Collective Soul Ink New Deal, Plan Next Album

(PR) Multi-Platinum rockers Collective Soul have inked a worldwide deal with Loud & Proud Records. The signing, which is Collective Soul's first since their former deal with Atlantic, marks the second official artist deal for Loud & Proud, a Roadrunner Records imprint focusing on new album projects from established artists.

The band will head into frontman Ed Roland's studio in early 2009 to begin work on the follow up to 2007's Afterwords, released on the band's own label, El Music Group.

Roland says, "With our independent spirit, Collective Soul is excited to partner with a label of similar outlook and goals. Together we are excited to take the next step in an ever evolving music business."

Loud & Proud President Tom Lipsky added, "Collective Soul is acclaimed for their compelling songwriting and precision recording and also known for tireless touring. We are proud to have them join Loud & Proud / Roadrunner Records and we look forward to bringing their new music to audiences around the world."

Globally known for mega-hits such as "Shine," "December" and "The World I Know," Collective Soul hails from Atlanta, GA and has produced 7 #1 singles and sold over 10 million records. The band broke into mainstream popularity with their 1993 debut album Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid. The group's self-titled second album arrived the following year and logged a 76-week run on the Billboard Top 200. 1999's critically acclaimed Dosage saw Collective Soul further its run as rock radio superstars. The first single "Heavy" set a new high mark for 15-weeks at #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart. "Tremble For My Beloved" also appears on the gold-certified soundtrack for the hit film Twilight.

The new album is expected summer 2009.

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