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James Blunt says he’ll stop writing music if his greatest hits album tops the charts

Blunt's compilation album 'The Stars Beneath My Feet' will compete with Adele's '30'

By Charlotte Krol

James Blunt plays the piano on stage
James Blunt. (Picture: Wikimedia commons/Stefan Brending)

James Blunt has promised to not write, record or sing any more songs if his new album tops the charts next week.

The singer-songwriter will be competing against pop heavyweight Adele for the top spot in the UK charts and beyond. Blunt’s pledge about his greatest hits album ‘The Stars Beneath My Feet’ can be added to his vast back catalogue of self-deprecating tweets which see the singer poke fun at his divisive career reputation.

“I do solemnly swear that if my new album (out tomorrow) goes to Number 1, I will never write, record or sing another song for as long as I shall live,” Blunt wrote on Twitter today (November 18).

Adele makes her comeback tomorrow (November 19) with her first album in six years, ‘30‘, which follows her 2015 release ’25’.

Blunt’s 30-song collection, which is released via Atlantic Records, spans his 17-year career including hits ‘You’re Beautiful’ and ‘Cold’.

The album will feature four new songs – ‘Love Under Pressure’, ‘Unstoppable’, ‘Adrenaline’ and ‘I Came For Love’ – as well as four exclusive live performances from across the globe including at Glastonbury Festival.

He said in a statement accompanying the release: “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, so it’s called ‘The Stars Beneath My Feet’.”

Blunt added: “If you’d ever wished that James Blunt had only ever released one album — this is that album. It’s 30 awesome songs, including live performances from Glastonbury and elsewhere, and four new songs. To celebrate its release, I’ll be heading out to tour the world all next year. I can’t wait to see you then.”

His UK tour for 2022 includes a performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall on July 23. Dates begin in February with stops in Brighton, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and more. Head here for details.

Meanwhile, Adele has discussed her experiences of single parenthood and objectification during a sit down interview with Oprah Winfrey ahead of the release of ’30’.