LOVE ENTERS VIRGIN TERRITORY

The star will be releasing her forthcoming solo debut on Virgin - and another two records will follow quickly...

COURTNEY LOVE has signed a three-record deal with VIRGIN, which will see the late October release of her eagerly awaited solo debut ‘AMERICA’S SWEETHEART’.

The first single from the record is yet to be confirmed. The majority of the album – Love’s first since Pink‘s 1998 ‘Celebrity Skin’ – was written with [a][/a] collaborator Linda Perry. Virgin Records CEO,Matt Serletic, is also producing two ballads for the project.

Lovehas also chosen not to write about her legal wranglings with the Universal Music Group on the record. She said: “No, not worth writing about… There’s one song about a fictional boy who saves fictional rock ‘n’ roll in a fictional town. Other than that, it’s a lot of God and a lot of sex. Some rebirth, stagnation and death and some hope.”

According to Billboard, ‘America’s Sweetheart’ will be followed by another album in the autumn of 2004 and another in late 2005. Loveplans to make her next release a live album which will be recorded in a women’s prison – perhaps in Ireland. A DVD of the sessions is also being planned, including new and previous material featuring collaborations with special guests.

Lovewill kick off her US tour on November 10, backed by a bassist and guitarist picked from wanted adverts the singer placed in New York paper The Village Voice. She is due to play in Europe, Australia and Japan next year before returning to the US for more dates.

As previously reported on NME.COM, Love pulled her appearance at The Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds due to “recording commitments”. She was due to appear at Leeds on August 22 and Reading on August 24.

A spokesperson for Lovesaid: “She is sorry to have disappointed her UK fans but hopes that they understand that her focus must be the new album, Courtney’s first in five years.”