January 6, 2007 11:07

Ian Brown chases Paul McCartney for new album

Singer looks to legendary Beatle

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Ian Brown is trying to recruit Paul McCartney for his forthcoming fifth album.

The former Stone Roses singer has been collaborating with a wide range of musicians and producers for the LP, entitled 'The World Is Yours', including former Smiths and Happy Mondays bassists Andy Rourke and Paul Ryder.

Now Brown is looking to rope in the Beatles legend for the follow-up to 2004's 'Solarized', which is due out later this year.

He told NME.COM: “I spoke to his assistant, I was like, ‘Me name’s Ian Brown and I’m a singer’, and she was like, 'Yeah I’ve heard of you'. (London's) RAK studios where we're recording the album is only round the corner from where he lives. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, I don’t mind waiting for him! I’d put it back for him.

"I just think in the last 40 years, no one’s touched McCartney on the bass. It’s a bit of a pipe dream, but if you don’t ask, you don’t get, so I’m going for it.”

For more on Ian Brown's forthcoming album check this week's NME, on sale at all good newsagents now.

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