Universal Music Group announced a worldwide deal with singer/songwriter Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits fame. Knopfler, who was previously signed to Warner Brother Records for 35 years, will release his forthcoming album, "Privateering," his first double album of new music, on UMG's Verve Records on Sept. 10.
Max Hole, Chairman and CEO of UMG International, said in a statemtn that, , "Mark has long been one of the most innovative and successful artists in music and we're thrilled he's decided to sign to Verve so that we are now working with him everywhere across the world."
In the statement, Knopfler also touched on why he chose to make a double album. "The older I get, the more I want to write," he said. "I'm enjoying the process more than ever, writing, recording and playing live, I enjoy all of it. I'm almost tripping over songs"