EVANESCENCE Singer AMY LEE: ‘I Am A Free And Independent Artist’

amylee2012interview_638EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee has revealed that she is a “free and independent artist” who is no longer signed to any record label. Writing on her Twitter account on March 18, Lee said: “Today, for the first time in 13 years, I am a free and independent artist. I have wanted this for so long and I am so happy.” She added: “[I am] free from my record deal. I’m free to do anything, [EVANESCENCE] included.”

Lee in January sued her longtime label, Wind-Up Records, for at least $1.5 million over unpaid royalties and other alleged misdeeds, according to TMZ. Lee also alleged in her lawsuit that the company attempted to sabotage EVANESCENCE’s career by assigning them to under-qualified promotion executives who lacked fresh ideas on how to market and promote the group.

TMZ did not cite its sources for the report, nor did it obtain any official statements from either the label or Lee, who was seeking over $1.5 million in back royalties.

Back in November, Wind-Up sold most of its back catalog to the Bicycle Music Company and Concord Music Group, including the entire catalogs of EVANESCENCE, CREED, SEETHER and others.

EVANESCENCE, whose third, self-titled album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 when it came out in 2011, has sold 25 million records worldwide.

That last disc came out after a five-year hiatus and Lee told The Pulse Of Radio at the time that she wasn’t even sure if she wanted to keep on making rock music. “For me, it had really been such a long time for us coming back after, you know, five years or four years of not doing it, living normal life and not even thinking about EVANESCENCE for a lot of that time, it starts to feel like, is this really still me?” she said. “You know, have I outgrown this thing? Is this going to work anymore? You know. Who am I? [laughs]”

The band toured through mid-2012 in support of the CD, but has been inactive since then.

Lee announced at the end of January that she was expecting her first child. The 32-year-old did not divulge if she knew whether she was having a boy or a girl, or when the baby was due.

The singer has been married to Josh Hartzler, a therapist, since May 2007. The couple live in New York City.

With EVANESCENCE currently inactive, Lee recently completed her first film score, with collaborator Dave Eggar, for the movie “War Story”. The film premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

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ARCH ENEMY: ‘War Eternal’ Video Featuring New Singer ALISSA WHITE-GLUZ

archenemywarternalvid_638The official video for “War Eternal”, the title track of the ninth studio album from Swedish / American / Canadian metallers ARCH ENEMY, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, SONIC SYNDICATE and KAMELOT, among others.

Due in North America on June 10 via Century Media Records, “War Eternal” will introduce a new member to ARCH ENEMY‘s ranks: Alissa White-Gluz, former vocalist of Canadian extreme metallers THE AGONIST. Angela Gossow, who joined ARCH ENEMY in 2000 and made her debut on the now classic “Wages Of Sin” (2001), has stepped down as frontwoman and will focus on management, while Alissa takes her place.

Alissa White-Gluz previously stated about her addition to the ARCH ENEMY lineup: “I am very honored and happy to announce a new chapter in my life and musical career beginning now; I have joined forces with one of my all-time favourite and globally respected bands, ARCH ENEMY. ‘Wages Of Sin’ was the first metal album I ever bought, and it was love at first listen.

“It is not often that you get a phone call from your favorite band asking you to join! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such amazingly talented musicians whom I also consider great friends. I look forward to being able to write and perform at a whole new level now with ARCH ENEMY! Music is forever, metal is limitless and this is only the beginning!”

“War Eternal” was mixed by Jens Bogren (OPETH, PARADISE LOST, KREATOR) at Fascination Street in Örebro, Sweden.

ARCH ENEMY will debut new material on a short eastern European tour before the album is released; this trek will then be followed by an extensive run of European summer festivals, including Sweden Rock Festival, Wacken Open Air and many more. A full headlining tour in North America and Europe will take place in fall/winter 2014.

ARCH ENEMY in 2012 amicably parted ways with guitarist Christopher Amott and replaced him with American musician Nick Cordle (ARSIS).