|George Benson & Van Morrison recording session for "Higher Than The World" duet in August 2014.|
Van Morrison will release his as-yet-untitled 35th studio album on RCA Records in early 2015, the label confirmed Tuesday. The set will be a follow-up to 2012’s Born To Sing: No Plan B, which was released via Blue Note and debuted and peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard 200.
“We are thrilled to have Van Morrison, the iconic musical visionary and legend, join the RCA roster,” RCA President and COO Tom Corson and CEO Peter Edge said in a joint statement. “He is one of the most prolific and talented songwriters and performers in music today and we are honored to have him join us at the label and work with him on his forthcoming new album.”
Added Morrison in a statement, “I am looking forward to working with Tom, Peter and the RCA team as we plan release of the new project for next year.”
The upcoming set will mark Morrison’s first set for Sony Music, following a long stint with Warner Bros. in the 1970s (Astral Weeks, Moondance), a 7-year run with Mercury in the 1980s and stints with Polydor, Exile, Virgin/Point Blank and Blue Note. Though he continues to tour extensively through Europe, Morrison hasn’t performed in the States since a U.S. tour wrapped in November 2013.