Cardigans frontwoman Nina Persson is preparing the release of a solo album, which is reportedly steeped in a country music vibe. Persson says the album will not compromise the future of the Cardigans,

Cardigans frontwoman Nina Persson is preparing the release of a solo album, which is reportedly steeped in a country music vibe. Persson says the album will not compromise the future of the Cardigans, even though fellow band member Peter Svensson has also been spending some of his leisure time with BMG Sweden act Paus.

No label deal has yet been made, according to Persson's manager, Petri H. Lunden of Talent Trust Management in Gothenburg. "We're looking into a couple of potential candidates right now," he tells Billboard.com.

However, Persson has been recording material for a number of years and is said to have been ready to release a solo album two years ago. But the Cardigans' label, Stockholm Records, was reluctant to release it, fearing it would have interfered with the band's 1998 album "Gran Turismo." That set peaked at a disappointing No. 151 on The Billboard 200, after its predecessor, "Last Band On The Moon," topped out at No. 35 in February 1997.