I definitely will get this CD!
Three singing priests are set to become unlikely chart stars after signing a £1 million record deal with the label behind Britney Spears and Bruce Springsteen.
Fathers Eugene O'Hagan, Martin O'Hagan and David Delargy make a somewhat unusual boyband, but executives at record giant Sony BMG have every faith in their talents.
They are set to release a debut album under the name The Priests which will include parts of the Latin Mass, the traditional Catholic hymns, Ave Maria and Panis Angelicus, and a selection of opera classics.
The trio - dubbed 'Father Ted meets Westlife' - travelled from their parishes in the diocese of Down and Connor, Northern Ireland, today to sign their record contract on the steps of Westminster Cathedral in London.
Uniquely, it contains a clause specifying that they will not be required to undertake any promotional duties which interfere with their day jobs, or participate in any activity which conflicts with their religious beliefs.
Nick Raphael, the Sony BMG executive who signed them, explained: "They are not giving up their proper jobs and we will have to work to their schedules. Obviously they won't be available for TV appearances on Sunday mornings."
The Priests' album is due for release in November - in time for the Christmas market - and proceeds will be put towards local charities.