Nellie McKay will return Jan. 3 with her sophomore Columbia album, "Pretty Little Head."
Nellie McKay will return Jan. 3 with her sophomore Columbia album, "Pretty Little Head." As previously reported, the 16-track set features collaborations with k.d. lang ("we had it right") and Cyndi Lauper ("Beecharmer"), as well as first single "Real Life."
"Pretty Little Head" is the follow-up to McKay's 2003 double-disc debut album, "Get Away From Me." That set peaked at No. 7 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and has sold 104,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
On the same day as the new album's release, Columbia will issue the DVD "Live at the Independent," recorded in November 2004 in San Francisco. The 24-song performance boasts two songs from "Pretty Little Head": "GLADD" and "Columbia's Bleeding."
Meanwhile, McKay is gearing up star as Polly Peachum in a new Broadway version of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's "The Threepenny Opera," which will open in April. The translation was provided by Wallace Shawn; Alan Cumming and Edie Falco will also star.
Beforehand, six of her songs will be heard in the Rob Reiner film "Rumor Has It," which opens Christmas Day in U.S. theaters. McKay will also return to concert duty for shows Nov. 29-30 at Los Angeles' Troubadour and Largo and Dec. 5-6 at New York's Makor and Mercury Lounge.
Here is the track list for "Pretty Little Head":
"Beecharmer" featuring Cyndi Lauper
"we had it right" featuring k.d. lang
"I Will Be There"
"I Am Nothing"
"Long and Lazy River"
"There You Are in Me"