March 27, 2002
Columbia Records announced today that it has signed David Bowie to a multi-record deal through the artist's ISO Records, and will release Heathen, his first studio album in three years, on June 11.
The album marks the artist's first studio collaboration in more than two decades with producer Tony Visconti, who has worked with Bowie on numerous albums throughout his career, including Young Americans, Low, Heroes and Scary Monsters And Super Creeps.
According to Columbia Records Chairman Don Ienner, "David Bowie is simply one of the most distinctive, influential and exciting artists of our time, and Heathen is a remarkable addition to his incredible body of work. The album is filled with amazing songs and performances that evoke vintage Bowie without ever looking backward, and I think it's the album that his worldwide audience has been waiting for. Music needs David Bowie right now, and we couldn't be more proud that he has chosen Columbia as his new home."
Regarding his signing to Columbia, Bowie said, "I can't think of a better home for the music that will be made for ISO than Columbia. After my first couple of meetings with the guys at Columbia, it was apparent that their enthusiasm for what Tony and I are doing right now borders on boundless."
Following the release of Heathen, Bowie is expected to perform on a series of European and American festival dates this summer. He will also act as curator of the prestigious Meltdown Festival in London during June.