Rod Stewart Inks Deal With J Records

Rod Stewart has signed to J Records in a worldwide, multi-album deal to be announced today (Feb. 21), Billboard Bulletin reports. Stewart left the WEA family last November after 25 years. "J is where

Rod Stewart has signed to J Records in a worldwide, multi-album deal to be announced today (Feb. 21), Billboard Bulletin reports. Stewart left the WEA family last November after 25 years. "J is where I wanted to be and, for me, it's a dream come true working with Clive [Davis]," the artist tells Bulletin. "I'm over the moon about the whole thing." Stewart's next album is due in October.

According to manager Arnold Stiefel, Stewart's last best-of collection, issued in November on Warner Bros. as a one-disc set in the U.S. and a double disc elsewhere, has sold 2 million units worldwide. His last album of new material, "Human," released last year on Atlantic, peaked at No. 50 on The Billboard 200.

Stewart will hope J can revitalize his career as it did with veteran R&B vocalist Luther Vandross, who scored his best opening-week sales in a decade with his self-titled label bow last summer. Stewart wraps a spate of live dates on Wednesday (Feb. 27) in Buenos Aires. A 23-date summer tour of Europe kicks off June 2 in Biberstein, Switzerland.

Here are Rod Stewart's tour dates:

Feb. 27: Buenos Aires (Campo de Polo)
June 2: Biberstein, Switzerland (Open Air)
June 4: Skive, Denmark (Strandtangen)
June 6: Stockholm (Globe)
June 8: Kiel, Germany (Osteehalle)
June 9: Hannover, Germany (Preussag Arena)
June 11: Dortmund, Germany (Westfalenhalle)
June 12: Berlin (Waldbuhne)
June 15: Munich, Germany (Olympiahalle)
June 16: Wurzburg, Germamy (Residentzplatz)
June 18: Sheffield, England (Arena)
June 20: Dublin (Lansdowne Road)
June 22-23: Glasgow (SECC)
June 26: Manchester, England (Evening News Arena)
June 27: Birmingham, England (NEC Arena)
July 2-3: London (Wembley Arena)
July 5-6: Glasgow (SECC)
July 8: Birmingham, England (NEC Arena)
July 10-11: London (Wembley Arena)
July 13: Nottingham, England (Arena)
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