Lewis Capaldi Rises to the Top of the American Music Charts

The Scottish Singer Finds Success in America With New Album and Hit Song


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Capaldi poses after performing his hit singles in Liverpool alongside the Manchester Camerata orchestra.

Katerina Gebhardt, Entertainment Editor

Americans have long been obsessed with British trends and ideas, from the Beatles to Bermuda shorts to the Royal Family. Scottish singer Lewis Capaldi is no exception, soaring to the top of the music scene with his hit single “Someone You Loved,” released in November 2018.

Since its release, “Someone You Loved” has been played all over the radio, recently hitting number one on American charts, and Capaldi has performed it on countless talk shows. Lewis Capaldi has been heralded as the ‘new Adele,’ as he truly has found his own place in the music world, and his musical style, heartfelt lyrics, and charismatic personality will surely land him many more hit songs to come.

Capaldi’s musical style stands out from the rest of the synth-heavy pop industry—all of his music featuring calm piano and acoustic guitar melodies that make his music refreshing and relaxing. While this can make the songs blend together and seem unoriginal from one another, it is made up for by Capaldi’s deviation from the norm and his ability to create hit songs that are both unique and enjoyable.

Most of Capaldi’s songs revolve around some sort of love or heartbreak, but they manage to be unique in their own ways. In his song “One,” from his album “Divinely Inspired to a Hellish Extent” (2019), Capaldi thanks a girlfriend’s ex for letting her be ‘the one that got away,’ a concept which may seem odd, but actually contains a sweet message of gratefulness for his relationship.

Creative messages in his lyrics make Capaldi’s songs stand out from the rest of the countless love ballads in the music industry. In addition to his creative music, Capaldi’s personality stands out as lighthearted, comedic and charismatic, as exemplified by his social media and his many talk show appearances. As “Someone You Loved” climbed higher and higher on the American charts, he started referring to its success as his campaign to become “America’s New Sweetheart,” dressing in red, white and blue and even creating a shirt for himself to promote it.

Additionally, Capaldi has found his way onto countless talk shows such as “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” and he was even invited back to “The Late Late Show with James Corden” for a second night. His sense of humor, charming Scottish accent and superb musical talent make him popular both on the music charts and in real life.

Lewis Capaldi has set himself up for success, and there is no doubt that the world will see great things from him in the future. His first full album “Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent” proves that Capaldi is capable of more than just a one hit wonder, as his success in both Europe and America prove that he is well on his way to becoming a worldwide sensation. Capaldi’s distinct music style, meaningful lyrics and charming character have made him a hit, so he will undoubtedly leave his mark on the music industry as a unique and accomplished artist.