British singer George Michael is set to duet with a range of "really great" stars for a new album - but he's keeping their names under wraps for fear of "jinxing" the plans.

The former Wham! frontman has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music - including Elton John, Queen, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and MARY J BLIGE - and he hopes to repeat the successful formula in the near future.

He says, "The contract I have with Sony is for this album (PATIENCE) and for a couple of tracks for a duets album.

"I've been really lucky. I've sang with Elton and Queen and Aretha and Whitney and Mary J, people like that.

"I do have a couple of really great names for the duets but I'm not gonna jinx them by saying who. I've already spoken to a couple of artists."

15/06/2004 10:01