Justin Bieber may have kept the chart positions captive for a number of weeks now, but it looks like Craig David’s comeback could knock him off the top.
The Noughties garage artist made a sensational return to the limelight with a cover of No1 hit Love Yourself on Wednesday; a BBC Radio 1Xtra Live Lounge performance that ended up going viral on the internet.
The 34-year-old’s up tempo version was viewed over 600k times in the first 24 hours with social media users congratulating the singer on such a triumph.
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It featured a sped-up vocal and an improvised rap at the end of the track, in his signature style, and was followed by a preview of his new track When The Bassline Drops, with Big Narstie.
The Trevor Nelson session served up a subtle reminder of his hit-making potential, especially among fans of his debut album Born To Do It in 2000.
The morning after, one Twitter user rightly pointed out: ‘@CraigDavid cover of Love Yourself has literally taken over all news feeds!’
Such high praise included those who said it surpassed the original: ‘Ugh @CraigDavid’s Bieber cover is even better than the original. What a lad!’
Legend: The singer is responsible for some of the Noughties’ biggest hits
While others simply couldn’t wait for what Craig had to bring to the music scene this year: ‘Is 2016 the year of @CraigDavid?’ Inquired one user.
It was a surprise for some users, who have yet to get on board with Justin Bieber’s total chart domination in 2015.
‘People are raving about a @CraigDavid version of a Justin Bieber song. Welcome to 2016,’ said one fan.
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Then came questioning over Bieber’s reign, thanks to Craig’s comeback: ‘srsly, no ones gonna even remember who tf bieber is once @CraigDavid drops his new album’
In the millennium era, Craig was responsible for such hits as Rendez-vous, Re-Rewind, Walking Away and Fill Me In, some of which are still huge floor fillers.
On his new tracks, Craig recently said: ‘I am back in that 16-year-old kid mode, hungry, passionate and making music that I would want to bump in my ride and dance to.’
The 7 Days singer first signalled a musical comeback in mid-December last year with a guest performance on The X Factor final.
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He similarly frenzied fans old and new with his Reggie N Bollie collaboration, which preempted a hotly-anticipated return to the music scene.
His second album Slicker Than Your Average also featured chart topping hits and his third The Story Goes… followed when he signed with Warner Music.
The singer hasn’t released music since September 2014 but since his 2008 Greatest Hits album, his tracks haven’t had as much impetus.
Craig is back with new album Following My Intuition in 2016 and will kick off with the new single When The Bassline Drops.
Throwback: In the early Noughties, here in 2011, Craig David was at the height of musical fame