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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.

Lou Reed & Susan Boyle
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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What a bunch of nasty people you are. YES, she is a star. Hate to break it to you all. She was given permission to RECORD his song on her album which will make him a fortune, so why would he not allow her to perform it now? THAT'S what's stupid. As for all of you trashing her looks, good grief, what an immature and asinine thing to do. I hope you won't be judged so harshly some day when your times come. Try wishing people well instead of tearing them to shreds with cruel comments. Humanity needs to clean up its act.

1449 days ago


sorry for trashing your girlfreind

1449 days ago


You are so right, Mr Rob! Stuff like this happens all the time in order to produce a media frenzy over certain songs or artists. It'll all be good in the end, and some other stupid story will take it's place in the 'news.'

1449 days ago


For the life of me, I don't understand why someone would name their son "SUSAN" knowing it's a boy?

1449 days ago

Dave In Tulsa    

She's angry because he's better looking than she is.

1449 days ago

passin thru    

geeze, hes an ass. i wouldnt take it too personally if i were here. i also would always have a back up song. dimwitted and ill prepared on susans part,
just sayin'

1449 days ago


Lou Reed is a pathetic exuse of a human being. How hateful and unprovoked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Susan rise above his nastiness.

1449 days ago


Lou Reed probably does not watch Tv nor listen to the radio, he does not know she has an absolutely great voice, he thinks she is a joke in the style of the speidi couple, who should vanish off the face of the earth the sooner the better, and lou reed should listen to HER VOICE!

1449 days ago


The point is he should have handled this before she boarded the plane..He is an ugly, bitter, old fool.

1449 days ago

LaToya Jackson    

Lou knows that he's do'en .. I wouldn't let Susan "Hasbin" Boyel make money off of one of my songs either ..

1449 days ago


This is what I read on a Dutch news site. A spokesman for Reed, however, leaves the program Access Hollywood know that Boyle to a whole other reason was promised a halt. Perfect Day for a matter of law should not be sung in the United States, in Britain it is no problem.

1449 days ago

Knockers De Clown    

Lou Reed is GREAT !!! LOVE HIM !!! Susan Boyle.. Not so much

1449 days ago


Not a fan of Ms. Boyle but then again, what do I know? Don't like Ms. Streisand's singing either....

1449 days ago


Lou Reed is a DOUCHE! He did it for publicity & made this poor woman feel like crap. He is a pig. It doesn't matter how rich or famous you are you still are responsible for treating people like crap. Lou Reed is a pig. I feel really sorry for Susan Boyle. To travel all that way & be treated like that is just nasty.

1449 days ago


Susan has to stop having this hissy fits if things don't go her way. She should have had a back up plan in case something went wrong with the original plan not storm off back to England. She gets her feelings hurt too easily and carrys on too much. I like her voice but I would like her to act her 48 year old age or whatever she is now and stop having her tantrums.

1449 days ago
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