Robert Plant Signs With Nonesuch for New Album
Rock legend Robert Plant has signed a deal with Nonesuch Records ahead of the release of a new album. The label announced that the Led Zeppelin alum's upcoming release, his tenth solo effort, will feature his roots and psychedelic-inspired backing band, The Sensational Space Shifters.
"I'm pleased to find such a reputable home for our renegade departures," Plant says in a statement from the label. "The support and encouragement we have received has been strong and refreshing."
Further details, including a release date, will be announced soon. The album will be released worldwide on Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records.
Plant and the Space Shifters are spending this summer on tour, with dates in Europe that include festival stops at Pinkpop, Glastonbury and Montreux. Their live shows are peppered with re-imagined versions of familiar Led Zeppelin songs, which Plant has said keeps him excited about getting the Led out.
"You just hit it, give it a good bang," Plant said in 2013. "It's sort of like taking a can of wasps and giving it a good bang with a stick, and then opening the lid. It's just like, 'Ooooh!' That makes me sing better and it makes me go back to not feeling that I'm a cliche, that I'm not actually just going through the motions."
Plant's Nonesuch debut will be his first album since 2010's Americana set, "Band of Joy," which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart. Plant has charted 13 solo albums on the album chart, including seven top 10 efforts. Of those, his highest charting release was his Grammy Award-winning "Raising Sand," with Alison Krauss. It peaked at No. 2 on the chart and spent 72 weeks on the list — his longest-charting effort. It has sold 1.6 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
In the decades since Led Zeppelin disbanded in 1980, Plant has recorded for several imprints, including Es Paranza, Mercury, Sanctuary and Rounder. His pair of collaborative albums with old mate Jimmy Page -- 1994's "No Quarter" and 1998's "Walking Into Clarksdale" -- were released by Atlantic.