EMI Music Australia has high hopes of delivering a smash hit with its new signing Paul Dempsey, and the frontman's multi-platinum selling alternative rock group Something for Kate.

EMI recently snapped up Something for Kate, a hugely popular domestic act which went on something of a rampage across the Australian charts during their years on the Sony BMG roster. The band has five platinum and gold-selling albums to their name, two of which debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA albums chart - "The Official Fiction" from 2003 and "Desert Lights" from 2006.

Melbourne-based Something for Kate concluded their Sony BMG deal with 2007's "The Murmur Years," a retrospective documenting a decade on the Sony imprint Murmur.

"The demos that we've heard were just so strong. That's why Craig Hawker [EMI Music Australia VP A&R] signed Paul," EMI Music Australia chairman Mark Poston tells Billboard.biz. "We wouldn't have done it if we didn't think we had gold, or a platinum and ARIA-award winning album if we got it super-right. The album just sets up Something for Kate in a whole new light for their new record."

Something for Kate have garnered 13 ARIA Award nominations to-date.

The band has also taken on new management, joining forces with Sydney-based Winterman and Goldstein, which has steered the careers of such artists as the Vines, Youth Group, the Sleepy Jackson and until recently, Jet. Something for Kate was previously managed by Jonathan Williamson at Art and Commerce, and Carlene Albronda at Catapult before that.

Dempsey is currently in the studio, co-producing his solo project with ARIA-winning producer and engineer Wayne Connolly. "It's looking like its going to be a very special album," Hawker tells Billboard.biz. "For now, Paul is going to focus on his solo record and then coming into the cycle of that album, he will regroup with the band. They're very close, and they've got a home studio set up now. When time permits, they'll get stuck into new work on Something for Kate."

Titles and release dates for the new Dempsey and Something for Kate recordings have yet to be confirmed.

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