Paolo Nutini (born 9.1.1987) Paolo Nutini is a Scottish singer and songwriter who rose to fame in the UK with the release of his debut album These Streets.
Childhood: Paolo Nutini was born and raised in Paisley, near Glasgow, Scotland. His father is descended from the Barga area of Tuscany in Italy, though his family has lived in Scotland for four generations. Paolo's family run a fish and chip shop in Paisley.
Musical Career: For three and a half years, whilst he was growing up, Paolo Nutini received singing lessons from Avril McCusker. However, his parents still expected him to follow them into the family business - running a fish and chip shop. Despite this, a teacher at his school, St. Andrews Academy, recognised his talent and encouraged him to follow his songwriting career.
Paolo Nutini left school to work as a roadie for the band Speedway, as well as performing live himself. He performed solo, as well as with Dome and Dick from The Dongues. Paolo also went on to work at Glasgow's Park Lane Studio.
Paolo Nutini's big break was quite an unusual one. During a homecoming concert for David Sneddon, staged by local radio station 102.5 Clyde 1, Paolo won an impromptu quiz. He was given the chance to get onstage and perform a couple of his own songs, whilst the crowd waited for Sneddon's arrival. A member of the audience was so impressed with the performance that he offered to become Paolo's manager.
Nutini was then invited to perform on BBC Radio Scotland after a journalist from the Daily Record saw him perform at the Queen Margaret Union. At the age of 17, Nutini moved to London and performed regularly at Balham's Bedford pub. He was soon offered support slots with KT Tunstall and Amy Winehouse.
During 2006, Paolo Nutini gigged heavily around the UK, largely to sold-out venues, such as King Tut's Wah-Wah Hut, the Wireless Festival, T in the Park and an appearance on Later . With Jools Holland. Edinburgh's 2006 Hogmany celebration in Princes Street was cancelled, due to bad weather, so Nutini was drafted in at the last minute to perform in the Great Hall at Edinburgh Castle for BBC Scotland.
Paolo Nutini's debut album, These Streets, was produced by Ken Nelson, who has previously worked with Coldplay and Gomez. It spawned the singles 'Last Request', 'These Streets' and 'Jenny Don't Be Hasty'.
In 2007, Paolo Nutini performed on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival. He also performed at Wembley Stadium, as part of the Live Earth event, with a cover of Louis Armstrong's 'What A Wonderful World'. Nutini also performed on 'Covers', a song on The View's album, Which Bitch?
A number of his songs have featured in TV programmes such as Scrubs, CSI: Miami and the film The Jane Austen Book Club.
In June 2009, Nutini's second album, Sunny Side Up was released on Atlantic Records.
'These Streets' was released on this day (July 17th) in 2006.
We're going back to the mid 00s this week with the catchy pop-rock of Paolo Nutini and his infectious debut album These Streets, which was released 14 years ago today through Atlantic Records. It really doesn't feel that long since we were first singing along to 'Last Request'.
Paolo Nutini - These Streets
The Scottish singer-songwriter reached number 3 on the UK charts with These Streets going on to sell more than 2 million copies in Europe alone. He worked with Grammy-winning producers Ken Nelson (Coldplay, Gomez) and Tom Elmhirst (Amy Winehouse, David Bowie, Adele) on the record, which was largely inspired by his break-up with his teenage sweetheart Teri Brogan.
Continue reading: Album Of The Week: Paolo Nutini Takes Us Back To 'These Streets'
The singer asked for peace after a brawl began during her set at Glasgow's Summer Sessions
Ellie Goulding became more than just a popstar at a recent gig in Glasgow and when she turned referee as she pleaded for peace when a fight broke out between a group of women as she performed. The Burn singing star was taking her turn at Sunday’s Summer Session event in the Scottish city when she paused and asked for the fight to stop as one woman was attacked by two other women.
Ellie Goulding has been big on the festival scene this summer
Shocked fans attempted to break up the dispute as one girl got a handful of the victim’s hair and another started to stamp on her stomach and leg.
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It's perhaps fitting that my prevailing memory of this year's Isle of Wight Festival will be guitars. This was after all the 45th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix's legendary performance on the Island, something that was being widely celebrated by festival organiser John Giddings and his team across the site. Fender, for example, brought some specially designed guitars to the party for artists including You Me At 6 to play, and there was also a world record attempt for the most number of people in one place to be wearing a mask, the face in question was naturally Hendrix himself. Despite that backdrop, it was some of the guitarists who played across the weekend that demonstrated the power of the instrument and reinforced that guitar based rock isn't on its last legs as some have speculated over the past few years.
The festival got into full swing with a Stones-esque swagger on Friday afternoon when The Struts took to the Main Stage. Their enthusiasm signalled a continuation of their set from the previous year's festival, indeed they are an ideal opening act when you want to energise a crowd. Their appearance at Download the following day, will no doubt have had a similar effect. There seemed to be a Rolling Stones theme to many of the acts getting the festival underway. Over in the Big Top The Ruen Brothers covered 'Miss You' during their rousing set that was well received.
