Pearl Jam splits with Epic

Group considering jumping to J Records

Seattle rock giants Pearl Jam have split with their longtime label, Epic Records, the band confirmed in a Q&A session on their official Web site.

Announcement, which follows months of rumors that the group had been mulling a label change, was made with a simple “yes” in response to a query as to whether they had left their record company.

The band didn’t elaborate as to where they might sign on next, but members had said earlier they were considering Clive Davis’ J Records, among other imprints. Also unclear is whether the group will retain the rights to their back-catalog of albums, including the multiplatinum hits “Ten” and “Vs.”

Pearl Jam is currently on an extensive U.S. tour, which will hit Gotham in early July with two dates at Madison Square Garden. The band’s most recent CD, 2002’s “Riot Act,” has sold roughly a half-million copies in the U.S.

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