Gossip Visit the Xenomania Hit Factory

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Gossip’s roots are in punk rock and the riot grrrl scene, but over the past few years they’ve gradually become fascinated with the producer-and-vocalist-driven side of radio pop, as anyone who’s seen frontwoman Beth Ditto burst into an Aaliyah song on stage can attest. With their new album A Joyful Noise, they’re diving into that scene, and specifically into the British end of it: The album’s produced by Brian Higgins, who also co-wrote a couple of its songs, including the first single, “Perfect World.”

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