Norwegian news sources reported yesterday that Annie has signed a new record deal with Island and will be working with Brian Higgins, which is a) good news and b) about time too.
To clear things up a bit we've spoken to Brian about all this business and this is what he says.
Â» "Annie is a fascinating lady with the potential to be an international superstar. She shares my way of thinking — that you can be cool and commercial at the same time."
Â» She's signed to a label which isn't exactly Island and isn't exactly Xenomania Records, but a sort of joint venture between the two which doesn't have a proper name yet.
Â» "We're definitely only doing four tracks on the album."
Â» But Brian will be overseeing the whole th ing("in a sort of helpful, standoffish way") so that it isn't a ridiculous mess of nonsense. Also involved are Richard X, Alan Braxe, longterm collaborator Timo Kaukolampi and the ubiquitous-with-good-reason Greg Kurstin.
Â» "It'll be very melodic song-based electronica — cutting edge pop and great melodies with a view to getting people dancing. We won't let her down."
It's all a while off yet, but if you're getting impatient for new Annie stuff something you may not have come across is a newish track called 'Follow Me' by Ercola featuring Annie.
So there you go.