March 03, 2006, 4:15 PM ET
Katie Hasty, N.Y.
Musician/producer Linda Perry has emerged from her North Hollywood studio after manning the boards for a number of prominent pop musicians as well as aiding a pair of unknowns, including singer/songwriter Ben Jelen.
Perry also spent much of the past year in the studio with Christina Aguilera, with whom she previously collaborated on tracks like "Beautiful," "Cruz" and "Make Over." "I'm not really sure if any of the cuts will make the record, but I certainly hope so," Perry tells Billboard.com of the project. "They're going to see a whole other side of Christina."
Aguilera's management could not confirm which tracks will appear on the new album, which is expected for release this summer.
In addition, Perry helped helm Sierra Swan's debut, "Ladyland," due May 3 via Interscope. Perry describes songwriter Swan as "very quirky" and "emotional" and plans on continuing to work with her. The project was co-produced by Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crow, Elton John).
And while details are scant about release dates, Perry has co-written a prospective single with Cheap Trick, two songs with the Dixie Chicks, several tunes with Ziggy Marley and, as previously reported, re-teamed with Vanessa Carlton, whose new album is due later this year.
As reported this morning, Perry will re-team with Courtney Love to produce the follow-up to 2004's "America's Sweetheart."