The NME headline might oversell it a little:
James Blunt quits music industryYou know that's not quite true, because otherwise today would be a bank holiday and people would be hugging in the street.
It is, however, going to be a while before he troubles us again:
[Blunt] told The Daily Mail that he has no further plans to write music. Speaking to a reporter from the paper, Blunt said:"I just want to take some time out for myself. I haven’t got any plans to do more songwriting. I have been chilling out since I finished my world tour and I’ve spent a lot of time in Ibiza, where I have a villa."But that isn't quite the same thing as smashing all his guitars, destroying his four track and having himself hypnotised so that he is unable to go within five hundred yards of a piano. While we may hope its permanent, at the moment music and Blunt are just on a break.
Of course, music might not have noticed anyway.