Lennox bids for Christmas No 1
Annie Lennox has quit her record label after 30 years to launch an assault on the charts for the Christmas No 1.
The 55-year-old Scottish singer will release her next album, a collection of "dark" covers of Christmas carols, through Amy Winehouse's label Island Records in the UK.
Annie, who has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide with the Eurythmics and as a solo artist, has left music giant Sony.
She has signed a "long-term worldwide" contract with the Universal Music Group, whose artists include Lady Gaga and Rihanna. Their labels include Island, which will release Annie's album in the UK, and Decca Records, which will put out A Christmas Cornucopia in the US and the rest of the world.
Annie's manager Simon Fuller, the creator of American Idol and the force behind the Spice Girls, said: "She (Annie) has sold tens of millions of albums. However there is one thing she has always wanted to do and now it's about to happen. Annie has always wanted to record an album of Christmas songs and to see this finally come to fruition is very special."
The singer said she had wanted to make the album "for many years", adding: "I've never been part of a 'mould' and Island are really supportive and appreciative of where I'm coming from."
A spokesman for the singer said the decision to part ways with Sony was "mutual".
A Christmas Cornucopia, which will also feature the original single Universal Child, will be released on November 22, just in time for the Christmas 2010 chart battle.