Singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has signed a global recordings agreement with BMG to release his forthcoming studio album, the company announced Tuesday (Oct. 15). Described as a return to form and his “most accessible album to date,” the as-yet-untitled album — Wainwright’s ninth of original material and his first with BMG — will serve as the bookend to his 1998 self-titled debut.
“Excited to join the BMG family,” Wainwright said in a statement. “I have been feeling the love worldwide. The record business certainly has changed and I have to say with BMG it has changed for the better.”
“An absolute inspiration, Rufus’s artistry knows no bounds and he continues to be one of the world’s most inventive and thought-provoking songwriters,” added BMG executive vp, marketing & repertoire, New York John Loeffler. “His new music has excited BMG across the globe and we’re ready to deliver his new masterpiece to his fans around world. We are honored to be his partner.”
As Billboard previously reported, Wainwright recorded the album in Los Angeles with Mitchell Froom producing and a cast of players including guitarist Blake Mills and drummers Jim Keltner and Matt Chamberlain.
“I’ve never sung better than now,” he told Billboard at the time. “My voice is sort of at its very peak right now. That’s not unusual for someone in the opera world; It’s really in your forties when you kind of hit your stride.”
Last year, Wainwright embarked on a tour around the 20th anniversary of his debut album. He additionally had his second opera Hadrian premiered by the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto.