Erasure vocalist and synthpop pioneer Andy Bell will release a new single titled “Beautiful” on May 5th via Ministry of Pop. The song, a collaboration with songwriting and production duo Shelter, will serve as the lead single from Andy’s forthcoming third solo album, ipop.
Ministry of Pop confirmed the release on their Facebook page, saying: “The Ministry of Pop is proud to announce the release of Andy Bell’s new single “Beautiful” Pre order available from 21st April. Official release date 5th May 2014. “Beautiful” is the first single from Andy’s forthcoming album “ipop” produced in collaboration with Shelter.”
According to Shelter, ipop will also include a contribution from Erasure songwriter and keyboardist Vince Clarke. “We’re still working up the track with Vince, but so far, apart from a few tweaks here and there, he said he’s loving what we’ve done, bells, whistles, brass knobs & all,” says Shelter. Adding: “What with Andy & Vince being our own idols, it all just feels a bit surreal really but in a very good way! We do however feel extremely driven and focused more than ever to produce a product that both Andy & Vince (and naturally all general Vince / Andy / Erasure fans) collectively will be proud of.”
Andy Bell released his debut solo album, Electric Blue, in October of 2005. “Crazy,” the album’s Manhattan Clique produced lead single, peaked number 35 on the UK singles chart. Bell’s second studio album, Non-Stop, came in 2010. The album, which was co-written and co-produced by Bell and veteran producer Pascal Gabriel, spawned four singles: “Running Out,” “Will You Be There?,” “Call On Me,” and “Non-Stop.”
Earlier this month, Bell and DJ/producer Dave Audé released their highly anticipated collaboration single “Aftermath (Here We Go)” on iTunes via Audacious Records.