Following its huge success in England and Ireland, David Gray's "Lost Songs 95-98" will be released April 17 via ATO in North America. The album is certified quadruple platinum in Ireland, and in Engl

Following its huge success in England and Ireland, David Gray's "Lost Songs 95-98" will be released April 17 via ATO in North America. The album is certified quadruple platinum in Ireland, and in England it debuted at No. 6 on the album chart last month. The acoustic set features 11 songs written by Gray during his "wilderness" years of 1995-98, following his exit from EMI after the unsuccessful "Sell, Sell, Sell" album.

"They would have just gone to waste, or become part of a mass of unreleased material," Gray tells Billboard.com of the compositions. "[That] was a really prolific time for me. Much as it was a bad time as far as my career went, I was writing like crazy. I wrote three or four albums' worth of stuff and this is a selection of acoustic tracks that went together in a very simple way."

The North American release of "Lost Songs" will come less than week after Gray sets off on his largest tour of the continent to date April 12 in Minneapolis. While in New York for a May 3 date at Radio City Music Hall, Gray will appear on "The Late Show With David Letterman" the day before.

Gray's latest album, "White Ladder," is at No. 50 on The Billboard 200 in its 29th week. Album track "Please Forgive Me" has been tapped as the next single, with a release date to be announced.

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