- James Blunt
Infobox musical artist
Name = James Blunt
Img_capt = James Blunt performing in Vienna in 2006
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = James Hillier Blount
Born = birth date and age|df=yes|1974|2|22
Tidworth, Wiltshire, England
Instrument = Vocals,
Folk rock Pop rock
Years_active = 2004–present
Label = Warner/Atlantic/Custard
URL = [http://www.jamesblunt.com www.JamesBlunt.com]
James Blunt (born James Hillier Blount, 22 February 1974) is an English Acoustic/
Folk rock singer-songwriterwhose debut album, " Back to Bedlam", and single releases — especially the number one hit " You're Beautiful" — brought him to fame in 2005. His style is a mix of pop, rock and folk. Along with vocals, James Blunt performs a variety of instruments, including pianoand guitar. He is signed to Linda Perry's independent American label Custard Records. Blunt won two BRIT Awardsand two Ivor Novello Awards, and was nominated for five Grammy Awardsin 2006. Blunt subsequently released his second album, " All The Lost Souls", in 2007; this album was certified gold within its first week of release. The first single from his second album, "1973", was Blunt's first Global Number 1 in October 2007, beating "You're Beautiful" which peaked at Number 2 in the United World Chart.
Prior to embarking on a career in music, Blunt was an officer in the Life Guards, a reconnaissance regiment of the
British Army, and served under NATOin Kosovoduring the conflict in 1999. While posted to Kosovo, Blunt was introduced to the work of Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) (Doctors Without Borders), a humanitarian aidgroup best known for its emergency medical care in conflict-torn regions. Since then, Blunt has supported MSF by holding meet-and-greet auctions at many of his concerts.
Blunt's primary residence is now on the Spanish island of
Ibiza, where he wrote many of the songs on his second album.
Blunt was born at a state hospital in
Tidworth, Wiltshire, England, the first child born to Jane and Charles Blount . Blunt spent his early childhood living in England, Cyprus, and Germany, where his father, a Colonel in the British Army Air Corps, [LondonGazette|issue=56261|supp=yes|notarchive=yes|startpage=7807|date=3 July 2001|accessdate=2008-02-12] and military helicopter pilot, was posted at various times. He has two younger siblings. His father instilled in his son a love of flying, and Blunt earned his pilot's licence at age 16. The Blount family has a long history of military service, dating to the 10th century.cite news |authorlink= Austin Scaggs |title= The Blunt Life|work= Rolling StoneMagazine |publisher= Wenner Media LLC (Jann S. Wenner) |location= |id= |pages=56-58, 88 |date= 2007-10-04|] cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |author= |coauthors= |title=To be blunt, James, you are a trooper |url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2005/08/01/bmblunt01.xml |publisher=The Sunday Telegraph|date= 2005-08-01 |accessdate=2007-12-29]
At age seven, Blunt was enrolled at
Elstree School, Woolhampton, then attended Harrow School(Elmfield House) on an army bursary. From Harrow School he gained an army-sponsored place at the University of Bristol, where he first studied Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering and then subsequently read Sociology. He graduated with a BSc(Hons) in Sociology in 1996.cite news |url=http://www.alumni.bris.ac.uk/publications/Aut_05_Intouch.pdf |title= In Touch (newsletter) |publisher= University of Bristol Alumni Association |page=2 |date= Autumn 2005 |accessdate=2007-12-29] Dead link|date=September 2008
As the British Army sponsored his university education, Blunt was obliged to serve a minimum of four years in the armed forces. Blunt trained at the
Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.LondonGazette|issue=54899|supp=yes|startpage=10720|date=22 September 1997|accessdate=2008-02-12] He was commissioned as a subaltern( Second Lieutenant) in the Life Guards, a unit of the Household Cavalry, where he rose to the rank of Captain. [LondonGazette|issue=55776|supp=yes|notarchive=yes|startpage=2269|date=28 February 2000|accessdate=2008-02-12] One of his first assignments was to British Army Training Unit Suffieldin Alberta, Canada, where his squadron was posted for six months in 1998 to act as the opposing army in combat training exercises.cite web | title = Household Cavalry, Brief regimental history | url =http://www.householdcavalry.info/hcr1992.htm | accessdate = 2008-01-01]
In 1999, he served as an armoured reconnaissance officer in the NATO deployment in Kosovo. Initially assigned to reconnaissance of the
