Courtney Love Near Deal With Virgin
Courtney Love's search for a new label is almost over. The rocker is in advanced negotiations to sign with Virgin Records, sources said. If the deal is closed, Virgin will release "America's SweethearCourtney Love's search for a new label is almost over. The rocker is in advanced negotiations to sign with Virgin Records, sources said. If the deal is closed, Virgin will release "America's Sweetheart," Love's first solo album since her former group Hole's disbandment. Sources said the new album includes numerous songs Love co-wrote with 4 Non Blondes' Linda Perry, who also has collaborated with Pink.
An EMI spokesperson declined comment; Love's manager David Lory could not be reached at deadline.
Hole's 1998 swan song, "Celebrity Skin," debuted at No. 9 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 1.35 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The title cut hit No. 1 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks airplay chart, while the track "Malibu" reached No. 3 on the same tally.
In April, Love placed ads in New York's Village Voice and L.A. Weekly in Los Angeles in an attempt to recruit new members for her live band. The artist was scheduled to play the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals in August but has canceled those plans in favor of work on the new album.