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Natalie Imbruglia Announces Return With First New Album In Six Years
Firebird is the forthcoming sixth studio album by Australian-British singer-songwriter Natalie Imbruglia, scheduled to be released on 24 September 2021. It is the first album to feature original material since 2009's Come to Life and Imbruglia's first release with the record label BMG Rights Management.
The album was produced in various locations during lockdowns imposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and features songs co-written by Albert Hammond Jr., Romeo Stodart, KT Tunstall, Eg White, Fiona Bevan, and Rachel Furner, among others.
Upon announcement Imbruglia said "Making this album has been such a profound and satisfying experience. Having gone through a long period of what essentially was writer's block, it was sometimes hard to envisage getting to this place."
Natalie is a singer-songwriter and actress. In the early 1990s, she played Beth Brennan in the Australian soap opera Neighbours. Three years after leaving the programme, she began a singing career with her chart-topping cover of Ednaswap's song "Torn". Her subsequent album, Left of the Middle (1997), sold 7 million copies worldwide.
Imbruglia's five subsequent albums have combined sales of 3 million copies worldwide, and her accolades include eight ARIA Awards, two Brit Awards, one Billboard Music Award, and three Grammy nominations. Imbruglia has appeared in several films, including the 2003 release Johnny English and the 2009 Australian indie film Closed for Winter. She has modelled for several brands, such as L'Oreal, Gap, and Kailis.
Amongst other philanthropic work, Imbruglia served as a longtime spokesperson for Virgin Unite and campaigns to raise awareness of obstetric fistula.
The album's lead single "Build It Better" was released with an accompanying music video on 18 June 2021, and "On My Way" was released as the third single on 18 August 2021.