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STAFF REPORTER

PALMA
THE British singer James Blunt, whose silky smooth refrain “You're beautiful...” melted millions of female hearts and probably sent a few males into therapy in the process, is to play two gigs in the Balearics this summer.

Though the final signatures have yet to be put to the contract, it is believed Blunt will play gigs in the Palma Arena and in a yet to be decided location in Ibiza.

The Blunt gigs are the result of a collaboration between the two festivals, Nits de la Mediterranea and Jazz Voyeur.
Though this will be the first time that Blunt has performed in the Balearics, the singer is a regular visitor to Ibiza, where he owns a house and where, since adolescence, he has habitually enjoyed summer holidays by the sea.

Blunt shot to fame in 2005 with his debut album, Back to Bedlam, which included the hit single, You're Beautiful.
The video for the song was shot by director Sam Brown in Palma and picked up a nomination in the 2006 MTV Music Video Awards.
Blunt famously was a member of the British Army, serving in the Life Guards, before he made it big as a singer.
His father was a colonel in the air corps and Blunt was born in a military hospital in Wiltshire.
During his time in the army, he served as an army reconaissance officer in the NATO peacekeeping force in Kosovo.
His latest album is All the Lost Souls.
As well as Blunt, the Balearic Government is looking to attract U.S. R&B singer Alicia Keys to Palma as part of a series of concerts to be held in Palma throughout the summer.

The Canadian jazz pianist, Diana Krall, meanwhile, has already been confirmed to play the Palma Arena on August 5.