The Libertines sign major label contract to deliver first new album in 10 years

The reunited band have been writing songs for a third studio LP

The Libertines have signed to Virgin EMI.

The reunited band released their last studio LP – 2004’s self-titled second album – through Rough Trade, but have now announced that they are signed to the major label.

The band inked the deal on Ko Si Chang Island in Thailand, a boat ride away from the Hope Rehabilitation Centre where Pete Doherty is currently in rehab, and have stated that they plan to release their third LP in 2015.

Speaking in a statement about the deal, Doherty said, “I don’t know what to say, I’m so happy. It was a beautiful day.” Co-frontman Carl Barât added: “After everything we have been through The Albion sails on course again, I couldn’t be more excited.”

The band’s managers, David Bianchi and Adrian Hunter, meanwhile said the following: “This deal has been a long time coming. The decision to sign to Virgin EMI was influenced hugely by Mike Smith’s [President of Music at Virgin EMI] history with the band. The other offers were varied and fantastic in their own right but in the end Mike’s previous experience and guidance of the guys was the factor that swung the band towards Virgin EMI. We are sure they have a good home and wish the guys all the success they have deserved for so long.”

Mike Smith originally signed The Libertines to EMI Publishing in 2002.

There had previously been much speculation over new recordings from the quartet, who reunited for the second time this summer to play a string of headline shows including an outdoor gig at London’s Hyde Park and three nights at the UK capital’s Alexandra Palace.

At the final Alexandra Palace gig, Doherty told the crowd that they would “probably” record a new album, while Barât also recently revealed that the pair had written five new songs for the record.

“We were both reminding each other of scores of tunes that we’d forgotten that had never seen the light of day. But Plan A is to write new things,” said Barat. “There’s about five new tunes on the work bench at this stage and that’s just from having been in each other’s company, not even sitting down to write. One’s called ‘Woke Up Again’, but that’s a working title.”

The Libertines released two studio albums before their split – 2002’s ‘Up The Bracket’ and 2004’s ‘The Libertines’.

Meanwhile, Doherty recently set up the Peter Doherty Hope Initiative to help other addicts, while Barât will release ‘Let It Reign’ – his first album with backing band The Jackals – on February 16, 2015.
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