James Blunt Blames His Label for Making Him Way Too Popular…

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from the pages of Hello! Magazine

“There was one song that was force-fed down people’s throats – You’re Beautiful – and it became annoying.”

“And then people start to associate the artist with the same word.  I think, at the end of the day, I was marketed by a record company to appeal to women during Desperate Housewives’ commercials and you lose 50 per cent of the population in doing so.””The marketing also painted me out as an insanely serious person, an earnest person and, as all my friends know, I’m anything but. I have a couple of over-emotional miserable songs that I’m known for, but I think it’s turned that corner now.

“People can see I don’t take myself that seriously.”


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10 Responses

  1. DNog

    Your inability to write headlines about the whole theme of articles over one twisted point of it is outstanding.

  2. Anonymous

    he certainly pulled down a stunning chick eh? wow, girls love money and fame something special man its incredible, but im sure its cause hes a great guy.

    anyways, thats the way its always been. good true artists hate their big singles and love the other stuff on their albums that todays meandering neanderthal cattle masses usually dont like. Thing is that doesnt happen anymore as they now have to fit within these tight little confines and boxes, they can no longer push the boundaries and move culture with social commentary and edgy controversial material. Its like those guys have an idea of what society should be and are really trying to force and hammer it into everyone, its quite frightening actually, no wonder people be paranoid and are conspiracy theorists.

    If you want to play the charts you have to shove everything into a tiny little box of cheerios or whatever, which is fine, unless you got into it for the music, then its tragic. Luckily most of their artists or whatever you want to call them got into it for the attention and the fame. So the show goes on and everyone is happy and excited to sit on their couch waiting for the latest starmaker family member to be showered with millions and mansions and awards and a place in history as the greatest ever. As its always been. 🙂

    The best part about is, they will never be able to go back. Thats why ill never be jealous, its entertaining watching them bite their nose off to spite their face. Any attempt to try and reclaim that position of the true meritocratic custodians of great music will ultimately fail, regardless how well they market and blow smoke to the contrary. Its only going to get worse. The hall of fames will become pointless as they shove more and more of their family members and trust funders in that should all probably be doing something else. Its a terrible terrible shame man.

    The big label and chart game, the show, the academy, theyve lost all edge and they will never ever get it back, and sadly for all yall, your holly 2.0 cottage industry aint the thing to raise up and supplant itself as the new real edge that people are desperately missing and craving.

    As they further push their monopolistic regimes and ideals, the whole world and society slowly morphs like water around a dead carcass ravaged by a pack of wolves in the river.

    There is hope, but its likely going to come from another continent and from the gutters of poverty…

      • Anonymous

        Watch these people make incredible assumptions and connect a bunch of dots that dont go together, its incredible, as they gossip and assume, simply incredible///

  3. Blahblahblah

    A huge overplayed song is often a kiss of death for a new or previously unknown artist. I’m guessing that he didn’t argue much with his label releasing that song as his first single. Lesson to artists (put this on one of your lists, Ari): DON’T RECORD A SONG, EVEN IF YOU THINK IT WILL SELL, IF YOU SUSPECT IT MIGHT BE TRITE GARBAGE YOU’LL BE EMBARASSED BY SOMEDAY.

    • Paul Resnikoff

      This really depends on where your career is while being presented with a potentially great song. And, by ‘great’ I mean a hit, of which Beautiful certainly qualifies.

      Willie Nelson is famous for turning down a monster hit, maybe it was ‘the Gambler’ I can’t remember which (someone help me out here). But the reason is that he didn’t want to have to sing it every night on tour, which is a respectable position from someone that already has a career and lots of royalties. At that point, the discussion shifts towards things like overall image, career direction, and how to maximize the enjoyment of that career (ie, not doing songs or things you don’t like).

      But James Blunt? The choice there was totally different! He had absolutely no name at that point! And without Beautiful, we wouldn’t be discussing him right now. 100 times out of 100, I would have advised accepting that song and putting your heart into it (which he did).

      And jeez, the song is not that bad! I like it, and actually have memories around it. I will probably listen to it later at some point (but honestly, be thinking, ‘remember that song’). I guess the real trick, in my opinion, is then coming up with a second song, which is the beginning of… wait for it… a long-term music career.

      Does Goodbye My Lover qualify? Maybe. Though I’m not sure I would have noticed that track without Beautiful.

      Blunt got what 99.9% of artists never get, but sadly has not been able to then do what 99.9% of those artists rarely achieve: a second smash or subsequent hit songs. Hey, I’d be happy to be filling a stadium like that, and to be such a name. But on another level, I wouldn’t be disappointed by Beautiful, but rather what didn’t happen after that.

      • Blahblahblah

        Sorry, Paul. Listened again to try to hear what you’re hearing. Everything, from the lyric, to the melody, cheesy acoustic lead guitar and overwrought falsetto, is trite. Sounds like a song that would have ended the Bee Gees careers if it had been their introduction to the world. His British accent didn’t help any. The majority of successful pop artists from across the pond made it in the U.S. by sounding like Amerricans. (Misspelling intended)