Universal Music Group has signed artist Rod Stewart to a long-term worldwide recording agreement, it was announced today, June 27, by Lucian Grainge, chairman and CEO of the company, Mr. Stewart and his manager, Arnold Stiefel.
As part of this multi-album deal, the two-time Hall of Famer has teamed with Grammy award-winning producer, songwriter and Verve Music Group chairman David Foster to record his first Christmas album.
The album will also feature a handful of star-studded vocal duets and is scheduled for release this fall via Verve Music Group.[ Also Read: Bollywood Beauty Priyanka Chopra Goes Universal ]
“I’ve known Rod and Arnold for many years and have been wanting to work with them for some time,” stated Grainge. “Rod possesses one of pop music’s most inventive and memorable voices; and we’re delighted to be part of the next great chapter in his already storied career.”
In July, Stewart (pictured above) will reunite with Stevie Nicks to reprise their Heart & Soul tour and in September he will return to his Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. All on the heels of his hotly anticipated first memoir and Christmas album, which are both, scheduled for U.S. release this fall.[ Also Read: Yahoo! to Deliver Spotify Music Service ]
During Stewart’s five decade-long career, he has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, scored countless charting hits, 18 Grammy nominations and two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He is a Grammy Living Legend and in 2007 was bestowed the prestigious CBE (Commander of The British Empire) title by the Queen of England.
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