Paolo Nutini

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Paolo Nutini

Let’s “Rewind” to 2006 and ask Where Are You Now, Paolo Nutini? This is your “Last Request”…

Scottish born of Italian descent singer Paolo Nutini (b.1987) began his career performing in London pubs aged 17 and worked his way to supporting the likes of KT Tunstall and Amy Winehouse, before being signed on his own merits in 2005 by Atlantic Records. He released his debut single, “Last Request”, in July 2006, which became an instant smash, making No.5 in the UK and gaining a Platinum disc, for sales of 600,000 copies. Paolo released his debut album, “These Streets”, soon after. The album made No.3 in the UK and has sold over 1.5 million copies together with a further million globally.

The album featured three more chart hits with “Jenny Don’t Be Hasty”, “Rewind” and “New Shoes”, which brought in another Platinum disc. Paolo was nominated for a Brit Award as Best Male artist, losing out to James Morrison, the same year he played Glastonbury and Live Earth at Wembley stadium. In May 2009, Paolo was back with new music, when he released a new single, “Candy”, which went Gold in the UK. The song was the first to be lifted from his second album, “Sunny Side Up”, which followed later that month and went straight to the top of the UK album chart, selling 1.8 million copies there. The album was also successful globally and reached No.57 in America and featured the singles “Coming Up Easy”, “Pencil Full Of Lead” and “10/10”.

Paolo was again nominated at the 2010 Brit Awards, this time in two categories, Best Male Artist and Best British Album, but missed out on a win on both counts. He did, however, receive two coveted Ivor Novello awards for best album. Paolo took a bit of a rest for the next few years, although he performed at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London ahead of an announcement that he was working on new material. That appeared at the beginning of 2014 when the single, “Scream (Funk My Life Up)”, was released. The song peaked at No.12 in the UK and was followed by his third studio album, “Caustic Love”, a full five years on from “Sunny Side Up”. The album followed its predecessor to the top of the UK chart and was even more successful in The States, where it peaked at No.31, Paolo’s highest yet!

“Caustic Love” also performed much more successful across Europe and in Australia, where it became his first top ten charting long player. Three more singles were taken from the album, “Iron Sky”, “One Day” and “Let Me Down Easy”, which became his fourth top ten hit on the US Adult Alternative songs chart! Paolo toured the album throughout 2015 and played Edinburgh’s annual Hogmanay party of New Year’s Eve 2016-17. And that appears to be where he finishes. Since then, Paolo has been keeping a very low profile with no news or announcements of a planned come back or fourth album. Latest news on his website stops at 2017, so is this all he planning to offer us?

Paolo recently popped up performing karaoke in his home town of Paisley and was photographed clearly enjoying himself!

Paolo Nutini

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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