U.K. rock outfit Coldplay has set a tentative June 18 release date for its as-yet-untitled sophomore Parlophone album. The band is currently mixing the finished tracks with producer Ken Nelson. "I won

U.K. rock outfit Coldplay has set a tentative June 18 release date for its as-yet-untitled sophomore Parlophone album. The band is currently mixing the finished tracks with producer Ken Nelson. "I won't degrade the work they've done by hyping it in my journal but basically it's f***ing good," manager Phil Harvey writes on the band's official Web site. "I wish I could say more now but I'm afraid we have an embargo on announcing anything until it's all finished."

"It's so fiddly and slow," Harvey writes. "Mixing a track can take anything between a couple of hours to six weeks (as has been the case on a couple of songs this time around). To a musical philistine like myself, the process appears to consist of playing a track hundreds and hundreds of times over and over again until you feel like you couldn't possibly listen to it ever again."

"Of course, this is nonsense," he continues. "Mixing is an absolutely crucial part of making an album and is incredibly hard to do well. This time around producer Ken Nelson and the band have decided to do it themselves and are proving to be as adept at knob-twiddling as they are at everything else."

The upcoming set is the follow-up to 2000's "Parachutes," which peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and has sold 1.2 million copies in the U.S. to date, according to SoundScan. Stateside sales of the album were propelled by the multi-format smash single "Yellow," which dented eight different Billboard singles charts, peaking at No. 6 on the Modern Rock Tracks tally.

Coldplay is expected to tour Europe and North America in support of the new album.

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