The NME Cool List winner takes to Twitter to express her delight

Azealia Banks has signed a record deal with Universal Music.

The rapper, who was crowned Number One in NME‘s Cool List last year, took to Twitter to announce the news earlier today (January 18).

She wrote:

God just dealt me a new hand today a reaaaaaaaaaaallllly good hand. I am now officially signed to Universal Music.

Banks also said her debut LP is likely to drop in May or June. She was previously signed to XL Recordings.

The rapper is currently working on the record in London and New York with Paul Epworth.

To read more about her debut and the biggest albums of 2012 including new records from Muse, Biffy Clyro, The Killers, The Stone Roses and many many more, pick up this week’s issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands and available digitally now.

Banks will play a headline show at London’s Heaven venue on February 27. You can watch the video for her single ‘212’ by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

Before her London show, Azealia Banks will appear as the opening act on the 2012 NME Awards Tour. Two Door Cinema Club will headline the tour, with Metronomy and Tribes also on the bill.

The tour kicks off in Glasgow at the O2 Academy on February 8 – it then takes in dates in Newcastle, Manchester, Nottingham, Leeds, Norwich, Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol and Bournemouth, before finishing up at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 25.

The NME Awards Tour 2012 will visit:

O2 Academy Glasgow (February 8)
O2 Academy Newcastle (9)
Manchester Academy (10, 11)
Nottingham Rock City (14)
O2 Academy Leeds (15)
Norwich UEA (17)
O2 Academy Birmingham (18)
Cardiff University (19)
O2 Academy Bristol (20)
O2 Academy Bournemouth (22)
Brighton Dome (23)
O2 Academy Brixton London (25)

To check the availability of NME Awards Tour tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

In photos – meet the stars of the NME Awards Tour 2012

The history of the NME Awards Tour

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