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Boy George announces Kobalt partnership

By | Published on Friday 30 August 2013

Boy George

Boy George has announced that he will release a new solo album entitled ‘This Is What I Do’ on 28 Oct via his own label Very Me Records in partnership with Kobalt Label Services. This follows his signing with Big Life Management earlier this year.

He told CMU: “This is the first record I have ever made and owned myself. It’s very exciting to be a bit more in control of my work and to be doing this independently feels very liberating. Working with Kobalt adds to the excitement. I feel that I’m going to get more personal involvement from them, and have been very impressed with their work with Pet Shop Boys recently”.

Big Life’s Jazz Summers added: “We at Big Life are truly excited to be able to work with Kobalt Label Services on such an amazing project. The worldwide expertise of Richard Sanders coupled with Paul Hitchman’s experienced knowledge of digital releases and social media heads up an exciting team of people who really understand how to break artists internationally. It’s the perfect home for George’s label Very Me Records and we look forward to great success together”.

Speaking of Paul Hitchman, KLS’s MD, he had something to say to. And it was this: “Kobalt Label Services works with a wide range of artists from the newest developing artists to global icons, but for us it always starts with the music, and with ‘This Is What I Do’ Boy George has created an album of exceptional songs, spanning the personal and universal. We feel privileged and excited to be working with George and the Big Life management team to support the release of such a distinctive record by such a unique artist”.

The record features guest appearances from artists including DJ Yoda, Kitty Durham of Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Ally McErlaine of Texas / Red Sky July, Dreadzone’s MC Spee and Nizar Al Issa, some of whom will form part of Boy George’s live band.

Live band, you say? But surely a live band requires tour dates. Yes, and tour dates they have. Look:

3 Nov: Manchester, RNCM
5 Nov: Birmingham, Glee Club
6 Nov: Leeds, City Varieties Music Hall
7 Nov: Glasgow King Tut’s
9 Nov: Oxford, Academy 2
10 Nov: London Koko (Virgin Records 40th anniversary show)
11 Nov: Brighton, Concorde 2