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Buble Feels More "Irresponsible" Than "Real"

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Michael Bublé says it’s OK to call him irresponsible.

The Canadian singer, whose third album, “Call Me Irresponsible,” came out in May, took the title from the

Sammy Cahn-Jimmy Van Heusen song he includes on the set. But Bublé says it’s a personal statement, as well.

“I’ll tell you what; when I called my mother to tell her what the title was, she said, ‘That’s perfect!’ ” Bublé, 31, says with a laugh. “Without a doubt she knew that was perfect for me, ’cause I can be irresponsible in a lot of ways.”

But, he adds, it was better than what his Vancouver-based manager, Bruce Allen, suggested he call the record.

“He wanted it to be ‘The Real Deal,’ ” says Bublé, whose last album, “It’s Time,” has sold 5.5 mil - lion copies. “He said. ‘You’re authentic. You are the real deal.’ I said, ‘Bruce, I love your confidence in me, but people are gonna hate me. The album cover might as well be me walking on water ...’ ”

Bublé won the argument, and so far “Call Me Irresponsible” has been a winner, too. The album, which includes a pair of Bublé originals — including the first single, “Everything” — and renditions of songs made famous by

Mel Torme, Eric Clapton, Billy Paul and others, made a formidable debut at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Then it achieved the rare feat of hitting No. 1 in its second week on sale.

“The record label was all, ‘Hey, No. 2!’ ‘Way to go, No. 2!’ ” the winner of four Canadian Juno Awards recalls. “Something felt strange about that to me. I never heard, ‘Hey, you didn’t come in first — awesome!’

“I took one of the guys aside and said, ‘Listen, I think next week we have a better chance. It’s Mother’s Day and all this stuff.’ And he said, ‘Listen, I love you kid. It ain’t gonna happen ...’ It’s gonna take a 50 or 60 percent drop. And when I didn’t, I felt great. It was amazing.”

Michael Bublé performs at 8 p.m. Friday (July 27th) at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $72.50-$128. Call (313) 471-6606 or visit www.olympia entertainment.com.

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