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Hanson Splits Island, Working On New Album

Brotherly pop trio Hanson has left Island Def Jam (IDJ) and is working on a new studio album. "For a long time, it was building up that this partnership wasn't something that was productive," group me

Brotherly pop trio Hanson has left Island Def Jam (IDJ) and is working on a new studio album. "For a long time, it was building up that this partnership wasn't something that was productive," group member Taylor Hanson tells Billboard. "We said, 'Hey guys, let's make it easy on both of us -- we would like to leave this label. Will you let us? It's time to part ways.'" IDJ did not return calls for comment.

The group is looking to sign a new deal to release its upcoming, as-yet-untitled album. The set features probable first single "Penny & Me," "Deeper" featuring Michelle Branch on backing vocals, the Matthew Sweet co-write "Underneath," and "Lost Without Each Other," co-written with Gregg Alexander (New Radicals). The brothers produced and wrote the majority of the album on their own, a step they felt was necessary.

Taylor says Hanson's music has matured into a pop-rock hybrid "that people can play on the radio and girls can like it, and guys don't have to be offended by it or vice versa." The new set will be the group's first since 2000's "This Time Around," which has sold 270,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Hanson shot fame in 1997, when the brothers ranged in age from 11-16, on the strength of the single "Mmmbop," which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.