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Michael Bublé is a Grammy-winner singer from Canada, his style inspired by the likes of greats Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra.
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"The last thing we wanted to do was a tribute album or a lounge act," says Bublé. "We wanted to treat this music with the love and respect it deserves, but the important thing was to capture a spirit and energy and that wasn't confined to any particular musical era."
In 2003, Bublé's first major album was released. The self-titled record was a worldwide success, hitting No. 1 in Australia, going multi-platinum in many countries, and reaching the Top 10 in the UK as well as Canada. The debut album incorporated Bublé's multi-faceted talents, especially his aptitude for lending a pop style to old classics such as "Fever," "Moondance" and "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?" A world tour followed, and Bublé ended 2003 with a disc of Christmas tunes entitled "Let It Snow."
In 2004, at the age of 28, Bublé officially arrived on the international music scene, winning Best New Talent at Canada's prestigious Juno Awards. His third album release, It's Time (2005) topped the success of his debut; it sold over five million copies worldwide and remained on the Billboard Jazz charts for two years. The album's single, "Home," was a fan favorite, which Bublé wrote it for long-term love Timuss, and featured her in the video as well as the backing vocals. The song shot to the No. 1 spot in more than 10 countries, and had the distinction of being the most played song on Canadian radio that year.
Later that year, Timuss and Bublé split amid rumors of his infidelity. News soon spread that the break-up had coincided with the emergence of a new relationship—a romance with British actress Emily Blunt. The pair had met backstage at an awards ceremony. Bublé later admitted he had no idea who she was at the time, and thought she was a television producer.
Buble's third album, Call Me Irresponsible was released in 2007, and the album debuted at No. 3 on the Canadian charts. Bublé's critics and fans rushed to sing his praises, especially lauding the Timuss-inspired track "Lost." He reportedly wrote the track "Everything" for Blunt, but the couple parted ways in July of 2008. The broken romance didn't keep the musician from his success, however, and by the summer of that year Bublé had sold more than 18 million albums worldwide. He also swept music award ceremonies all over the world, earning a Grammy and two Grammy nominations in the U.S., one Juno award and five Juno nominations in Canada, a nomination at the Brit Awards and a nomination for an international ECHO award.
In December of 2008, Bublé branched out into the world of sports when he became a minority owner of the ice hockey team, the Vancouver Giants. He has also began taking on television projects. He participated in a new documentary called Music and the Brain on Canadian Television that discusses the scientific effects of music on human cognition. He then scored a special musical arrangement for a new episode of the hit American sitcom, 30 Rock.
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