Arcade Fire sign for Columbia / Sony

Columbia Records, owned by Sony Music Entertainment.

It’s been known a good while for many, but now it’s 100% offficial. Arcade Fire have left Merge Records and Universal Music Group. They’ve signed for Columbia Records / Sony Music Entertainment. A Sony Music spokesman told Music Week: “We can confirm that Arcade Fire’s new album will be released on Columbia Records, both in the UK and US.”

A deal has been struck to release Arcade Fire’s next two albums (Everything Now + the following) through Columbia.

Arcade Fire will also move their entire back catalogue to Sony Music. Various sources have told MBW that the band has signed a worldwide deal with Sony for all of their past recordings, in addition to their new album.

MBV says: “Going back over the history books, you can expect Sony Music UK & Ireland boss Jason Iley’s fingerprints to be on the new contract. Iley signed Arcade Fire to UMG for multiple territories while running Universal’s UK-based Mercury imprint in 2005. The new global Sony deal is believed to have been struck in London.”

Based on what I’ve seen so far I’m all for this move, this is the first album launch that I feel has run smooth and professionally.

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