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LONDON – Bryan Ferry has signed a worldwide deal with BMG Chrysalis U.K. to release his next three albums and publish the majority of his 40-year song catalog.
To celebrate and mark the 40th year anniversary of his career both as a solo artist and as the creator of Roxy Music, Ferry has recently re-recorded some of his own compositions, performed by The Bryan Ferry Orchestra in the style of the 1920s.
The collection will be the first of three new albums to be released via the BMG deal.
The album – The Jazz Age – is scheduled for a Nov. 26 release in the U.K. and Scandinavia with the U.S. following in the New Year.
Ferry’s agreement to release his next three albums through BMG is the highest profile signing to date for BMG’s new look alternative to the traditional record deal.
The BMG partnership model is designed to give artists more transparency, greater control and a bigger share of revenues.
Said Ferry: “I have always liked to be hands-on with every aspect of the release of my records, and the BMG deal offers a new way of doing things.”
The agreement was concluded by BMG’s U.K. operation with Ferry’s manager Alistair Norbury.
BMG Chrysalis UK svp Alexi Cory-Smith described Ferry as “a consummate artist with an incredible command of detail and understanding of how he wants his music to be presented to the world.”
Added Norbury: “Being able to put a bespoke team around future releases is very attractive to an artist and we are delighted to have partnered with BMG internationally on both publishing and masters.”
BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch said, “The signing of Bryan Ferry is a clear sign of the seriousness of our intent in the record business. In our next stage of development, we are committed to ratcheting up our activity in recording rights. The key to our growth is offering artists an alternative which recognizes that the world has changed.”
Ferry’s career as a singer, musician and songwriter stretches back 40 years to the release of Roxy Music’s debut album in 1972.
The singer has sold over 30 million albums worldwide across eight Roxy Music discs and 13 solo album titles.
Among his compositions are Roxy Music perennials such as ‘Love Is The Drug’, ‘Avalon’ and ‘More Than This’.
Over the past 18 months Ferry has embarked on a worldwide solo tour supporting his last album Olympia and an arena tour with Roxy Music in the U.K., Australia and New Zealand.
BMG is a partnership between Bertelsmann and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and started out three years ago as a new kind of music company: representing the traditionally separate music publishing and record company rights.
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