Lady Sovereign Starts Label, Preps Album

U.K. rapper Lady Sovereign has inked a global deal with EMI for her own Midget Records imprint, and will release her new album, "Jigsaw," on April 9. A new track, "I Got You Dancing," is available for free on the artist's MySpace site.

"The album is the next chapter. It's a massive leap forward for mankind," Lady Sovereign says.

The rapper made a splash in 2005 with the EP "Vertically Challenged," released in North America by Chocolate Industries. She then jumped to Def Jam for the following year's "Public Warning," which has sold 125,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

That album's single, "Love Me or Hate Me," has sold more than 427,000 digital downloads.