Acclaimed U.K. rock act Ash has signed a stateside distribution deal with Kinetic Records for its most recent release, "Free All Angels," due June 25 in North America. The album topped the British alb

Acclaimed U.K. rock act Ash has signed a stateside distribution deal with Kinetic Records for its most recent release, "Free All Angels," due June 25 in North America. The album topped the British album chart when it was released last year in Europe on Infectious, and has since been certified platinum in the U.K., according to the British Phonographic Industry.

"We are incredibly excited about the opportunity to work with Ash," says Kinetic CEO Steve Lau, whose label is also home to U.K. rock act South and such DJs as Sasha and Digweed and Timo Maas. Citing the band's popularity internationally, Lau says Ash is ready to achieve stardom in the U.S. "We are committed to breaking them here," he says.

A spokesperson says an extensive stateside tour is planned around the time of the album's release, possibly with Infectious labelmates My Vitriol and Seafood. The first U.S. single will be "Burn Baby Burn," which was recently named single of the year at NME's Carling Awards. Ash will also make a previously announced June 3 appearance at the U.K.'s reactivated Isle of Wight festival.

Previously, Ash had been distributed in America on DreamWorks, which released the band's Butch Vig-produced "Nu-Clear Sounds" in 1999, and by Reprise, who issued its 1996 debut, "1977." That set featured the No. 11 U.K. single "Girl from Mars." Neither album dented the Billboard charts.

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