"I'm sorry now/I'm sorry now/I'm sorry now, it's true." These are the lyrics to James Blunt's newest hit: his 2014 apology to everyone in the universe for his way-overplayed love song "You're Beautiful," which saturated the airwaves in 2005-2006 and ascended to the top of "most annoying song" lists everywhere. While talking to Hello! about his new album, Moon Landing, James was, well, blunt about how he feels about the song that catapulted him to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard "Hot 100" list. "There was one song that was force-fed down people's throats—'You're Beautiful'—and it became annoying," he told the magazine. "And then people start to associate the artist with the same word."
His record company turned off a lot of his potential demographic, he says: "I was marketed … to appeal to women during Desperate Housewives' commercials, and you lose 50% of the population in doing so." And he swears he's not as serious and earnest as that treacle made him out to be. "As all my friends know, I'm anything but," he says. "I have a couple of overemotional, miserable songs that I’m known for, but I think … people can see I don't take myself that seriously."