By Michelle Anne P. Soliman, Reporter
BRITISH singer Calum Scott arrived at a press conference Monday at Marco Polo Ortigas Manila unaware that his debut album Only Human, which was released in March, has turned two times platinum in the Philippines.
“These things do still blow me away,” the singer said after receiving the platinum award plaque at the press conference.
Mr. Scott auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent in 2015 with the song “Dancing On My Own” (originally by Swedish singer Robyn). The popularity of his renditon gave him the opportunity to launch his career as a musician.
Mr. Scott released the song as the lead single in his debut album.
The track has had more than 6.5 million worldwide sales, reached five times platinum in Australia, and earned a Brit Award nomination for British Single of the Year.
Mr. Scott is in Manila for his first concert under the Only Human Asia Tour at the New Frontier Theater (formerly Kia Theater) in Quezon City on Oct. 30.
“I am so excited. I would like to go there (the concert venue) now and start singing already,” Mr. Scott told the press.
“I’m so happy to be back in the Philippines. I had such an amazing crowd the last time when we played at the shopping center,” he said, referring to a mall show he performed in March this year, “and to come and play my very own show, to have the opportunity is just a dream come true.”
Mr. Scott said that the show will be his first concert with his band, and that he will be playing songs from the album and songs that are yet to be released.
“I am definitely inspired by life. That means there’s ups, there’s downs, there’s romance, and heartbreak. I’m inspired by all these events,” Mr. Scott said about the inspiration for his first album.
“My wish is to do this for the rest of my life… My wish would be to make people smile, to relate to people,” Mr. Scott said of his hopes for his career.
“When somebody puts their earphones in, and they play a Calum song, I would love to feel connected to them in a way that they can connect to their friends and family. I want to have that relationship with my fans for the rest of my career,” he said.
Mr. Scott is set to release a special edition of Only Human in November.
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