Former student Lewis Capaldi scores fastest-selling album of 2019


A former New College Lanarkshire music student has scored the fastest-selling album of 2019.

Lewis Capaldi, who completed his studies in HND Music at the College’s Motherwell Campus in 2016, spent five weeks atop the Official Albums Chart for his debut album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent, beating stars including Jonas Brothers and Skepta for the top spot.  

The West Lothian singer/songwriter spent two years at the College, honing his song writing and live performance skills in the highly practical course, including performing at an end of year showcase in the famous King Tut’s in Glasgow (pictured). He was signed with Universal Music shortly after graduating after they quickly recognised his unique talent.

Since 2017 Lewis has become a global superstar, charting in over 29 countries around the world. He is the first ever artist in global history to both announce and sell out an arena tour before the release of a debut album.

Before his March 2020 tour, Lewis will headline TRNSMT in Glasgow this weekend, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and Edinburgh Summer Sessions in August to name a few.

Lewis also wowed crowds at his Glastonbury debut when he performed three times - joining Bastille on the famous Pyramid Stage to open the festival, an intimate surprise set on the BBC Introducing Stage and his full set on the Other Stage.

Scott Cowie, one of Lewis’s former lecturers at the College, said: “A gigantic congratulations to Lewis for reaching number 1 in the UK charts.

“Lewis completed his HND in Music with us and goes from strength to strength every single day.

“We are all incredibly proud of him to say the least. Putting extreme bias aside, he may well be the most entertaining artist in the charts just now and in many ways it’s just the beginning.

“All of our students can find confidence in knowing that with the same level of hard work and resources, their future can be just as bright.”

Interested in following in Lewis Capaldi’s footsteps? Apply for one of the College’s various music courses from access level to NQ and HNC/D. Find out more here:

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