The Mercury Music Prize nominee is also facing a legal battle with '80s singer Taja Sevelle...

Badly Drawn Boy has announced a major UK tour and a new single, ‘DISILLUSION’, out on September 4 through TWISTED NERVE/XL.

‘Disillusion’ is taken from Badly Drawn Boy‘s Mercury Prize-nominated debut album ‘The Hour Of Bewilderbeast’ and features fellow Mancunians Doves. The single will be promoted by aHammer & Tongs video – the people who made Blur‘s ‘Coffee And TV’ and Supergrass‘Pumping On Your Stereo’ promos. Shot on location in New York the video features Badly Drawn Boy as ‘a human taxi’.

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The Badly Drawn Boy tour will call at: Leeds Metro University (October 12) Sheffield University (13) Liverpool L2 (14) Glasgow QMU (15) Newcastle University (18) Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall (20) Bristol University (21) Cardiff University (22) Cambridge Junction (23) Norwich Waterfront (25) Brighton Concorde (26) Manchester Academy (28)

He also appears on the Radio 1 Evening Session Stage at the Carling Weekend Festivals at Reading on August 26 and Leeds on August 27.

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Meanwhile, Badly Drawn Boy, aka Damon Gough, is facing the prospect of a legal battle with pop/soul singer Taja Sevelle after he used part of her 1988 track ‘Love Is Contagious’ for ‘Magic In The Air’ on ‘The Hour Of Bewilderbeast’.

According to a spokesperson for Badly Drawn Boy, Taja Savelle‘s publishing company BMG has a musicologist looking at the song and is considering what action to take over the track. If threatened with legal action, Gough plans to re-record the track for the American release of the album.

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