According to reports, after 35 years at Warner Brothers, Van Halen has left them for SONY.
An insider revealed that Columbia Records will be the new home for Van Halen and A&R Executive Stephen Ferrara will be overseeing the next Van Halen album. The album is slated to be released sometime in 2012 and will be the first album that David Lee Roth will be featured on since 1984.
Another insider at Columbia says that “nothing has been signed yet, but Columbia has been in the lead for a long time.”
Ferrera came to Columbia in June after spending three years at EVP of A&R at Island Def Jam, working with acts such as Bon Jovi and Ne-Yo. He previously worked at a senior A&R role at RCA, where he worked with artists such as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.
I wonder why Van Halen would leave Warner Brothers after 35 years???