Irish singer Damien Rice has infuriated record bosses by fleeing to a Burmese retreat just after scoring his first hit single.

The CANNONBALL singer is being pursued by eager executives, desperate to capitalise on the success of the haunting track but have been unable to contact reclusive Rice.

A source fumes, "Damien has been working like a dog for years and now that he could be reaping the rewards and upping his profile we can't get hold of him.

"To say this is inconvenient is an understatement. "

15/07/2004 09:24