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Susan Boyle -- Email Confirms Lou Reed Rejection

9/10/2010 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Susan Boyle was "absolutely devastated" when she learned Lou Reed had personally blocked her from performing one of his hit songs on "America's Got Talent" ... so says Susan's manager.

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TMZ has obtained an email that Susan's manager fired off on Thursday to FremantleMedia -- the production company behind "Talent" -- saying:

"Susan was absolutely devastated to be told on the morning of the show taping that Lou Reed had personally decided to block her singing his already much covered song, 'Perfect Day,' on 'America's Got Talent' in L.A.."

The email continues, "We obviously had no idea of this prior to leaving London. None of us can understand the decision given that it's such a beautiful rendition of the song."

Susan's manager also explains that Susan decided to pull out of the show entirely instead of changing her tune because she only learned about the rejection with "less than two hours to go before the recording" and had "no other new song rehearsed."

A rep for Lou Reed has reportedly stated that the former Velvet Underground singer didn't throw the kibosh on SuBo -- but obviously, Susan's camp isn't buying it.


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UNFORTUNATE that Susan Boyle's manager or the producers of the show-or whoever didn't check in advance before she had rehearsed and prepared and perfected her rendition of the song

also perhaps a bit SHORT SIGHTED of Lou Reed because this would have propelled his song to a whole new level and probably a new audience . Everyone who enjoyed it would have been checking out whatever versions of the song were out there, as well as looking into anything else he had written- not to mention if it were on Boyle's next CD....

1502 days ago

Quincing Snuff    

That just goes to show you that everybody doesn't care that much about money. If he doesn't like her he doesn't like her and he stood by his morals and didn't let her sing his song. Now if she was a real pro she would have said ok and picked another song instead of acting like a 5 yr old. I don't see the big deal over her. geesh!!

Good God all her freako fans are on here crying 'its not fair to poor Susan'. She cant just take someone else song and do what she wants with it. He has rights. Im sick of these talentless idiots on these shows too because Simon Cowell and Piers Morgan want to make a ton of money. We're the ones who has to listen to her on our TV and get sick of our stomachs.

Posted at 5:42 PM on Sep 8, 2010 by IZMIBIZ

1502 days ago


Quite obviously the people saying Susan should have "simply sung another song" are not profession singers, nor do they know anything about professional performing. With orchestrations already set and a backup choir, in less than two hours, just "sing another song". For a nationally televised program. Really? Someone was clearly at fault here. It was not in any way Susan Boyle. How sad that there are those who are taking this opportunity to show such mean-spirited and ugly souls.

1502 days ago


Sorry but Susan needs to toughin up if she is going to be part of the entertainment industry. Far worse things will and do happen.

1502 days ago



We will NOT be calling Susan Boyle "SuBo."


1502 days ago


Lou is was a popular artist with some middling success back in the day. His pretensions are far exceeding his acommplishments.

1502 days ago


I listened to lou reeds song perfect day. He should have let her sing it because he sucked.

1502 days ago


We know that Susan Boyle's brain was deprived of oxygen at birth, leaving her with life long difficulties. Lou Reed is just a cruel old man who intemtionally inflicted pain and humiliation on her, shame on him.

1502 days ago


Im defending Susan. As an artist is isnt just ONE person hopping up on stage and singing...its a huge team that moves a performer through a number/song...To prepare mentally to be b4 the ENTIRE world , herself being a tough act to follow from her last times..
I'd walk and let the negative media fall on him and warn others comming she cant be treated like a mule.I wonder if Reed had a sexist motive ,actually.
Anyone remember how the biz treated Garland and Holliday...etc

1502 days ago


me thinks Ms Boyle still has some mental stability issues to overcome

1502 days ago


She should have been told way earlier so she could practice her song. She needs to prepare herself by learning more than one song. It's best to ALWAYS HAVE A BACK UP PLAN. Love her singing - she has the voice of an angel!

1502 days ago


Why is Susan Boyle on "America's Got Talent"? She's not American.

1502 days ago

Mrs. Pine    

Susan can't really be a true professional, I mean, she's retarded right? She does have a good voice, but she's not all there.

Lou Reed, along with his wife the "performance artiste" Laurie Anderson, are both pretentious, over-rated has beens.

1502 days ago

kelly cauffman    

that isnt right, i wont be spending another itune dime on lou reeds, when was the last time he did anything new

1502 days ago


SHE SUCKS. Plain and SImple. She's an average voiced UGLY person , who as Quincing snuff said, "Was A HUMAN INTEREST STORY". Simon Cowell ans Pierce Morgan tried to cram her down everyone's throat purely to make money, not because they believed in her "talent" ( Or lack there of), but because they saw the potential to make tons of cash through politcally correct hyper-senstive American guilt.

If she was halfway normal looking or even pretty, no one would have paid attention to her average karaoke talent.
It was a guilty video on you tube that was spread by Simon Cowell to make money. I am in the music industry, and most people in the business, especially artist all know what a joke she is and how bad she is.

STOP feeling sorry for THE FAT UGLY GIRL and judge her as a singer. Then you will see that SHE SUCKS

1502 days ago
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