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Lewis Capaldi

Lewis Capaldi is a Scottish singer-songwriter. Capaldi achieved mainstream successes throughout 2018, and in 2019, peaked in the top ten of the UK Singles Charts with his single "Someone You Loved". Capaldi learned to play the guitar when he was nine, and began his musical career singing in pubs aged 12. He released his debut extended play recording Bloom EP on 20 October 2017, where he worked with Grammy Award-winning producer Malay, a long-time collaborator of Frank Ocean. Capaldi rose to prominence through uploading recordings of himself in his bedroom, where he was discovered by manager Ryan Walter. He later released his first track "Bruises" on 31 March 2017. The song quickly amassed close to 28 million plays on Spotify worldwide, making him the fastest ever unsigned artist to reach 25 million plays on the platform. Shortly afterwards, he was signed to Virgin Records and Capitol Records.

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Lewis Capaldi
Capaldi in 2018.
Background information
BornGlasgow, Scotland
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active2017–present
Labels
Websitelewiscapaldi.com

Lewis Capaldi is a Scottish singer-songwriter.[1] Capaldi achieved mainstream successes throughout 2018, and in 2019, peaked in the top ten of the UK Singles Charts with his single "Someone You Loved".

Career

Early beginnings

Capaldi learned to play the guitar when he was nine, and began his musical career singing in pubs aged 12.[2] He released his debut extended play recording Bloom EP on 20 October 2017,[3] where he worked with Grammy Award-winning producer Malay, a long-time collaborator of Frank Ocean.[4]

Capaldi rose to prominence through uploading recordings of himself in his bedroom, where he was discovered by manager Ryan Walter.[5] He later released his first track "Bruises" on 31 March 2017. The song quickly amassed close to 28 million plays on Spotify worldwide, making him the fastest ever unsigned artist to reach 25 million plays on the platform.[6] Shortly afterwards, he was signed to Virgin Records and Capitol Records.[7]

Increased recognition and European tour (2017–2018)

In late 2017, Capaldi was named as one of Vevo dscvr 'Artists to Watch 2018'.[8] Capaldi was also long-listed for BBC Music's Sound of 2018. He was joined on the list by music stars such as Sigrid, Khalid and Billie Eilish.

He supported Rag'n'Bone Man on his European tour in November 2017, and Milky Chance on their North American leg of the Blossom tour in January 2018. He attracted attention from celebrities including Chloë Grace Moretz, Kygo, James Bay, Ellie Goulding[9] and Niall Horan.[10] Subsequently, Horan invited Capaldi to support him on two dates on his Flicker World Tour at the Glasgow SEC Armadillo in March 2018. In May 2018 Capaldi joined Sam Smith on his Thrill of It All European tour, opening for Smith over 19 dates. He followed this by announcing a fourth headline UK and European tour, this time playing 2000 capacity venues across the UK and Europe, including two nights at Glasgow's Barrowland Ballroom, with both shows selling out.

On 13 July 2018 Capaldi was named as one of two acts in BBC Radio 1's 'Brit List', guaranteeing him three successive incremental Radio 1 playlist places. In August 2018, Irish Indie rock band Kodaline invited Capaldi to open for them at a concert in Belfast.[11] In addition to this, Capaldi was included in the line-ups for many festivals during the summer of 2018, including: Lollapolooza, Bonnaroo, Firefly, Mountain Jam, Osheaga, Reading & Leeds Festival, Rize and TRNSMT.

Breach and BRIT Award nomination (2018–present)

Capaldi's second extended play Breach was released on 8 November 2018, which included previously released singles "Tough" and "Grace", along with new songs "Someone You Loved" and a demo of "Something Borrowed". Zane Lowe premiered "Someone You Loved" on Apple's Beats 1 radio on the day of release.[12]

On 14 November 2018 Capaldi performed a cover of Lady Gaga's "Shallow" from A Star Is Born live on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge.[13] To date, Capaldi has played four sold-out back-to-back tours, and in his first 10 months of touring sold 60,000 headline tickets. He is currently supporting Bastille on their 2019 tour ‘Still Avoiding Tomorrow’.

