Rufus Wainwright Signs to BMG for New Studio Album

Rufus Wainwright Signs to BMG for New Studio Album
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Rufus Wainwright has signed a new deal with BMG for his forthcoming studio album.

While the record deal was announced today, so far few details have been revealed about the Canadian songwriter's upcoming album, which will mark his ninth and first proper studio effort since 2012.

The record has been described as "a return to form and his most accessible album to date," as well as "the bookend" to Wainwright's self-titled 1998 debut.

"Excited to join the BMG family," Wainwright said in a statement. "I have been feeling the love worldwide. The record business certainly has changed and I have to say with BMG it has changed for the better."

BMG's John Loeffler, meanwhile, said, "An absolute inspiration, Rufus's artistry knows no bounds and he continues to be one of the world's most inventive and thought-provoking songwriters. His new music has excited BMG across the globe and we're ready to deliver his new masterpiece to his fans around world. We are honoured to be his partner."

Wainwright's last proper studio album of original material was 2012's Out of the Game. However, he did release Prima Donna — an album recording of his 2009 opera — in 2015 and Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets in 2016.