US singer Anastacia will release her next two albums via BMG's much talked-about masters model.
The first release under the deal will be It’s a Man’s World, produced by producer-writer Glen Ballard, an album comprising Anastacia’s take on a collection of classic male rock songs. The tracklisting includes Best Of You (Foo Fighters), Ramble On (Led Zeppelin) and Dream On (Aerosmith).
It will be released by BMG on November 9 in GSA (Germany, Switzerland and Austria) and Benelux. Distribution will be handled by a range of partners in different territories, with Rough Trade handling the release in Germany.
A brand new album of original material will follow from Anastacia, also to be released in partnership with BMG.
BMG's masters model offers artists a bigger share of royalties derived from their records than traditional record deals, but with much less in the way of an advance. Dexys released their album One Day I'm Going To Soar via BMG earlier this year, distributed in the UK by Absolute.
Anastacia’s debut album Not That Kind sold over five million copies worldwide, with hit songs including I’m Outta Love and Not That Kind, Freak Of Nature, Anastacia’s second album release in 2001, sold over 4.5 million units, going multi platinum in more than 14 countries, with over one million albums sold in Germany alone. Her third self-titled album, Anastacia included the hits Sick And Tired and Left Outside Alone.
In Europe alone, Anastacia has career sales of more than four million albums in the UK, three million in Germany, 1.4 million in Italy and 1.2 million in France. This month she heads out on the road for the Night of the Proms European tour kicking off in Stockholm on September 27 backed by a full 67-piece orchestra.
BMG Managing Director of European Repertoire Fred Casimir said: “Anastacia is an international superstar with a huge appeal, particularly in Europe. We are very pleased that she has chosen to release her next two albums in partnership with BMG.”
Anastacia’s manager Craig Logan, said: “We’re delighted to partner with BMG. For artists like Anastacia with a strong sense of who they are and where they’re going, the BMG model is really interesting, because it gives you more control and real transparency.”