Following My Intuition

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Following My Intuition
Following My Intuition Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by Craig David
Released 30 September 2016
Recorded 2014–2016
Genre
Label
Producer
Craig David chronology
Signed Sealed Delivered
(2010)
Following My Intuition
(2016)
The Time Is Now
(2018)
Singles from Following My Intuition
  1. "When the Bassline Drops"
    Released: 27 November 2015
  2. "Nothing Like This"
    Released: 18 March 2016
  3. "One More Time"
    Released: 20 May 2016
  4. "Ain't Giving Up"
    Released: 19 August 2016
  5. "Change My Love"
    Released: 21 October 2016
  6. "All We Needed"
    Released: 11 November 2016

Following My Intuition is the sixth studio album by English singer Craig David. The album was released on 30 September 2016 by Insanity Records and Sony Music and features the likes of Big Narstie, Blonde, Sigala, Hardwell and Kaytranada.[3]

It debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, giving David his first number one album since his debut, Born to Do It, reached the top spot in 2000.[4]

Background[edit]

The concept for the album began in 2014, when David previewed a teaser track titled "Cold" on his official SoundCloud page.[5] Premiering it on his TS5 radio show the week before, he wanted to preview some of the new music he has been working on in anticipation of his long-awaited sixth studio album, which was to be officially titled or have a release date announced. A further teaser track titled "Seduction" was uploaded to the same SoundCloud page in September 2014.

On 5 September 2015, David featured on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge with Sigala where they covered Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's "See You Again" mixed with the Little Mix track "Black Magic".[6] The following week, on 10 September, David appeared on Kurupt FM's 'Sixty Minute Takeover' on BBC Radio 1Xtra with MistaJam. He performed his debut single "Fill Me In" over Jack Ü's track "Where Are Ü Now" and it became a viral internet hit.[7] Two snippets of potential new album tracks were also played on the night and this 1Xtra appearance led to David making surprise performances of the "Fill Me In" / "Where Are Ü Now" remix at Fabric with Kurupt FM and Alexandra Palace with Major Lazer and Diplo. It was later revealed that the Radio 1Xtra appearance had led to a collaboration between David and Big Narstie, who also featured on the show and the track they recorded, titled "When the Bassline Drops", was played on MistaJam's Radio 1 and Radio 1Xtra show on 7 November 2015, it was later revealed the track was to be released under SpeakerBox/JEM on 27 November 2015.[8] David made a surprise appearance on the final of The X Factor on 13 December 2015, where he performed his breakthrough single "Re-Rewind" during a medley with Reggie 'n' Bollie and Fuse ODG.[9] "When the Bassline Drops" debuted at number 50 in the UK and peaked at number 10 on 5 February 2016, becoming David's highest-charting single since 2007.

On 25 January 2016, it was announced that David had signed a recording contract with Insanity Records (a joint venture between Sony Music UK and Insanity Management) and independent company Speakerbox Media.[10] With this announced, David's revealed album title Following My Intuition was announced. On 19 March 2016, at the second day of the Ultra Music Festival 2016, during the set of the Dutch DJ and record producer Hardwell, he appeared as a featured artist on their new track "No Holding Back". He also managed to appear on Kaytranada's debut studio album 99.9%, on the track "Got It Good", which he also co-wrote. These song were revealed to also appear on David's new album. On 19 August 2016, Craig announced on social networks that his sixth studio album, Following My Intuition, would finally be released on 30 September 2016.[11] On the same day, he released his new single "Ain't Giving Up", a collaboration with Sigala.[12] "Change My Love" was released as the album's fifth single on 21 October 2016.[13]

Release and promotion[edit]

The album was announced on 19 August 2016, which also saw the release of promotional single "No Holding Back", which was collaborated with Dutch DJ and record producer Hardwell.[3]

On the week of the album's release, it was confirmed that his "Fill Me In" / "Where Are Ü Now" performance was added on the album, entitled "16", and was released on 27 September 2016, as the second promotional release. It was also confirmed that, along with Jack Ü, the additional mixers and producers for song included Tre Jean-Marie, Richard Adlam, Hal Ritson and Wez Clarke.[14]

"All We Needed" is the Children in Need 2016 single.[15]

Chart performance[edit]

