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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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106.

James    

How unfathomably sad that people are so gullible to buy manufactured crocks like this. Nothing has been presented so far to proove that Reed said what he is alleged to have said. In fact, there are many singer/songwriters like him who refuse to allow shows like AGT and IDOL to use their material becuase they know that these contestants are being exploited by mega-corporations who stand to make millions while most of their victims will end up broke and in the gutter in ten years. Most artists of Lou Reed's generation learned their lessons the hard way and paid a hefty price for it. Cowells' remarks are laughable and he knows it. Folks, ya been had!

1414 days ago
107.

Happygirl    

Lou Reed should just let Susan sing the song on America's Got Talent. I just don't understand what the harm to let a woman sing it live, Reed had let her recorded it. What an as*h*** he is. Susan is amazing.

1414 days ago
108.

KathyM    

He took her money and left her use it on her album though, didn't he?
He wants the royalties because her last CD with #1 in the world.
Miserable, had-been. Too many years of too many drugs.

1414 days ago
109.

Alan Carver    

This whole situation is just silly! First off Lou Reed needs to not be a douche-bag about someone requesting to perform this overrated song. Second Boyle needs to grow a pair and get over this. You do not get in a snit, cry and then walk out. That was COMPLETELY UNPROFESSIONAL and she knows it. Boyle's career is only because she was an undiscovered talent in the UK and obviously she thinks songwriters and those that have written songs should just cow-tow to her when she wants to sing one of their songs - well guess what boyle they don't always, as you have discovered. You are the one who made the mistake by not having a back-up plan for this event and you are the one who is making it worse by having Cowell getting involved because you lack the backbone to do it yourself. Unfortunately this whole situation - there is no WINNER's! Each of them loses! :^)

1414 days ago
110.

MadeleineT    

It sounds as if Lou Reed decided two hours before the show that he didn't want her to sing it, he should have made that clear from the get go. He hasn't had a hit record that I know of in a long time so he should be glad that someone who sold almost 3 million records the first time out and continues to sell , wants to sing it. I'm sure she could have found something else to sing but decided not to since the program did not look out for her. They are supposed to clear things before a show, she obviously had planned on singing that song.

"Hey Susan Boil(good typo), why not try writing YOUR OWN MUSIC and then go on TV and sing THAT?!!? Why do you insist on performing other people's music? That's extremely weak and a sure sign of no talent..."

Tell that to Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra and most of the other bigtime singers, they don't write their own music, they're singers, not songwriters, what made you think they did? John Bubbel , Johnny Mathis , and all of the big stars do not write, they can sing, they are not song writers, most of the songs singers sing that they wrote stink. If you don't like Susan Boyle, and it sounds as if you don't , at least come up with a valid argument, not that she should write her own songs. Not all songwriters can sing so they need the singers to showcase their music, like Burt Bacharach and Dione warwick, If singers just wrote everthing they sang we would never have gotten to hear George and Ira Gershwin or Cole Porter Or Stephen Sondheim, I can't even imagine a singer writing his own songs, there are some that do, Paul Anka did and Frankie Vallie and some of the older rockers and maybe the new rappers or emenem and jayz but i doubt you are going to dance at your wedding to slim shady. If you want to insult Susan Boyle at least be realistic about it, Think of Frank Sinatra and Johnny Mathis and John Bubble and Rod Stewart who just came out with all of those American songbooks and made millions, he didnt' write them, you know how many stars have counted on the old songs not written by singers to make a buck? Gloria estephan, carly simon, rod stewart, Grace Jones, they all go to those old songs they didnt' write when they need a lift or they need to make money. I think you have been watching too many American Idol shows.

1414 days ago
111.

André Royer    

Shame on you, Lou Reed. You're very petty.

1413 days ago
112.

Dee    

As Simon says if Lou really stopped Susan Boyle from singing Perfect Day it is so pathetic. I hope it is all a lie. I would hate to think that Lou is another jealous, brainless wacked person. Regardless of what people talk about Susan, Susan is the most normal person compared to all these nuts that have nothing to do but insult others. I am pretty sure these characters are afraid Susan will sing their songs better than anyone that is why they make trouble for her. Susan my friends and I are full supporters of you for life you are talented your music touches many souls and you are a very down to earth person. Congratulations. Those people who attack you maybe they need a boost in their careers because they have already faded and are using this as a publicity stunt but that is what will stay in our minds their rudeness buy your music will go on. Love friends from Toms River New Jersey

1412 days ago
113.

Dee    

As Simon says if Lou really stopped Susan Boyle from singing Perfect Day it is so pathetic. I hope it is all a lie. I would hate to think that Lou is another jealous, brainless wacked person. Regardless of what people talk about Susan, Susan is the most normal person compared to all these nuts that have nothing to do but insult others. I am pretty sure these characters are afraid Susan will sing their songs better than anyone that is why they make trouble for her. Susan my friends and I are full supporters of you for life you are talented your music touches many souls and you are a very down to earth person. Congratulations. Those people who attack you maybe they need a boost in their careers because they have already faded and are using this as a publicity stunt but that is what will stay in our minds their rudeness buy your music will go on. Love friends from Toms River New Jersey

1412 days ago
114.

Joel Golden    

This is the problem with people being thrust into the spotlight with no experience by an exploitive talent show. These persons haven't paid any dues, because along with those dues comes the smarts to always have a back-up plan. When you have paid your dues you'd also know that shows like this don't have your best interest at heart and are enjoying the free publcity at your expence. What it comes down to is that YOU,(Susan) better be in charge, and double check every thing that anyone tells you has been "taken care of". All that being said Common Lou, take the check ASAP next time what could it hurt?

1412 days ago
115.

Northern light    

I never understood why L Reed was great. His most famous songs are among the most boring songs ever perfomed in rock history. Why is L Reed an icon in the music world? Just marketing, branding, PR, money money, fake.

1412 days ago
116.

lb bigsong    

Susan, Is there any way you can delete this song from your next album? Lou Reed certainly shouldn't receive the huge amount in royalties that you could have made for him. Step up and play hardball. Get your lawyers on it. I'm sure Simon Cowell has the power. Good luck, Reed needs to be hit in his wallet.

1412 days ago
117.

Gaga4Lala    

I'm sorry but I can't tell which one is Susan and which one is Lou. :-(

1411 days ago
118.

Diane    

Gaga4Lala,

Sounds like you have to be an ^^^hole to get some attention. Before making such statements analyze yourself. We don't want uglimess to spew out all over the world.

1411 days ago
119.

fuming at lou reed    

Lou Reed is just jealous of her talent. He does not want his biggest hit to be trumped by the magic that is SuBo.

I am so disappointed in Lou. I love his rendition of 'Perfect Day' the best, obviously, because it his song. But, what an old poop. Can't you see, Lou, SuBo is not like us, she's better - so treat her with care.

1409 days ago
120.

whoee    

she is a little shy not too bright that is typical behavior for someone like her sje's not a diva woyldn't know how to be one...he is the hirses behind.what makes him so fabulous i NEVER HEARD OF HIM TILL NOW

1409 days ago
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