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Having scored a gold single, Australia’s Cassie Davis is ready to unleash her debut album in August.

Davis’ debut single, “I Like It Loud,” peaked at No. 11 on the Australian Recording Industry Assn. singles chart in February, went gold (35,000 copies shipped) and secured a long-term deal with Universal Music Publishing Group.

About five years ago, Davis took a U.S. trip to work on her songwriting/production, a gamble that eventually had her working with Rodney Jerkins (Michael Jackson, Britney Spears) and Wayne Wilkins (Beyoncé, Pink). “Cassie is breaking through as an artist in her own right,” says Universal Music Publishing Australia managing director Bob Aird, “but also has a very successful career writing, producing and recording with other international and domestic artists.”

In March she added “fashionista” to her résumé when the 170-store fashion chain Supre sold out an exclusive line of T-shirts emblazoned with the single’s title. “We used that partnership to spread the word and build interest in the song,” says Davis’ older sister and business partner Emma. The sisters’ 12 Stones label/production company has a global deal with Sony Music.

“We’re going to the U.S. in July for writing and production with other artists,” Emma says. “But the album is our next big focus.”

Hawke Flying

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Pip Brown, the talented New Zealander known as Ladyhawke, is spreading her wings around the globe.

The alternative/pop singer recently signed with London-based management company IE Music (which represents Robbie Williams), and her September 2008 debut release, “Ladyhawke” (Modular/Universal), peaked at No. 16 on the United Kingdom’s Official Charts Co. May 9 listing. The album has been certified gold (100,000 copies shipped).

Ladyhawke’s U.K. breakthrough came with the single “My Delirium,” which in December cracked the OCC’s top 40. “That track was a turning point for us,” says Glen Goetze, A&R manager at Ladyhawke’s label, the Sydney-based Modular Recordings. “Until then, we had been plugging away and gradually building.”

“My Delirium” has also given Ladyhawke her biggest Australian success, peaking at No. 8 in late April and helping the album to an Australian Recording Industry Assn. gold certification (35,000 shipped).

Booked by X-Ray Touring, the singer spends much of her time in Los Angeles but has homes in London and Sydney. She won’t see much of those during a busy summer, playing U.K. festivals including Glastonbury, T in the Park and V. “Ladyhawke” had a low-key U.S. release in December, hitting No. 41 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. “The focus will start to move in that [U.S.] direction now,” Goetze says.