Aussie singer-songwriter Ben Lee has enlisted his famous friends to work on his new album. Pop star/actress Mandy Moore and Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden will both contribute to the new release, called Ripe, which Lee hopes will emulate the success of his favourite Smashing Pumpkins album. Lee says, "Went to the Smashing Pumpkins album-wrap party and heard their awesome newie. Seriously, the heaviest and most intense thing they have ever done. Really exceptional. Sounds like the world needs a record like that right now."