A short while ago, I emailed a friend in Japan about the unprecedented and out-of-left-field hit recording by singer Millie Vernon (see below). Here is what he wrote back to me:
"It became a hit mostly because it was introduced recently in Asahi Newspaper as a favorite album of the very popular scenario writer, Ms. Kuniko Mukouda who passed away more than 10 years ago."
The Japanese: A people of taste AND boundless curiosity! The same thing could happen here and it would sell three copies. In the immortal words of Rufus Wainright, "I'm tired of America." Elba will do quite nicely. Anywhere there's no rap, Paris Hilton or American Idol.