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Craig David
Craig David at Somerset House, 2007.
Craig David at Somerset House, 2007.
Background information
Birth name Craig Ashley David
Born 5 May 1981 (1981-05-05) (age 27)
Southampton, Hampshire, England
Genre(s) R&B, pop, electronica, soul, Rap/Hip hop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter Rapper
Years active 1999–present
Label(s) Warner, Sire, Atlantic G-Unit (US)
Website www.craigdavid.com

Craig Ashley David (born 5 May 1981) is an English R&B singer-songwriter. He has released four studio albums: Born to Do It, Slicker Than Your Average, The Story Goes..., and Trust Me. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The central courtyard of Somerset House in London. ... is the 125th day of the year (126th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... AUGUST 25 1981 US Marine Sean Vance is Born on the 25th of August {ear nav|1981}} Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Southampton (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Hampshire (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Contemporary R&B is a music genre of American popular music, the current iteration of the genre that began in the 1940s as rhythm and blues music. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Rapping is one of the elements of hip hop and the distinguishing feature of hip hop music; it is a form of rhyming lyrics spoken rhythmically over musical instruments, with a musical backdrop of sampling, scratching and mixing by DJs. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Warner Music Group is one of the Big Four record labels. ... Sire Records Company is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group and distributed through Warner Bros. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... G-Unit is a rap group which consists of 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, Young Buck, (The) Game, R & B singer Olivia and, most recently, Spider Loc. ... is the 125th day of the year (126th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... AUGUST 25 1981 US Marine Sean Vance is Born on the 25th of August {ear nav|1981}} Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Contemporary R&B is a music genre of American popular music, the current iteration of the genre that began in the 1940s as rhythm and blues music. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Born To Do It is the debut album by British singer Craig David, released in 2000 via Wildstar and 2001 in music via Atlantic Records. ... Slicker Than Your Average is the second album by British singer Craig David, released in 2002 via Atlantic Records. ... The Story Goes. ... Trust Me is the fourth album by UK R&B artist Craig David, it was released on the 12th of November 2007 and debuted at #18 in the UK Albums Chart. ...

Contents

Biography

Personal life

Craig David was born in Southampton, England, the son of Tina (née Loftus), a shop assistant at Superdrug, and George David, a carpenter who played bass in a local reggae band called Ebony Rockers, which released a few records on EMI that were regional hits in the 1980s. David's father is a black Grenadian and his mother is a British Jew related to the founders of the Accurist watch-making company; his maternal grandfather was an Orthodox Jew and his maternal grandmother a convert to Judaism'[1] His parents separated when he was eight and he was raised by his mother. For other uses, see Southampton (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Née redirects here. ... Superdrug on Oxford Street Superdrug is the UKs second largest health and beauty retail chain (behind Boots) and the sixth largest overall (behind Boots, Tesco, Sainsburys, ASDA and Morrisons). ... Accurist are a family-run British wristwatch and watch manufacturer. ... Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, a leading Rabbinical authority for Orthodox Jewry of the second half of the twentieth century. ... Conversion to Judaism (Hebrew גיור, giur, conversion) is the religious conversion of a previously non-Jewish person to the Jewish religion and to the Jewish people. ...


Career

His earliest exposure to recording came when he worked on a b-side to British R&B group Damage's cover of the Eric Clapton song "Wonderful Tonight". He then started doing vocals for a few tracks with garage act Artful Dodger, of which the song "Rewind", released off the Artful Dodger album It's All About the Stragglers, hit #2 on the UK charts in 2000, thus paving the way for a solo career. His first single, "Fill Me In", made him the youngest solo male artist ever to reach #1 in the UK (he was 19 at the time). This was the first of a string of four Top 10 singles from his debut album "Born To Do It" which eventually sold more than 7 Million units Worldwide earning Multi-Platinum status in more than 20 Countries.[2][3] The song "Key To My Heart" taken from the album, was also featured on the award-winning Warner Brothers Animated film Osmosis Jones. The success of his debut, which was written almost entirely by Rabid and Mark Hill of Artful Dodger, led to the U.S. release of "Fill Me In" in May 2001. It proved a success, reaching #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. Born to Do It was released in the U.S. on July 17, 2001, peaking at #11 on the Billboard 200 and sold over one million copies. The single "7 Days" hit the Top 10 in the U.S., although "Walking Away"—which had reached #3 in the UK and #5 in Australia—missed the Top 40 in the U.S. and was the last of his singles to chart there. Look up damage in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE[2] (born 30 March 1945) [3], nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... Wonderful Tonight is a song written by Eric Clapton about his then-love, Pattie Boyd. ... UK garage (also known as UKG or just garage) refers to several different varieties of modern electronic dance music generally connected to the evolution of house in the United Kingdom in the mid 1990s. ... Cover of the TwentyFourSeven single The Artful Dodger is a British band, who became famous through their 2Step hits and gave Craig Davids career a boost after he appeared on their #2 hit Rewind in December 1999. ... Its All About the Stragglers is the only album to be released by Artful Dodger. ... Fill Me In is the first single by British singer Craig David from his debut album Born To Do It. ... Osmosis Jones (2001) is a part animated, part live action film whose title character is Osmosis Jones, an anthropomorphic white blood cell. ... Originally, one half of British band The Artful Dogder. When Pete Devereux left prior to the production of TwentyFourSeven, Mark continued alone under the Artful Dodger name. ... Cover of the TwentyFourSeven single This article is about the British garage band. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... is the 198th day of the year (199th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...


