After ending its career-long association with Epic with the 2004 best-of "Rearviewmirror," Pearl Jam has confirmed a new deal with J Records. The group is recording an as-yet-untitled new album in Sea

After ending its career-long association with Epic with the 2004 best-of "Rearviewmirror," Pearl Jam has confirmed a new deal with J Records. The group is recording an as-yet-untitled new album in Seattle, with an eye on a release by year's end.

Guitarist Mike McCready tells Billboard.biz the band has "about 20-25" songs in the hopper, comprising "some ballads and some pretty harder stuff, and some Who-ish type-stuff."

Pearl Jam, which remains a top touring draw, will hit the road in support of the set. The group's 2003 North American run in support of its final Epic studio album, "Riot Act," grossed $28.6 million from 56 shows reported to Billboard Boxscore.

During its Epic tenure, Pearl Jam sold 28 million albums in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and notched three No. 1s on The Billboard 200.