Italian pop act Tiziano Ferro has renewed his recording contract with EMI Music. A new album from the artist, his third for EMI, is due out in 2006. Details of the deal were not disclosed.

Italian pop act Tiziano Ferro has renewed his recording contract with EMI Music. A new album from the artist, his third for EMI, is due out in 2006. Details of the deal were not disclosed.

Ferro's debut album "Rosso Relativo" was released in late 2001. It spent seven months in FIMI's Italian top 10 chart, and reached the top 30 in 12 countries including France, Germany and Spain. It earned the artist a Border Breakers award in 2003 for being the debut album by an Italian artist that exported the most units in Europe.

Ferro's 2003 follow-up "111" has shipped more than a million copies worldwide, according to EMI. Overall, Ferro's two albums have shipped more than two million units worldwide, half of them outside his homeland. Ferro's albums sold mainly in Europe and in Latin America.

In a statement, Jean-Francois Cecillon, chairman/CEO of EMI Music Continental Europe, said that these early successes provide a platform for Ferro "to develop into a genuinely international star."

Beppe Ciaraldi and Fabrizio Giannini, respectively managing director and GM music division/VP of A&R at EMI Italy, will continue to spearhead Ferro's recording career.

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