Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Ben Lee: Doing It All For Barbecues And Babes

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Australian indie-pop artist Ben Lee has just released his newest CD, Awake Is The New Sleep, and owes it in part to barbecues and babes.

Lee – the former boyfriend of actress Claire Danes – says many of the songs on the new CD were “road tested” at “drunken barbecues in Los Angeles where I was trying to impress the girls.”

He says he was happy with the babes’ reaction to his ballads and figures it bodes well for the public reaction to the recording.

Still, Lee jokes that he isn’t leaving things up to chance. Awake Is The New Sleep was released yesterday (Feb. 22) and Lee spent the day driving around Los Angeles “buying up 20 or 30 thousand copies in order to ensure it enters the charts at a high mark.”

Lee will embark on a national tour on March 17 but he is spending the next few weeks promoting the album with some national TV appearances, an effort he compares to “cutting off the umbilical cord to a new baby.”

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