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by daryl goh
PETALING JAYA: Los Angeles-based Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna, 26, is set for a big year after inking a major label record deal with Verve Music Group in the United States.
Yuna's music career is poised for a broader worldwide reach with Universal Music Group's global distribution muscle behind Verve.
Yuna also joins Verve Music Group's stable of diverse artistes, which includes Diana Krall, Jamie Cullum, Herbie Hancock and Rod Stewart.
“Yuna has already started writing new music and is recording in Los Angeles. She is presently in the studio with producer Mike Einziger (Incubus guitarist),” said the singer-songwriter's manager Nor Zaina Wardah.
Yuna's debut album for the Verve Music imprint is due in the later half of this year.
Meanwhile, Yuna also contributes music on the soundtrack of the upcoming movie The Croods.
The 3D film, produced by DreamWorks Animation, will be released in March in the US.
After bursting on the local scene in 2008 and releasing two award-winning albums for the local market, Yuna decided to move to the US two years ago.
She built a profile for herself stateside with an EP, Decorate, and a self-titled album release under the New York-based independent Fader label.
Her self-titled debut in the US, with tracks produced by Pharrell Williams, was released in April last year.
Her contract with the Fader label expired late last year, leading to negotiations with Verve Music Group, which was quick to snap up the unsigned artiste.
Multiple Grammy-winning producer David Foster, who heads the creative operations of Verve, also recently tweeted: “I'm really excited about the next hot artist to join
@vervemusic Stay tuned and keep an eye out for @yunamusic in 2013.”
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