R&B singer Avant signs with Capitol


NEW YORK -- After releasing four albums via Geffen, R&B singer Avant has signed a new deal with Capitol Records.

"They've shown that they're dedicated to push their resources for my projects," the Cleveland native said. "I look forward to a long lasting relationship with many, many hit records."

Avant will release his Capitol debut next summer. The set will feature production from Rodney Jerkins and DJ Smurf, among others. A single will be released in March.

Meanwhile, Avant will be touring with TGT, the R&B trio made up of singers Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank, and will star in the play "Love in the Nick of Tyme," featuring Morris Chestnut.

Avant's 2000 debut album, "My Thoughts," has sold more than 1 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, and peaked at No. 6 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. His subsequent releases, "Ecstasy," "Private Room" and "Director, reached No. 2, No. 4 and No. 1, respectively, on that tally.