Lewis Capaldi's 'Before You Go' Breaks New Record
LEWIS CAPALDI’S “BEFORE YOU GO” HITS NO. 1 ON MEDIABASE AND BILLBOARD’S MAINSTREAM TOP 40 POP SONGS AND ALL FORMAT RADIO SONGS CHARTS
PLATINUM-SELLING SINGLE BREAKS RECORD FOR LONGEST JOURNEY TO NO. 1 IN EACH CHART’S HISTORY
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September 21, 2020 — (Hollywood, CA) — GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer/songwriter Lewis Capaldi’s single “Before You Go” has just hit No. 1 on Mediabase Top 40 and Billboard’s Pop Songs and All Format Radio Songs charts. In a milestone for the multi-platinum-selling Scottish artist, the track has shattered the record for longest journey to No. 1 in the history of both charts, completing a record breaking 36 weeks to No. 1 on Mediabase and 37-week climb to No. 1 on the Pop Songs chart, surpassing the 31-week climb of Benny Blanco, Halsey and Khalid’s “Eastside” in 2018-19. On the Radio Songs chart, “Before You Go” replaces The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” as the longest-reigning No. 1 in chart history. Capaldi joins an elite club which includes, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars as the only solo artists to rule both the Pop Songs and Radio Songs charts with their first two entries as “Before You Go” follows his GRAMMY® Award nominated, No. 1 breakthrough hit “Someone You Loved.”
One of three new songs included on Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (Extended Edition) — an expanded version of Capaldi’s widely celebrated debut album — “Before You Go” first premiered in November 2019. Now certified platinum, the song reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and hit #5 at Pop radio and #1 at Adult Pop radio, in addition to topping the UK Singles and Irish Singles charts (making it Capaldi’s second #1 in the UK and third #1 in Ireland). To date, “Before You Go” has amassed over one billion streams worldwide.
Showcasing his powerful vocals and poignant songwriting, “Before You Go” was inspired by Capaldi’s aunt, who committed suicide when he was a young boy. “Before You Go” is both the most honest and personal song I’ve ever written,” says Capaldi. “It’s about loss, regrets, and the fear that we sometimes never understand what someone is going through despite our best want to be everything that person needs.”
“Before You Go” is Capaldi’s second major hit single following the breakthrough success of his platinum-selling smash “Someone You Loved,” a 2019 release nominated for a GRAMMY® Award in the prestigious Song of the Year category. Recently nominated in the PUSH Best New Artist category at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards (where he delivered a breathtaking performance of “Before You Go”), Capaldi is now at work on his sophomore album.
“Lewis Capaldi has the kind of deep, textured voice that you could listen to for hours. He finds expressive rough edges, then smooths them out into the sweetest of notes…Capaldi’s talent is tugging at heartstrings – or rather, pulling at them with all his vocal might.” - TIME
“‘Someone You Loved’ (is) ...potently effective —emotionally abusive piano, resonant singing, a swell that could cause a tsunami.” - THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Capaldi uses his powerful chest voice to reach the cheap seats. In the weathered grain of his singing — you can hear a performer capable of turning pain into beauty.” - LOS ANGELES TIMES
“With powerful pop ballads and social media charm, (Capaldi) is quickly becoming ‘Someone You Loved.’”
“Capaldi’s album (hits) you in the gut with piercing lyrics anchored by his gravelly voice…packed with emotion and passion.” - AP
“A MINUS” - Robert Christgau
“(Lewis Capaldi) deploys his big open white-soul voice with an originality so built in…
“Look out America, here comes Lewis Capaldi. His voice is an undeniably powerful instrument, a rich and textured soulful roar that sometimes quivers with fragility. He wields those vocal cords like a velvet sledgehammer.” - STEREOGUM
“From listening to his raspy vocals and heartbreaking lyrics, it might be hard to imagine they belong to such an effortlessly funny, giddy, and grounded guy, but within 20 seconds of talking to the singer, it’s clear he’s not here to brood or boast…it’s pretty clear why his music is climbing the charts and he’s selling out gigs.” - ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
ABOUT LEWIS CAPALDI
Hailing from a small town outside Glasgow, Capaldi made his full-length debut with Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent — a 2019 release that emerged as the year’s biggest album in the UK. With over four million adjusted albums sold worldwide, combined global streams for Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent are now approaching 10 billion. The album features Capaldi’s breakthrough hit “Someone You Loved,” which was nominated for a GRAMMY® Award in the prestigious Song of the Year category and won Song of the Year at the 2020 BRIT Awards (where Capaldi was also named Best New Artist). Now certified platinum or greater in a total of 18 countries (including the US), “Someone You Loved” topped the UK Official Singles chart for a nearly-unprecedented seven weeks. In addition, the single held the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks, making it the first #1 single from a debut UK artist since February 2016. On Spotify alone, “Someone You Loved” has now surpassed one billion combined global streams to date.
Source Universal Music Canada
September 21, 2020 5:00pm ET by Universal Music Canada