The German singer songwriter Peter Maffay has signed a 12-year contract with the Sony Music label Ariola until 2022.

"Out of the long lasting and successful cooperation with Sony Music, a lot of real friendships have developed that are based on competence and trust," said the 61-year-old in a statement. "Therefore the extension of our agreement is the logical consequence. I am looking forward to another 12 years in which we still have a lot of plans."

"The history of success of Peter and Sony Music will be continued for another decade. This underpins the vice versa trust and is the basis for many more successes together. I admire Peter for his strength and his energy that enables him as artist to still set new standards after 40 years of a successful career," said Edgar Berger, CEO Sony Music Entertainment GSA (Germany, Switzerland, Austria).

Peter Maffay and Sony Music have worked together for 20 years. Peter Maffay is the most successful album artist ever in Germany with 14 No. 1 albums, said Sony. According to charts compiler Media Control Maffay's 41 albums have a combined 939 weeks in the charts.

His tour of 26 cities in Germany continues until mid-December.