James Blunt has brutally mocked himself by announcing he is releasing his first ever ‘Greatest Hit’ album.
The 47-year-old chart topping star might still be known best to most for his 2005 number 1 smash single You’re Beautiful – which sold over 3.6 million copies worldwide and sat at the top of the UK single’s chart for five weeks.
However, he has released 25 other singles – many of which have charted within the UK Top 40 – and six albums since he first burst onto the music scene back in 2004.
James has shared the news that he is releasing his greatest hits album – which is titled The Stars Beneath My Feet (2004-2021) – and will be touring next year in support of the compilation album.
Self-Deprecating as ever, the singer told The Sun: “Amazingly, I’m releasing my Greatest Hits.
“I wanted to call it Greatest Hit (& Songs I Wish You’d Heard) but the good people at Atlantic Records suggested I call it something more sensible.”
Statistics that might shock casual music lovers – but not loyal James Blunt fans – include the fact that everyone one of James’ six albums has entered the Top 10.
While five of those have been within the Top 5 – and two albums, his debut Back to Bedlam and follow up, All the Lost Souls, reached number 1.
While his arena tour has been announced with dates across the UK including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Brighton.
The album itself will include 30 tracks and feature live performances – including his set from the 2008 Glastonbury festival.
The album and tour news will be music to the ears of fans after James last week was revealed to be making a career move into the world of television presenting.
A new reality competition is reportedly being produced which will see small breweries fighting it out to be crowned the makers of the best pint – with pub owning singer James fronting the show.
A source said last weekend: “James owns his own boozer, The Fox & Pheasant in London, and is a bit of a beer connoisseur.
“The main premise of the series is going to be brewers showcasing some of the best small breweries in the world.”
It is expected that the competition will look beyond the shores of Great Britain to find fine ales from around the world.
The source continued: ”It won’t just be in the UK either — the idea is to try to get a number of competitors from across the globe signing up. Once on board, each of them will compete to see who has the best beer.”
They added: “James will be front and centre of the competition but there will be a judging panel of experts too, who will be the ones to make the decisions.”