Grammy award-winning Zac Brown Band has signed a new global licensing agreement with BMG to release its next studio album this summer. The news comes as the band prepares to kick off the second leg of its successful Down The Rabbit Hole Live Tour in March, then The Owl Tour in May.

The upcoming still-untitled release will be marketed through BMG and BMG’s Nashville-based recordings business, BBR Music Group, through its Wheelhouse Records imprint.

The new set will likely include track “Someone I Used to Know,”  which incorporates dance-inspired production into their Americana roots-based sound. “That song is really personal to me. I had an awakening last year and just wanted to dedicate my time to all the things that really add value to my life and analyze the things that didn’t,” Brown told Billboard in an interview last week from Atlanta after playing a Super Bowl event. “It’s a song born out of strength and born out of being something better than you were; getting to reinvent yourself. That’s something we all can relate to and some people can hopefully use.”

The song helps set the tone for the new set, Brown says: “There’s some really personal songs on the record and some other ones that are pretty heavy. Then there’s some other ones that aren’t. There’s some songs that are so personal and so real that some of them I couldn’t even imagine having to play six months ago when we were writing them. There’s some songs that we wrote and perform that still just tear me up.”

Source : Billboard