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Gossip’s Beth Ditto Launches Solo Career With ‘Fire’

Singer Beth Ditto is best known for her work as the Gossip frontwoman with the powerful pipes. Forming in 1999, the rock pop band released their debut album That’s Not What I Heard in 2001, but it wasn’t until the band dropped their third disc Standing In the Way Of Control in 2006 that they made it big with the title track.

The group, consisting of Ditto, Nathan Howdeshell, and Hannah Billie, released their fifth album A Joyful Noise in 2012, but in 2016, Ditto confirmed that the band had split up.

Following the band’s break up, Ditto launched a clothing line partly inspired by her on-stage outfits.

Now the singer, whose voice pulls from rock, pop, gospel and R&B, is kicking off her solo career and not a minute too soon.

Ditto debuted her first solo single “Fire” this month, a bluesy rock track that seductively builds with a simple guitar riff until exploding halfway through.

Pairing the single with a new video, Ditto travels back to her roots growing up in Arkansas, combining elements of rock and country. With a costume inspired by David Bowie and a setting that could be mistake for the set of Urban Cowboy, the video is shot mostly backwards, showing a group of men bar fighting before finally settling their differences with some good ol’ fashion line dancing.

Ditto’s “Fire” is the latest non-country video to shine a line on honky tonk bars, with UK girl group “Little Mix” throwing on some cowboy boots for their newest single “No More Sad Songs” (watch here).

Fans of Elle King and Jack White will likely take to Ditto’s “Fire,” the lead single to her album Fake Sugar, which is set to be released on June 16.

Posting on her Instagram page, Ditto reveals that she’ll be hitting the road this summer and will announce tour dates soon. We. Are. Ready.