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Placebo sign deal with [PIAS]

By | Published on Monday 19 January 2009

More MIDEM announcements for you now, and [PIAS] have used the Cannes junket to announce they have signed the rather fabulous Placebo to a deal with their Integral division, the bit of the pan-European indie music firm that offers independent artists and labels major-label-style sales and marketing support for their releases.

The deal is part of Placebo’s plans to self-release their next long player having fulfilled their commitments to EMI. The as-yet-unnamed new album is the first to feature the band’s new drummer Steve Forrest, and has been produced by David Bottrill – it’s set for a June release.

Confirming the deal, the band’s Brian Molko told CMU: “We are delighted to be signing with [PIAS], one of the world’s most respected and successful independent music companies”.

“We were very lucky to have so many great labels interested in signing us, it means a lot, especially after 12 years of releasing records!! But we now feel we have the right partner for Europe in these ever-changing times to continue this crazy adventure and to scale even dizzier heights with our new record”.

[PIAS] co-founder Kenny Gates added: “I’m proud and delighted that Placebo have chosen [PIAS] as partner for the next stage of their extraordinary career. It looks like the band have delivered their best album ever, and one which we believe may prove to be the most important in their career and indeed the history of [PIAS]”.

“I believe that Placebo’s choice is based on a clear like-minded empathy and shared vision and ethos about the music business. This proves again the value of [PIAS] offering a broad range of services tailored to the specific needs of artists and labels rather than signing a traditional artist contract”.