' and I thought, 'No.' The general feeling was 'You should come with us over here' and I just couldn't. I don't know what it is with me that means I just can't do that. It felt like someone shutting an elevator door on me that I couldn't get past. There has to be a balance, and I couldn't feel it. I had the same feeling as I had when I left during Notorious: 'I'm going to miss all this... again.'

We've been through some crazy shit together (laughs). I've thought a lot about what happened when we were youngsters. All of it comes back, including why I left. You re-evaluate it and realise that perpetuating arguments over petty things is pointless, because the only person you're really falling out with is yourself. A band is a living entity, it's not about one person." [1] [2]

In early October, vocalist Simon Le Bon announced that the band had recorded three songs with famed hip-hop producer Timbaland, his protégé Nate "Danja" Hills and engineer Jimmy Douglass at Manhattan Center Studios during September. Trade magazine Billboard reported that one of those tracks was "Nite Runner", featuring Justin Timberlake, which at the time was expected to be the first single from the album. Two additional songs on which the band worked with Timbaland were titled "Skin Divers" and "Zoom In"." Also mentioned were two other tracks; "48 Hours Later" and "Transcendental Mental".

Remaking the album[]

After Andy Taylor departed from Duran Duran, the band decided to rewrite the whole album. Fourteen songs had been completed for Reportage but according to Simon Le Bon: “When we sat down and listened to what we had done on our own, we didn’t feel we had a lead track, so we got in touch with Timbaland, who was the only producer out there that we knew we all liked."

Following the New York sessions in September, Duran Duran moved to Metropolis Studios in London with Danja and Douglass for the next sessions. According to tabloid newspaper The Sun, in March 2007 Duran Duran had one track left that needed a female vocal, and they were trying to arrange to work with Nelly Furtado and/or Lily Allen.

In June, Duran Duran announced on their official website that they were recording yet another track with Justin Timberlake titled "Falling Down". However, it was "Nite-Runner" that the band decided to debut live at the much-anticipated fan-club only Hammerstein Ballroom concert in New York City on 17 June, and that month Le Bon was still touting it as the probable first single in a post to the band's official website. Several other album tracks ("The Valley", "Red Carpet Massacre", "Skin Divers" and "Box Full O' Honey"), were played over the sound system at the concert, but not performed live.

Following the New York concert and a listening party for the media at which the album title was announced, band members Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor went back to England to work on some mixes for the album and perform at the Concert for Diana and the Live Earth London concert. They completed one more recording session in New York and then returned to London to put the finishing touches on Red Carpet Massacre.

Track listing[]

All tracks written and produced by Duran Duran and Nate 'Danja' Hills unless otherwise stated:

  1. "The Valley" - 4:57
  2. "Red Carpet Massacre" - 3:17
  3. "Nite-Runner" (co-written, produced and featuring Timbaland & Justin Timberlake) - 3:58
  4. "Falling Down" (co-written, produced and featuring Justin Timberlake) - 5:41
  5. "Box Full O' Honey" - 3:10
  6. "Skin Divers" (co-written, produced and featuring Timbaland) - 4:24
  7. "Tempted" - 4:22
  8. "Tricked Out" - 2:45
  9. "Zoom In" (co-written and produced with Timbaland) - 3:25
  10. "She's Too Much" - 5:30
  11. "Dirty Great Monster" - 3:40
  12. "Last Man Standing" - 4:05

Bonus tracks:

  1. "Cry Baby Cry" - 3:57
  2. "Nite-Runner" (Live) - 4:05
  3. "Red Carpet Massacre" (Live) - 3:09

Delux Edition DVD:
consists of videos showing the making of the album.

  1. "The Artwork" "
  2. "The Album"
  3. "The Video" - the making of the "Falling Down" music video
  4. "The Campaign"
  5. "The Out-Takes"


Duran Duran are:



<< Astronaut All You Need Is Now >>

See also[]

Simon Le BonNick RhodesJohn TaylorRoger Taylor
Andy TaylorWarren CuccurulloSterling Campbell

Duran DuranRioSeven and the Ragged TigerArenaNotoriousBig ThingLibertyDuran Duran (The Wedding Album)Thank YouMedazzalandPop TrashAstronautRed Carpet MassacreAll You Need Is NowPaper GodsFuture PastDanse Macabre


CarnivalDecade: Greatest HitsGreatestNight Versions: The Essential Duran DuranStrange BehaviourSingles Box Set 1981-1985Singles Box Set 1986-1995From Mediterranea With Love


"Planet Earth" • "Careless Memories" • "Girls on Film" • "My Own Way" • "Hungry Like the Wolf" • "Save a Prayer" • "Rio"• "Is There Something I Should Know?" • "Union of the Snake" • "New Moon on Monday" • "The Reflex" • "The Wild Boys" • "A View to a Kill" • "Notorious" • "Skin Trade" • "Meet El Presidente" • "I Don't Want Your Love" • "All She Wants Is" • "Do You Believe in Shame?" • "Burning the Ground" • "Violence of Summer (Love's Taking Over)" • "Serious" • "Ordinary World" • "Come Undone" • "Too Much Information" • "Perfect Day" • "White Lines" • "Out of My Mind" • "Electric Barbarella" • "Someone Else Not Me" • "(Reach Up for The) Sunrise" • "What Happens Tomorrow" • "Nice" • "Falling Down • "All You Need Is Now • "Girl Panic! • "Leave A Light On • "Pressure Off" • "Five Years" • "Invisible" • "More Joy" • "Anniversary" • "Tonight United" • "Give It All Up " • "Danse Macabre" • "Black Moonlight"

ArcadiaPower StationNeurotic OutsidersTerroristenSYNTV ManiaThe Devils