Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen is once again collaborating with Swedish songwriters/producers Erik Nyholm, Matthias Lindblom and Anders Wollbeck on material for her next solo album, tentatively due in 2012.
Nyholm previously collaborated with Turunen on the songs "Rivers Of Lust" and "Sing For Me" while Lindblom and Wollbeck worked on "I Walk Alone" and "In For A Kill".
Commented Turunen: "It's been a great summer so far. I have been able to be creative besides the shows that we are doing and that make me happy.
"Some days ago I met Erik in Finland and we wrote a couple of very nice songs together. . . Now when we sat down together, very different kind of songs were born unexpectedly and that was really cool.
"The songs I wrote so far are very different in spirit: about eagles, killers, dreams, love, journeys, colors, and darkness.
"I already sense that the new album will have a more positive vibe than the previous ones and it'll rock!"
Turunen released a new digital-only single, "Underneath", on April 22. The three-song single was made available Austria, Switzerland, Russia, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Ukraine, France and U.K. It includes two unreleased versions of the beautiful ballad "Underneath" plus a non-album track in Spanish language. In North America, the single was released on May 24 as an exclusive limited edition seven-inch vinyl with two tracks: "Underneath" (radio mix) and "Underneath" (orchestral mix).
Tarja's sophomore solo album, "What Lies Beneath", sold around 1,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 24 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"What Lies Beneath" was released in North America on September 14, 2010 via The End Records.