Singer-songwriter James Blunt is set to be the first major artist in the U.K. to embrace Facebook Places, the latest feature from the social networking site.

The tool allows Facebook users to publish their current locations on the site via their mobile. Users have to "check in" via a smart phone or the touch.facebook.com mobile site, to highlight their location on their personal Facebook page and news feed.

Ahead of the release of his third album "Some Kind Of Trouble" (Custard/Atlantic) on Nov. 8, fans who attend the album launch in London on Sept. 29 will be able to check in on Facebook Places at the venue location and stream three new tracks via Blunt's Facebook page.

Fans can enter to win tickets to the launch event at his website. Those who don't win can still find out the location and, if they are in the correct postcode (zip code), they will also be able to check in to the service and stream the songs.

Blunt plans to use the same initiative on his February 2011 U.K. tour dates, with gig-goers checking in at the venue on Facebook Places to download a live version of an album track. The promotion will be available to fans outside the U.K. when the feature becomes widely available across Europe.