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The Smashing Pumpkins have a new label home.
Billy Corgan’s rotating group of musicians have signed a worldwide exclusive Artist Services Deal with BMG Chrysalis U.S. to release the band’s next two albums, Monuments to an Elegy and Day for Night, in 2015. The first single is expected at the end of this year.
The band has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and won multiple Grammy Awards, with hits such as “1979,” “Bullet With Butterfly Wings,” “Tonight, Tonight” and “Disarm.”
The Pumpkins came together in 1988, releasing albums Gish (1991), Siamese Dream (1993), the nine-times platinum Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995) and Adore (1998). After a hiatus of seven years, they released their acclaimed sixth album, Zeitgeist, in 2007, followed by several online releases and their latest studio album, Oceania, in 2012; it entered the U.S. Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at No. 4 and earned the No. 1 spot on the U.S. Independent Albums Chart.
Corgan and the band began recording sessions this week: “Plenty of songs have been written and are ready to go,” he said, adding that a new single will be released by the end of the year.
Executive vp creative and business development Richard Blackstone said: “BMG Artist Services is thrilled to be the new home for the Smashing Pumpkins’ next two album releases. Billy’s supreme musicianship and approach to the modern-day music business, together with his proactive and innovative management team at Prospect Park, is the perfect match for BMG’s new model for worldwide releases. Adding BMG to this great Smashing Pumpkin’s team is the perfect setup to usher in the next chapter of the band’s legacy.”
The two new Smashing Pumpkins albums will be released in 2015 jointly through BMG Artist Services and the band’s own Martha’s Music label. According to the BMG Artist Services model, artists retain ownership of their recordings, have full oversight of budgets and control of marketing — and receive the majority of the proceeds. Among artist who have had recent releases through BMG Artist Services are Anastacia, Backstreet Boys, Bryan Ferry and You Me At Six.
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