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Pet Shop Boys announce Kobalt partnership

By | Published on Friday 15 March 2013

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In an interesting development, Pet Shop Boys have announced they will release their new Stuart Price-produced album through a partnership with Kobalt Label Services, ending a nearly three-decade relationship with Parlophone Records.

Confirming the new partnership, the Pet Shops Boys, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, said in unison yesterday (well, I bet Neil said it with Chris looming in the background tapping on his iPhone): “We are hugely proud of the new album and are very pleased to be working in conjunction with Kobalt”.

They continued: “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”.

Confirming the deal from his side, Kobalt’s Label Services MD Paul Hitchman said: “The whole global Kobalt Label Services team is hugely excited to be a part of the forthcoming Pet Shop Boys release. We look forward to working in partnership with Neil, Chris, and [their managers] the Becker Brown team to maximise the potential of the record, which is already sounding like a classic”.

The PSB deal follows Kobalt’s partnership with another act formerly signed to an EMI subsidiary, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, who recently released their new album ‘Push The Sky Away’ with KLS. New Pets Shop Boys album ‘Electric’ will be released in June, though there’s an album trailer to enjoy right now.

Watch a trailer for the album here: