A new album by the indie duo of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel is expected in the fall, a rep for the Sony label confirms.
She & Him, the indie duo comprised of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel, have just joined the majors. Columbia Records, the Sony Music subsidiary run by chairman Rob Stringer, has signed the twosome, a rep for the label confirms, marking She & Him's exit from independent label Merge Records. A new album is expected in the fall.
With a penchant for traditional American folk, country and classic pop, She & Him have released four albums on Merge since 2008, including three Volume-titled albums and a Christmas record, totaling just over one million (1.07) in sales. Their best seller was the 2011 holiday album "A Very She & Him Christmas," which moved 391,000.
The move marks the second Merge act to leave the Chapel-Hill, NC, label in recent months. Billboard broke the news that Spoon, who signed to Merge in 2000, left for Tom Whalley's Loma Vista label, which has a deal with Universal Republic. Arcade Fire, arguably Merge's most successful act, also looked to the majors to promote its latest album, "Reflektor." The follow-up to the Grammy-winning "The Suburbs," it's sold 352,000 units since its October 2013 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Reps for both Arcade Fire and Spoon declined to comment on Merge.