Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney has hailed pop newcomer James Blunt as the future of music, after being impressed with the singer/songwriter's shirt removal in the video for his smash hit YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL.

McCartney is impressed with the new star's singing and songwriting ability and is a huge fan of the new album Back To Bedlam.

He says, "I saw the video and I thought, 'What's he doing with his top off?' But it's quite a clever pay-off when he jumps off the cliff at the end, so I thought, 'Oh all right, I'll let you off.'

"He's a good new name. He's got good songs and sings well."