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Lewis Capaldi to front YouTube Original ‘Birthday Song’


Lewis Capaldi, one of YouTube’s biggest artists, will create and perform a contemporary version of the song that topped the charts on the day he was born.

YouTube Originals today announced with the release of the first trailer that multi BRIT award winner and Grammy nominated artist Lewis Capaldi is to front a brand new YouTube Original ‘Birthday Song’. The show sees Capaldi discover what was Number One the day he was born and set out to create his own unique version of his Birthday Song, ‘Setting Sun’ by the Chemical Brothers featuring Noel Gallagher.

Produced by Electric Robin, ‘Birthday Song’ will follow Capaldi’s journey from the initial discovery of the song, researching, recording and ultimately showcasing the final cover at a performance. As Capaldi crafts his version of ‘Setting Sun’, we flash from present day to the day of Capaldi’s birth. We learn how he found his passion for music from his family and friends and explore his earliest influences. Did this day influence Capaldi? Has the song? Or was it all written in the stars?

Lewis Capaldi said:

​“YouTube was a huge part of where it all started for me, was absolutely class to get to be asked to record a version of ’Setting Sun’ by The Chemical Brothers for my Birthday Song! I hope everyone doesn’t absolutely hate my version and if you do please don’t tell me in the comments, my mum reads them.”

Luke Hyams, Head of YouTube Originals EMEA, said:​

“There are not many things that we all have in common but a birthday and a birthday song are definitely two of them. Lewis started his journey to global stardom on YouTube, and we couldn’t be happier to have worked with him on our new Original, ‘Birthday Song’. The show is an exciting chance for his fans around the world to learn more about Lewis, while also getting a unique window into his creative process. His reinterpretation of the Chemical Brothers hit ‘Setting Sun’ is sure to surprise a lot of people, including the songs writer, and Lewis’ biggest fan, Noel Gallagher.”

Kevin Batchelor, Co-Founder Electric Robin, ​said:

“Who doesn’t want to know what was topping the charts on the day you were born? It’s a brilliantly simple concept which YouTube immediately saw the potential in. We look forward to working with more of the biggest names in the music industry to cover the tracks they were born to sing!”

The series is produced by Electric Robin. Executive Producers are Kevin Batchelor and Ross Brandon. Series Producer is Joss Crowley. Birthday Song launches on Capaldi’s YouTube channel on March 24.


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