Congratulations to LeAnn Rimes who took to Twitter this morning with some exciting news …. she’s signed a new record deal with RCA UK.
— LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (@leannrimes) June 13, 2016
Now come the questions.
After looking over RCA UK’s extensive list of artists, there’s Chris Brown, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears, etc., etc., etc. The list is very distinguished and long, but I don’t see any country singers. Does this mean LeAnn is leaving country music for good? Is she going to be packing up her bikinis and handsome husband and beatin’ feet for the UK? Will she start singing with an accent? Come on, inquiring minds want to know.
There aren’t many details, but we do know that she will be releasing her first single, The Story, on Friday, June 24 (press release below), with an album to follow later this year.
LeAnn famously sued her former label, Curb, in 2003 trying to get out of her longtime contract after turning 18. A judge refused and her contract didn’t end until 2013 after the release of her last studio album, ‘Spitfire’.
After leaving Curb, LeAnn sounded excited about what the future held for her, telling Us Weekly: “Right now, I’m actually ending a record deal that I’ve been in since I was 11, so 20 years at the same label. That ends next month, so, yeah, it’s exciting. I’m trying to lay out the land and figure it all out for the next 10, 20 years of my life.”
Well, no matter what kind of music she’ll be recording, let’s just hope LeAnn gets away from all the drama of the last couple of years and is happy and using that God given musical gift she has.
Here’s the press release:
World renowned vocal powerhouse LeAnn Rimes has signed a worldwide deal with RCA UK. Her first single will be The Story available from Friday 24th June, impacting 5th August. The track will be taken from her 16th studio album out later this year (global release plans incl USA to follow).
The Story is an emotional and heartfelt song which captures the raw intensity of LeAnn’s musical talent.
Leann said: “The Story is a song that resonates with me as WE are all a part of one collective, universal story. I fully embrace the journey I am on and have a deeper understanding of how every piece of my story serves a purpose in my evolution as a woman and an artist. This song is not only a love song but a song of self-acceptance and appreciation for life.
“I am elated to have Colin (Barlow) and the family at RCA UK by my side, as we share the same vision and passion for the future. Being surrounded by fantastic, forward thinking collaborators, I’ve never felt so comfortable and supported in my artistry. I feel like I found a true home.”
Colin Barlow, President of RCA said: “LeAnn Rimes is one of the music business’s finest singers, and it’s an absolute pleasure to welcome her to the RCA UK family.”
LeAnn Rimes is an internationally acclaimed singer and ASCAP award-winning songwriter. Globally, she has sold more than 44 million units, won two Grammy® Awards; 12 Billboard Music Awards; two World Music Awards; three Academy of Country Music Awards; one Country Music Association Award and one Dove Award. At 14, Rimes won “Best New Artist” and making her the youngest recipient of a Grammy® Award. Her debut album “Blue,” celebrates the 20th anniversary of its release this year. Out of the 42 singles she has released throughout her expansive career, LeAnn’s song “How Do I Live,” ranks #4 on Billboard’s “Greatest of All Time: Hot 100 Songs,” and it holds the record for being the second longest charting song ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. 15 of her multi-genre singles are top-10 hits, including “Can’t Fight the Moonlight” which went #1 in 11 countries.