Macedonia- Yugoslaviaborder, Blunt and his unit worked ahead of the front lines directing forces and targeting Serbpositions for the NATO bombing campaign. He led the first squadron of troops to enter Priština, and was the first British officer to enter the Kosovo capital. His unit was given the assignment of securing the Priština airport in advance of the 30,000-strong peacekeeping force; the Russian army had moved in and taken control of the airport before his unit's arrival. As the first officer on the scene, Blunt shared a part in the difficult task of addressing the potentially violent international incident.cite news |first=William |last=Shaw |title= "You're Beautiful" got me Laid|work=Q Magazine |publisher= EMAP Metro Ltd|pages= 52-56|date=July 2006] There were less intense moments during Blunt's Kosovo assignment, however. Blunt had brought along his guitar, strapped to the outside of his tank. At some places, the peacekeepers would share a meal with hospitable locals, and Blunt would perform. It was while on duty there that he wrote the song " No Bravery".cite news |first=Dan |last=Epstein |title=Rocket Man |work= Guitar World Acoustic Magazine|publisher= Guitar World|pages=34-41 |date=June 2006]
A keen skier, Blunt captained the Household Cavalry Alpine Ski Team, in
Verbier, Switzerland, eventually becoming champion skier of the entire Royal Armoured Corps. He had extended his military service in November 2000, [LondonGazette|issue=56034|supp=yes|notarchive=yes|startpage=13081|date=21 November 2000|accessdate=2008-02-12] and after an intensive six-month army riding course was posted to the Household Cavalry Mounted Regimentin London, England. During this posting, Blunt was interviewed about his responsibilities on the television programme "Girls on Top", a series highlighting unusual career choices.cite web | title = News Features, Week of 8-14 January 2001 | publisher =British Army Press Centre | url =http://www.army.mod.uk/presscentre/office/regional_cov.htm | format = Press release | accessdate = 2008-01-01 ] cite news |title=To be blunt, who knew?|publisher= The Sun|date= 2005-12-28 ] He stood guard at the coffin of the Queen Mother during the days of her lying in State and was part of the funeral procession on 9 April 2002.cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4701924.stm|title=Blunt words of sensitive soldier|work=News.bbc.co.uk|accessdate=2006-02-16] Blunt finally left the army on 1 October 2002 having served six years. [LondonGazette|issue=56708|supp=yes|notarchive=yes|startpage=11791|date=1 October 2002|accessdate=2008-02-12]
Blunt took piano and violin lessons as a child, but his first significant exposure to popular music was at Harrow School. There, he was introduced to the guitar by a fellow student, and started playing guitar and writing songs at age 14. cite news |first=Chris |last=Neal |title=Back from Bedlam|work= Performing Songwriter|publisher=Performing Songwriter Enterprises, LLC |pages=56-60 |date=November 2007] At Bristol University, his undergraduate thesis was "The Commodification of Image - Production of a Pop Idol"; one of his main references for the thesis was
Simon Frith, a sociologist and rock critic, and current chair of the Mercury Music Prize.cite news |first=Johnny |last=Davis |title= Where did it all go Wrong?|work=Q Magazine |publisher= EMAP Metro Ltd|pages= 54-58|date= October 2007| ]
Blunt left the British Army in 2002 so that he could pursue his musical career. It was at about that time that he started using the stage name "Blunt", in part to make it easier for others to spell; "Blount" is pronounced the same way, and remains his legal surname.cite news|first=Austin|last=Scaggs|title=Q&A| work=
Rolling StoneMagazine |publisher=Wenner Media LLC (Jann S. Wenner)|page=28| date=2006-02-09] Shortly after leaving the Army, he was signed to EMImusic publishers, and to Twenty-First Artists management.cite news |first= Michael |last= Poletta |title= James Blunt - Beautiful and the Beat |work=Billboard |publisher=Neilsen Business Media |pages=26-29|date= 2007-07-21] A record contract remained elusive however, with recording label executives pointing to Blunt's "" speaking voice as a barrier in class-divided Britain. Linda Perry, who was just launching her own Custard Records label in early 2003, heard Blunt's promotional tape when visiting London, and soon after heard him perform live at the South by Southwest Music Festival. Within a few days, Blunt signed a recording contract with Perry, and one month later he was in Los Angelesworking with producer Tom Rothrock.cite news |first=Chris |last=Neal |title=Linda Perry |work= Performing Songwriter|publisher=Performing Songwriter Enterprises, LLC |page= 74|date= January/February 2007]
"Back to Bedlam"
Blunt recorded "
Back to Bedlam" in 2003 with producer Tom Rothrock at Rothrock's home studio, using session musicians and performing on many different instruments himself.cite paper |title= Back to Bedlamalbum liner notes|publisher=Atlantic Records|date=October 2004] While in Los Angeles, he lodged with actress Carrie Fisher, whom he had met through the family of a former girlfriend. Fisher was very supportive of Blunt's aspirations, suggesting the name of the album and providing use of a bathroom in her home for Blunt to record the song " Goodbye My Lover". "Back to Bedlam" was finally released in the UK in October 2004.
