Following last week's announcement that silverchair have split with their former label, murmur/Sony, it was revealed today that the multinational record company is planning to release a compilation album of existing silverchair recordings within weeks.

According to Australia's Triple J radio network a spokesman for Sony Music has confirmed that the company is currently preparing "... a double CD featuring all of the band's singles plus some rare B sides".

Title, tracklisting, and release dates are all still unannounced but according to the Triple J report the compilation album has been put together entirely by Sony Music and none of the members of silverchair have been involved in it.

silverchair's manager John Watson had no comment to make regarding the album. However he did confirm to chairpage that under silverchair's former recording contract, Sony is legally entitled to repackage the band's existing recordings.

The report by Craig Kamber on Triple J noted that it is very common in the music industry for record companies to have the right to release so called "Best Of" albums once a recording contract has run its course.

Kamber also said that he felt silverchair's best work would probably happen "... over the next four or five years". He noted that he had recently had a conversation with the band's frontman, Daniel Johns at "a social function" and that the singer seemed to be "in great spirits" and "unbelievably focussed and positive".

In a statement issued to chairpage last week Daniel revealed that he and his bandmates will record a new album next year. He also revealed that the band is currently busy rehearsing for the biggest gig of their career to date - an appearance in front of 250,000 people at Rock In Rio in January.

"I've been writing lots of new songs and I'm really pleased with how they're coming together", said Daniel Johns. "Ben, Chris and I are looking forward to playing in Rio and to making more music together."

An announcement regarding which label has scored the highly prized right to release these future silverchair recordings is expected within the next four weeks.