James Blunt

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James Blunt (born James Hillier Blount 22.02.1974) is an Army Captain-turned singer/songwriter, best known for his singles 'You're Beautiful' and 'Goodbye My Lover'.

Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth in 2014, James Blunt has a net worth of 18 million USD.

Childhood: James Blunt was born in Tidworth military hospital in Wiltshire to Jane and Charles Blount. He was born in the military hospital due to his family having a history of military service dating back to the 10th Century. His father, Charles, was a Corporal in the British Army Air Corps, leading to Blunt spending his early life growing up in England, Cyprus and Germany. At the age of 16, Blunt earned his pilot's licence, as well as a place studying aerospace manufacturing engineering at Bristol University, paid for by an Army Sponsorship. He graduated from Bristol in 1996 with a BA in Sociology before attending the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst.

Military: Following his time in Sandhurst, Blunt joined the army for a four-year service, in return for the military funding his studies. He joined the military as a Second Lieutenant in the Life Guards, and after some time he had risen to the rank of Captain. In 1999, Blunt began serving as a member of the NATO Peacekeeping force in the Serbian state of Kosovo, earning the distinction of being the first British officer to enter the state's capital. During his time there, Blunt took his guitar and performed a song for the Kosovans entitled 'No Bravery', which he had written himself.

Blunt earned his Captaincy while stationed in Switzerland, earning the title of Captian of the Household Cavalry Alpine Ski Team, and was decided to be the best skier in the Royal Armoured Corps. Blunt returned to the UK and was stationed in London, tasked with standing guard over the coffin of the Queen Mother as part of her funeral procession. Despite extending his stay, he left the services in October 2002.

Music: Blunt continued to write and perform music after leaving the armed forces, and was signed to Twenty-First Artists Management from EMI. While some record executives were concerned by his posh voice, he was seen performing at South By Southwest Festival  by Linda Perry (songwriter for Christina Aguilera and Pink), who brought him into her brand new record label, Custard Records, during its launch in 2003.

On 11th October 2004, James Blunt released his debut studio album, 'Back to Bedlam', which received unanimously glowing reviews from critics, as well as featuring the singles 'Goodbye My Lover' and 'You're Beautiful' - the latter of which topped charts across the world, including the Billboard Hottest 100. Blunt released his second studio album, 'All The Lost Souls', on 14th September 2007, which received more moderate reviews than the previous while still topping 18 charts across the world.

'Some Kind of Trouble', Blunt's third studio album, was released on 5th November 2010. The album received mixed reviews and topped the downloads chart in France and Germany, as well as topping the albums chart in Switzerland. Despite the lower success than with his previous work, Blunt began recording again in 2012, and released his fourth studio album, 'Moon Landing', on 18th October 2013. Again, the album received only moderate reviews yet it topped three charts in Europe.

Personal Life: On 19th September 2014, it was reported that Blunt married Sofia Wellesley, one of the granddaughters of the 8th Duke of Wellington in a ceremony in Majorca, Spain.



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James Blunt calls MP Chris Bryant "Classist Gimp" over 'Posh' Remark

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James Blunt, the Harrow-educated creator of some of the world's dreariest pop songs, has accused the shadow culture minister Chris Bryant of being a "classist gimp" after the MP cited him as an example of performers coming from a privileged background.

James BluntJames Blunt has called Christ Bryant MP a "classist gimp"

Blunt, 40, has written a latter arguing that his private education and background has actually hindered his success in the British music industry.

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James Blunt - Ein Herz fuer Kinder 2014 at Flughafen Tempelhof - Arrivals at Flughafen Tempelhof - Berlin, Germany - Saturday 6th December 2014

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Shots of British singer songwriter James Blunt as he gave a live performance on stage at the Liverpool Echo Arena in Liverpool, United Kingdom - Wednesday 26th November 2014

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James Blunt - James Blunt performs live in concert at the 3Arena during his 'Moon Landing World Tour' - Dublin, Ireland - Thursday 20th November 2014

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James Blunt - Singer James Blunt plays at the 3Arena wearing what looks like British Army Pilot fatigues with his surname on the name label in Dublin - Dublin, Ireland - Thursday 20th November 2014

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James Blunt and Sofia Wellesley - GQ Maenner des Jahres (Men of the year) award 2014 at Komische Oper in Mitte. at Komische Oper - Berlin, Germany - Thursday 6th November 2014

James Blunt Says His Hit Track 'You're Beautiful' Was "Annoying"

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Former British soldier James Blunt burst onto the music scene in 2005 with his emotionally charged song 'You're Beautiful,' it went on to sell 4 million copies worldwide, become a chart topper in ten countries and earn a Grammy nomination for record of the year.

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Blunt admitted he finds 'You're Beautiful' "annoying"

But like many hit tracks, 'You're Beautiful' became overplayed on the radio and television, and this soon sparked some criticism against Blunt, but the 40 year-old singer recently revealed that he would agree with these naysayers.

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Christina Louis...

Its cos i love you.xx.

2 months 2 hours ago
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Deborah

I live in Tampa Florida and was wondering when James would be in this area or close. I would travel to Chicago or Atlanta. I think he is great.

6 years 10 months ago
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Amethyst

What can I say....WOW!It's been a long time since I've heard a musician that sounded like he(or she) was singing from the heart. Your music takes me to another place (without the aid of any chemical substances :-) !).From this old girl, thank you, for writing some truly meaningful and beautiful music!

9 years 6 days ago
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newtohoo2

An amazing artist! An unbelievably brilliant soul! My new and very first obsession ever! Not James, but his message. (Okay, maybe a little bit James, but since I don't know him...) Your music has lifted my spirit and inspired me. Thank you is just not sufficient.

8 years 11 months ago
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cool james blunt video interview from his birthday last week...www.busradio.com/videos

7 years 2 weeks ago
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Plamena Marinova

"Back to bedlam" brilliant,emotional album."Goodbye my lover" FABULOUS song.I want to marry James Blunt.Really.Congratulations James.

9 years 1 month ago
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sahra

Hi I just wanted to make a coment about the amercian women being to tall for James. Not all of us are tall Im only 5/4 and I think hes the perfect height. lol thanks. sahra

8 years 8 months ago
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I decided to make my own video for "Goodbye My Lover" based on what I thought of when I first heard the song.http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6060660917799456299&hl=enLet me know what you think.Thanks,Cmdant

7 years 5 months ago
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Leah Lancaster

It's a music that refreashes all the ground in June springtime in the world whenever we are... brings you back to 2003 in Denmark at railway station. A Thought of a staring buddah in banana shorts almond eyes over a converse shoes and twentyfive bucks of a krona...Hi smiling burnai...You're hundsome... My eyes speaks louder...

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jt91

What an amazing artist... hypnotic lyrics as well as voice... I honestly get lost in your songs... Can you fall in love with someone because of their talent?? It helps that you are such a hottie too... Keep up the great work James, what an amazing man!!!

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