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Bret Lee plans new album

Brett Lee is clearly on song after the overwhelming success of his duet with the iconic Asha Bhonsle.

india Updated: Jan 09, 2007 20:14 IST

Brett Lee is clearly on song and after the overwhelming success of his duet with the iconic Asha Bhonsle, the Australian tearaway pacer is now all set to record a studio album for release in India after the World Cup.

Brett Lee took half hour from last year's Champions Trophy schedule to pen the lyrics of "You're The One For Me", a duet he later performed with Asha Bhosle and the number got enough response to prompt Lee for a new one.

Australian daily "Sydney Morning Herald" quoted Lee recalling how the song came into being.

"We had talked about it for a while, but in the end it happened really quickly. We had a break in between games last year, so I wrote the lyrics in half an hour and we headed up to a studio in Mohali to record it. Then we hired a room in our hotel in Mumbai to shoot the video. I have been shooting commercials since I was 20, so it all came pretty naturally," he reminisced.

The Australian blond also revealed that he had a number of Bollywood offers on his platter but cricket being his priority, he is not going to bite at the bait.

"I have about a dozen offers on the table for roles in Bollywood movies, which I would love to do, but it is difficult because you need 50 or so days to shoot them," he said.

"But I definitely plan to record an album in the break after the World Cup. I'm hoping to write songs that appeal to Indians," Lee said.

One of the fastest bowlers who greet batsman on crease with what is known as "chin music", Lee is no alien to tunes and he is often seen travelling with his guitar. Lee is also a former member of "Six & Out", which also included his brother Shane.

Lee even teamed up with rival players to entertain selected crowd. Earlier this year, Lee and South African AB de Villiers played for the guests at a Johannesburg hotel after the third Test, while the Aussie blond also played with England skipper Andrew Flintoff in a hotel bar in Nagpur last year.

Lee also said he has immensely enjoyed working with Asha Bhonsle.

"She is the Aretha Franklin of India," Lee told the daily.

"It was amazing to work with her and is just as amazing to hear we have now gone to No 4. I don't quite know what that means, in terms of how many people have listened to it, but India has 1.2 billion people, so I'm guessing it's quite a few," he added.

First Published: Jan 09, 2007 20:14 IST