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“The same thing kind of happened with Michael that happened with Josh. I kind of bullied him into doing the kind of album I wanted to do, but lo and behold, it was super-successful. It’s interesting about picking artists: Take people like Celine and Josh and Michael – try to find somebody who’s in that lane. If you find somebody who’s in their own lane, that’s half the battle right there.
“Harry Connick Jr. was in this lane for a while, but he got very busy with his acting. And when he did make records, you’d want to slash your fucking wrists because they were so slow. All of that exciting, big-band stuff that he’d done, he was bored with it. So that lane he was in was wide open for somebody else. We took it.
“Now, Bublé, unlike Josh Groban, probably knew who he was much better. Or I would say that who Bublé thought he was and what I wanted to do with him were more in sync with each other. We made four incredible records together – five, actually, including the Christmas album, although Bob Rock did produce some songs, as well – and it was a great marriage.
“Bublé is a smart guy; he’s never wandered from his lane. The first album had no original songs on it. The second had one, the third had two, the fourth had three and the fifth has four. So he’s not a guy who’s going, ‘Hey, I’m a songwriter now.’ He’s giving people what they fell in love with – the covers.
“He’s got great musical taste, he’s a great performer, a great singer, and he’s a great songwriter. There’s no weak link in his career.”