As first tipped here last month, Courtney Love has signed a three-record deal with Virgin. The first fruit of the deal will be the Oct. 28 release of the album "America's Sweetheart," Billboard exclus

As first tipped here last month, Courtney Love has signed a three-record deal with Virgin. The first fruit of the deal will be the Oct. 28 release of the album "America's Sweetheart," Billboard exclusively reveals in the July 19 issue.

The first single from the set, which will be Love's first album since Hole's 1998 swan song "Celebrity Skin," is still being chosen. Much of the album was written with Linda Perry, who has delivered major pop hits for Christina Aguilera and Pink. Additionally, Virgin Records chairman/CEO Matt Serletic is producing two ballads for the project. The other producers are James Barber and Josh Abraham.

Asked if Love's woes with the music industry, which have included suing and being sued by the Universal Music Group (UMG), found their way into any of the songs, the artist told Billboard, "No, not worth writing about ... There's one song about a fictional boy who saves fictional rock'n'roll in a fictional town. Other than that, it's a lot of God and a lot of sex. Some rebirth, stagnation and death and some hope."

"America's Sweetheart" will be followed by another album in fall 2004 and another in fourth-quarter 2005. The next record will be a live album that Love plans to record in a women's prison, perhaps in Ireland. Also planned as a DVD, it will include new and previous material, and feature special guests. The third album will most likely be another studio album.

Love will start a U.S. tour Nov. 10. She will be backed by a bassist and guitarist picked from want ads that she placed in the Village Voice. Next year, she will play in Europe, Australia and Japan, and then return for more U.S. gigs.

For more of Billboard's exclusive interview with Courtney Love, click here.

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