Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi’s breakthrough ballad ‘Someone You Loved’ lands at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the first British No.1 debut single in three years.
The lovelorn ballad has been ruling the charts worldwide and topped the US pop radio charts last week and previously the Official UK Singles survey, for seven weeks beginning in March.
The affable singer joins a very select group of UK artists who have accomplished a cross Atlantic No.1 single including Ed Sheeran for ‘Shape Of You’, Zayne with ‘Pillowtalk’, Adele with ‘Someone Like You’, Coldplay with ‘Viva La Vida’, Leona Lewis’ ‘Bledding Love’ and ‘You’re Beautiful’ by James Blunt, among others.
Capaldi went toe to toe with Lizzo for the top spot this week but finished at No.1 Top 40 airplay and he became the first British artist to lead the charts since Ed Sheeran almost two years ago.
‘Someone You Loved’ first debuted on chart on 25 May and quickly scaled the Hot 100, reaching the Top 40 on 20 July and entered the Top 10 on 21 September.
When the single hit No.3 on the chart, Capaldi really started his campaign to the No.1 spot in earnest, referring to himself as “America’s Sweetheart” and posing for photographs with fans in an Uncle Sam outfit.
SOMEONE YOU LOVED IS THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN THE USA!!!😭
America’s Sweetheart ❤️🇺🇸x pic.twitter.com/h9YXWDV7x5
— America’s Sweetheart (@LewisCapaldi) October 28, 2019
“It started as a sh__te joke,” Capaldi told The Guardian earlier this month. “Because I’m not America’s sweetheart, do you know what I mean? I’ve got one song. The album has only just started to move here. But then people who come to the gigs are making it a thing. They started screaming: ‘America’s sweetheart!’ at me. So it just became: ‘Well, how stupid can we make it?’ So we rented an Uncle Sam costume, really taking the piss.”
The singer is one of the hottest talents out of the UK and his crossover into America was only a matter of time, playing a number of large festival dates and selling out stateside during his ‘Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent Tour’ in support of his debut album.
In usual fashion, Capaldi celebrated by painting his face with an American flag, and sporting a t-shirt of himself that reads, “American Sweetheart”.
Capaldi released his debut album, Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent back in May 2019 to critical and commercial acclaim.
Following his debut album, Capaldi dropped his Bruises EP on 27 September. Shortly after, the title track ‘Bruises’ nabbed him his fourth UK Top 10 Single in a row.