Richard Ashcroft, best known as the leader of the popular ’90s band The Verve, has signed with Razor & Tie. His new solo album, The United Nations Of Sound, will be released in the United States in early 2011. The 12-song album was produced by noted hip-hop producer No I.D. (Kanye West, Jay-Z, Common).
Songs from The United Nations of Sound may already be familiar to you as they are getting television and film placements. The anthemic lead track “Are You Ready?” is featured in Volkswagen’s new Jetta ad campaign (viewable here), had been in promos for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Finals and was 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. 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 Ashcroft and ten-time Oscar-nominated composer,Tom Newman. The film will also feature “Are You Ready?” over the closing credits.
Ashcroft is expected to embark on his first solo tour of the U.S. in six years in 2011 to support the new album.