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Robert Burns’s poetry might have been dismissed as "sentimental
doggerel" by Jeremy Paxman but that hasn’t stopped diminutive I’m A
Celebrity contestant David Gest and pop legend Michael Jackson from
recording an album of the much-loved Scottish poet’s work. Gest’s
spokesman said the album is a modern musical take on some of Burns’
classic poems, and had been a long cherished project.

Here is the full story.  Here is the evolution of earnings on some of MJ’s other albums.  Here is a man who just died.

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For anyone interested in hearing Burns performed by, you know, actual Scottish people solidly rooted in that tradition, there is a lovely 13 CD set, "The Complete Songs of Robert Burns", from Linn Records. Or Jim Malcolm has a CD of Burns works, "Acquaintance", and another CD, "Tam o'Shanter and Other Tales" that includes Malcolm's 15-minute long musical setting of that Burns poem.

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