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Bryan Adams Picking New Songs Carefully

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BOMBAY, India (AP) _ Bryan Adams is writing a new album, but of the 30 songs he's already come up with, he loves just three.

``There's a saying, 'It's easy to write songs, but very difficult to write great songs.' I'm going through that right now,'' Adams told reporters Friday while on his fourth tour to India.

Adams spoke of the discipline and objectivity that songwriters must have.

``It's a really difficult process,'' he said. ``You have to be methodical and focused.''

The Canadian rocker recalled the rough, early days when as a struggling 18-year-old he signed a contract with a record company for just $1.

``I didn't have a manager, I didn't have a band, I was just a songwriter,'' Adams said. ``But I needed to get my foot in the door, so I took the dollar.''

He released his first album in 1980, but it wasn't until his third ``Cuts Like a Knife'' in 1983 that the hits began to roll in.

Adams has since won 10 Grammys and scored 12 platinum discs worldwide.

He celebrated 25 years in the music business last year with a collection, ``Anthology.''

Adams played in Pakistan before coming to India. His Karachi concert helped raise money for victims of the South Asian earthquake in October that killed 87,000 people and left millions homeless, mostly in northern Pakistan.
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