LEWIS Capaldi fans are in for a treat this morning as he finally unleashes another single from his hotly anticipated second album.
The Scot’s comeback single Forget Me has been riding high in the charts for months — and catapulted him back to the top of the pop hierarchy.
Pointless is the second single from upcoming album Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent.
And Lewis admits he pilfered the heartfelt ballad’s opening lyric from pal Ed Sheeran — who had come up with the line in an earlier songwriting session.
With co-writers Steve Mac and Snow Patrol rocker Johnny McDaid, Lewis had been working on another track when the idea of finishing Ed’s opening came up.
Lewis explained: “Ed had this lyric, ‘I bring her coffee in the morning, she brings me inner peace’. And pretty much every other line of that opening was just banging.”
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Having been played an early cut of the track before its release, I can confirm he’s not wrong.
Haunting opening lyrics and chords crescendo to a more anthemic chorus which sticks in the mind long after you’ve heard it — and means the song seems guaranteed to dominate the airwaves in the coming weeks.
A tease of the opening section has already amassed mil- lions of views online, as fans eagerly await the follow-up to his 2019 debut collection Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, which shifted a truly astonishing 10million copies.
And despite the upbeat feel of opening track Forget Me, Lewis insists he has no plans to radically change his style second time around.
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“I don’t want to create a new sound for myself, or reinvent myself,” he added.
“The songs I want to write are emotional songs, about love or loss.”
The new album is set to be released in May next year and much of it was recorded at Lewis’s own home, using just his laptop and a simple microphone set-up.
This helped him to produce a relaxed feel.
He explained: “I felt like I was sounding better because I was just chilled out in my own gaff.
“Also, a lot of this record was made with most of the people who I worked with on the first one — at least one of them’s on almost every song.”
It’s already been a whirlwind return for Lewis, who rocketed straight to the top of the singles chart in September and smashed 100million streams globally in days.
He also sold out his upcoming 2023 UK arena tour in seconds — as he admits he’s now desperate to get back out on the road. He adds: “I’m ready. And so are the songs.”
Lewis calls this his “latest sad banger”. It’s hard to disagree.
Jordan’s modem romance
JADE THIRLWALL’s boyfriend Jordan Stephens is a big Microsoftie – he won her over with a PowerPoint presentation.
The former Rizzle Kicks singer has told how he sold himself to the Little Mix star by telling her about his best features.
He said: “We have a mutual friend and I saw she was single, so I said to the friend, ‘Can you pitch me to Jade?’.
“He screenshotted that text and just sent it to her. Then she DMd me like, ‘Alright, what are you saying?’
“I was like, ‘I’ve got a PowerPoint presentation’. I listed the things I thought were good about me and I sent it to her.
“Things like ‘my dog loves me’ and ‘I’ve got over five friends and I could have way more if I wanted to’.”
He tells tonight’s episode of The Big Narstie Show on Channel 4 at 11.05pm: “I love her a lot, I think she’s an incredible woman.
“I wasn’t raised with marriage as something I look for, but I would be open to it. I’m open to a celebration of love.”
Taylor on Iggy’s LP
IGGY POP has spoken about working with the late Foo Fighters band member Taylor Hawkins.
The drummer, who died on tour in March, plays on Iggy’s new album Every Loser, which is out next month.
In an interview in NME, Iggy said: “Taylor came in with incredible style. I’m very fortunate to have that colour on the record.
“I was really sad and shocked to hear about him.
“He did have a wonderful career doing what he wanted to do, and by all accounts, a good life.
“He drums up a storm on those tracks and you can really hear it.”
GUNS N’ ROSES will return here next summer, headlining BST Hyde Park in London on Friday, June 30.
The band – Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Dizzy Reid, Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer and Melissa Reese – will perform for the event’s tenth anniversary.
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday next week.
NUTTY AMANDA & ASH ARE CRACKING
I’M not quite in the Christmas spirit just yet but these photos are certainly bringing me some festive joy.
Amanda Holden and Ashley Roberts drummed up some support for their Heart radio show by dressing up in these sexy Nutcracker costumes.
But their co-host Jamie Theakston must have wondered if his outfit was fir real, as he was dressed like a Christmas tree – complete with presents for shoes.
The trio got into the festive spirit to launch the station’s countdown to December 25 on their show yesterday.
There are just over three weeks to go until the big day but I have no doubt this lot still have plenty more extravagant costumes to wear before Santa Claus arrives.
AJ aiming to box clever for big hit . . . in charts?
ANTHONY JOSHUA rubbed shoulders with a host of music stars at the Mobo Awards.
Now the boxing champ reckons he has what it takes to make it in front of the microphone too.
Asked backstage at Wednesday’s event whether he could move into music, he said: “It’s a great idea.”
He went on to admit he can’t sing, but reckons he could make some good tunes because: “I can rap.”
Quizzed on whether he would actually be doing it, he added: “I’d love to.”
AJ is followed on Instagram by artists including Tinie Tempah, Becky Hill and Joel Corry, so he has plenty of mates who can help him out.
And while at the Mobos he made many more friends who could give him a hand in the studio.
The superstar was the most popular man in the room at the bash, at the OVO Wembley Arena in London.
A source said: “AJ really was the most in demand person there and also the nicest. He must have posed for hundreds of selfies because everyone was desperate to get a photo with him.
“He was loving it. He was in really good spirits and spent loads of time chatting to fans and admirers.”
CLIFFHANGER RACE TO NO1
SIR CLIFF RICHARD may regret buying Stormzy’s new album as it could have contributed to him being pipped to the post for No1.
The veteran has been battling the grime rapper all week in a race to the top of today’s charts and he shared this photo of himself with Stormzy’s This Is What I Mean after saying on TV he had no idea who he was.
I told on Tuesday how Stormzy was in the lead by 3,000 copies, although on Wednesday that had dropped to just 575 sales between them.
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Last night he had pulled away once more and was 2,308 copies ahead of Christmas With Cliff.
Just as Cliff said, may the best man win.
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