Unless you’ve been living under a rock you’ll no doubt be aware that 60s surf legends The Beach Boys are back and ready to embark on a world tour.

The legendary band continue to hold Billboard / Nielsen SoundScan’s record as the top-selling American band for albums and singles, and they are also the American group with the most Billboard Top 40 chart hits (36).

The reunion comes after years of legal wrangling and media speculation, with the members finally ready set aside their differences to reunite with all the remaining original members to celebrate their 50th anniversary of the founding of the band.

Various members had been touring for years under The Beach Boys brand which created huge rifts between other members, but they appear ready finally to put aside their infighting for the good of their fans, and no doubt their wallets.

But the boys weren’t content with lining their pockets just with a global tour, which kicked off in New Orleans this month. They also wanted to write a new record that could take with them around the world.

The band have already recorded several songs for their new album, to be released sometime this year by Capitol/EMI, with more tracks to be recorded before its completion. The as-yet-untitled album, the first to feature all of the band’s surviving original members in decades, is being produced by Brian Wilson and executive produced by Mike Love.

While we’re still waiting for an official release date for the album, the band have given us a sneak peak of what to expect with the release of their first song in 19 years, ‘Thats Why God Made The Radio’.

Have a listen to the track below and let us know what you think. No Australian dates have been announced for their reunion tour yet, we’ll let you know as soon as we hear anything.

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