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Corgan's Role In New Hole Album Up In Air

June 18, 1997 12:00 AM ET

Is Billy Corgan off the new Hole project? "At this point, no one is really sure what his role will be [in producing the new album]," said Jim Merlis, Hole's publicist at Geffen Records. Merlis admitted that the band hasn't even gone into the studio to begin recording. At the earliest, they expect the album to be out in late fall. Courtney Love, Hole's singer, told MTV News at the premiere for Batman & Robin that she and Corgan had "burned each other out." Love is referring to their relationship in which Corgan would be the executive producer on the project. And according to Merlis, everything Love told MTV is absolutely true. By the way, he added, "we stand by our girl."

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