| 19 Jun 2024
Warner Bros. Records inks global deal with Duran Duran

MUMBAI: English Rock band Duran Duran entered into a global recording agreement with record label Warner Bros. Records (WBR). As per the deal, the upcoming fourteenth album will be released under WBR in September this year.

The four member band- singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor, and drummer Roger Taylor, completed their work on the album. It is produced by Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Mr Hudson and Joshua Blair. According to reports, two choirs have given vocals for some track in the album. The first single ‘Pressure Off' from their upcoming release features critically acclaimed singer / songwriter Janelle Monáe. The album will also feature former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, and Canadian Juno-Award winning newcomer Kiesza.

In 2010, their last album ‘All You Need Is Now' went on to become number one in 15 countries.

Commenting on the contract, Warner Bros. Records president Dan McCarroll said, "This is an iconic, enduring band that continues to make brilliant, timeless pop music. The combination of Duran Duran, Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson and Mr Hudson is a dream team, and the songs they have created together for this new record are as fresh and compelling as anything in the band's long career. All of us at WBR are looking forward to working with Simon, Nick, John, and Roger as they begin this exciting new chapter."

"We could not be happier to be making this deal with Warner Bros., and are looking forward to working on our forthcoming album release with not only their US team but also everyone else within the Warner family around the world," said bassist John Taylor.

Taylor further added, "We are also excited that this deal means we will be reunited with our catalogue after years apart – and in that sense it really feels a little like coming home."

Duran Duran has been the recipients of Grammys, Brits, Ivor Novellos, six Lifetime Achievement Awards and a 20th Century Style Icon award from the City of Milan. Multi-platinum band has previously associated with record labels like Tapemodern/S-Curve Records, EMI Capitol/Parlophone, Hollywood Records, Unsigned and Epic Records/Sony BMG.