The deal covers their three albums and future recordings...

THE WHITE STRIPES have signed to XL

RECORDINGS, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

In a statement issued to NME.COM this afternoon (August 24), XL confirm they have signed the


Detroit duo, after one of the biggest bidding wars of the year.

The statement reads: “Independent label XL Recordings has signed The White Stripes to a deal that covers their first three albums and future recordings. XL Recordings has seen continued success this year with the release of the Mercury Music Prize nominated Basement Jaxx album

‘Rooty’ and The Avalanches’ ‘Since I Left You’ album, which recently achieved gold sales in the UK.”

Richard Russell, owner of XL said: “We’re looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Jack and Meg. The White Stripes are one of the most exciting musical forces we’ve come across in a while and this continues our tradition of signing credible, innovative long term artists, starting with Prodigy and continuing with unique talent such as Badly Drawn Boy.”

Leo Silverman, head of A&R at XL added: “With their classic songs, their electric live performances and the raw, uncompromising nature of their music, The White Stripes are really doing something special. We expect and hope they will continue making those fantastic records, continue thrilling people with their highly charged shows, continue giving their fans their all.”