By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated February 03, 2003 11:00 AM

Russell Crowe may be engaged, but he’s making some sweet music with someone else. The actor has a new album coming out in April with his band, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, and one of the tracks features a duet with Chrissie Hynde.

According to Australia’s Undercover Music News, the “Gladiator” Oscar winner, 38, and Hynde, 51, met last year in London and she has invited his band to tour America with her and her band, the Pretenders, later this month.

Their number together is called “Never Be Alone Again,” to be featured on the Grunts’ CD “Other Ways of Speaking,” the band’s follow-up album to their less-than-successful “Bastard Life of Clarity,” which reportedly only sold 156 copies in its first week of release in England.

Possibly to spur better sales for the new album, the band has changed its billing on the CD from simply, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, to “Russell Crowe and 30 Odd Foot of Grunts.”

Meanwhile, last week, Crowe announced that he won’t be presenting at the Orange British Academy Film Awards (also known as the BAFTAs), where he won best actor last year.

“I am flattered to hear of the invitation to attend BAFTA through the press,” Crowe said in a statement. “Unfortunately I have a prior engagement, so to speak. Danielle and I have a lot of things to do at the moment and that is all we are focusing on — what a bride needs and where she needs to be.”

Danielle is his longtime girlfriend (and now fianc e), singer Danielle Spencer, 32. The wedding is expected to take place sometime later this year.