September 12, 2005

Korn signs multifacted deal with Virgin

By Jonathan Cohen

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Rock act Korn has signed a new deal
with Virgin Records that covers not only a recording deal but
also a partnership with parent company EMI Music for touring,
music publishing, merchandising and sponsorship.

The former Epic group's as-yet-untitled Virgin debut is
expected before the end of the year.

EMI says the new deal is modeled on its arrangement with
U.K. superstar Robbie Williams, in which both parties benefit
from the revenue generated by non-album activities.

"I always felt like I was working for a record company,"
Korn frontman Jonathan Davis said in a statement. "Now I feel
like we have a true partner. I'm looking forward to this new
chapter in our career."

Korn has racked up U.S. album sales of nearly 15 million
copies since 1994, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The new
album will be the follow-up to 2003's "Take a Look in the
Mirror," and will also be the band's first since guitarist
Brian "Head" Welch departed in February to follow God.

The group is in the midst of a European tour that concludes
September 22 in Moscow. A North American outing is in the
planning stages.