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Virgin Records Near Deal for Love Album

Courtney Love’s search for a new label is almost over.

The rocker is in advanced negotiations to sign with EMI’s Virgin Records, sources said. If the deal is closed, Virgin will release Love’s first solo album since the breakup of her former group, Hole.

Sources said the new album includes numerous songs Love co-wrote with Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes, who also has collaborated with Pink.

An EMI spokeswoman declined comment; Love’s manager David Lory was unreachable at press time.

Love’s most recent studio album was Hole’s 1998 “Celebrity Skin,” which sold multiplatinum. Since then, she has been embroiled in a high-profile lawsuit against her former record label, Universal Music Group’s Geffen Records.

Love sued UMG in 2001 for unlawful business practices and faulty accounting. She also challenged the California Labor Code, which states that personal-services employees cannot be tied to contracts for more than seven years.

After a series of legal rulings undermining her case, Love settled the conflict last year. Under the terms, Love was released from her contract and no longer owed UMG any future albums. She also has regained ownership of some unreleased songs by Hole.

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