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Can James Blunt’s New Single Challenge ‘You’re Beautiful’?

Let’s go back to 2005 when “You’re Beautiful” came out in the United States. Yes that extremely depressing song and video about a love that will never be that received three Grammy nominations, won two MTV VMAs, reached No. 1 in U.S. charts and in 9 other countries, and was certified double platinum by the RIAA. Yes, that one by British singer James Blunt from his first album “Back to Bedlam.”

Don’t worry, you won’ have to hear it again (as good as it was, it got a little annoying after 8 years of continued play) but you do get some new music to try out!

Although Blunt released two other albums in 2007 and 2010 and has been successful in his home country, “You’re Beautiful” remained the singer’s only real hit in the U.S. But now, he is giving it another shot, and I have to say, I’m, totally feeling it!

Blunt’s new single “Bonfire Heart” was officially released this week. Take a listen:

For the U.S. audience this single will definitely be a refreshing experience from Blunt’s heart-breaking “You’re Beautiful” where before committing suicide in the video, he sings: “But it’s time to face the truth, I will never be with you.” “Bonfire Heart” is more upbeat and has a more positive outlook on love. The lyrics are simple and very heartfelt, describing something a lot of people can relate to: we all want a person that ignites something within us.

I think the song has great potential to achieve a great amount of radio play and even reach top 100 and 40 charts, however it definitely won’t be No. 1 or be as successful as “You’re Beautiful. But let’s keep a positive mind; at least it will knock Blunt out of the one-hit-wonder category here in the U.S. While I do like the song a lot, I’m not thrilled about the video. It looks like a Prezi presentation and doesn’t do the song any justice.

Blunt will release his fourth studio album “Moon Landing” in the U.S. this November 5th.

“This is a much more personal album, and also quite back to basics,” said the singer. “It’s about me and Tom, the producer, finding where the story all started and where we are now.  It’s an album about dreams, longing [and] first love.”

The new album was produced by Tom Rothrock (Beck, Moby, Foo Fighters), who worked with James on his multi-platinum selling debut “Back to Bedlam.”

Let us know what you think about the single and if you are looking forward to hearing the rest of the album this fall.

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