James Blunt calls his hit song ‘You’re Beautiful’ annoying

Singer James Blunt is turning his back on his hit song.

Millions of people around the world may love his song, but British singer-songwriter James Blunt has described the multi-million selling song that made his name, You’re Beautiful, as “annoying”.

He now says it was “force-fed down people’s throats”.

The song was Blunt’s break-out hit when it was released in 2005, topping charts from the United States to Australia.

It sold more than three million copies in the US alone, where it topped the charts, and was number one in ten countries including the UK, Spain and Canada.

Flipside of big hit

But Blunt, a former soldier who served with NATO in Kosovo, has admitted there was a flipside to having such a massive global hit.

“There was one song that was force-fed down people’s throats, ‘You’re Beautiful’, and it became annoying, and then people start to associate the artist with the same word,” Blunt said in an interview in the latest edition of Hello! magazine, to be published on Monday.

The song tells the story of Blunt’s surprise at seeing an ex-girlfriend on the London Underground with another man.

The 40-year-old musician added that, because of the success of the track, his music had been marketed to women – and he had therefore lost out on male fans.

“The marketing also painted me out as an insanely serious person, an earnest person and, as all my friends know, I’m anything but.” - Blunt 

“I have a couple of over-emotional miserable songs that I’m known for, but I think it’s turned that corner now.”

The album that contained the song, “Back to Bedlam", was the most-sold in the United Kingdom in the 2000s and went platinum all over the world.

Several versions of ‘You’re Beautiful’ have been released, the latest being a remixed version in Japan in 2012.

Blunt also sang a different version of the song, “My Triangle", when he appeared on the children’s television programme Sesame Street. - AFP

Tags: James Blunt and song

Mario Balotelli continues to frustrate Liverpool fans

Mario Balotelli continues to be luckless in front of goal.

Liverpool walked away from the match against Queens Park Rangers (QPR) on Sunday with all three points - just.

They needed an own goal  f​rom QPR's Steven Caulker in the fifth minute of injury time to steal the points.

In fact, four of the game's five goals came in the last seven minutes of the game - so bad luck to anyone who left the stadium early.

For Liverpool,  however, all talk after the match revolved around Mario Balotelli's continued inability to score goals.


"He couldn't hit a barn yard with a banjo"

Liverpool's £16 million (S$ 32.7 million) summer signing has not exactly repaid the his transfer fee. 

Social media however had a field day reacting to the Italian striker's bad day in office.


It's funny because it's Emile Heskey.



Liverpool will take on Real Madrid on Wednesday (Oct 22) in the Champions League. 

Real Madrid's defenders are probably praying that Balotelli continues his current form in front of goal.

That said, however, he is a man who is capable this: 

So they should probably still be keeping an eye on him during the game.

Source: Twitter, TNP, Vine.

Bear bites off 9-year-old boy's arm in China zoo

A bear bit off the arm of a 9-year-old boy in China.
A bear bit off the arm of a 9-year-old boy in China.

A bear in China has bitten off the arm of a 9-year-old boy, said local media on Sunday.

The boy had tried to feed the bear through the cage on Saturday afternoon at the Pingdingshan Hebin Park in Henan province.

He had managed to squeeze his arm through the bear's cage when the bear bit him.

The doctor who treated the boy at the Pingdingshan Number 152 Hospital said Sunday that he lost his entire right arm, which had to be amputated.

Source: The Guardian, AP



Vandals bring down sex toy shaped sculpture in Paris

The controversial, inflatable sculpture "Tree" by US artist Paul McCarthy at the Vendome square in the center of Paris was deflated.
The controversial, inflatable sculpture "Tree" by US artist Paul McCarthy at the Vendome square in the centre of Paris was deflated by vandals.

Vandals attacked a giant green inflatable sculpture in one of the most famous squares in Paris in the early hours of Saturday after its resemblance to a sex toy sparked an outcry.

The 24-metre-high canvas artwork by US artist Paul McCarthy was unveiled on Thursday in Place Vendome, famous for its luxury jewellery stores and the Ritz Hotel.

"An unidentified group of people cut the cables which were holding the artwork, which caused it to collapse," police told Reuters.

"The person responsible for the piece then decided to deflate it to avoid it being more seriously damaged."

The deflated sculpture was removed from the square on Saturday afternoon.

Photos: Reuters, AFP

McCarthy told French newspaper Le Monde that his work "Tree" was inspired both by a sex toy and a Christmas tree. It was part of the International Contemporary Art Fair (FIAC) taking place Paris from Oct 23 to 26.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said the attack was unacceptable and also denounced an assault on McCarthy the day he installed the work, when a man hit him in the face before running away.

"Paris will not succumb to the threats of those who, by attacking an artist or a work, are attacking artistic freedom," she said in a statement. "Art has its place in our streets and nobody will be able to chase it away." - Reuters

Tags: vandals, paris, sculpture and art

Swansea manager risks FA fine after he slams referee after the game

Swansea City's manager Garry Monk accused the referee of making a bad call against his team during their 2-1 loss against Stoke.

An incensed Swansea manager Garry Monk risked being sanctioned by the Football Association after he accused referee Michael Oliver of making a “disgusting decision” after his side lost 2-1 away to Stoke in the Premier League on Sunday (Oct 19).

Swansea were 1-0 up through a penalty of their own when, shortly before half-time, Oliver pointed to the spot at the other end of the Britannia Stadium after the Swans’ Angel Rangel made minimal contact with Victor Moses, who appeared to dive in the box.

