Rock act Korn has signed a new deal with Virgin that covers not only a recording deal but also a partnership with parent company EMI Music for touring, music publishing, merchandising and sponsorship.

Rock act Korn has signed a new deal with Virgin that covers not only a recording deal but also a partnership with parent company EMI Music for touring, music publishing, merchandising and sponsorship. The former Epic group's first album for Virgin, which is as-yet-untitled, is expected before the end of the year.

EMI says the new deal is modeled on its arrangement with U.K. superstar Robbie Williams, in which both parties benefit from the revenue generated by non-album activities.

"I always felt like I was working for a record company," says Korn frontman Jonathan Davis. "Now I feel like we have a true partner. I'm looking forward to this new chapter in our career."

Korn has racked up U.S. album sales of nearly 15 million copies since 1994, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The new album will be the follow-up to 2003's "Take a Look in the Mirror," and also the band's first since the February departure of guitarist Brian "Head" Welch.

The group is in the midst of a European tour that concludes Sept. 22 in Moscow. A North American outing is in the planning stages.

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