Band previously operated through subsidiary deal.

Hard rock act Dope has signed directly to Artemis Records for a worldwide deal. The band's most recent album, "Group Therapy," was released last fall via Recon Records/Artemis.

Dope, which has also recorded for Flip Records/Interscope during its five-year career, will release "Bitch," the second single from "Group Therapy," to radio April 13. A video featuring recent live footage is also in the works.

Tonight (March 9), the group kicks off an eight-week North American tour in Charleston, W.V.