Norway’s pop-princess Annie Lilia Berge Strand’s second album is due in September, and it’s been a long four years since her debut Anniemal whet our appetites with the Bergen-girl’s own brand of intelligent and catchy electro-pop. Singles ‘Chewing Gum’ and ‘Heartbeat’ spread the Annie message abroad, bringing chart success in the UK and even a spot on the Grey’s Anatomy soundtrack, and follow-up album Don’t Stop looks a dead cert to set Annie in prime position to wrestle the Scandinavian pop crown back off Swedish pop-genius Robyn.
Collaborating with Girls Aloud producers Xenomania will guarantee some catchy hits and worldwide exposure, whilst duetting with Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand can surely do her indie credentials no harm. One thing is for sure, Annie record number two is gonna be a helluva lotta fun!
First single from Don’t Stop, out September 2008 on Island Records , ‘I Know UR Girlfriend Hates Me’: