Singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer has signed a distribution and label services deal with U.K. indie Cooking Vinyl for the European release of her forthcoming studio album "Theatre Is Evil."
As previously reported and detailed in this week's issue of Billboard, Palmer recently made music business history when she raised $1.2 million in 30 days from crowdsourced financing platform Kickstarter to help fund the manufacture, distribution, marketing and touring of "Theatre Is Evil." 24,883 backers contributed to the campaign in return for everything from a digital download of the album to limited edition CDs to one-off live events.
"Theatre Is Evil" will be released globally in September via Palmer's own label imprint 8ft Records, with the artist's management team Girlie Action handling all label functions in the U.S. London-based Cooking Vinyl will look after distribution, project management, marketing and promotional services of the John Congleton-produced album across the United Kingdom and Europe (September 10).
The Cooking Vinyl deal sees Palmer - who was previously signed to Roadrunner Records - retain 100% of her rights and "make the lion's share of the money," according to a statement from the label. In line with the domestic release of "Theatre Is Evil," Palmer will have full artistic control over all aspects of the U.K. and European campaign.
"My team looked at tons of options and the folks at Cooking Vinyl seemed like the best allies," said Palmer in a statement. "I'm trying really, really hard to find the perfect, organic partnerships now that I'm free from Roadrunner - assembling people who really understand the importance of taking the big picture, the future, the fans' experience and the art itself into account, instead of 'moving units' with blinders on," she went on to say.
Commenting on the deal, Cooking Vinyl Group founder and managing director Martin Goldschmidt said in a statement: "I am proud to welcome Amanda to Cooking Vinyl, as well as being a fantastic artist she is very forward thinking in approach to the business. Our relationship is not a traditional record deal and reflects her ethics."
Other notable Cooking Vinyl releases so far this year have included Marilyn Manson's eighth studio album "Born Villain" (a joint venture partnership between Cooking Vinyl and Manson's own imprint Hell Inc.), the Cranberries' "Roses" (with Downtown Records), the U.K./European release of Counting Crows' "Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation) and "Choice of Weapon" by U.K. rock band The Cult, who, like Amanda Palmer, were formerly signed to Roadrunner Records.