Professor Green signs record deal with Sony

Rapper Professor Green has signed a new record deal with Sony to release his new album. The 32-year-old rapper will be reunited with Shabs Jobanputra, who signed the "Read All About It" hitmaker to Virgin in 2010, at Relentless and is thrilled to be working with someone "fair" and "forward-thinking" again, reported Female First.

Green, whose real name is Stephen Marsden, said, "Shabs was first out of the blocks for a second time round -- it's great to be back in the hands of someone fair, forward-thinking and committed."

A source said of the signing, "Sony and Relentless are chuffed to have signed Professor Green. There was a real battle for his signature but he and Shabs have a lot of history, and that really helped.

"As far as Professor Green is concerned, he feels -- considering everything that's gone on for him recently -- that this is a hugely exciting, fresh start. He's really pleased with how his music is sounding, and now just wants to get back to focusing on that."

The "Remedy" hitmaker split his wife, former "Made in Chelsea" star Millie Mackintosh, in February and the new record will reference their marriage split.

The forthcoming album will be Green's first since his 2014 hit LP "Growing Up in Public".