The first moment that sent a shiver down my spine this year was the Counting Crows though. The guitar line to 'Round Here' sent a wave of excitement across the main arena. It was a strong opening statement in a nine song set that featured the likes of 'Mr Jones', 'Miami', and 'Rain King' into which singer Adam Duritz dropped some Elbow lyrics as a nod of the hat to Guy Garvey. If Counting Crows' guitars weren't haunting enough, it was actually The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach whose riffs were the most powerful and elemental of the day. The dirty Blues grit of Auerbach's playing was like a roll of thunder that saw the heavens open to drench the crowd in torrential rain. While much of the set was dedicated to material culled from 'El Camino' and 'Brothers', rather than recent record 'Turn Blue', the band's graduation to a headlining slot was well deserved and warranted. The final song of the set 'Little Black Submarines', which builds from a delicate solo performance to a dramatic climax, utilised every trick in the book for The Black Keys' expanded touring band. If Patrick Carney's drums and Auerbach's guitars are the perfect union on record, it seems their live shows rightly now have the power to command top billing with the inclusion of bassist Richard Swift and keyboardist John Clement Wood.
Continue reading: Isle Of Wight Festival - 2015 Live Review
The good news is the quality of the latest acts announced.
The 23rd edition of the Netherlands' Lowlands Festival sees yet another wave of incredible artists hit the bill ahead of the date this summer. Hot Chip and Kendrick Lamar are among the major new additions, with seventeen more acts also announced.
Following the enormous success of his worldwide number one third album 'To Pimp A Butterfly', Kendrick Lamar is bringing his hip hop talent to the festival circuit with Lowlands just being the latest in a string of gigs this summer; he will also be playing Bonnaroo, Summerfest, Outside Lands and Reading Festival in the UK. Hot Chip will be supporting their own new album, 'Why Make Sense?', which is set to be released on May 15th 2015.
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Other new artists include Tove Lo and Patrick Watson.
Paolo Nutini leads the latest wave of announcements for Lowlands 2015, alongside thirteen other acts. The festival is set to hit the Netherlands in August, and there's more than one hundred more acts yet to be announced.
Paolo Nutini, who released his number one third album 'Caustic Love' a year ago, will be joined by the likes of Sweden's Tove Lo and Patrick Watson from Montreal, who is gearing up for the release of his next album 'Love Songs For Robots' which is set for May 12th 2015. They will be adding to the already immense line-up for Lowlands which so far includes Mark Ronson, Passenger, Bastille, Ben Howard, Limp Bizkit, Years & Years, Benjamin Clementine, Courtney Barnett and Bleachers - to name but a few!
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The singer follows UK tour with slots at the Eden Project and Manchester's Summer In The City.
Paolo Nutini returns to the stage after a sold-out UK tour for two more headline dates in Cornwall and Manchester this Summer. Tickets to go on sale soon, and, for an artist who managed to hit number one for the second time last year, they're certainly not worth missing.
Paolo Nutini announces further live dates
For those who missed the Scottish singer's stellar arena tour in October and November 2014, which included a first time slot at London's O2 Arena, Paolo Nutini is returning for two one-off dates at the Eden Project in Cornwall and the Castlefield Bowl in Manchester, the latter of which is part of the town's Summer In The City festival series.
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The Scottish singer has pulled out of all his performances this week as he battles illness
Sultry Scottish singer, Paolo Nutini, has devastated a legion of fans by cancelling a number of gigs this week as a result of "severe tonsillitis". He was due to perform at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff which he will no longer attend and he has also postponed gigs at the O2 Arena in London scheduled for Thursday and Friday.
Paolo has had to cancel a number of performances due to illness
The 27-year-old songster has already shelved a number of performances he was due to make in Glasgow earlier this week after medical advice warned him against taking to the stage.
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Paolo Nutini's second album, 2009's 'Sunny Side Up', saw the Scotsman top the charts with a record that would go on to be certified platinum five times. The follow up, 'Caustic Love', has already started in the same vein by hitting the number one spot, something that Nutini will build up when he begins his headline tour later in the month. A summer of festival appearances had also been announced, including a high profile slot on the Other Stage at Glastonbury.
When you title a track 'Scream (Funk My Life Up)', you need to deliver an audience-grabbing party number and, thankfully, this brass-laden opener is exactly that. Nutini quickly switches to a much more soulful atmosphere on 'Let Me Down Easy', but it is the aching 'One Day' on which he excels in this style. Tellingly more mature than on previous releases, 'Better Man' is a tender acoustic piece with an endearing charm. It gets followed by perhaps the grandest offering on the record, 'Iron Sky'; a soul-rock epic that shatters the serenity of its predecessor on the album by demanding your attention. Another switch of direction comes in the shape of the brooding 'Diana', but much like 'Looking For Something', it lacks the quality to keep you interested. Fortunately, he reproduces the funk and groove expected of him through 'Fashion' and 'Cherry Blossom', both of which raise the tail end of the record to a level worth hearing out. The desire to expand his sound is understandable of any artist looking to develop, but the results here are mixed and Nutini very much remains at his best when treading familiar ground in which he has proven class.
Continue reading: Paolo Nutini - Caustic Love Album Review
Mr Probz is No.1 in the UK singles chart.
The Dutch rapper-turned-singer Mr Probz has gone straight in at No.1 with his tune 'Waves'. Probz sold 127,000 copies of the track, which is his debut UK release. He is the latest Dutch artist to top the UK singles chart, following the 2013 success of Bingo Players, Martin Garrix and Nicky Romero.
Mr Probz [L] and Jameela Jamil [R]
Elsewhere in the chart, last week's number one, Hideaway by Kiesza, fell to number one. Sigma were at number three with Nobody To Love - a dance reworking of Kanye West's Bound 2. John Legend is at number four, while Cash Cash complete the top five with Take Me Home.
Continue reading: Mr Probz Snags UK No.1 Single With 'Waves'
Date of birth
9th January, 1987