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Queen confirm deal with Universal

By | Published on Tuesday 9 November 2010

As pretty much expected, Queen have confirmed they are leaving EMI’s Parlophone label, their home for forty years, and have struck up a new partnership with Universal Music. The remaining members of the band have been known to be discussing such a move with Universal for quite some time. 

The new deal, which is global excluding North America, will see Universal’s Island label handle the band’s back catalogue, with a series of remastered album reissues now being planned to coincide with Queen’s fortieth anniversary. Confirming the new deal, Brian May told reporters: “We are very excited, after all this time, to be embarking on a new phase of our career – with a new record company, with new ideas, and new dreams”.

Universal’s top man Lucian Grainge said in a statement: “Queen rewrote the rock n roll rule book 40 years ago, and you can count at least three generations of artists who are under their influence. So now we’re under their influence at Universal Music, and we are looking forward to writing chapters together for the new rule book”.