Iggy Pop Signs With Atlantic & Andrew Watt’s Gold Tooth Records for Next Album Release
Punk icon Iggy Pop has signed with Atlantic Records, in partnership with producer Andrew Watt‘s Gold Tooth Records, for the release of his next album, the companies tell Billboard. Pop (born Jim Osterberg) kicks off the new exclusive joint venture between Atlantic and Gold Tooth.
“I’m the guy with no shirt who rocks,” said Pop in statement. “Andrew and Gold Tooth get that, and we made a record together the old-fashioned way. The players are guys I’ve known since they were kids and the music will beat the s— out of you. Have a great day.”
The first release from Pop’s forthcoming album, debut single “Frenzy,” is slated to drop on Oct. 28. The album is Pop’s first since 2019’s Free, released by Caroline International/Loma Vista.
“We’re incredibly excited to welcome Andrew and Gold Tooth into the Atlantic family,” said Atlantic Records chairman and CEO Craig Kallman. “As a brilliant producer and stellar musician, Andrew has the gift of elevating every project into a work of art. And, of course, we’re over the moon to have the legendary and phenomenal Iggy Pop as our first joint signing. Iggy’s groundbreaking work forever changed the rock landscape, and he continues to make boundary-crashing music. This also marks his return to the Warner family, more than 50 years after he made his recording debut with the Stooges on our sister label Elektra. Iggy’s never stopped evolving, and he’s made a fantastic album that we can’t wait for the world to hear.”
Added Watt, “Iggy Pop is a f—ing icon. A true original. The guy invented the stage dive…I still can’t believe he let me make a record with him. I am honored. It doesn’t get cooler. This album was created to be played as loud as your stereo will go…turn it up and hold on…”
Pop rose to fame as the lead singer of Detroit-bred band The Stooges, which released three seminal proto-punk albums in the late 1960s and early 1970s: The Stooges, Fun House and Raw Power. After parting ways for over three decades, the group re-formed and released two additional albums: 2007’s The Weirdness and 2013’s Ready to Die. As a solo artist, Pop has released a total of 19 albums, including classics like The Idiot and Lust for Life, both produced by David Bowie.
Watt is known to rock fans for his production and songwriting work on recent albums by Ozzy Osbourne and Eddie Vedder (he also plays guitar in the Pearl Jam frontman’s touring band), and earlier this year landed two hits on the Billboard Hot 100 with Ed Sheeran and Lil’ Baby’s “2step” and The Kid LAROI’s “Thousand Miles.” Most recently Watt co-wrote and co-produced the new single by Britney Spears and Elton John, “Hold Me Closer.” He has also worked extensively with Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Post Malone and 5 Seconds of Summer, among others, and in 2021 his diverse slate of work earned him the Grammy Award for producer of the year, non-classical.