The debut album from the unknown Blunt attracted little critical attention, and there were no published reviews from major UK music journals. His live performances, mainly in support of better known musicians, received somewhat mixed but generally favourable reviews. Blunt's lack of performing experience and inconsistent approach with audiences was commented upon, while his music was likened to that of
Damien Riceand David Gray.cite web | last =Allcock | first =Anthony | title =James Blunt at Rescue Rooms | publisher = British Broadcasting Corporation(BBC)| date =2004-11-07 | url =http://www.bbc.co.uk/nottingham/content/articles/2004/11/08/entertainment_music_event_reviews_2004_11_james_blunt_feature.shtml | accessdate = 2008-02-10] cite news |first=Chris |last=Mugan |title=James Blunt, 93 Feet East, London |url=http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/reviews/james-blunt-93-feet-east-london-486079.html |work= The Independent|publisher= Independent News & Media|date=2005-01-10 |accessdate=2008-02-10 ] In March 2004, with Blunt performing in the support role for Katie Meluain Manchester, Alex McCann of Designer Magazine wrote, "Blunt's ascendance is a dead cert and this time next year it isn't that far removed from reality to suggest that a number 1 album, Brit Award and countless accolade's [sic]will be his for the taking."cite web|last=McCann|first =Alex|title= Katie Melua/James Blunt - The Lowry, Manchester|work=Design Magazine|date=2004-03-07|url=http://designermagazine.tripod.com/KatieMeluaLIVEREV1.html|accessdate = 2008-02-10]
," was released.
Blunt's third single "
You're Beautiful" was his breakout hit. The song debuted at number 12 in the UK, and rose all the way to the number one position six weeks after its debut. The song also received massive airplay in the UK, which helped propel " Back to Bedlam" to number one on the UK Albums Chart. The extensive airplay ultimately led to Blunt and his co-writers being awarded the Ivor Novello Award for Most Performed Work.cite web| title =James Blunt's Coldplay at 2006 Ivor Novello Awards | publisher =LondonNet Inc.| date =2006-05-06| url =http://www.londonnet.co.uk/entertainment/2006/may/2206_20060526.php | accessdate = 2008-02-12] After the success of "You're Beautiful" in the UK, the song crossed over to mainland Europe, becoming one of the biggest hits of summer 2005 across the continent. In the U.S., "You're Beautiful" made its debut in the summer of 2005 on WPLJ, a prominent radio station in New York City, despite not having been released to radio yet. Once the song was released to radio stations in the fall of 2005, the song climbed into the Top 10 at three radio formats: Adult Contemporary, Adult Top 40, and Adult Alternative. Blunt became the first British artist to top the American singles chart in nearly a decade when his song "You're Beautiful" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100in 2006; the last British artist to do so had been Elton Johnin 1997 with the song " Candle in the Wind 1997". "Goodbye My Lover" was released as the fourth UK single from the album in December 2005, and was later the second US single. The songs "High" and "Wisemen" were subsequently re-released in 2006. Blunt started off 2006 celebrating five BRIT Award nominations, going on to win Best British male solo artist and Best pop act categories, having already started an 11-month tour that would take him around the world.cite web| title = Kaiser Chiefs lead Brit Award nominations| work = NMEMagazine| publisher =IPC Media| date =2006-01-10| url =http://www.nme.com/news/kaiser-chiefs/21923 | accessdate =2008-02-12]
There was extensive promotion in the United States starting in the fall of 2005, with Blunt making appearances on "
The Oprah Winfrey Show" and as a musical guest on " Saturday Night Live". Eight of the songs on the album were featured in television shows (" The O.C.", " Grey's Anatomy" and many more), films (" Undiscovered"), and advertising campaigns ( Hilton Hotels, Sprint telecommunications) throughout 2005 and 2006. Blunt performed "You're Beautiful" at the 49th Grammy Awardsin February 2007, dedicating the song to the late Ahmet Ertegünof Atlantic Records, but he did not win in any of the five categories for which he had received nominations.cite web | title =49th Annual Grammy AwardsWinners List| work =Grammy.com| publisher = National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences| date =2007-02-11| url = http://www.grammy.com/GRAMMY_Awards/49th_Show/list.aspx| accessdate =2008-02-12]
