UK: Duran Duran sign with BMG, announce new album
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Multi-platinum, award-winning pop legends Duran Duran have signed a recordings agreement with BMG. The signing comes ahead of the release of their highly anticipated 15th studio album, Future Past, on October 22 via Tape Modern/BMG. The deal also includes the administration of Duran Duran's post-1997 back catalogue including Medazzaland, Pop Trash, Astronaut, Red Carpet Massacre, and All You Need Is Now.
Duran Duran’s John Taylor said: “We are very happy to be in partnership with the BMG label group internationally. We feel this is a great fit for us and look forward to doing fantastic things together.”
Alistair Norbury, BMG, President Repertoire & Marketing, UK: “BMG has been built on working with iconic artists and so we are truly honoured to partner with Duran Duran on their outstanding new album Future Past. After selling 100 million albums, there is still an ever-present hunger and vitality emanating from the band as evidenced in the stunning new music and pioneering visuals. After 40 years this is a band as relevant as in 1981.”
Wendy Laister, of Magus Entertainment, said: “We have known members of the BMG senior management team for a number of years, and long felt that this would be a great home for the band. With this new deal, we have been able to bring together Duran Duran’s forthcoming studio album, and a number of key titles from their back catalogue – some of which are now available for the first time outside North America.
“It’s a good feeling to have a very experienced global team behind you who really understand not only the DNA of the band, but also their goals for this new record. We launch the campaign today, around the world, and could not be more excited.”
Future Past, Duran Duran’s first album in six years, boasts esteemed producers Erol Alkan, Giorgio Moroder, and Mark Ronson behind the board, plus special guest Graham Coxon of Blur on guitar, David Bowie’s former pianist Mike Garson, and guest vocals from Lykke Li, with more exciting collaborators to be announced.
Said Simon Le Bon: “When we first went into the studio in late 2018, I was trying to persuade the guys that all we needed to do was write two or three tracks for an EP. Four days later, with the nucleus of 25 plus strong songs in the can, that all deserved development, I realized we’d be in it for the long haul, but that was before COVID. So here we are in 2021 with our 15th studio album, Future Past, straining at the leash. I’m not saying it’s epic, but well ... yes I am.”
The first single to come from is ‘Invisible,’ produced by Erol Alkan and Duran Duran, and mixed by Mark ‘Spike’ Stent. The official music video was created by an Artificial Intelligence (A.I) called Huxley and comes out ahead of the band’s worldwide exclusive televised performance of the track, set to air live from London on the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, on Sunday, May 23 on NBC in North America.
Co-founder and keyboardist, Nick Rhodes said: “Sonic architecture has always been incredibly important to Duran Duran. I think, with ‘Invisible,’ we really have managed to carve the sculpture the way we wanted it. Sonically, it's a very unusual piece of music. I think when you merge all the instruments together, it creates an overall sound that perhaps you haven't heard before.”
Formed in 1978, Duran Duran have sold over 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the world's best-selling bands. They achieved 14 singles in the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart and 21 in the US Billboard Hot 100. Duran Duran have won numerous awards throughout their career: two Brit Awards including the 2004 award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, two Grammy Awards, an MTV Video Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, and a Video Visionary Award from the MTV Europe Music Awards. They were also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
May 19, 2021 10:00am ET by Pressparty