DAVID BOWIE QUITS VIRGIN RECORDS

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The star leaves Virgin to launch his own independent label...

DAVID BOWIE has quit his record label Virgin Records, complaining that he’s had “too many years of bumping heads with the corporate structure”.

In a posting on the legendary singer’s official website (www.davidbowie.com), a statement confirms that Bowie has “declined” attempts to negotiate a new deal with Virgin and has now set up his own independent record label. Bowie will now record for his own label, ISO, and he is currently working on a new album with long-time collaborator TONY VISCONTI. The label, which was set up over a year ago and is based in New York and London, has already signed two other unnamed artists, one of which is a solo singer and the other a band.

Bowie commented: “I’ve had one too many years of bumping heads with corporate structure. Many times I’ve not been in agreement with how things are done and as a writer of some proliferation, frustrated at how slow and lumbering it all is. I’ve dreamed of embarking on my own set-up for such a long time and now is the perfect opportunity.”

He added: “I want to keep the whole experience at a human level. To characterize ISO, I think I would use guitarist Robert Fripp’s phrase and describe it as aiming to be ‘a small, mobile, intelligent unit’.”

Bowie is likely to release his new album for the label next year.