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Monday Music News 2014 6.16
ED SHEERAN’S latest album hits outlets this week – simply dubbed x (pronounced “multiply”), the set arrives alongside Sheeran’s new schedule of tour dates, and includes a dozen new tracks in all. Two of the songs, “Photograph” and “Nina,” were co-written with Snow Patrol’s Johnny McDaid, and the albums first single, “Sing,” was helmed by uberproducer Pharrell Williams. Sheeran fans may have noticed the singer-songwriter sneakily previewing the album’s tracklisting on Instagram before the album was officially headed to stores.

WILCO’S Jeff Tweedy is planning to release a brand new solo album in September, a 20-song set that he’s calling Sukierae – he’ll be playing songs from the new set on a solo North American tour, backed by a new band called simply Tweedy that will include son Spencer Tweedy on drums and Jim Elkington on guitar. No word on a new proper Wilco album yet, though – they haven’t had a new one since their latest set, The Whole Love, dropped way back in 2011.

TENNIS are returning to follow up their 2013 EP Small Sound with a new full-length set as produced in triplicate by Patrick Carney (The Black Keys), Jim Eno (Spoon), and Richard Swift (The Shins.) Called Ritual in Repeat, the set will be released September 9 by Communion Records, and will be preceded by single “Never Work for Free.”

PYXIS POINTS | La Roux’s second studio album, Trouble in Paradise, is now slated for a July 7 release date | The Pretty Reckless are embarking on a North American tour this fall, starting September 10 in Boston | Bastille are heading back to the U.S. this fall, too with a preview stop at the new Late Night show with Seth Meyers | And a guitar owned and played by George Harrison – a 1962 Rickenbacker – sold recently at auction for over $600,000 dollars US. – Kristi Kates