The album eventually sold 11 million copiesCitation|last=Sisario
first=Ben|title=Making a Career After a Monster Hit|newspaper=The New York Times|date=2007-09-19|url = http://nytimes.com/2007/09/19/arts/music/19blun.html?8dpc|accessdate=2008-02-03] and topped the album charts in 16 territories worldwide. It sold 2.6 million in the U.S. and was certified 2x platinum.cite web| title = RIAA Searchable Database | work = | publisher =
Recording Industry Association of America| url =http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH RIAA Searchable Database| accessdate = 2008-02-10] In Britain the album was certified 10x platinum, sold over three million copies, and entered the Guinness Book of Records for the fastest selling album in one year.cite web| title = "Back to Bedlam" British sales certificate | work = | publisher =British Phonographic Industry | date =2007-02-02 | url =http://www.bpi.co.uk/platinum/platinumright.asp?rq=search_plat&r_id=32865 | accessdate = 2008-02-10] It was the best sold album in 2006 in the world.cite web | title =2006 Year-end Sales Chart | publisher =United World Chart| date =2007-01-06 | url =http://www.mediatraffic.de/albums-2006.htm| accessdate =2008-02-13 ]
In 2005, Blunt performed in 90 live shows, mainly across the UK and Europe, ending the year supporting
Jason Mrazin a North American tour. The "Back to Bedlam World Tour" started off in January 2006, covering cities in Europe, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, as well as three separate headline tours in North America, ending in November of that year. Not including promotional appearances, Blunt performed over 140 live shows in 2006. He enjoys the touring experience, saying in July 2006 that he and his band were having the time of their lives going to new places every day.multi-listen item
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You're Beautiful," Blunt's breakout hit was the third UK single and first U.S. single from " Back to Bedlam".
OggThe videos for all of Blunt's singles released from "Back To Bedlam" feature symbolism and dark imagery. In the first video for "High", he is buried in a desert. In the first video for "Wisemen", he is kidnapped and taken hostage. In the video for "You're Beautiful", he alludes to suicide by jumping off a cliff into the sea. The re-release video for "High" then features Blunt running in a forest. The re-release video for "Wisemen" has Blunt burning identification papers, and then walking through a forest while he is on fire and in " Goodbye My Lover", he is the outsider in a love triangle, imagining the couple, a man and woman (played by Matt Dallasof " Kyle XY" and Mischa Bartonof " The O.C.") together.
Blunt appeared on an episode of "
Sesame Street" which aired 14 November 2007 singing about Triangles to the tune of "You're Beautiful". [ [http://www.imdb.com/media/index/rg1257085440 Singer James Blunt visits "Sesame Street" ] ]
"All the Lost Souls"
Blunt's second studio album, "
All the Lost Souls", was released on 17 September 2007 in the United Kingdom and one day later in North America. It sold 65,000 units in its first week, and was certified gold in the UK after only four days.cite web| title = "All the Lost Souls" British sales certificate | work = | publisher =British Phonographic Industry | date =2007-02-02 | url =http://www.bpi.co.uk/index.asp?Page=news/press/news_content_file_1110.shtml | accessdate = 2008-02-13] By the end of January 2008, the album had sold 600,000 copies in the UK, and 3.5 million copies internationally.cite news |title=James Blunt "Carry You Home" |url=http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/music/James+Blunt+Carry+You+Home-4703.html |work=femalefirst.co.uk |accessdate=2008-02-13] Blunt completed the album's songs at his home in Ibizain the winter of 2006–2007. He performed five of the ten album tracks during his 2005–2006 tours; lyrics, melodies, and harmonies were refined for the studio recording, on which his touring band played and Tom Rothrock worked as producer.
