15 years later, Billy Ocean is back

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April

Billy Ocean has a brand new album -- his first in 15 years -- and the new single is the title track: Because I Love You.

Chances are you haven't had a chance to see Billy Ocean live unless you live in the U.K., where he just finished a 41-date tour. Up next is a summer tour of the Caribbean and Australia. Check out his official website for tour details.

Born in Trinidad and raised in London, Ocean is considered the most successful black, British artist of all time. But he's been largely missing from the U.S. scene since the late '80s. In an interview last week to the Telegraph, Ocean explains why.

"Success can create more madness than happiness," he told the London newspaper. "And nobody will tell you to stop. I didn’t experience burnout, but I can see how it destroys energy, peace, the desire to make music. I had young children who were growing up away from me and I was growing up away from them. I had to get out and it was the best thing I could have done because I didn’t lose my love of music."

TOP 5 BILLY OCEAN HITS OF THE '80s:

5. LOVERBOY
(1985): "You're my dream in motion." [Video]

4. THERE'LL BE SAD SONGS (1986): "You're the one I care for, the one I will wait for." [Song]

3. WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH, THE TOUGH GETS GOING (1986): "Give me love the old-fashion way." [Video]

2. GET OUTTA MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CAR
(1988): "Beep, beep. Yeah." [Video]

1. CARIBBEAN QUEEN (1984): "No more love on the run." [Video]

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