In No Doubt’s 1995 hit single “Just A Girl,” lead singer Gwen Stefani sarcastically sang “the moment that I step outside, so many reasons for me to run and hide.” Eight years later, the blonde singer has decided to step out from hiding with the impending release of her first solo album. And if those working with her on the project are any indication, expect the forthcoming set to have a very hip-hop feel.
Interscope Records has brought in Missy Elliott and Outkast to help guide Stefani’s debut effort. Elliott warned MTV, “It’s not just another record. It’s going to be an event.” Expect the album to be released in the spring of 2004.
Stefani has taken on several high profile projects since No Doubt announced it was going on hiatus after winning their first Grammy Award in February. She’s released a line of handbags and accessories on her L.A.M.B. label, and she’s set to co-star in her first feature film. Stefani portrays the blonde bombshell Jean Harlow in the upcoming Howard Hughes bio-pic the Aviator, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale, and John C. Reilly. The film is slated for a December of 2004 release.