The Libertines have a new record deal. After reuniting earlier this year to play their first shows since 2010, the band has announced that they’ve signed to Virgin EMI, and expect to release a new album next year. The deal was signed in Thailand, where Pete Doherty is going to rehab at the Hope Rehabilitation Centre. Doherty has been struggling with addiction since the band’s breakup in 2004.
The band posted about the news on their Facebook Page, with Doherty saying, “I don’t know what to say, I’m so happy. A beautiful day, today we signed a new record deal with Virgin EMI Records on Ko Si Chang Island. It’s going to happen. After everything we have been through The Albion sails on course again, and we couldn’t be more excited. This signals a new era and a new beginning for The Libertines”. The Libertines were initially signed to Rough Trade, the label with which they released two albums over the course of their career: 2002’s Up The Bracket and their 2004 self-titled album.