Kenny Rogers announces deal with WB & a new album on the horizon

The multi-Grammy winning country-superstar will be returning to where it all started by signing a new long-term deal with Warner Brothers Records.

The legendary music icon made the revelation during the first of his two nights as the Artist-in-Residence at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

“I am very excited about this, and I hope that we are right and people do want new music from me,” he told sold-out audience of the Ford Theatre.

“I’m looking forward to returning home to Warner Bros. Records after all these years,” he said in a statement regarding the record label he first worked with in 1967. “Our history together, combined with the incredible team that’s in place now, provides the catalyst for a great new relationship going forward.”

Recognized as one of the greatest entertainers and storytellers of all time, Kenny celebrated his 50th year in show business in 2008. In the incomparable span of his career, Kenny has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and recorded more than 65 albums.

His long list of timeless classics includes an impressive 24 No. 1 hits – “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Lucille,” “She Believes in Me,” “Islands in the Stream,” and “We’ve Got Tonight” among them. Two of Kenny’s albums, The Gambler and Kenny, are featured in the About.com poll of “The 200 Most Influential Country Albums Ever” and his Greatest Hits album has sold over 24 million copies worldwide to date. He is the RIAA’s 8th best-selling male artist of all time with 1 Diamond album, 19 Platinum albums and 31 Gold albums.

The 73-year-old, whose catalog on Warner Bros./Reprise Records includes a string of multi-platinum albums and career hits recorded over the span of several decades, returns to where it all began in 1967 when his career was ignited with his mega-hit with the First Edition, “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)”, before moving on to other labels, most recently Capitol. His new album is being produced by award-winning producer, Dann Huff, and is expected out later this year.

“With his unique storytelling ability and soulful voice, Kenny Rogers’ music has touched generations across all musical formats. He has not only had a remarkable career but is truly an American icon,” said John Esposito, President & CEO of Warner Music Nashville. “Warner Music Nashville looks forward to continuing his musical legacy but more importantly, having him back home at Warner Bros. Records.”

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