The Libertines Sign to Virgin EMI, Announce First Album Since 2004

Image Courtesy of Rough TradeThe Libertines have announced that they will be releasing their third album after signing a record deal with Virgin EMI. The currently untitled album will be the first since the British band's 2004 self-titled effort.

"After everything we have been through The Albion sails on course again, and we couldn't be more excited," reads a post on The Libertines' Facebook page. "This signals a new era and a new beginning for The Libertines."

The band signed the deal on Ko Si Chang Island in Thailand, which is, as Pitchfork notes, where notorious frontman Pete Doherty is going to rehab.

"I don't know what to say, I'm so happy," Doherty adds. "A beautiful day."

The Libertines broke up in 2004 following Doherty's very public struggle with addiction, as well as disagreements between him and band mate Carl Barât. The band briefly reunited in 2010 for the Reading and Leeds Festivals. They began touring again earlier this year.

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