Warner Bros. Records announced today that they have signed a global recording contract with international superstars Duran Duran.
Comprised of Simon Le Bon (vox), Nick Rhodes (keys), John Taylor (bass), and Roger Taylor (drums), Duran Duran have just completed work in London on their 14th studio album. Produced by Nile Rogers, Mark Ronson, and Mr. Hudson, the album is slated for release in September.
The band first teamed up with Rodgers as a producer on the band’s hit, “The Wild Boys.” This followed his remix of their first worldwide No. 1 single, “The Reflex.” The CHIC co-founder also produced their multi-platinum album, Notorious. Ronson (Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse) produced Duran Duran’s last studio album, 2010’s All You Need Is Now, which hit the #1 slot in 15 countries. The first single: “Pressure Off” from their upcoming release features critically acclaimed singer / songwriter Janelle Monáe. The new album also includes guest appearances by former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, and Canadian Juno-Award winning newcomer Kiesza. Below, you can read statements from Warner Bros. Records and Duran Duran bassist, John Taylor.
“I am thrilled to welcome Duran Duran into the Warner Bros. family,” said Warner Bros. Records President Dan McCarroll. “This is an iconic, enduring band that continues to make brilliant, timeless pop music. The combination of Duran Duran, Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson and Mr Hudson is a dream team, and the songs they have created together for this new record are as fresh and compelling as anything in the band’s long career. All of us at WBR are looking forward to working with Simon, Nick, John, and Roger as they begin this exciting new chapter.”
“We could not be happier to be making this deal with Warner Bros., and are looking forward to working on our forthcoming album release with not only their US team but also everyone else within the Warner family around the world,” said bassist John Taylor. “We are also excited that this deal means we will be reunited with our catalogue after years apart – and in that sense it really feels a little like coming home.”