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Chart-topper dreams of duet with Van Morrison

Singer Aloe Blacc is surprised with the global success of his hit 'I Need A Dollar', which has topped the Irish charts for weeks.

The soulful song has clocked up more than one million sales worldwide.

However, the 32-year-old, who wrote the song after losing his job, wants his next single to be a collaboration with Irish rock veteran Van Morrison.

"His songs have a great sensibility. I'd love to write a few songs with him," Blacc said in Dublin yesterday.

But as Van has a personal fortune of €56m, it's unlikely he needs a dollar.

The Los Angeles musician was speaking at the launch of Arthur's Day, the annual event -- which takes place on September 22 this year -- to mark the anniversary of Arthur Guinness signing the 9,000-year lease on the St James' Gate brewery in Dublin.

Among the big-name acts performing in Dublin on the night will be Paloma Faith, Scissor Sisters and Ash.

Many of the major artists taking part will find themselves performing in small pub venues.

But singer Paloma Faith said that wouldn't faze her.

"I played for pubs for seven years before I got to where I am now. I think I got a lot of my soul playing in pubs," she said at the launch in Whelan's Bar in Dublin yesterday.

Irish Independent