Dame Shirley Bassey announces new album…

Dame Shirley Bassey’s website has reported that she’ll be making another album, produced by Bond composer David Arnold.

Official blurb from her site:

Dame Shirley Bassey – Signs to Geffen Records

Geffen Records are very proud to announce the signing of one of the most celebrated British singers of all time, Dame Shirley Bassey.

The iconic Dame Shirley Bassey, Britain’s most successful female artist ever is working on her first new studio album in almost a decade. David Arnold, the Grammy Award-winning producer best known for scoring five James Bond films is producing the album, due to be a set of contemporary songs released in autumn 2009.

During a career that has included 135 million record sales, Dame Shirley Bassey has had many highlights.  In addition to singing three James Bond theme songs she has received numerous awards including a DBE (Dame of the British Empire) in 1999.

Recently, Dame Shirley appeared at the Glastonbury festival in 2007, where at the same event Arctic Monkeys covered ‘Diamonds Are Forever’.  Kanye West also sampled the same track on his 2005 Grammy-winning song ‘Diamonds From Sierra Leone’.

Keep updated with this by visiting http://www.dameshirleybassey.com/ and signing up for the newsletter. This should be a very interesting album. Though I’m not a huge fan of Arnold’s Bond scores, I’ll say that he probably makes a better producer than composer. But, with Dame Shirley Bassey – the woman who brought us the most iconic James Bond themes of all time – you can’t go wrong!

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