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July 7, 2009


Swedish Italo-disco artist Sally Shapiro announces the release their anticipated follow-up to "Disco Romance", titled "My Guilty Pleasure", coming out on August 25, 2009. The album is described by Sally and producer Johan Agebjörn as "a bit more poppy and varied" than the debut, taking influences from genres like trance, cosmic disco, acid, ambient and jazz while still having '80s disco as its base.

"My Guilty Pleasure" features a variety of contributors, including Roger Gunnarsson aka Swedish indie pop one-man band Nixon, Swedish Italo-disco duo Cloetta Paris, and German nu-disco producer Tensnake, who remixed Sally's "I'll Be By Your Side" into a European club hit.

The name "Sally Shapiro" refers to both the Swedish duo, consisting of the producer Johan Agebjörn and an anonymous singer, as well as the pseudonym of the singer herself. In December 2004 Agebjörn discovered Shapiro's gentle and beautiful voice while the two were singing Christmas carols together. About one year later they uploaded their first track, "I'll Be By Your Side," to Italo-disco forums and were immediately being contacted by record labels.

Their debut CD "Disco Romance" was nominated as "dance/electronic album of the year" at the U.S. Plug Awards and was given a spot in online music site Pitchfork's top 50 albums of 2007. Since then, the duo's presence on music blogs continued by the releases of two remix albums, including remixes by Lindstrøm, Junior Boys and Juan MacLean.

SALLY SHAPIRO's album "My Guilty Pleasure" will be released locally this August by Universal Records!

Check out these links:
Official website: http://www.johanagebjorn.info/sally
Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/shapirosally
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shapirosally
Twitter: http://twitter.com/sallyshapiro

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