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Richard Ashcroft (born 11 September 1971, in Billinge, Wigan, England) is best known
as the lead singer of The Verve, an English rock band that he helped form in 1989. After that
band's demise in 1999, Richard Ashcroft embarked on a successful solo career.
Richard Ashcroft is good friends with Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher and Coldplay's Chris Martin. He occasionally plays as support at Oasis and Coldplay concerts, including the European and second UK legs of Coldplay's 'Twisted Logic Tour'. Richard Ashcroft recently described himself as "the best support act you'll ever see" after touring to support the band.
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Richard Ashcroft's third solo album, Keys to the World, was recorded with the co-operation of the London Metropolitan Orchestra, and released in January 2006. The first single from the album, "Break the Night with Colour", was released soon after and entered the UK Singles Chart at #3. Around the time of the album's release, Richard Ashcroft announced his largest UK tour for years for May 2006, culminating in three nights at London's Brixton Academy. He opened for the second half of Coldplay's tour, starting March 14, 2006, in Ottawa. The second single released from Keys To The World was "Music Is Power", which charted at #20. The next single, "Words Just Get in the Way", charted even lower, barely making it into the Top 40 at the number 40 position after receiving barely any promotion or airplay.
The Oasis track "Cast No Shadow" is dedicated to Richard Ashcroft, and it is believed that The Verve's 1995 song "Northern Soul" is dedicated to Noel Gallagher. Chris Martin introduced Richard Ashcroft as "the best singer in the world" when he performed "Bitter Sweet Symphony" (which Martin called "the best song in the world") with Coldplay at the London Live 8 concert in 2005. This was said by many of the people who attended that concert to have been the best act they witnessed during that day. On his second album, Human Conditions, Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson performs on the song "Nature is the Law".