Billboard Bits: Minogue, Hudson, Spinnerette
EMI U.K. is readying a new Kylie Minogue album for later this year, Billboard has learned. In fact, the major expects the recording to be its big fourth-quarter release. And if all goes according to pEMI U.K. is readying a new Kylie Minogue album for later this year, Billboard has learned. In fact, the major expects the recording to be its big fourth-quarter release. And if all goes according to plan, Minogue will have the holiday single of 2007.
The as-yet-untitled album is Minogue's first album of new material since being diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. According to a handful of blogs, Minogue is working with several producers, including Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, who she discovered on MySpace.
But according to Minogue's official Web site, the singer has nothing to do with the leaked track "Excuse My French" that is being attributed to her.
-- Michael Paoletta, N.Y.
Jennifer Hudson, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for her debut performance in "Dreamgirls," is in talks to join the all-star cast of the drama "Winged Creatures," being directed by Rowan Woods.
"Creatures" already has attracted this year's best actor Oscar winner, Forest Whitaker, and nominee Jackie Earle Haley as well as Kate Beckinsale, Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning, among others. The story revolves around the witnesses to a murder-suicide in a fast-food restaurant as they cope with the aftermath of the incident and how they affect the people who help them along the way.
Hudson's deal is far from a sure thing, though, as she is in the midst of recording an album for Arista Records and scheduling is an issue. She is recording in Atlanta for a fall release, and the film is due to start shooting next week in Los Angeles.
-- Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter
Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle has announced the formation of a new band. Spinnerette. The new group comprises Dalle, the Distillers' Tony Bevilacqua and Eagles Of Death Metal/Queens Of The Stone Age contributor Alain Johannes.
Recording for the crew's forthcoming Reprise debut album will commence this summer, to be helmed by Johannes. Songs for the new record come from a group of tracks Dalle had written for the Distillers, but, according to the songwriter, "the songs seemed out of context and inappropriate for the Distillers. I felt ambivalent about sharing them with anyone."
The Distillers will remain intact, though it is unclear when to expect a new effort. The group's last album was 2003's "Coral Fang."
-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.