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Fri Aug 01 15:54:01 SAST 2014

James Blunt says goodbye to music industry

AFP Relaxnews, Times LIVE | 22 October, 2012 14:29
James Blunt performs at JetBlue's Live From T5 concert series

Singer James Blunt may leave the music industry to retire with his family, according to an interview.

He told The Daily Mail: "I just want to take some time out for myself," he said, adding: "I haven't got any plans to do more songwriting. I have been chilling out since I finished my world tour and I've spent a lot of time in Ibiza, where I have a villa."

The former Queen's guard, who saw action in Kosovo, released his last album, Some Kind Of Trouble, in 2010.

According to Ace Showbiz, Blunt has also been enjoying quality time with girlfriend of nine months, Sofia Wellesley.

"Sofia and I had a great time hanging out with friends on my yacht but we partied as well," the singer said. "I do like a good night out and that is why it's great fun to hang out at Barbarella. London needs more nightclubs like this."

Blunt has won two Brit Awards and received five Grammy nominations.

His final performance in Britain was a concert at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in February – a gig which was attended by his entire family.

The singer last hit the headlines in January when his mother defended him from the criticism he often receives for being posh, saying that the music industry was "snobbish", reports NME.

"I was most interested to hear Pete Waterman's thoughts on public school rock stars," Jane Blount said in an email to Radio 4.

"His attitude is reflected by most of the critics in the UK. My son James Blunt, who is hugely appreciated worldwide, receives harsh criticism here and we have, rather sadly, been aware that it is because of his background.”

Blunt gained fame through his debut album Back to Bedlam, containing his greatest hit, You're Beautiful. His lost boyish look and unique voice - which some did find annoying - got him a lot of attention and many female followers. He has sold 18 million records worldwide to date.

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