Stormzy has signed with Atlantic Records in the U.K. and will work with new artists to his own #MERKY label as part of the deal. The grime MC announced the news on January 20 by sharing a group shot including himself alongside executives from the #MERKY team plus Atlantic U.K. and parent company Warner Music.
Gang Signs & Prayer, Stormzy's 2017 debut album, was released independently with the artist deciding against signing with a label. The record was, however, distributed via Warner’s ADA label services.
Announcing the news on Instagram, Stormzy wrote: "Beginning of a new chapter. Looking forward to delivering more music, more bodies of work and to start developing and working on new talent on the #MERKY roster. Let’s work. ❤️🙏🏿"
Ben Cook, president, Atlantic Records U.K., told Music Week: "We’re thrilled to join forces. Together we’re going to take Stormzy global, and fill the #Merky roster with fresh new talent.”