Heavy metal-leaning punk quartet the Donnas has signed a multi-album deal with Atlantic Records, which is planning to release the group's fifth album this summer. The band has recorded three albums fo

Heavy metal-leaning punk quartet the Donnas has signed a multi-album deal with Atlantic Records, which is planning to release the group's fifth album this summer. The band has recorded three albums for Berkeley, Calif.-based independent Lookout! Records, including last year's "Turn 21," which hit No. 17 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart and has sold about 34,000 units in the U.S., according to SoundScan.

"We've always been a band who wanted to reach the largest audience possible, and Atlantic Records will help us do that," bassist Donna F (real name: Maya Ford) in a statement. "We are and always will be part of the 'fun generation.'"

The band, which formed during junior high in Palo Alto, Calif., is currently writing songs for its Atlantic debut, and will head into the studio this spring. Longtime sound engineer Robert Shimp, who co-produced "Turn 21," will man the controls in the studio.

As previously reported, the Donnas, whose Ramones-meets-Cinderella sound has long been a critical favorite, will perform March 2 as part of San Francisco's Noise Pop festival.

The band has increased its fanbase with each of its Lookout! albums. Its 1998 release "American Teenage Rock'N'Roll Machine" has sold 19,000 units, while its 1999 followup, "Get Skintight," jumped to 32,000, thanks in part to increased exposure from an appearance on the "Detroit Rock City" soundtrack.

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