Oliver signalled a penalty and Charlie Adam’s spot-kick beat the dive of Swansea keeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Charlie Adam levelling the score for Stoke. Photo: Reuters

“He (Moses) should be punished for diving. It was a clear dive which is cheating. He has cheated the ref, and the ref has cheated us in terms of giving a decision that never was. It is a poor, poor decision and it has cost us at a vital time, coming up to halftime. We should have been coming in 1-0 up and its a different game plan for us then in the second half." - Swansea manager Garry Monk, when asked by Sky Sports after the game if he blamed the referee or the player

Monk’s comment seems certain to land him in disciplinary trouble but the unrepentant boss added: “What have I said wrong? I haven’t said anything wrong, I haven’t called anyone names, it’s not slanderous.”

Unsurprisingly, Stoke manager Mark Hughes took a different view.

“With Victor Moses’s pace in the box, Angel Rangel has come across him and impeded him in my view,” said the former Manchester United and Wales striker.

“It doesn’t take too much at that pace. I actually heard him (Monk) say my player is a cheat, which is unacceptable in my view. - Stoke manager Mark Hughes

“Obviously he is upset, and we have to come in here and speak 20 minutes after the game but sometimes you just have to bite your tongue, maybe that will come with experience.”

Hughes was referring to the fact that 35-years-old, Garry Monk is the English Premier League's youngest manager, he took charge of Swansea after Michael Laudrup was sacked in February 2014

Victory saw Stoke climb to 10th place in the table, level on points with Manchester United, Arsenal, Swansea and Tottenham Hotspur.

Oliver first pointed to the spot after Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross grappled Wilfried Bony to the ground as the pair waited for a Swansea corner to come in.

Shawcross was booked while the decision was met with disbelieving jeers from Stoke fans who, in common with many English football-watchers, had grown used to seeing such incidents go unpunished.

The score was then levelled after Oliver made the controversial penalty call.

Stoke later went on to win thanks to Jonathan Walters’s 76th-minute header.

Source: Reuters, AFP, The Guardian


Tags: swansea and Stoke City

Barefoot winning form

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Taufik is the Comeback King

HAT-TRICK: Local singer Taufik Batisah won awards for Most Popular Singapore Artist, Most Popular Singapore Song for Ikrar Kasih and Social Media Icon at this year's APM awards.
DUET: Malaysian pop diva Siti Nurhaliza (right) shared the stage with Indonesian singer Judika.
POPULAR: Big winner Taufik Batisah sings a duet with Indonesian singer Rossa.
POPULAR: Veteran Malaysian rock act Wings comprising (from left) bassist Eddie, guitarist Joe, drummer Black and frontman Awie was awarded the Planet Muzik Special Award.

Friday night's Anugerah Planet Muzik (APM) could just have easily been called The Taufik Batisah Show.

The first Singapore Idol winner, not only stole the limelight with his performances, but also by sweeping the most accolades that night.

Taufik, 33, received three honours in fan voting-based categories - Most Popular Singapore Artist, Most Popular Singapore Song for Ikrar Kasih and Social Media Icon - at this year's APM held at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre.

For Taufik, the wins mark a strong comeback after failing to bag a single trophy last year and was a repeat of his clean sweep of three awards in 2012.

He hopes his wins serve as a stepping stone for a regional breakthrough, especially for his catchy new hit #awakkatmane.

The awards ceremony also saw Singapore talents Aisyah Aziz and Sufie Rashid claiming their first APM trophies.

Other big winners include Malaysian pop diva Siti Nurhaliza, Indonesian singer Cakra Khan and Indonesian band Noah.

Read the full report in our print edition on Oct 20.

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Worker killed after heavy machinery plunges down slope

TRAGIC: Mr Pra Theang was carrying out land clearing activities at a slope of a quarry in Malaysia when the machine slipped down the slope.
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He falls 76m to his death

German student, 24, dies in Langkawi hiking accident

RECOVERED: Rescue personnel retrieving the body of Mr Alexzande Anton Michael from the ravine at Langkawi.
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Leonard Thomas: These eight ladies mean serious business

EIGHT OF THE BEST: (Clockwise from top left) Williams, Halep, Bouchard, Ivanovic, Wozniacki, Radwanska, Kvitova and Sharapova.

They’ve shown off various colours of mascara, lipstick and rouge. And diamond jewellery.

They’ve had their hair fashionably tied up, or fashionably let down. 

Pumps and intimidating stilettos, smart vests, the little black dress, glamorous evening wear, glamorous smiles and English in exotic accents, it has all been on show.

Amid the heat, humidity and haze, they have displayed it all here over the last few days, and starting tonight, they will begin to really sweat, as they get down to business at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

The best eight women in tennis are about to lock horns at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, and the country expects the best.

Never before has Singapore witnessed such a level of competition in tennis, these are women we’ve previously only seen in intense combat on TV or YouTube — the famous grunts of Sharapova, the hushed “oooohhh” of the crowd after a rocket-propelled forehand winner by Serena, or the stylish fist pump of Ana after winning a smartly-crafted point.

Tennis fans here have been used to one-off contests of fun and exhibition, but this is different, this is not some end of season jaunt to newly-hip Singapore for some friendly sport. This is serious business.

Read the full report in our print edition on Oct 20.

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