Sony/ATV Music Publishing (U.K.) Limited has re-signed Take That member Gary Barlow to an exclusive global extension of his existing contract. Terms for the long-term deal were not disclosed.
The '90s hitmaking boyband has enjoyed a whirlwind of success -- and taken many in the industry by surprise -- since reuniting as a Robbie Williams-less four-piece in March 2006.
After being passed over by at least one major, Polydor Records signed the act to a record deal and soon after had a massive hit on its hands, firstly with the "U.K." chart-topping single "Patience." The subsequent album, "Beautiful World," is five-times platinum (1.5 million) in Britain, and is close to three million sales worldwide, according to a Sony/ATV spokesman.
"Gary is a giant in the world of songwriting and it is with great pleasure that we have re-signed him to our company," commented Rakesh Sanghvi, managing director of Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Limited in a statement. "He is not only a musical genius but a true gentleman who is an absolute joy to work with."
Barlow added, "Sony/ATV have been there for me not only in the good times but also the not so good. Their encouragement and support has always remained the same and I'm so happy to continue being a part of what I think is a great company."
The band, which has also proven to be a significant touring entity, will kick off a 30-date European tour later year.