While Blunt’s first album received very little critical attention, critics from every major music publication, and newspapers around the world, weighed in on "All the Lost Souls".cite web| title ="All the Lost Souls" aggregated reviews | work =Metacritic.com
publisher =CNET Networks Entertainment| url =http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/bluntjames/allthelostsouls | accessdate =2008-06-21] The album maintains a 53/100 rating at
Metacritic, which the website describes as "mixed or average reviews." Eric Danton, of "The Hartford Courant" wrote that the album is "a collection so bland, it makes hardtack seem sumptuous", while "Rolling Stone" said that the album contains "forgettable ballads that make Coldplayseem like the Arctic Monkeys."cite news |first=Christian |last=Hoard |title="Rolling Stone" Review of "All the Lost Souls" |url=http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/16259580/review/16266782/all_the_lost_souls |work=Rolling Stone Magazine |publisher=Wenner Media LLC (Jann S. Wenner) |date=2007-09-05 |accessdate=2008-02-13] "Yahoo Music" was even less favorable: "His voice still sounds like it could curdle milk, an anaemic whine with no substance. Song-wise, this is mass-production fodder about which there's very little one can say." " Blender Magazine" noted that he "devotes himself largely to unremarkable romance chronicles and blandly competent hooks." [ [http://uk.launch.yahoo.com/070921/33/21la6.html James Blunt All The Lost Souls Album Review, New album reviews and latest album releases on Yahoo! Music ] ] Yet, in her review of the album, Kerri Mason of "Billboard" said Blunt "shows the abandon and confidence of a long-term artist, not just a one-hit wonder". And of the album, Mason wrote, "there is not a misstep throughout".cite news |first=Kerri |last= Mason |title= "Billboard" Review of "All the Lost Souls"|url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/content_display/reviews/albums/e3ib1b99da9d9b5d7e2bf15ff78f509f5de |work= Billboard |publisher=Neilsen Business Media |accessdate=2008-02-13] Equally effusive, Liz Hoggard of "The Observer" wrote that "it’s impossible to resist Blunt’s troubadour yearning.”cite news |first=Liz |last=Hoggard |title= James Blunt, "All the Lost Souls" ( The ObserverReview)|url=http://shopping.guardian.co.uk/music/story/0,,2168696,00.html |work= The Guardian|publisher=Guardian Media Group |date=2007-09-16 |accessdate=2008-02-13 ]
The first single from "All the Lost Souls", "1973", was inspired by Blunt's nights out at
Pacha, an Ibizaclub, which opened in that year. The song became another hit for Blunt reaching number one on the World Singles Top 40,cite web | title ="1973"| publisher =acharts.us (Music charts aggregator)| url =http://acharts.us/song/27298| accessdate =2008-02-13 ] and reached the top in the Billboard European Hot 100 Singles chart.cite web| title = European Hot 100 Singles Chart| work =Billboard.com| publisher = Nielsen Business Media, Inc.| date =2007-09-29| url =http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=349&cfgn=Singles&cfn=European+Hot+100+Singles&ci=3090419&cdi=9621241&cid=09%2F29%2F2007
accessdate = 2008-02-13] D.J.
Pete Tongremixed "1973" and played the track during his set at Pacha over the summer of 2007. The second single, " Same Mistake", was released in early December 2007 but did not fare well in the UK charts, peaking at number 57. It was Number 1 in Brazil and a hit in many South American countries.cite web | title ="Same Mistake"| publisher =acharts.us (Music charts aggregator)| url =http://acharts.us/song/31097| accessdate =2008-02-13] The third single from the album was " Carry You Home", released in March 2008, peaking at number 20 in the U.K charts and bringing the album back into the Top 10, six months after its release.
In the end of 2007, Blunt worked with French rapper
Sinik. They released "Je Réalise", which took elements of Blunt's song "I'll Take Everything", in France the same year and became a top 3 hit.
Throughout 2008, Blunt is touring the world to promote the album. After the successful spring leg of the tour in smaller venues in the UK, Blunt has also announced several arena concerts in the UK to be performed during the first two weeks of October.
