Article in Click Liverpool- Jamie Cullum releases Rihanna cover and announces UK tour

Jazz-pop singer Jamie Cullum releases Rhianna cover “Don’t Stop The Music” from his album “The Pursuit.”

Instantly recognizable, but with the Cullum touch, the new single will be available as a download only on January 25th.

The pint sized jazz cat recently wed model-turned-cook Sophie Dahl in a secret January ceremony plays rock and roll rebel in the music video, which features four grand pianos being blown up in a warehouse in darkest Acton.

Four replica pianos were blown up in four three-second explosions, shot at 1000 frames per second or 40 times slower than real time. The amount of light used could have powered several tower blocks. Jamie detonates piano number three.

Talking about the track, Jamie says: “There’s a real science to choosing covers.

“Back when I did Radiohead’s ‘High And Dry’ and Pharrell Williams’ ‘Frontin’ it wasn’t as common but doing covers has always been part of my DNA as a jazz musician.

“Often I’ll think of a tune to do and someone else will get there first. I was going to do ‘Every Heartbeat’ by Robyn but Girls Aloud did it for Radio One!

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“I did Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’ the day after it was released but soon enough, everyone was doing it.

“With ‘Don’t Stop The Music’ it was the lyric that grabbed me. It is such a sexy lyric.

“And I was able to transform the song into something totally new sounding.”

Jamie announces a full UK tour, his first in five years.

Tour dates – May 2010:
Friday 7th Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
Saturday 8th Edinburgh, Usher Hall
Sunday 9th Dublin Olympia
Tuesday 11th Newcastle, City Hall
Wednesday 12th Ipswich Regent
Thursday 13th Birmingham, Symphony Hall
Friday 14th Liverpool, Philharmonic
Sunday 16th London Palladium
Monday 17th Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
Tuesday 18th Sheffield, City Hall
Thursday 20th Portsmouth, Guildhall
Friday 21st Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall
Saturday 22nd Bristol Colston Hall
Sunday 23rd London Palladium

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