Lewis Capaldi steals American hearts

He has dominated the UK charts throughout 2019 and now Lewis Capaldi is celebrating across the Atlantic after securing this week’s number one on the Billboard Hot 100 with 25.2m US streams.

After spending seven weeks at number one and becoming the biggest selling single of the year in the UK, Someone You Loved has spent 23 weeks in the US charts before reaching the chart summit on Monday.

The focus of the campaign in the US, led by Lewis’ Stateside label Capitol, has been to turn the Scot into America’s sweetheart helped by the use of merchandise and a limited edition vinyl. The campaign has also seen Lewis play his highest-profile TV performance to date on The Ellen Show.

The 23-year-old is the first Scot to score a solo US number one since Sheena Easton’s Morning Train in 1981 and the first British artist to reach number one with a track featured on a debut album since Leona Lewis in 2008.

The single has also reached number one in Ireland and Canada and has accumulated over 2.5bn global streams across all platforms. It has gone 34 times platinum across the globe in 19 markets and has reached the Top 10 in 12 countries.

Lewis is currently overseas on the European leg of his world tour and will head back to the UK in November for a show at Brixton Academy as a warm-up to his two nights at The SSE Arena Wembley in March.

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