Due Oct. 18 via Columbia, "Pretty Little Head" will feature collaborations with k.d. lang ("We Had It Right") and Cyndi Lauper ("Beecharmer").

As tipped here in April, singer/songwriter Nellie McKay will return in the fall with her sophomore album. Due Oct. 18 via Columbia, "Pretty Little Head" will be drawn from a pool of 23 new songs, including collaborations with k.d. lang ("We Had It Right") and Cyndi Lauper ("Beecharmer").

Other tracks set for inclusion are "The Big One," "Columbia Is Bleeding" and "Cupacake," which is said to be about the gay marriage controversy.

"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 103,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In related news, McKay will star as Polly Peachum in a new Broadway version of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's "The Threepenny Opera," which will open next April. The translation was provided by Wallace Shawn; Alan Cumming and Edie Falco will also star.