Mel B turns up heat on solo career

Pop star Melanie Brown is planning to relaunch her solo career after the success of the Spice Girls' recent reunion tour.

The 32-year-old singer, who earned herself the nickname "Scary Spice" during her time in the band, finished up her world tour with the Wannabe stars in February and is now ready to storm the stage on her own with the release of a long-awaited sophomore album.

According to celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, the singer has spent the past week working with music producer Scott Storch, who has worked with the likes of Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and Paris Hilton. Brown is also rumoured to be working with Britney Spears' former-flame, music producer JR Rotem.

A source says of the project: "Mel is going for a pop sound with a bit of an urban edge."

Brown released her debut solo LP Hot in October 2000, though the disc received mediocre reviews from critics and only charted in the UK at number 28. - Wenn