Tori Amos Announces new partnership with Universal Republic Records

Tori Amos has teamed up with Universal Republic Records in a joint venture agreement to release a new studio album late spring of next year. Click on ‘continue reading’ below to read the full press release which includes all the details about Tori’s new partnership.

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Her upcoming Universal Republic debut (her tenth studio album), is currently scheduled for a late spring/early summer 2009 unveiling.  Every track on the album will be accompanied by a corresponding ‘visualette,’ featuring footage that has been captured over the past year.  Shot in HD and Super 8, the visualettes will incorporate a documentary style. “Tori is very much looking forward to a fulfilling creative relationship with Monte Lipman and the great team he has assembled at Universal Republic,” stated John Witherspoon, Amos’ manager, “The intricate development of this unique Audio Visual component to Tori’s musical presentation, which she has been crafting through her own Galactic Media company, is indicative of the outlier creative and strategic opportunities both Tori and Universal Republic hope to build upon in this extraordinary relationship.”

Innovative; influential; poetic; bombastic – indefinable multiple Grammy nominee, Tori Amos, has teamed up with Universal Republic Records, it was announced today by Monte Lipman, Co-President and COO of Universal Republic Records.  “We’re honored to welcome Tori Amos into the Universal Republic family,” stated Mr. Lipman.  “It was Doug Morris (Chairman & CEO, Universal Music) who originally signed Ms. Amos to her first recording deal, and we’re excited that they will be able to continue their association via Universal Republic. Tori has always exemplified the truest spirit of the independent artist, blazing a path for nearly two decades with a legacy of incomparable conceptual breakthroughs; as singer/songwriter; as social commentator; and as one of our most thought provoking visual performers.  We’re thrilled to be in a position to help facilitate the next chapter of her amazing career.”

In a unique venture in keeping with Ms. Amos’ and Universal Republic’s unconventional approach to the artist/record company relationship, the two powerhouses have joined forces to jointly navigate Ms. Amos next release, as well as correlate other ventures in tandem with Ms. Amos’ prolific creative output.  Her upcoming Universal Republic debut (her tenth studio album), is currently scheduled for a late spring/early summer 2009 unveiling.  Every track on the album will be accompanied by a corresponding ‘visualette,’ featuring footage that has been captured over the past year.  Shot in HD and Super 8, the visualettes will incorporate a documentary style.  “Tori is very much looking forward to a fulfilling creative relationship with Monte Lipman and the great team he has assembled at Universal Republic,” stated John Witherspoon, Amos’ manager, “The intricate development of this unique Audio Visual component to Tori’s musical presentation, which she has been crafting through her own Galactic Media company, is indicative of the outlier creative and strategic opportunities both Tori and Universal Republic hope to build upon in this extraordinary relationship.”

Ms. Amos’ most recent album, American Doll Posse, which has been hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as ‘her best album in years,’ was released in 2007 to a chorus of rave reviews. The captivating album, like many of her previous efforts, was tethered to a strong conceptual theme, with Ms. Amos inhabiting multiple archetypal female personae, a testament to her willingness to continue to challenge the thematic landscape and emotional currency of the female singer/songwriter.

With more than 12 million albums sold, and commanding a significant and uniquely loyal audience from the rock, pop, alternative, and under-the-radar regions of the music world, Ms. Amos has influenced a new generation of artists in a myriad of platforms.  Most recently, she was the catalyst for a one-of-a-kind anthology chronicling her career, the 500 page Graphic Novel, Comic Book Tattoo, featuring stunning visual interpretations of her songs by more than 80 artists, (including an introduction by friend and creative influence artist Neil Gaiman, creator of the Sandman series).

Regarded as one of the most compelling and emotionally fearless live artists in music today, her American Doll Posse World Tour, launched in the summer of 2007, saw her soar with her first full-fledged rock band in nearly a decade.  Media platforms such as the BBC lauded both her live show and album as ‘returning Tori Amos back to the forefront of a genre she defined… still pushing her own boundaries.’

Her genre-shattering breakthrough in the early 1990s, including 1991’s ‘Me And A Gun’ EP, and 1992’s masterwork, Little Earthquakes, single-handedly revived the piano-and-singer motif in rock music.  Little Earthquakes went on to sell more than 3 million albums worldwide, with subsequent Grammy nominated albums such as Under The Pink (1994), 1996’s Boys For Pele, 2001’s Strange Little Girls, and 2002’s Scarlet’s Walk continuing to explore broader themes.

Known for her extraordinary repertoire, groundbreaking videos and astounding visual transformations, an assortment of compilations have been intermittently released the past few years, including, A Piano: The Collection, a Rhino Records 5 Box set of classics, rarities, and never-before-released gems adroitly re-capping her career, a DVD compilation of signature Amos videos, Fade To Red in 2006, and 2008’s Live At Montreaux, a DVD release featuring the singer/songwriter’s earliest performances at the festival in 1991/1992.  In conjunction with her American Doll Posse Tour, Ms. Amos oversaw the release of the web-compatible Legs And Boots series, a complete collection of shows available for downloading, culled from her North American live trek.

Nominated for multiple awards, including ten Grammy’s, Ms. Amos has been working on a musical for London’s British National Theatre called The Light Princess tentatively scheduled to debut in 2010.


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