Love inks with Virgin Records

'Sweetheart' to be artist's first solo album

HOLLYWOOD — Courtney Love, after years of lambasting major labels and suing the distributor of albums by her band Hole, has signed an exclusive worldwide contract with EMI’s Virgin Records.

Love’s first album, to be titled “America’s Sweetheart,” was recorded in France, Los Angeles and New York. She has been collaborating with Linda Perry, the former leader of Four Non-Blondes, who has become one of rock’s hottest songwriters in the wake of her success with Pink and Christina Aguilera.

“There is no one more recognizable in rock than Courtney Love,” said Matt Serletic, chairman-CEO of Virgin Records. “She has both the voice and the perspective to bring the world truly unique, truly important music.”

Hole earned considerable praise for its albums “Live Through This” (Geffen) and “Celebrity Skin” (Universal), but Love’s private life, including her marriage to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, was consistent fodder for gossip.

She eventually filed suit against Universal Music Group to be released from her contract; the case was settled out of court and led to the dissolving of Hole’s contract. Love also turned over unreleased Nirvana recordings that were later included on a greatest-hits release. Several years ago she began working with what she called an all-female band, though no recordings ever came out of those sessions.

Love altered her image in 1996, going the glamour route after starring in the film “The People vs. Larry Flynt.”

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