He's no Frank Sinatra

Published May 28, 2007

NEW YORK - For crooner Michael Buble, success in America has been a long time coming.

Sure, Buble received media attention and did well internationally with his 2003 self-titled debut album, but his success abroad did not translate into big record sales in the United States.

But patience has paid off for the 32-year-old Canadian. He was a featured performer on American Idol this year, made Oprah Winfrey swoon, and his third album, Call Me Irresponsible, recently debuted on the top of the charts.

Did you approach making this album differently from past recordings?

Of course. I come in with more experience. In certain ways I am more confident, and in other ways I am far more humble. I realize I have made a lot of mistakes and done things wrong. I've done things I wish I could have done in another way. I didn't come in with the same kind of desperation that I may have had on the first or second record. I have come to the point now where I am really allowing myself to enjoy it, really enjoy it.

What has been the biggest mistake in your career?

My mouth. I am a candid interview, and I have a dark and dry sense of humor - a very Canadian sense of humor - and I am only learning now stupidly that you can't read tongue. When I say something funny in a newspaper and I meant it to be funny, it doesn't read that way. There were comments about many things I wish I would have said in a different way or a more eloquent way.

In the past, critics have been somewhat hard on you. Do you worry about that now?

It was to be expected. I am singing a genre of music that people are very protective of. I am being compared to the greatest vocalist of all time. Someone asked me the other day, "Do you get upset when people say you are the young Frank Sinatra?" It doesn't upset me. It is a huge compliment, but it is false. There will never be another Frank Sinatra. I never wanted to be another Frank Sinatra. I only wanted to be another Michael Buble.

You are dating actor Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada). Have you found that the media or paparazzi to be too intrusive in terms of your relationship?

I had done an interview with Hello magazine. In it, they asked me if I was going to marry Emily Blunt. Of course, what was I going to say? I said, "Oh yeah, I am going to marry her, and I love her, and all of this stuff." I was making a joke. They said to me, "Have you asked her?" I said, "Have I? Maybe I am asking her through the magazine." I realize now I can't even joke about stuff because they've used it to sell their magazine. Now I see it in newspapers at home and throughout the states. I see that I have been engaged to Emily without ever asking her. It is completely ridiculous.

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Michael Buble's Call Me Irresponsible is reviewed.