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Bublé's telegenic looks haven't hurt his ubiquity. He's been everywhere, from a much-seen television advertisement for Starbucks, featuring his rendition of Sinatra's "Come Fly with Me," to performances on THE TODAY SHOW, THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, and THE VIEW. All this has helped make him a multiplatinum-selling star in a relatively short time. Perhaps more important is the fact that his fan club comprises, in his words, "13 years old to -- you know, to a hundred." Bublé's undeniably a heartthrob, winning over grandmothers and young alternative-rock fans in the same moment. Who else can boast features on both SmoothJazzNow.com and TeenMusic.com (the latter in spite of the fact that the most "rockin'" CDs in his car are by James Taylor and Louis Prima)?

Bublé has not only helped widen the audience for his music but also aided in broadening the range of what can be called a standard. "I'm not a pop singer or a jazz singer," he says in his current bio for the CAUGHT IN THE ACT release. So his CDs, produced by David Foster (well known for his work with such heavy hitters as Céline Dion and Barbra Streisand), have included more divergent material, a smart blending of newer songs such as Lou Rawls' 1976 Philadelphia-soul plaint "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" with the older repertoire. Perhaps even more strikingly, Bublé's versions of George Michael's "Kissing a Fool" and Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," from his debut CD, put a sly twist on 1980s nostalgia. At the very least, his success recalls a time when jazz-inflected pop (and vice versa) could make an impact on the charts.

After struggling in relative obscurity in Canada for a decade before landing the job that got him noticed by Foster and eventually his record deal, Bublé now tours with a literal extended family. He's bought an additional tour bus to house his parents, sisters, nieces and nephews, grandparents, and fiancé, and is well aware of his good fortune, as he recently explained to the TORONTO SUN: "I have the best of everything because I get to do what I love and have everyone with me. It's great. I don't know how else to say it. Being famous is fun, and anyone who tells you different is a dork."



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Guitarist Randy Napoleon

The horn section of Buble's touring band.

The horn section of Michael Bublé's touring band.

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