This fall, Rufus Wainwright and producer Mark Ronson settled in a Brooklyn recording studio, Dunham Sound, and set themselves to the task of creating Wainwright’s seventh studio album, Out of the Game. Among other things, the record is inspired by the birth of Wainwright’s daughter, Viva Wainwright Cohen, in February 2011; the death of his mother, singer/songwriter Kate McGarrigle; and his engagement to partner Jorn Weisbrodt. According to the singer, Out of the Game is “the most pop album I’ve ever made” and includes musical influences from the legendary David Bowie, Elton John, and Queen.

The title track and lead single, “Out of the Game,” premiered February 29 when Wainwright interviewed on BBC Radio 2’s The Jo Whiley Show. It became available for purchase on itunes this week, with the rest of the album going live in the US on May 1. The single is indicative of the album and has a 1970s slow-rock vibe. Fittingly, it includes guitar from Sean Lennon, backing by sister Martha Wainwright, and a laundry list of today’s who’s-who in the music world as supporting guests.

In addition, the singer has announced four tour dates for the US this spring including:

5/9/2012 – Brooklyn, NY – BAM
5/11/2012 – Oakland, CA – FOX THEATER
5/12/2012 – Los Angeles, CA – ORPHEUM THEATER
5/13/2012 – San Diego, CA – HUMPHREY’S

By way of Wainwright’s family obligations, his opera release, Prima Donna, and his private nature, catching Wainwright live is a rare treat. Make sure not to miss him as he comes through LA, and if you don’t live near any of these tour locations, make sure to check Wainwright’s Official Webpage for the release of a video for “Out of the Game” featuring actress Helena Bonham Carter, which is slated to release in the next few weeks.