McLachlan's Next Album In 2003?

Sarah McLachlan's as-yet-untitled next album is set for release in 2002, but extenuating circumstances could see the album pushed back until 2003, McLachlan's manager Terry McBride told Canadian music

Sarah McLachlan's as-yet-untitled next album is set for release in 2002, but extenuating circumstances could see the album pushed back until 2003, McLachlan's manager Terry McBride told Canadian music Web site JAM! Music. McBride says McLachlan, who has completed work on nine new songs, stopped working on the album two months ago to cope with her mother's illness. McLachlan is also due to give birth in April, meaning that it could be six months before work resumes on the set.

"I think there is about a 75% chance [of the album being released next year]," McBride says. "She's got most of the album done. I just don't know whether she is basically going to finish it."

McBride said McLachlan, who worked in Los Angeles and Quebec on the album, has spent most of her time recently in Vancouver. He added that there will be a lead time of between 12 to 16 weeks between the album's first single and the album's release. The unnamed single is "a dynamite song" and was described as "probably the biggest song of the girl's career."

As for any talks of reviving the McLachlan-led Lilith Fair tour, McBride offered, "Lilith, as much as people think it helped Sarah's career, it put blinders on her. She was stuck doing a 45-minute, 60-minute
greatest-hits set. You can't go off and do a whole pile of TV [appearances] because you are off doing Lilith."

The new album is the follow-up to 1997's "Surfacing," which debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 in August 1997 and spawned the multi-format hit singles "Building a Mystery," "Sweet Surrender," "Angel," "Adia," and "I Will Remember You."

As previously reported, McLachlan's first new track since that album, a cover of the Beatles' "Blackbird," can be found on the V2 soundtrack to the film "I Am Sam." The set arrives Jan. 8; the film hits U.S. theaters on Dec. 28. A remix of prior album track "Fear" will also appear on the "Roswell" soundtrack, due Feb. 26 from Nettwerk.