On January 25th 2010 Jamie Cullum will be releasing a new single taken from his recent album “The Pursuit”. “Don’t Stop The Music” will be instantly recognizable as a Rhianna track, but with the Cullum touch.
The track, which will be available as a download only, has a spectacular video which involved 4 grand piano’s being blown up in a warehouse in darkest Acton. Four replica Pianos were blown up in 4 x 3 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 himself detonated Piano number 3.
Talking about the track, Jamie says “There’s a real science to choosing covers. Back when I did ‘High And Dry’ and ‘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! I thought ‘someone is really smart’. I did ‘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 has just announced a full UK tour, his first for 5 years, which includes two nights at London’s Palladium. The dates in full are:
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
For more information, check out jamiecullum.com.