Producer/writer/record exec Glen Ballard has signed 80's phenom Billy Idol to his Java label.
According to a report in the "Los Angeles Times," Ballard, who's best known as Alanis Morissette's Grammy-winning cohort, will be working with the 42-year-old Idol on a new album to be released next year.
Idol tells the paper he's kicked his litany of bad habits and has recently reunited with longtime co-writer, guitarist Steve Stevens. The pair have written a number of new songs, and they've apparently impressed Ballard.
Idol is Java's second recent acquisition -- Ballard also raised eyebrows not long ago when he signed Lisa Marie Presley to his label.
Meanwhile the paper reports that Ballard and Alanis Morissette have been logging some long hours in an L.A. studio as they record her new album, due out in November. They are said to have upwards of 30 songs to choose from. Once Morissette is finished, Ballard apparently intends to turn his attention to Presley. Ballard
told the Times that Presley is scheduled to leisurely start recording at the end of the summer.
Java is also home to Terence Trent D'Arby.