Craig David’s New Album Just Topped the UK Charts

It’s his first number one full-length since his debut.

by Krystal Rodriguez
Oct 7 2016, 8:40pm

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It's never too late for a comeback—just ask Craig David. The British R&B singer has just topped the UK album charts with his sixth LP, Following My Intuition, reports.

The achievement comes 16 years after his debut album, Born to Do It (home to radio hits such as "Fill Me In" and "7 Days"), debuted in the same spot. "To have another [number one album] and to share it with so many amazing people—it's surreal," David told Official Charts. "I'm seeing two generations connecting—the people who have been with me since 1999 and the crew who are just discovering me, both connecting on the same music, it's the most amazing feeling."

After Born to Do It, David released his second through fifth albums between 2002 and 2010, none of them quite reaching the success of his debut. He then moved to Miami, telling Noisey, "Even I needed time away for a while. Time to let people move on. To move off the radar and then wait for the moment."

Though the newest album was already in the works by 2014, that moment he was waiting for came in the summer of 2015 during a performance on BBC's Radio 1Xtra, when he let loose a jaw-dropping mash-up of "Fill Me In" and Jack Ü's Justin Bieber collaboration "Where Are Ü Now." From there, he performed it at fabric and at Alexandra Palace with Diplo and Major Lazer. In March, he performed a collaboration with Hardwell on Ultra Music Festival's main stage during the big-room ace's headlining set.

Following My Intuition was released on September 30 and features collaborations with Big Narstie, Sigala, Blonde, and Kaytranada (whose team-up, "Got It Good, also appears on his own debut album); the deluxe version also includes the Hardwell collaboration.

Meanwhile, we're still crossing our fingers for a Craig David workout DVD.