Erasure's Bell Preps Solo Debut

Erasure frontman Andy Bell has signed a worldwide solo recording deal with Sanctuary Records.

Erasure frontman Andy Bell has signed a worldwide solo recording deal with Sanctuary Records, according to the artist's Web site. His solo debut, "Electric Blue," will be released Oct. 3 internationally.

The 14-track set was co-written and -produced by the artist and U.K. duo Manhattan Clique (aka Philip Larsen and Chris Smith). Lead single "Crazy" arrives Sept. 26; it includes remixes by Erasure partner Vince Clarke, Cicade, Manhattan Clique and King Roc. Also included on the single are non-album tracks as well as the video for "Crazy."

Larsen previously told Billboard the album encompasses styles that people may not have heard Bell experiment with before, along with a "duet or two." The project boasts a duet with Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears ("I Thought It Was You") and two with Claudia Brücken of Propaganda ("Love Oneself" and "Delicious").

According to Bell, he is planning live solo dates for late 2005 and early 2006. Also being discussed is a series of club DJ gigs (with Bell and Manhattan Clique) to coincide with the album's release.

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