May 29, 2003

Former HOLE frontwoman Courtney Love has reportedly signed a North American solo deal with Virgin Records. The singer was already signed to Poptones/Telstar in the U.K.

Love has spent the past few months recording her solo debut, "America's Sweetheart", in France with producer Jim Barber for an expected fall release. A number of tracks on the CD were reportedly co-written with 4 NON BLONDES' Linda Perry, who has penned hits for PINK and CHRISTINA AGUILERA. In addition, Love is said to have recorded a cover of Kim Carnes' 1981 #1 hit "Bette Davis Eyes" for possible inclusion on the album.

"America's Sweetheart" will be Love's first full-length release since her band HOLE's 1998 swan song, "Celebrity Skin". That set debuted at No. 9 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 1.35 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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