Mark Knopfler Says New Album, "Privateering," Won't Be Released in the U.S.


MarkKnopfler.comMark Knopfler's latest studio album, Privateering, arrived in stores in the U.K. and many other countries last month, but if you're from the United States, you'll likely have to buy it as an import.  The former Dire Straits singer/guitarist has revealed that because of a disagreement with his stateside label, Warner Bros., the two-CD collection will not get an official U.S. release.

A message posted on Knopfler's official Facebook page explains, "There is a contractual dispute between Mark and Warner Brothers which has resulted in the current situation.  The record has been released in all other territories in the world as usual by Universal Music...[I]f the situation changes an updated statement will be issued."

Privateering is Knopfler's first-ever double-disc studio effort.  In a statement promoting the album, he notes, "I chose to make a double album this time just because of the sheer volume of material.  I didn't want to separate songs into blues and folk and country and I didn't want to leave songs on the shelf."

Perhaps Knopfler's U.S. fans will get the chance to purchase Privateering during the acclaimed rocker's upcoming North American tour with Bob Dylan.  The trek kicks off Friday in Winnipeg, Canada, and is mapped out through a November 21 concert in Brooklyn, New York.  Knopfler will be serving as Dylan's opening act.

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