Following My Intuition debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart on sales of 24,500,[16] giving David his first number-one album since his debut, Born to Do It, reached the top spot in 2000.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Following My Intuition – Standard version[17]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Ain't Giving Up" (with Sigala)
  • Sigala
  • Wez Clarke[b]
2:37
2."When the Bassline Drops" (with Big Narstie)3:05
3."Don't Go"
  • Tre Jean-Marie
  • Shy FX
3:27
4."16"
3:48
5."Couldn't Be Mine"
  • Jean-Marie
3:01
6."One More Time"
  • David
  • Wild
  • Jean-Marie
  • Jacob Attwooll
3:14
7."Change My Love"
  • TMS
3:24
8."Nothing Like This" (with Blonde)
  • Blonde
  • Hitimpulse[b]
3:02
9."Got It Good" (featuring Kaytranada)
  • Kaytranada
3:48
10."All We Needed"
3:37
11."Louder Than Words"
  • David
  • Michael Hannides
  • Alan Sampson
4:05
12."What If"
  • David
  • Jean-Marie
  • Aaron Williams
  • Jean-Marie
3:39
13."Like a Fan"
  • David
  • Anthony Marshall
Marshall5:07
14."Better with You"
  • David
  • Barnes
  • Kelleher
  • Carla Marie Williams
  • TMS
3:13
Following My Intuition – Deluxe version[18]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
15."No Holding Back" (with Hardwell)
  • Hardwell
2:44
16."Here with Me"
  • David
  • Jean-Marie
  • Ebenezer Fabiyi
  • Jean-Marie
  • LongLivThePlug[a]
3:12
17."Warm It Up"
  • David
  • Tozer
  • Patrick Thompson
  • Philip Smart
  • Tozer
  • Connors[a]
  • Ambrose Henri[a]
3:11
18."Sink or Swim"
  • Kaytranada
  • Jean-Marie[b]
3:17
Following My Intuition – HMV exclusive bonus disc acoustic EP[19]
No.TitleLength
1."All We Needed" (acoustic)3:41
2."When the Bassline Drops" (acoustic)3:25
3."One More Time" (acoustic)3:25
4."Ain't Giving Up" (acoustic)2:55
5."16" (acoustic)3:53

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer.
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer.
  • ^[c] signifies an original producer/artist.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Tour[edit]

The Following My Intuition tour is an arena tour across the UK. It is David's first tour in 15 years.[36]

Shows[edit]

Date City Venue Opening acts
March 16, 2017 Cardiff Motorpoint Arena Lauren Faith & Big Narstie
March 18, 2017 Liverpool Echo Arena
March 19, 2017 Bournemouth Bic
March 21, 2017 Plymouth Plymouth Pavilions
March 22, 2017 Brighton Brighton Centre
March 24, 2017 Birmingham Barclaycard Arena
March 25, 2017 London The O2 Arena
March 26, 2017
March 28, 2017 Nottingham Motorpoint Arena
March 29, 2017 Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
March 31, 2017 Leeds First Direct Arena
April 1, 2017 Manchester Manchester Arena
April 3, 2017 Glasgow SSE Hydro Arena
April 4, 2017 Aberdeen GE Oil & Gas Arena
April 6, 2017 Belfast SSE Arena
April 7, 2017 Dublin 3Arena
April 8, 2017 Coventry Ericsson Indoor Arena
April 9, 2017 London The SSE Arena Wembley

Setlist*[edit]

  1. "Ain't Giving Up"
  2. "What's Your Flava"
  3. " Fill Me In"
  4. "Louder Than Words"
  5. "Change My Love"
  6. "Walking Away"
  7. "Don't Love You No More (I'm Sorry)"
  8. "Warm It Up"
  9. "Rise & Fall"
  10. "Nothing Like This"
  11. "Rise & Fall"
  12. "Love Yourself" (Justin Bieber cover) /"Freestyle Rap section"
  13. "7 Days"

TS5 DJ Set Including:

  1. "Re-Rewind (The Crowd Say Bo Selecta)"
  2. "Covers Melody" including:
  3. "Where's Your Love"
  4. "No Scrubs" (TLC cover)/"Angels" (The xx cover)
  5. "Walking Away" (Live Remix)
  6. "Who's That Girl? (Eurythmics cover)
  7. "Jump Around" (House of Pain cover)
  8. "One Dance" (Drake cover)/"Rendezvous"
  9. "Temperature" (Sean Paul cover)
  10. "Nothing Like This
  11. "When the Bassline Drops" (with Big Narstie)

*As of the concert at The O2 Arena on 26 March 2017.

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