Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has severed ties with Virgin Records, which released the group's two studio albums.

NEW YORK--Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has severed ties with Virgin Records, which released the group's two studio albums.

"We've been fighting to get out of our record contract for the last six months and are sorry we couldn't tell anyone about this," bassist Robert Turner has said. "But it was a very delicate thing that we didn't ever want to become ugly."

A label spokesperson was unavailable for comment. The move follows the recent announcement that the trio will join the lineup for this summer's Lollapalooza tour. BRMC is in the midst of a U.S. tour with the Rapture.

The group's self-titled 2001 debut and last year's "Take Them On, On Your Own" have sold a combined 172,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.