Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Lewis Capaldi

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Lewis Capaldi

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The Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi is one of the biggest presences in British music today. He was almost unheard of before his song "Someone You Loved" spent seven consecutive weeks at the top of the UK charts from March 2019, going on to become the biggest selling single of last year. (At the time of writing, it still sits at number seven.) Capaldi achieved five top-ten singles last year (all ballads); his song "Before You Go" was number one at the start of February 2020. At this year's Brits, Capaldi won Best New Artist and Song of the Year, accepting the award with one hand, with a bottle of Buckfast in the other.

Capaldi is a contradiction. His brand is anchored in self-deprecating humour. He is always sporting a T-shirt and messy hair, and has what he describes as a "plain face". He films himself eating crisps in bed and posts it on Instagram. Asked how he wrote his biggest hit, he joked, "As fortune had it, my gran had just died," and, "Your classic death, not coming back. …

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