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Arcade Fire sign with Columbia Records, launch cryptic live stream

on June 01, 2017, 11:30am

Arcade Fire have signed with Columbia Records, ending a longstanding relationship with independent label Merge Records. The Sony Music imprint will release their next two albums, one of which is expected to drop some time this year.

Few details have emerged about the new deal, but according to Variety, Universal Music Group imprint Capitol Records also bid on releasing the Quebec art-rock group’s forthcoming music. Arcade Fire’s previous album, Reflektor, was distributed by Universal/Capitol.

Arcade Fire will keep Columbia on its toes right away, as the band is hours away from releasing a new single called “Everything Now”. Ahead of their performance at this weekend’s Primavera Sound, “super limited” 12-inch vinyl copies of “Everything Now” were sold at the festival. The single is expected to receive its official release this Friday, June 2nd.

In anticipation, the band has launched a cryptic live stream. The live stream’s website is designed to look like an old news broadcast; there’s a bright blue “Live” in the top left corner, a revolving globe with the letters “EN”, and the phrase “LIVE FROM DEATH VALLEY” in a banner beneath the words “Everything Now”.

radiohead everything now Arcade Fire sign with Columbia Records, launch cryptic live streamMerchandise emblazoned with “Everything Now” artwork has also appeared at Primavera, and posters have been spotted in Montreal and London. The band also posted a cryptic tweet about “Infinite Content”, though exactly what that means is currently unknown.

Arcade Fire’s last full-length LP was 2013’s Reflektor. Earlier this year, the band teamed up with Mavis Staples to release protest track “I Give You Power”. They also premiered six new tracks at a concert in Montreal last month in front of a crowd of just 50 people.

We should learn much more as soon as this weekend as the band is set to kick off a lengthy European tour at Primavera Sound. As of now, their only confirmed US date is a headlining appearance at Lollapalooza in Chicago. See their full list of upcoming tour dates:

Arcade Fire 2017 Tour Dates:
06/03 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound Festival
06/05 – Lyon, FR @ Nuits de Fourviere
06/07 – Scunthorpe, UK @ Baths Hall
06/08 – Edinburgh, UK @ Corn Exchange
06/10 – Newport, UK @ Isle of Wight Festival
06/13 – Belfast, UK @ Belsonic Festival
06/14 – Dublin, IE @ Malahide Castle
06/16 – Cologne, DE @ Tanzbrunnen
06/17 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
06/19 – Zagreb, HR @ INmusic Festival
06/29 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/01 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
07/02 – Berlin, DE @ Wuhlheide
07/04 – London, UK @ York Hall
07/05 – London, UK @ York Hall
07/06 – Manchester, UK @ Castlefield Bowl
07/09 – Belfort, FR @ Eurockéennes Festival
07/11 – Linz, AT @ Ahoi! The Full Hit of Summer
07/15 – Carhaix-Plouguer, FR @ Vieilles Charreus
07/17 – Milan, IT @ City Season Festival
07/18 – Florence, IT @ City Season Festival
07/19 – Nyon, CH @ Paleo Festival
08/06 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
12/15-16 – Buenos Aires, AR @ Festival BUE