George Michael is back in the recording studio - despite announcing his retirement from the music industry.

The FAITH singer vowed last year (04) PATIENCE would be his last conventional album, because he was sick of the mediocre tunes record labels were releasing - and he no longer wanted to be part of the pop scene.

However, Michael's partner Kenny Goss insists the singer is now busy working on tracks for a new album of duets.

He says, "George is busy with his new album.

"He wants to get it done by the end of the year, so he hasn't been out much."

24/04/2005 14:15