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Susan Boyle, who is famous and popular for reasons I cannot fathom, has been in a brouhaha with Lou Reed all month.

The backstory: on September 9th, Boyle says she wasn’t allowed to perform Reed’s song “Perfect Day” on Simon Cowell‘s “Britain’s Got Talent” TV show. The story went that Reed said no before the taping, and that Boyle returned to the UK “in tears” because she didn’t know any other songs.

I mean, really: newsfeed editors are just lemmings to pick this stuff up and repeat it. Does it even make sense? Boyle “in tears”? Didn’t know any other songs? Simon Cowell making proclamations against Reed. Reed even caring about this stuff? Bollocks.

Anyway, so guess what? “Perfect Day” is the lead single from Boyle’s album, due November 9th, called “The Gift.” Surprise! Cowell, mastermind of publicity, manages and owns Boyle. The whole controversy was concocted. It’s not like the “Perfect Day” track hadn’t been recorded and scheduled for the album before September 9th.

I love all the web-wags saying Reed “stood up” or “wouldn’t sell out.” Lou Reed stands to make a fortune with Boyle warbling his tune. Believe me, he’ll take the money.

What’s so strange about this is why Boyle chose “Perfect Day” in the first place. It was on Reed’s famous 1972 album, “Transformer.” I always thought it was about getting high and wandering around a zoo.

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2 replies to this post
  1. Obviously, you don’t know the full story, and didn’t bother to research it before you wrote this.
    Boyle went to LA to sing A Perfect Day because that’s the song they chose to kick off her new CD.
    A Perfect Day, not any other song.
    There were 100 Choir members and musicians, rehearsed, ready for A Perfect Day, not another song.
    Boyle and her team traveled a long way, and were ready to go.
    All of a sudden she’s told that Reed won’t allow her to sing it because he’s no fan.
    I’d say that was reason enough to be a bit upset.
    If that was a ploy by Cowell, it’s time she finds a new label because that would have been about as low as you can go.

  2. I hope her CD fails, I hope she’s a one-hit wonder, because there is nothing spectacular about her. Except that Simon manages her.

    So Roger are you saying the story was concocted as a PR stunt?

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