Boy George signs first major record deal in 30 years

Singer Boy George has revealed that he has singed a record deal with BMG. It’s his first deal with a major label since the 1980s. It follows his success on TV shows such as The Voice and Celebrity Apprentice.

Talking to the MailOnline, George (real name George O’Dowd), said he was set to release an album of covers for BMG later this year. He says he is looking forward to performing material that didn’t focus purely on his own back catalogue.

The 57-year-old went on to say that his turn around in fortunes was directly related to his continuing sobriety and a new-found positive outlook on life.

George famously battled heroin addiction in the 80s. Although he successfully kicked that drug, he went on to cocaine and other drugs and fell foul of the law.

He was sentenced to community service in New York in the 00s after police found cocaine in his apartment, and sent to prison in Britain for four months in 2009 for the false imprisonment of a male escort. The two had got into a row at George’s home after both taking drugs and the singer handcuffed the younger man to a radiator.

‘I’ve come back home through my troubles to quite a positive place’

‘All that’s happening in my life is because I’m smiling, and I think that’s the best way to explain it,’ said George of the upswing in his career.

‘I feel I’ve worked really hard in the last three years and I’ve got amazing people around me. I’ve got a great manager now who totally gets who I am and who I can be and I couldn’t be happier in that respect.

‘For the last couple of years I’ve been excited about what I’m doing. I suppose I’ve come back home through my troubles to quite a positive place, and I’m just happy. From having a coffee in Starbucks to signing a record deal, it’s all great.

‘I think these things happen because they’re meant to happen. I feel like if I look at my career, I do believe the world is a reflection of how you feel at the time, and it’s a mirror of where you are.

‘I do feel really good, and certainly BMG are keen to do a record with me and I’m really keen to do a record with them. I want to be able to do my own record the way I want it.

‘I feel like this will be a nice fall back into the pool and it will be fun to go back on the road and do a tour that isn’t about my own nostalgia.’

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