Beth Orton Joins Anti Roster

BRIT Award-winning British singer/songwriter Beth Orton has inked a worldwide deal with Los Angeles-based Anti- Records.

The artist has scored three Billboard 200 chart entries to date, peaking at No. 40 with 2002 studio set "Daybreaker" (Heavenly/Astralwerks). Orton's last album, 2006's "Comfort of Strangers," was also released in North America through Astralwerks and hit No. 92 on the Billboard 200. Its U.K. release was handled by EMI.

The artist -- who first attracted mainstream attention with her 1996 U.K. breakthrough record "Trailer Park" (Heavenly Records) -- is currently working on her fifth album, with a 6-date acoustic U.S. tour scheduled for later this year, commencing at Philadelphia's World Café on Aug. 13. The tour wraps Aug. 21 at The Variety Playhouse, Atlanta.

Commenting on the deal, Anti-Records president Andy Kaulkin said in a statement, "We are thrilled to be working with such a creative and unique artist as Beth Orton"

"We believe she fits perfectly with the label. After hearing some of her new songs, I think this record could be a defining moment in Beth's already remarkable career," he went on to say,

Alongside her solo material, Orton has also featured on records from a number of high profile artists, including U.K. dance duo The Chemical Brothers and dance producer William Orbit. In 2000 she won a U.K. BRIT Award for best female artist.