Scottish singer Lulu is celebrating more than 50 years in showbusiness by returning to the record label that launched her career. The Shout hitmaker signed for Decca Records when she was just 15 years old in 1964, and she went on to become a family favourite in her native U.K.
The pop star is planning to launch a new album, Making Life Rhyme, in March (15), and she is delighted that the record will be release on the Decca imprint, paying homage to her early years.
Lulu says, "I'm really proud of this record. I've made a lot of records over the years but this one comes at a time in my life when I'm re-evaluating everything. Life changes, people change, and this album sums up what I see as my place in the world at this time. For that reason it's especially gratifying to me that the album will appear on Decca, my first ever label."
Decca Records President Dickon Stainer adds, "We are delighted to welcome such an iconic singer back to Decca, where she started her career."
Oscar-winning German composer Hans Zimmer is to be honoured for his contribution to music at this year's (13) Classic BRIT awards. Zimmer has scored the music for films including Gladiator and The Lion King, for which he won an Academy Award in 1995, and his work will be celebrated at the prestigious U.K. prizegiving later this year (13).
The presentation of the Outstanding Contribution to Music award comes four years after Zimmer was handed the Soundtrack of the Year trophy for Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises at the 2009 ceremony.
Co-chairmen of the Classic BRIT Awards committee Dickon Stainer and Barry McCann say in a statement, "We are absolutely delighted to be honouring the outstanding talent of Hans Zimmer with this award. Hans Zimmer’s recent work including Inception has been a dominant force for classical music specifically in the digital download era."
The Classic BRIT Awards will be held at Royal Albert Hall in London on 2 October (13).