Kylie Minogue has signed a new record deal with Roc Nation, the record label owned by rapper Jay-Z.
The 44-year-old pop singer announced she was joining Jay-Z’s roster on Wednesday. Other artists signed up to the record label include the likes of Rihanna, MIA, and Willow Smith.
In a warmly worded announcement, Roc Nation declared:
“We would like to welcome Aussie singer, recording artist, songwriter, actress and designer Kylie Minogue to the Roc Nation family!”
Roc Nation has been shopping around extensively for new signings in recent weeks. Just a few days ago, the label revealed a deal with producer and rapper Timbaland.
Speaking to Billboard, a publicist for the pint-sized Aussie singer confirmed the Roc Nation deal was “purely a management contract” and that Minogue remains signed to Parlophone Records, who will “soon” be releasing her new single.
Minogue’s 12th studio album is also expected soon; the record has been in development for close to a year.
Many industry commentators think Minogue signing with Roc Nation is the singer’s attempt to crack the huge US market. While Minogue’s singles regularly top charts in the UK, much of Europe, and her native Australia, she remains far less popular in the US than acts such as Rihanna, Taylor Swift, and Beyonce. Indeed, the last hit single Minogue enjoyed in the States was “Can’t Get You Out of My Head,” a track released in 2001.
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