New album due in September.

Sanctuary Records has signed veteran British rock act Status Quo to a worldwide recording deal, the London-based independent label said today (April 26).

The band members are currently in the studio with producer Mike Paxman working on a new album, due in September. The release is timed to coincide with the band's 40th anniversary, during which time they have shifted more than 100 million records, according to Sanctuary.

"No group has accumulated more U.K. hits or has a wider Top 20 chart span, and only the Beatles and Rolling Stones can better their tally of Top 20 albums," comments Sanctuary Records senior VP of A&R John Williams.

The band's 40th anniversary tour commences in Sept. 23 in Germany. A 34-date U.K. tour will follow through November/December.

Sanctuary's schedule of priority releases for 2005 include Robert Plant, Lou Reed, the Charlatans and Kelly Osbourne.