Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn Break Up on New Album

May 22, 2009  |  5:02pm
It's a musical hook-up made in blogger heaven: New Jersey-bred singer/songwriter Pete Yorn and New York-bred actress/singer Scarlett Johansson will release an album of duets Sept. 8, titled Break Up. For the eager fan, a single, "Relator," is already streaming on the record's website.

According to USA Today, the album was recorded two years before Johansson released her compilation of Tom Waits covers, Anywhere I Lay my Head, in May 2008. Somehow combining eight Yorn originals with late Big Star founder Chris Bell's I Am the Cosmos, the album follows a relationship's affair-ridden cycle from love to break up, and was inspired by Serge Gainsbourg's recordings with Brigitte Bardot in the 1960s. The dreamy idea was literally just that: Yorn says the concept came to him while sleeping.

The love-lorn album was poduced by Sunny Levine, who has worked with Yorn, The Happy Mondays and Mickey Avalon, and will be released via Atco/Rhino. Break Up is just one of many projects on the plates of both artists. Yorn is set to release his latest, Back and Fourth, on June 23; Johansson is currently filming Iron Man 2.
 
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