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In the 1980s, Veloso's popularity outside Brazil grew, especially in Israel, Portugal, France and Africa. In the United States, his records, such as O estrangeiro, produced by Arto Lindsay helped gain him a larger audience. By 2004, he was one of the most respected and prolific international pop stars, with more than fifty recordings available, including songs in soundtracks of movies such as Michelangelo Antonioni's Eros, Pedro Almodóvar's Hable con Ella (Talk to Her), and Frida, for which he performed at the 75th Academy Awards but did not win. In 2002 Veloso published an account of his early years and the Tropicália movement, Tropical Truth: A Story of Music and Revolution in Brazil. In his albums he has included surprising personal versions of well-known Latin-American songs, among them some by Venezuelan folk songwriter Simón Díaz.
His first all-English CD was A Foreign Sound (2004), which covers Nirvana's Come as You Are and compositions from the Great American Songbook. Five of the six songs on his third eponymous album, released in 1971, were also in English.
His most recent album, Cê, was released in the US by Nonesuch Records' in January 2007.