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Lost soul in Portugal

By: PAULO SILVESTRE

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JAMES BLUNT is to perform at Campo Pequeno in Lisbon on July 4. His debut album, Back To Bedlam and single releases, particularly the number one hit You’re Beautiful, brought him international acclaim in 2005.

His style is a mix of jazz, rock and soul, and comparisons have been made between him and a young Elton John. Blunt also plays a multitude of instruments including piano, guitar and organ.

His debut single in the UK, High, peaked below the top 100 of the UK Singles Chart. The song was chosen to appear in an Italian Vodafone commercial and, as a result, ended up becoming a top 10 hit in that country. His second single, Wisemen, improved upon that position by reaching number 44 in the UK.

However, it was his third single, You’re Beautiful that became Blunt’s greatest hit. The song debuted at number 12 in the UK and after a few weeks rose all the way to the number one position.

After success in the UK, the song crossed over to mainland Europe, becoming one of the biggest hits in the summer of 2005 in every corner of the continent. In the USA, You’re Beautiful reached number 22 on the Adult Top 40 chart and number 19 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

Blunt’s second studio album, All the Lost Souls, was released in the USA in September 2007 and one day later was released in the UK. It sold 650,000 copies in its first week and was certified gold in the UK after only four days. By the end of January 2008, the album had sold 600,000 copies in the UK alone and 3.5 million copies internationally.

The first single from All the Lost Souls, 1973, was inspired by Blunt’s nights out at Pacha, an Ibiza club, which opened that year. The song became another hit, reaching number one on the World Singles Top 40 and reached the top in the Billboard European Hot 100 Singles chart.

Listen to James Blunt at www.myspace.com/jamesblunt