Pet Shop Boys sign deal with new label

  • Pet Shop Boys have left their record label Parlophone after nearly 30 years to sign with a newly-established firm.

    Their departure comes just a month after Parlophone was sold to Warner Music, following many years of being part of EMI.

    The chart veterans, known for their hits West End Girls and It's A Sin, have sold more than 50 million records.

    They will release a new album called Electric in June through Kobalt Music Services, a new wing of the Kobalt Music Group, which in recent years has emerged as a growing force in the music industry.

    The new arm of the company issued its first international album last month with

    In a statement, the group's Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe said: "This is a very exciting point in our careers. We'd like to thank everyone we've worked with at Parlophone over the last 28 years both in the UK and abroad. When we signed to the label in 1985 we had no idea how long and successful a relationship we were embarking on. However it is also exciting now to commence a new phase working with a new team in a new business structure and we look forward to a creative and equally fulfilling relationship with Kobalt."

    In response, Parlophone's president of A&R Miles Leonard said: "Few can say they have worked with any artist for 28 years, but Parlophone have and we are very proud of that. We have been fortunate enough to have been partners in one of the most successful careers in pop culture.”

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