British rapper MIKE SKINNER has confirmed his next album will mark the end of The Streets - because he's run out of ideas for the band.
Skinner shot to fame in his native U.K. in 2002 with the release of The Streets' debut album Original Pirate Material, and he went on to enjoy a string of chart-topping hits throughout the decade.
He has long spoken of his desire to bring the curtain down on the band after five albums - and now he's confirmed next year's (11) record, Computers and Blues, will be the group's last.
Skinner tells NME, "It's definitely the end of The Streets. I'm going to do a film next, which will be a total change, and after that... I don't really know, to be honest. What I do know is that I've been trying to change - or at least trying to keep things exciting - with every new album that I've done.
"Obviously different things that I've done have had varying results, but I've always felt like I've been moving in an exciting direction with every album. And I just can't do that any more. I can't think of anywhere else to take The Streets that's exciting, so I think it's important not to even try."
And Skinner even hints he's preparing to walk away from the music industry for good, adding: "I've got a really good recording studio, if anyone wants to buy it off me."