N-Dubz is the latest U.K. urban/pop act to strike a U.S. label deal, following in the wake of recent Hot 100 chart-toppers Tiaio Cruz and Jay Sean.

The hip-hop/R&B trio has signed a U.S. deal with Island Def Jam. In a statement, Island Def Jam Music Group senior VP of A&R Max Gousse said: "I signed N-Dubz because they're great entertainers and speak to London's youth unlike any other band. We want to bring their message to the rest of the world."

N-Dubz is part of a new wave of U.K. urban acts which have struck sales paydirt domestically during the past 18 months, including pop/R&B group JLS, 2008 "X Factor" winner Alexandra Burke and rappers Dizzee Rascal, Tiny Tempah and Tinchy Stryder (for whom Cruz wrote the U.K. No. 1 "Never Leave You").

The first of the wave to make a U.S. impact was Jay Sean, who became the first British urban artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 when he hit No. 1 with "Down" (Cash Money/Universal Republic) in October 2009. Cruz followed suit this April with "Break Your Heart" (Mercury/IDJMG).

In its homeland, N-Dubz has scored seven top 30 singles on the Official Charts Co. (OCC) listing since its initial breakthrough with "You Better Not Waste My Time" (Polydor/Universal) in November 2007.

The act moved to the Universal-distributed All Around The World label in 2008, where it released its debut album "Uncle B," which peaked at no. 11 on the OCC chart. Sophomore album "Against All Odds" reached No. 6 in November 2009. It remains on the U.K. chart and has been BPI-certiifed platinum (300,000 copies shipped).

North London-based N-Dubz consists of cousins Dino "Dappy" Contostavlos and Tula "Tulisa" Contostavlos plus Richard "Fazer" Rawson. In a statement, Rawson said: "Getting a U.S. deal is something we've been working towards for a while and we can't wait to get out to the States and have our music heard globally."

According to the trio's management, ROAR Global, the Island Def Jam deal is for five albums. ROAR Global founder Jonathan Shalit says the trio will fly to Los Angeles in August to begin recording with songwriters Dr Luke and Jim Jonsin.

Shalit says the act "met LA Reid and David Massey at the beginning of March and an offer was made immediately afterwards." Gousse, he adds, "first noticed N-Dubz last year and brought them to attention of LA Reid, who flew them to LA to meet them."