In September 2005, the band finished the recording phase of Meds which was released on 13 March (delayed in US until 4 April). The first single on the new album to be released in the UK was “Because I Want You”. “Song To Say Goodbye” was the first international single (released simultaneously with “Because I Want You”). The album was remastered from October to January. Two songs, recorded on the album, feature duets with American singers: “Meds” with Alison Mosshart of The Kills and “Broken Promise” with Michael Stipe of rR.E.M.. Frenchman Dimitri Tikovoi (Goldfrapp, the Cranes) who mixed select songs on Once More with Feeling, produced Placebo’s fifth effort. The band has stated that the album is an attempt to capture the feel of a first album, though the album has not forgotten many of the techniques used in their previous ones.
Meds was leaked over the Internet on 17 January 2006. The official release date of Meds was 13 March 2006, making the leak almost two months early. It was projected by the band’s record label to potentially cause a very dangerous loss of profit upon the album’s release; nevertheless in most countries the album debuted relatively well, at #4 in Australia and #7 in the UK. The second single from Meds was “Infra-Red”. It was released on 19 June 2006 in the UK.
In 2006, Placebo switched labels to Astralwerks and re-released several revisions of their earlier works. In October their debut album Placebo was digitally remastered and re-released with the title “10th Anniversary Collectors Edition”; the box set also includes a DVD containing music videos, concerts and TV performances. Three additional songs: “UNEEDMEMORETHANINEEDU”, “Lazarus”, and “Running Up That Hill” were added to the US Version of Meds (and the song “In The Cold Light of Morning” was taken off of the album).
Placebo joined Linkin Park and various other acts for 2007’s Projekt: Revolution tour. The tour is an annual event and, in 2007, Linkin Park decided to make the tour green by donating $1 of every ticket to American Forests through their charity Music for Relief.
In 2007, after the tour “Projekt: Revolution” had been scheduled, Virgin released the Extended Play ’07 EP as a simple introduction for new fans to the band’s past decade of music. The compilation features eight songs, namely: “Nancy Boy”, “Every You Every Me”, “Taste In Men”, “The Bitter End”, “Meds”, “Pure Morning”, “Infra-Red” and the cover “Running Up That Hill”.
On 1 October 2007, Steven Hewitt left Placebo. Brian Molko commented “Being in a band is very much like being in a marriage, and in couples—in this case a triple—people can grow apart over the years. To say that you don’t love your partner anymore is inaccurate, considering all that you’ve been through and achieved together. There simply comes a point when you realise that you want different things from your relationship and that you can no longer live under the same roof, so to speak.” In mid-2008, the band acquired new drummer Steve Forrest.
Molko gave two performances in 2008. The first was in late October, when he performed on the Serge Gainsbourg tribute show that was recorded and posted on the Internet; this was the only video of any Placebo member since Projekt Revolution ended in 2007. The second was with the rest of the band, when they gave one live performance in 2008, as part of an MTV Europe Foundation event, a campaign against human trafficking held in Angkor Wat in December 2008.
Placebo left EMI in 2008, but the label plans to release the complete Placebo recordings including all the studio albums, DVDs and B-Sides. Released on 8 June 2009 it holds ten discs.
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