Courtney Back With "Mono"

New single out, album to follow in February

Though most of Courtney Love's press over the past two months hasn't had much to do with her music, this week she unveiled "Mono," the first single from her solo debut, America's Sweetheart.

Almost six years have passed since Love offered up any new music, and she spent a substantial portion of the past two years trying to get free from her contract with Universal. With a new deal in place with Virgin, Love set about working on Sweetheart earlier this year, recording in a thirteenth century chateau in the South of France.

If "Mono" is any indication, Love has cut ties with some of the Southern California pop that worked its way onto Hole's third and final album, Celebrity Skin. Even though Love sings, "They say rock is dead, and they're probably right," on "Mono," she shows a rougher sound that echoes 1994's "Violet."

After several delays (it was initially slated for release in the fall) the rest of America's Sweetheart, which will include tracks Love co-wrote with former 4 Non Blondes frontwoman Linda Perry, will be made available on February 10th.

As for Love's non-musical drama, she was in a Los Angeles courtroom last week and granted a deferment on two felony counts of drug possession. She is scheduled to appear in court again on January 27th.