James Blunt: My Breakout Hit “You’re Beautiful” Was “Annoying”

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James Blunt spoke about "You're Beautiful." Chris Jackson/Elton John AIDS Foundation/WireImage.com

Blunt words, James Blunt! The British singer criticized "You're Beautiful," the sentimental song that put him on the map, in a new interview.

Blunt, 40, reflected on his recordings while speaking with HELLO! magazine

"There was one song that was force-fed down people's throats — 'You're Beautiful' — and it became annoying," the musician said of his breakout 2005 hit single, which topped the Billboard 200 and went multiplatinum. "People start to associate the artist with the same word."

The emotional number had Blunt crooning about lost love, standing moodily shirtless in the rain in his music video while he sang, "You're beautiful / You're beautiful /  You're beautiful, it's true / I saw your face in a crowded place / And I don't know what to do / 'Cause I'll never be with you."

"I think, at the end of the day, I was marketed by a record company to appeal to women during Desperate Housewives' commercials and you lose 50 percent of the population in doing so," Blunt admitted. "The marketing also painted me out as an insanely serious person, an earnest person and, as all my friends know, I'm anything but."

In the years since Blunt debuted his "Beautiful" ballad, the chart-topping singer has released three studio albums that performed well internationally, going platinum in the UK and abroad. Blunt, who married his fiancée Sofia Wellesley last month, has been touring in support of his 2013 album Moon Landing.

"I have a couple of over-emotional miserable songs that I'm known for, but I think it's turned that corner now," he told HELLO! "People can see I don't take myself that seriously."

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