Former SPICE GIRL MELANIE CHISHOLM has enlisted the help of Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand ahead of her comeback album.

The NORTHERN STAR singer struck up a friendship with the multi-BRIT AWARD winning band when she was laying down tracks at the same recording studio they were using.

And after impressing Franz Ferdinand with her songwriting prowess, Mel C asked them to help her compose some hit tunes.

A source says, "They were both recording at the same studios this time last year and have written a few songs together.

"They loved Mel's style and lyrics. She's now planning to release some of that material in the future."

28/02/2005 03:42