Major will license records ex-Japan.

Warner Music U.K. has completed an exclusive international deal with Wildstar Records to licence the catalog and future recordings of British R&B singer Craig David. The pact, disclosed today (Sept. 5), covers the world excluding Japan, where his recordings are licensed to Pony Canyon until August 2006.

Warner Music has a long association with Southampton, England-born David. In April 2002, Warner Music International licensed the artists' works for continental Europe after striking an exclusive long-term agreement with Wildstar and its sister labels within the Telstar Music Group stable.

Commenting on the deal, Warner Music U.K. chairman Nick Phillips says the major record company is looking to position “his exceptional talent for even greater international success.”

Since breaking through in March 2000 with the U.K. chart-topping Artful Dodger track “Rewind” -- on which he co-wrote and supplied lead vocals -- David's career-to-date solo album sales have topped 12 million units worldwide, according to Warner Music. The artist's third studio album, "The Story Goes...," is currently at No. 12 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart after opening last week at No. 5.