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Roberta Flack Completes Beatles Album, First Single Drops This Week

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The singer, known for the hits “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face” and “Killing Me Softly,” will release her first album in more than eight years next February.

Legendary singer Roberta Flack is completing her first album in more than eight years. Scheduled for early February 2012, the project-a collection of Beatles classics-will be released through 429 Records/Sony ATV Music Publishing and Flack's RAS Records. Lead single "We Can Work It Out" will become available worldwide exclusively at iTunes on Sept. 27.

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Last seen performing a duet with Maxwell at the 2010 Grammy Awards, Flack collaborated on her new album with producer Sherrod Barnes and contributing producers Jerry Barnes and Barry Miles. "My passion for the project comes from the magical genius of the greatest songwriters of all time," says the four-time Grammy winner in a statement. "Love, inspiration, friendship and my own life's lessons come together when I sing the songs they created."

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Best known for such hits as "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and "Killing Me Softly" and her 1969 breakthrough debut album First Take, Flack continues to tour worldwide and is also planning a new tour next year. She founded the Roberta Flack School of Music in Bronx, NY in 2006.

429 Records/Sony ATV and RAS will release Flack's yet-untitled album worldwide, while Sony Music will issue the album in Japan. 429 Records is a division of the Savoy Label Group, headed by president Steve Vining. Sony/ATV, a joint venture between Sony and trusts formed by Michael Jackson, recently acquired the Leiber Stoller and Famous catalogs.