Tell them all I know now, shout it from the rooftops, write it on the skyline, all we had is gone now – tell them what I hoped would be impossible
James Arthur didn’t give me the best first impression when I watched him on the most recent season of X-Factor UK but that was predominantly because he was crowned the winner when I was a firm believer that Ella Henderson should have walked away with the crown. Needless to say the pressure was on when I heard his debut single would be released and I was fairly shocked to learn that it was going to be a cover of Shontelle‘s 2010 Top 40 hit “Impossible” (below). The pressure was definitely on for him to fail but I was hoping he would bring a new energy and feel to the popular radio track. I’m happy to report that that was exactly what he has gone and done and I am really pleased with his version of the song, which has already hit #1 in the United Kingdom and is receiving an extensive amount of airplay on radio in that region. The single sold 187 000 copies in the first 24 hours of release making him the fastest selling X-Factor winner in history. The song has just been added to the playlist on the local radio station I work for and I’m hoping it will grow in popularity in this region in the coming weeks too.
I am looking forward to seeing what James will bring to the table next, especially when it comes to putting out an original release. He’s working with a good team over at Syco/Sony and I am definitely on board with this project after hearing this single. Keep an ear out for the guy and this song and be sure to support him if you like what you hear by buying the track on iTunes or Amazon.
What do you think about “Impossible”? Let me know by leaving a comment or tweeting @conradwashere.