Willie Nelson isn't looking for a handout but still would like to remind everyone that buying his new album will help him pay off his multimillion-dollar tax bill.

"I'm reluctant to ask for charity, although I appreciate it," the country singer said, "but I would encourage my friends and fans to go out and buy these tapes. That way they can get something good for their money."Profits from the sale of the album, which will have 25 original songs when it is released later this month, will go directly to the government.

Nelson blames his problem on poor financial advice and is suing his former business managers for $400 million.

"I'm a musician, not an accountant," he said. "I'm not supposed to know about that sort of thing. Even if I do, I'm not supposed to."