Logic has signed with BMG after exiting his previous deal with Def Jam, the Bertelsmann label announced Thursday (June 30). The first new music from the rapper-producer’s forthcoming studio album is expected soon.
The international, multi-album partnership with BMG allows Logic to own his own sound recordings for the first time in his career. The move marks the artist’s first label switch since releasing his debut studio album, Under Pressure, via Def Jam in 2014.
“There’s a lot of bulls— in the music industry,” Logic said in a statement. “I’m just glad to move on to a place where I can be independent and respected as an artist, and feel like I’m in control of my career.”
Tim Reid, senior vp of repertoire and marketing at BMG, added, “As an artist, creator and entrepreneur, Logic is the perfect fit for BMG and we are excited to join forces. He has a unique authenticity that has consistently enabled him to remain among the best in the business.”
Logic previously hinted that he planned to depart from Def Jam/UMG in July 2021, saying on the track entitled “See You Space Cowboy”: “We actually out here recording this album/ It’s going to be my last studio album on Def Jam.” His BMG deal was later teased on “Sayonara,” the last song on his most recent album, Vinyl Days, with the lines “Independent now, won’t double back, I rep the BMG” and “Independent s— next, BMG, VMG, Bobby Boy, Sayonara”.
Dan Gill, BMG’s executive vp of recorded music for Los Angeles, added of the signing, “Our new partnership is an incredible opportunity to begin the next chapter of Logic’s career and further expand his brand. Everyone at BMG is well-positioned and prepared to amplify his creative vision and elevate his music to the next level.”
In addition to placing a total of six albums in the top five of the Billboard 200, including two No. 1s (Everybody and Confessions of a Dangerous Mind), Logic has earned 22 placements on the Hot 100, including two top five hits: “1-800-273-8255” feat. Alessia Cara & Khalid and “Homicide” feat. Eminem. He hit No. 1 on Billboard‘s Artist 100 chart in 2018.
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