You can hear 'Around The Sun' for free...

REM are previewing their forthcoming album ’AROUND THE SUN’ online now.

The veteran band have partnered with social networking portal My Space to offer fans the chance to listen to tracks from the album for free.

The preview also provides links to iTunes clips, ringtones, photographs, wallpaper and tour dates.

MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe said: “REM is one of those legendary bands that create an eventlike atmosphere on our site. This is a unique chance to get millions of people talking, simultaneously, about the new album.”

“We expect many more deals like this in the future,” DeWolfe continued. “It’s a new way for indie and major labels to get their music out to the masses, and we believe it will work out well for the labels, MySpace and for music fans,” reports Reuters.

The album gets its official release on October 4, preceded by first single ’Leaving New York’ on September 27.

REM will play ten dates in the UK in support of the new album next year.

The tour dates run:

London Hammersmith Apollo (February 19)

Sheffield Hallam FM Arena (21)

Glasgow SECC (22)

Birmingham NEC (23)

Lancashire County Cricket Ground (June 17)

Loch Lomond Balloch Country Park (18)

Hull The KC Stadium (July 5)

Nottingham Forest Football Club (6)

London Hyde Park (9)

Cardiff Millennium Stadium (10)

For ticket availability, [url=]click here or call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.