The Libertines songwriter inks record contract…

CARL BARAT is embarking on a solo career and has signed a deal, NME.COM can reveal.

Rumours have been rife that the remaining half of Libertines’ songwriting team would soon to strike out alone.

Now, it has emerged that Barat has signed a solo contract with Vertigo, the imprint of Mercury Records that brought Razorlight and Rapture to prominence.

Vertigo MD Greg Castell said: “Carl is one of the greatest talents in modern music. His contribution to Libertines was fundamental to the band’s success and we’re delighted to have the opportunity of working closely with him.”

Barat will be under the A&R eye of sometime Libertines manager Alan McGee, the founder of Creation Records. An album is expected by the end of the year.

Barat has also teasingly confirmed that his new band will contain members of Libertines.