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!
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