Pop Goes The News — Canadian singer David Usher is celebrating the province he calls home by recording his favourite songs by Quebec artists.
On Let It Play, due out Oct. 21, Usher sings English versions of several popular French Canadian songs.
The first single from the album, however, is a bilingual version of the Moist frontman’s 2001 hit “Black Black Heart,” which Usher sings with Quebec’s Marie-Mai.
The song, which appeared on Usher’s second solo album Morning Orbit, was written by Usher and former Moist member Jeff Pearce. The new French lyrics were written by Marie-Mai with Montreal songwriter-producer Fred St-Gelais.
The original song, which samples “The Flower Duet” from the Léo Delibes opera Lakmé, featured vocals by Julie Galios. (A rock version used vocals by Kim Bingham.)
“Black Black Heart” helped Morning Orbit win the 2002 Juno Award for best pop album and the video for the song picked up a pair of MMVAs, including best pop video.
A Chinese version of the song was recorded in 2006 by Rene Liu and Stanley Huang.
There are also acoustic versions of “Black Black Heart” as well as remixes.
Usher, 50, has lived in Montreal for many years. He reunited with Moist in 2013 for a few shows and then embarked on a cross-Canada tour.
The track listing for Let It Play — Usher’s first solo album since 2012’s Songs from the Last Day on Earth — is still under wraps but features songs from Quebec artists both old and new.
BELOW: Watch the original video for “Black Black Heart.”