READ HER LIPS - SOPHIE'S A SINGER!

The singer wants to concentrate on her solo career - and we've got details of her solo album...

SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR has exclusively revealed to NME.COM that she turned down a potential role alongside NICOLE KIDMAN and EWAN McGREGOR in new movie 'MOULIN ROUGE'.

Ellis-Bextor met with director Baz Luhrmann, but decided that she wanted to concentrate on her music career. Following last year's Number One hit with Spiller on 'Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)', her new album, 'Read My Lips', is due for release in August and will be preceded in July by the single 'Take Me Home'.

NME.COM can confirm that the 11-track album will feature the songs: 'Take Me Home' 'Murder On The Dancefloor' 'Move This Mountain' 'Everything Falls Into Place' 'Lover' 'By Chance' 'I Believe' 'Leave The Others Alone' 'Never Let Me Down' 'Sparkle' 'Universe Is You'

Ellis-Bextor told NME.COM: "My album is quite eclectic. 'Move This Mountain' and 'I Believe' are more funky, live sounding tracks. 'Murder On The Dancefloor', ''Lover' and 'Take Me Home' are more dance. But hopefully there's a thread through all of them."

Song-writing partners on the album include Gregg Alexander and Alex James, although the five songs written in New York with Moby will not appear.

To read the rest of Ellis-Bextor's interview, including her thoughts on the upcoming General Election and plans for live shows, see this week's NME (cover date June 9) in on sale nationwide today (June 6).

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