EXCLUSIVE! John Newman dishes on his “breakup album”
John Newman sure knows how to pen a catchy, chart-topping anthem. His single ‘Love Me Again’ has been spinning around and around in our heads since the very first listen and there’s no doubt those Rudimental jams ‘Feel the Love’ and ‘Not Giving In’ stole the top 40 chart show in 2012.
The British crooner sat down with MTV’s Keiynan Lonsdale in Sydney this week to talk about how hard it was working on his album all the while trying to promote his number one single and why this record means so much to him on a personal level.
“The single started doing well around the world,” the 23-year-old told MTV Australia.
“I had to promote it to keep the hype growing and sell the album when it was finished, but the album is done now!
“I think the songs are strong enough … and I’m really really proud of it. It’s not two singles and the rest that make an album, you know?”
Newman went onto explain that he worked with some “brilliant” musicians on the record and he’s become “attached to every song” due to the fact that it’s a breakup album.
“It means so much to me, but you know, you can’t just write an album and go, ‘It’s a breakup album’ and everyone will get attached to it and it will sell a million records or whatever,” he explained.
“I think I’ve put everything in [to the album]. I think I’ve really concentrated on the production, I’ve concentrated on the artwork, I’ve concentrated on every single word that is in the thank you paragraph and the artwork that’s inside it and everything that goes with it.
“…I just want to make sure that this first album is absolutely perfect and hopefully people will think it is, or if they don’t, it’s cool – I really enjoy it,” he added.
Newman’s debut album is set for release in October.