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Band News (more headlines) 02-08-2014

The Strokes Sign Publishing Deal With BMG

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The Strokes, one of the most influential US rock bands of the past two decades, have signed a publishing deal for North America with BMG Chrysalis US, who now publish their catalog.

The five-piece, NYC-based group, comprising of Julian Casablancas (vocals), Nick Valensi (lead guitar), Albert Hammond, Jr. (rhythm guitar), Nikolai Fraiture (bass) and Fabrizio Moretti (drums), have sold over five million albums.

The Strokes' most recent album, Comedown Machine, was released in early 2013.

Formed in the late nineties, The Strokes released their debut album Is This It in 2001 with songs like 'Hard to Explain', 'The Modern Age' and 'Last Night' creating an immediate sensation and inspiring a new generation of post-punk bands. The album was certified platinum in the UK, where it won both BRIT and NME awards and garnered the band a rabid international fanbase. In 2009, NME gave the album the top slot on their Greatest Albums of the Decade list while Rolling Stone placed it second on a similar list.

The Strokes went on to release the UK platinum certified Room On Fire in 2003 and then First Impressions Of Earth in 2006, which entered the UK Albums chart at Number One. Their fourth studio album, Angles, was released in 2011.

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