Natalie Imbruglia Plans For A Mellow Y2K

If you’re expecting Natalie Imbruglia to go out and tear the roof off the sucker when the year 2000 arrives, guess again.

The Aussie soap star-turned-hitmaker has been preparing to record the anticipated follow-up to her 1998 debut, “Left of the Middle,” and is filling the gap with the ghostly “Identify,” a song written just for her by the Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan (see “Natalie Imbruglia Talks About Teaming With Billy Corgan” ).

The song is featured on the soundtrack to the upcoming Patricia Arquette-Gabriel Byrne movie “Stigmata,” and the disc, which also features the likes of David Bowie, Remy Zero, Massive Attack, Bjork, and a host of instrumental compositions by Corgan, is due to be released on August 24 (see “Billy Corgan, Natalie Imbruglia, David Bowie Collaborate On ‘Stigmata’ Soundtrack” ).

Despite the buzz being generated by the track, the singer isn’t interested
in going out and making a splash with a return to the stage when the year 2000 arrives. In fact, she’s not all that interested in going out, period, as she recently related to the MTV Radio Network.

“I’m going to have a very mellow New Year’s,” Imbruglia told the MTV Radio Network. “Nope, no performances. I don’t want to perform on New Year’s. I want to be with my friends, having a very mellow time. I think it’s going to be an anti-climax, so I just want to make sure that I’m having a really nice time with my friends. And something very mellow, not at some crazy New Year’s party.” [RealAudio]

To find out more about the singer’s current projects and future plans, check out the new MTV Online Feature, “Natalie Imbruglia: Stigmata Inamorata.”