Capaldi was nominated for the Brit Critics' Choice Award for 2019, alongside Mahalia and winner Sam Fender.

Personal life

Capaldi is of Scottish and Italian ancestry, and is a distant relative of actor Peter Capaldi, who appeared in the music video for "Someone You Loved".[1] He is also a distant relative of Barrhead born nuclear physicist Joseph Capaldi, praised for his work towards the Higgs Boson International Project.[14]

Discography

Albums

Title Details
Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent[15]
  • Released: 17 May 2019
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Format: Digital download

Extended plays

Title Details
Bloom[16]
  • Released: 20 October 2017
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Format: Digital download
Breach
  • Released: 8 November 2018
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Format: Digital download

Singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
SCO
[17]
BEL
[18]
IRE
[19][20]
NOR
[21]
SWE
[22]
SWI
[23]
UK
[24]
"Bruises" 2017 295272 Bloom
"Lost On You" 50
"Fade" 33
"Rush"
(featuring Jessie Reyez)
2018 74 Non-album single
"Tough" 63 Breach
"Grace" 62326
"Someone You Loved" 17329
[26]
26
[27]
423
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category State
2018 Scottish Alternative Music Awards Best Acoustic Act Won
2018 Scottish Music Awards Breakthrough Artist of the Year Won
2018 BBC Music Sound of 2018 Included
2018 Great Scot Awards Breakthrough Award Won
2018 Forth Awards Rising Star Award Won
2019 Brit Awards Critics Choice Award Nominated
2019 MTV Brand New for 2019 Won

References

  1. 1 2 Zycinski, Alan (22 February 2018) Who is Lewis Capaldi? The Bruises singer dubbed Scotland's Ed Sheeran supporting Sam Smith and Kodaline on his European Tour. The Scottish Sun.
  2. "5 Songs You Need To Listen To This Week". Time. 20 October 2017. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  3. Murray, Robin (12 September 2017). "Lewis Capaldi Announces 'Bloom' EP". Clash Music.
  4. "ICYMI: Lewis Capaldi Emanates Genuine Longing and Heartbreak In "Fade"". Ones To Watch.
  5. "6 Lewis Capaldi used to cover songs by the The View and now he's collaborating with Jessie Reyez". Time. 28 February 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  6. "Lewis Capaldi – Fade (Listen) – Mahogany". 6 October 2017.
  7. "Excited to welcome @LewisCapaldi to the #CapitolFamily! Stay tuned for new music dropping tonight pic.twitter.com/UU0lfoyM7f". Capitol Records.[non-primary source needed]
  8. "vevo dscvr – Lewis Capaldi". dscvr.vevo.com. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  9. Capaldi, Lewis. "Haha class! Cheers for sharing the tune @elliegoulding x".[non-primary source needed]
  10. Horan, Niall. "Lewis Capaldi – Lost On You (Live) huge fan of this man".[non-primary source needed]
  11. Capaldi, Lewis [@lewiscapaldi] (26 February 2018). "so buzzing to be asked by @Kodaline to open for them! Will be my first ever time in Belfast! X" (Tweet) via Twitter.
  12. "Lewis Capaldi on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  13. "Lewis Capaldi". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  14. Rising Scottish star Lewis Capaldi meets long-lost relative at London gig as Doctor Who appears. Daily Record (23 February 2018). Retrieved on 2019-02-11.
  15. "Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent by Lewis Capaldi". Apple Music. 17 May 2019. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  16. "Bloom – EP by Lewis Capaldi". Apple Music. 20 October 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  17. Peak positions in Scotland:
  18. "Discografie Lewis Capaldi". Ultratop. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  19. "Discography Lewis Capaldi". irish-charts.com. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  20. "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  21. "Discography Lewis Capaldi". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  22. "Discography Lewis Capaldi". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  23. "Discographie Lewis Capaldi" (in German). Swiss Hitparade. Retrieved 24 November 2018.
  24. "Lewis Capaldi | full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  25. "British certifications – Lewis Capaldi". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 8 February 2019. Type Lewis Capaldi in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  26. "VG-lista – Topp 20 Single uke 5, 2019". VG-lista. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  27. "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
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