LONDON (AFP) – British singer-songwriter James Blunt has described the multi-million selling song that made his name, You’re Beautiful, as “annoying” and says it was “force-fed down people’s throats”.
The song was Blunt’s break-out hit when it was released in 2005, topping charts from the United States to Australia.
It sold more than three million copies in the US alone, where it topped the charts, and was number one in ten countries including the UK, Spain and Canada.
But Blunt, a former soldier who served with NATO in Kosovo, has admitted there was a flipside to having such a massive global hit.
“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,” Blunt said in an interview in the latest edition of Hello! magazine, to be published on Monday.
The song tells the story of Blunt’s surprise at seeing an ex-girlfriend on the London Underground with another man.
The 40-year-old musician added that, because of the success of the track, his music had been marketed to women – and he had therefore lost out on male fans.
“The marketing also painted me out as an insanely serious person, an earnest person and, as all my friends know, I’m anything but,” Blunt said.
“I have a couple of over-emotional miserable songs that I’m known for, but I think it’s turned that corner now.”
The album that contained the song, “Back to Bedlam”, was the most-sold in the United Kingdom in the 2000s and went platinum all over the world. Several versions of ‘You’re Beautiful’ have been released, the latest being a remixed version in Japan in 2012.
Blunt also sang a different version of the song, “My Triangle”, when he appeared on the children’s television programme Sesame Street.