Van Halen Ready To Sign To New Label, Album Due Out In 2012, Allegedly

    The Van Halen “new album coming soon!” rumor mill continued at full capacity yesterday, as reports came out that the band is reportedly shopping its new album to a variety of labels, as they are technically free agents, after fulfilling their contract with Warner Brothers, the label that signed them close to 35 years ago. According to the report in Hollywood Reporter, Van Halen are close to signing with Columbia, and the band recently finished mixing the album, with an eye on a 2012 release date. So, you know, get prepared, I guess. Van Halen is (close to being) back, and you are excited? [Billboard]