Earlier this month, Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle was told she wasn't allowed to sing Lou Reed's treasured hit, "Perfect Day" on America’s Got Talent. Plus, she supposedly got the news just a mere two hours before her performance. Next thing you know Boyle is in tears while Reed is harshly ridiculed as a bad guy who wouldn't let the reality TV darling sing his beloved song. Simon Cowell also chimed in in digust, calling his decision "pathetic."
Once the media had had its day with the story, we find out that such a frilly fracas wasn't Reed's fault at all. It all came down to licensing issues, for Boyle's label had not secured the UK rights while landing US permissions. The Guardian says the cheeky Ms. Boyle will be smiling again, as "Perfect Day" will mark her first single from her forthcoming sophomore effort, The Gift. Sorry Velvet Underground and Reed purists.
Additionally, Boyle's '60s-tinged Christmas album will also feature reworkings of Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over" and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," among other holiday standards. The Gift drops Nov. 9 via SYCO/Columbia Records.
by MacKenzie Wilson