Nokia has struck an exclusive deal to offer Kylie Minogue's new album ahead of general release.

The Australia pop veteran's 10th album, "X" will offered in the U.K.-only through the Nokia Music Store from Nov. 21, five days before the slated international release date, marking the first time a Minogue album has been available early in a digital format. The album is scheduled for a February 2008 physical release in the United States through Capitol.

"X" will cost £8 ($16) from the Finnish handset giant's digital music store, which had issued the lead track "2 Hearts" to download from Nov. 5, a week ahead of traditional retail outlets. "2 Hearts" opened at No. 4 on this week's Official U.K. Singles Chart, published today.

"Our partnership with the Nokia Music Store enables EMI to reach music fans in new ways," comments Miles Leonard, managing director of Parlophone, "by giving them instant access to great music direct to their mobile phone or PC."

The Minogue release is the latest in a growing list of exclusives for the newly-launched Nokia Music Store, following on from releases by Girls Aloud, the Killers and Andrea Bocelli.

"Kylie's new album is one of the hottest releases this year," comments Richard Sandford, regional manager, Nokia Music U.K. & Ireland, "and you can expect plenty more exciting exclusives to come."

The Nokia Music Store went live on Nov. 1, with a library of two million songs from Universal, EMI, Sony BMG and independent labels. Warner Music Group held-out at launch over concerns with a separate file sharing Web site, MOSH, that allows users to distribute videos, photos and songs.