Amerie, Fall Out Boy, and Fountains of Wayne record new albums -- We give you the scoop on what they're doing in the studio

By Michael Endelman
Updated September 01, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

Amerie, Fall Out Boy, and Fountains of Wayne record new albums

The stunning R&B singer reports that she is 99 percent finished with her third album, None of the Above, which was mostly recorded in a small New Jersey studio. Shunning big-name beatmakers, Amerie produced the bulk of the disc (due out next March) and boasts that she even ”dusted off my flute and played” on one of the songs.

Fall Out Boy
Currently working on the follow-up to their multi-platinum 2005 breakthrough, From Under the Cork Tree, in Los Angeles, the Chicago emo titans have brought in two producers: Neil Avron, who helmed their last album, and — of all people — Atlanta R&B maestro Babyface. The yet-to-be-named album is scheduled for an early 2007 release.

Fountains of Wayne
”The sound is a cross between ‘Dirrty’-period Xtina and early Cannibal Corpse,” jokes Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger of the band’s untitled fourth album, due next March on Virgin. ”And Sting makes a guest appearance playing 16th-century melodies on a lute.” Our translation? Expect more witty, hypercatchy power pop.