Richard Ashcroft to release United Nations Of Sound + "Are You Ready?"

Richard Ashcroft, British rock legend best known as the leader of monumental band The Verve has signed with Razor & Tie.

Richard Ashcroft - The United Nations Of Sound

His latest and most ambitious solo work to date, United Nations Of Sound, will be released in the US on March 8, 2011.

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The 12-song album was produced by noted hip-hop producer No I.D. (Kanye West, Jay-Z, Common) who assisted Richard in creating a huge sound that makes use of live orchestration, big beats and his widest range of influences yet.

Songs from The United Nations of Sound are already in great demand and enjoying massive worldwide exposure through television and film placements.

The anthemic lead track "Are You Ready?" is featured in Volkswagen's new Jetta ad campaign, had been in promos for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Finals and is currently being used in FOX's broadcasts of Major League Baseball's postseason games including the opening of the World Series. Another track, "She Brings Me the Music" was recently featured in NBC's hit series Chuck.

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The forthcoming Matt Damon sci-fi flick The Adjustment Bureau will include a new song written and performed specifically for the film's opening by Richard and ten-time Oscar-nominated composer Tom Newman. The film will also feature "Are You Ready?" over the closing credits.

Richard Ashcroft first came to prominence as the enigmatic, often controversial singer for The Verve in 1992. After two acclaimed albums the band finally exploded in America on the strength of their third, 1997's Urban Hymns which contained the all-time classic "Bitter Sweet Symphony" propelling it to Platinum.

After their break-up in 1999, Richard launched his solo career the next year with the album Alone With Everybody, reaching #1 on the UK album chart. He followed with 2002's Human Conditions and Keys to the World in 2006 before reuniting with The Verve for 2008's Forth which they supported with a major world tour. The Verve split for good in 2009.

Richard will embark on his first solo tour of the U.S. in six years in 2011 to support the new album The United Nations of Sound.

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