Singer/actress Mandy Moore and rock act Army Of Anyone are the first signings to a record label being launched by powerhouse Los Angeles-based management company The Firm. The label’s releases will be distributed by EMI.
Moore is eyeing a 2007 release for her first studio album since 2003’s “Coverage,” her last for Epic. That set debuted at No. 14 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 292,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Although the track list for the as-yet-untitled set is not finalized, Moore has collaborated with such artists as the Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz, Michelle Branch, Lori McKenna, Chantal Kreviazuk and Rachael Yamagata.
“I am getting so psyched to put this record out and hit the road for the first time in a long time,” Moore writes on her Web site. “The live aspect of this record is going to be so great to take on the road.”
Moore also recently completed filming “Southland Tales,” directed by Richard Kelly (“Donnie Darko”). She has four other movies in various states of completion.
As for Army Of Anyone, the group features former Filter vocalist Richard Patrick and former Stone Temple Pilots principals Dean and Robert DeLeo. The band’s debut album was produced by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper) and is expected to be out before the end of the year.