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James Blunt Chosen To Perform At Royal Wedding

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Not a bad gig, if you can get it! Multiplatinum-selling singer-songwriter James Blunt confirmed on Monday that he'll be performing at one of the most anticipated events this year: The royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton next month.

However, Blunt won't be singing "You're Beautiful" to the radiant new couple--in fact, he won't be singing at all. He'll be showing off a different set of chops.

"I'm actually playing," the British hitmaker explained to an Italian news channel during his tour stop in Milan. "I'm playing the church organ there." 

Although this announcement may come as a surprise to those who never suspected he might be recruited for such a position, Blunt has considerable competency with keyboards. He studied piano in his youth, uses the piano for songwriting, and is credited on all his albums with keyboard duties--including, specifically, a church organ on his debut release, Back To Bedlam.

Blunt is currently in the middle of a European tour for his third and latest album, Some Kind Of Trouble, and will embark on a North American leg starting April 20 in Boston. According to the tour section of his site, the busy singer is currently scheduled for shows in Chicago and Denver bookending the Royal Wedding's April 29 date--let's hope he gets some rest on the plane while hopping the pond!

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