Blunt's latest single from the album is 'I Really Want You'.
On November 14, 2008, "Primavera in Anticipo",
Laura Pausininew album, will be released, and features a duet with Blunt.
Blunt says that he has become closer to his family since his musical success; his father manages his finances,cite news |first=Marianne |last=Macdonald|title=Blunt ambition |work= ES Magazine|publisher=
Evening Standard|date=2007-12-21 ] and his mother arranged for the purchase of his principal residence in Ibiza, where Blunt has holidayed since he was a teenager. Blunt also owns a châlet in the Swiss town of Verbier; which he purchased in February 2007, he was named "godfather" of one of the town's new ski lifts.
Blunt was instrumental in introducing his sister to her eventual husband after offering her for "sale" on
Ebay. She was having difficulty obtaining transport to a funeral in Ireland, and Blunt listed her as a "damsel in distress." The winner provided helicopter transportation. They subsequently began a relationship and eventually married. [cite web |url=http://music.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,2123786,00.html |title=Blunt sold sister on eBay |accessdate=2008-03-16 |author=Rosie Swash |date=Wednesday 11 July 2007 |work=The Guardian |publisher=]
The musician's social life has been the subject of significant commentary, particularly in the tabloid press; he is well known to enjoy nightclubbing and socialising with other celebrities. Blunt has, in the past, been romantically linked to Dixie Chassay, casting director for the "
Harry Potter" films; Camilla Boler, musician and daughter of the late Stephen Boler; and supermodel Petra Nemcova.cite news |first=Camilla |last=Boler |title= Why I'll never forgive James |work= Grazia(UK) |publisher=Bauer Consumer Media |location= London|date= 2006-06-26] Blunt himself has found the degree of interest in his personal life to be bizarre, stating that "fame and celebrity is something that other people have constructed that I'm not really party to."cite news |first=Mark |last=Lepage |title= Being Blunt|work= Strut Magazine |location=Toronto, Canada |page=143 |date=Fall 2007 ]
Blunt has raised funds for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), also known as Doctors Without Borders, through benefit concerts and by auctioning meet and greet opportunities at his own shows. He first encountered MSF medical care workers during his tour of duty in Kosovo, and was impressed with their work despite minimal support and limited security.
He also supports environmental causes, screening the trailer for "
An Inconvenient Truth" at his concerts, and planting a tree for each advance sales concert ticket purchased through his designated website.cite news |title= Earth songs |work= Radio Times |publisher= British Broadcasting Corporation|date= 2007-07-07] On 7 July 2007, Blunt performed at the Live Earthconcert at Wembley Stadium, London, and is the owner of one of two prototype electric cars made by Hybrid Technologies under a Space Act partnership with NASA.
Blunt, a former soldier, is also a patron of
Help for Heroes,Citation
title = "Help for Heroes" Patrons | url = http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/patrons.html| accessdate = 2008-02-03 ] a charity aiming to raise money to provide better facilities to wounded British
servicemen, and has also held benefit concerts for this charity.
Back to Bedlam"
*2006: "" (DVD/CD)
All the Lost Souls"
*MTV Europe Music Awards - Best New Act
*Q Awards - Best New Act
*Digital Music Awards - Best Pop Act"2006"
NRJ Music Awards(France) - Best International Newcomer
BRIT Awards- Best pop act and Best Male Vocalist
*ECHO Awards (Germany) - Best International Newcomer
NME Awards- Worst Album
MTV Australia Video Music Awards- Song of the Year for " You're Beautiful"
Ivor Novello Awards - Most Performed Work and International Hit of the Year
*MTV Video Music Awards - Best Male Video and Best Cinematography
*World Music Awards - Best New Artist in the World and Biggest Selling British Artist in the World
Teen Choice Awards(United States) - Choice Music Male Artist"2008"
*ECHO Awards (Germany) - Best International Male Artist
* [http://www.cbc.ca/thehour/video.php?id=993 TV interview with "The Hour" on CBC]
* [http://www.andpop.com/article/7416 James Blunt interview and video on "and POP"]
* [http://www.jamesblunt.com/ JamesBlunt.com Official James Blunt website]
* [http://www.allthelostsouls.co.uk Monkey King's Amazing Facts - James Blunt Online Encyclopedia]
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