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Rod the Mod inked by UMG

EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY, DON’T IT? UMG has inked Rod Stewart to a long-term worldwide record deal that will reunite him with Verve topper David Foster, Lucian Grainge and manager Arnold Stiefel announced this morning. Stewart and Foster last worked together on 1996’s If We Fall in Love Tonight. Guess the deal has been in place for some time now, because Stewart has already recorded a Christmas album, with Foster producing. It goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: Expect all-star duets. “I’ve known Rod and Arnold for many years and have been wanting to work with them for some time,” said Grainge. “Rod possesses one of pop music’s most inventive and memorable voices; and we’re delighted to be part of the next great chapter in his already storied career. UMG remains committed to artistic creativity and expanding opportunities for artists in the marketplace. And nowhere is this more evident than in our new partnership with an artist of Rod’s caliber.” Added Stewart, “I’m confident that by partnering with my fellow CBE, Lucian, and his cracking, top-notch company, we have the best team in the business. And the chance to work again with David Foster makes it that much sweeter.” Stiefel had the last word, enthusing, “This is a match made in heaven. Rod’s writing spirit has been rekindled, and Universal is the perfect keeper of the flame.” (6/27a)