Hollywood Records has signed the 24-member Polyphonic Spree for North America in a multifaceted deal that includes a piece of the band's touring proceeds. Hollywood will on June 24 rerelease the group

Hollywood Records has signed the 24-member Polyphonic Spree for North America in a multifaceted deal that includes a piece of the band's touring proceeds. The group is the brainchild of former Tripping Daisy leader Tim DeLaughter. The ensemble, clad in white robes with bright colors at the bottom, performs uplifting melodies replete with orchestral arrangements.

The group can be experienced live at many outdoor festivals this summer, including England's Glastonbury Festival; Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn.; and the Austin City Limits Festival in Austin, Texas.

Given the act's strong attraction as a live draw and its unproven radio appeal in these formulaic times, the Hollywood deal made sense to DeLaughter. "I didn't have any hesitation about giving up touring money because I knew if we were going to continue to let our live show flourish, we needed help," DeLaughter tells Billboard. He adds that the contract is structured so that master tapes eventually revert back to the group.

Bob Cavallo, chairman of Hollywood parent Buena Vista Music Group, says he plans to spread the group's message across the Disney landscape. "I can use the theme parks, television, the ABC family, our theatrical division, and other areas to break this band," he reports. Indeed, DeLaughter already plans to make a children's album for Walt Disney Records.

Hollywood will on June 24 rerelease the group's independent CD, "The Beginning Stages of...," bundled with a four-track bonus disc. A new studio album will come out in 2004. A video for the track "Light and Day" was shot last week in New York by motion graphics company Brand New School.

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