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BREAKING BENJAMIN FRONTMAN DISOWNS UPCOMING HITS COLLECTION

Breaking Benjamin frontman and chief songwriter Ben Burnley has issued an open letter in which he disowns an upcoming greatest hits set being released by the band’s label. Burnley wrote, “I just needed to let all the fans know that the upcoming ‘Greatest Hits’ album is being conceptualized and released without my approval or consent. It contains outtakes and materials that I believe do not live up to the high standards that I have worked so hard through out my songwriting and musical career to maintain in an effort to give only the best and highest quality material to the fans.”

Burnley added, “Therefore I believe the ‘Greatest Hits’ album is not suitable for the breaking benjamin catalogue. This also includes the ‘duet’ version of ‘blow me away’ featuring Sydnee Duran p/k/a Valora. The song was altered and vocals were added to the existing song without my knowledge or consent. The song was also released to radio and media with out my knowledge or consent.”

Burnley ended his statement by saying, “Much love to you all. Thank you for your understanding and support.”

The hits package, titled Shallow Bay: The Best Of Breaking Benjamin, will be released on August 16th.

It will be sold as both a single disc and as a double disc set, with the second disc containing rarities, cover tunes, B-sides, alternate mixes and more.

“Blow Me Away,” which previously appeared in a different version on the soundtrack of the Halo 2 video game, is currently Number 12 on the rock radio chart.

Breaking Benjamin has been on hiatus since the summer of 2010, reportedly because of long-term health issues that Burnley has been dealing with. The group’s last album, Dear Agony, came out in late 2009.