David Bowie Signs With Columbia Records
Despite declaring last December that he's "had one too many years of bumping heads with the corporate structure," David Bowie has inked a new deal with Columbia Records.Despite declaring last December that he's "had one too many years of bumping heads with the corporate structure," David Bowie has inked a new deal with Columbia Records. The artist, who left Virgin Records in last year to record for his own label ISO, announced yesterday (March 27) on his official Web site that his forthcoming ISO album, "Heathen," would be released June 11 through the Sony-owned Columbia.
"I can't think of a better home for the music that will be made for ISO than Columbia," Bowie said in a statement. As previously reported, "Heathen" was produced by longtime Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti, and is the artist's first new album in three years. "After my first couple of meetings with the guys at Columbia it was apparent that their enthusiasm for what Tony and I are doing right now borders on boundless," Bowie said. No further information was offered on the new material.
Bowie will play a number of festival dates in the U.S. and Europe throughout the summer in support of the album. Additionally, he is slated to act as curator for the U.K.'s Meltdown festival, scheduled for June 14-30 in London's South Bank.
Although the release hints that all of ISO's artists -- reportedly one band and one solo act -- will be distributed through Columbia, a Bowie spokesperson was unable to confirm this. Bowie said in December that he launched ISO due to his frustration with the corporate music world. "Many times I've not been in agreement with how things are done and as a writer of some proliferation, frustrated at how slow and lumbering it all is," he said
The artist's last studio album for Virgin was 1999's "Hours...," which debuted at No. 47 on The Billboard 200. In October 2000, the label issued "David Bowie Live at the BBC: 1968--1972," a compilation of performances done for London's BBC Radio. That set debuted at No. 181 on the chart.