The follow-up album, Slicker Than Your Average, was released in 2002 and fared considerably less well than his debut. None of the six singles released from the album charted in the U.S. Although "What's Your Flava?" and "Rise & Fall" (duet with Sting) received airplay on the Urban contemporary and Soft AC formats, they did not make the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Tracks chart or the Adult Contemporary chart. However, "What's Your Flava?" made the Rhythmic Top 40 (#32), Top 40 Mainstream (#24) and the Top 40 Tracks (#37). The albums' first four singles continued his streak of Top 10 hits in the UK, bringing a total of nine consecutive Top 10 hits until "World Filled with Love" peaked at #15 in 2003. According to the RIAA Slicker Than Your Average reached Gold Status in the USA. Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, CBE (born October 2, 1951), universally known by his stage name Sting, is an Academy Award-nominated sixteen time Grammy-winning English musician from Wallsend in North Tyneside. ... The term urban contemporary was coined by the late New York DJ Frankie Crocker in the mid 1970s. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... For another definition see rhythmic and CHR Rhythmic Top 40 is a contemporary hit music genre where the music, direction and makeup of the audience differ from the more mainstream Top 40 format. ... Top 40 Mainstream (often also called Mainstream Top 40) is an airplay format from Billboard Magazine. ... Top 40 Tracks is a defunct chart airplay chart from Billboard Magazine. ...


David later signed on with Warner Music and put together his third album, The Story Goes..., released worldwide in August 2005 (excluding the U.S. where it was never released). The first single, "All the Way", returned him to the Top 3, and the second single, "Don't Love You No More (I'm Sorry)", tied with "7 Days" as his longest running single in the charts since "Rewind", spending 15 weeks inside the UK Top 75. The album's third single, "Unbelievable", debuted at #18 in March 2006. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In 2007, he collaborated with UK rapper Kano on his upcoming album London Town, for the single "This is the Girl". The track was released on August 27, 2007 and debuted at #18 on the UK charts. Kane Brett Robinson (born 21 May 1985 in East Ham, Newham, London), better known as Kano, is a British rapper. ... London Town is one of the most infamous flops in the history of British cinema. ... Kano ft. ... is the 239th day of the year (240th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


The first single "Hot Stuff" from the album Trust Me, was released on November 5, 2007 . The single was a top ten hit, whilst the album charted at #18 on the UK Albums Chart. Trust Me is the fourth album by UK R&B artist Craig David, it was released on the 12th of November 2007 and debuted at #18 in the UK Albums Chart. ... is the 309th day of the year (310th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... The UK Albums Chart is a chart of the sales positions of albums in the United Kingdom. ...


"6 of 1 Thing", the second single to be taken from Trust Me charted at thirty-nine on the UK Singles Chart, becoming his second lowest charting single to date. David has most recently began working with hit producers Danja Handz and Eddie Galan. Trust Me is the fourth album by UK R&B artist Craig David, it was released on the 12th of November 2007 and debuted at #18 in the UK Albums Chart. ...


The latest single "Officially Yours" will be released on June 23rd 2008.


Discography

Albums

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
UK US US R&B AUS ITA
2000 Born to Do It 1 11 12 2 7
  • RIAA certification: Platinum
  • BPI certification: 6x Platinum
2002 Slicker Than Your Average 4 32 17 5 11
  • RIAA certification: Gold
  • BPI certification: 3x Platinum
2005 The Story Goes... 5 9 5
  • RIAA certification: -
  • BPI certification: 2x Platinum
2007 Trust Me 18 58 59 19
  • RIAA certification: TBA
  • BPI certification: Gold

The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ... The Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart was established by Billboard magazine in 1984. ... The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) is a trade group representing the Australian recording industry. ... FIMI Federazione dellindustria musicale italiana (Federation of the Italian music industry) is an umbella organization that keeps track of virtually all aspects of the music recording industry in Italian. ... Born To Do It is the debut album by British singer Craig David, released in 2000 via Wildstar and 2001 in music via Atlantic Records. ... is the 232nd day of the year (233rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country in western Europe, and a member of the European Union. ... is the 198th day of the year (199th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... CD redirects here. ... RIAA redirects here. ... The British Phonographic Industry was founded in 1973 to represent the interests of British music companies and to fight the growing problem of music piracy. ... Slicker Than Your Average is the second album by British singer Craig David, released in 2002 via Atlantic Records. ... is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... CD redirects here. ... RIAA redirects here. ... The British Phonographic Industry was founded in 1973 to represent the interests of British music companies and to fight the growing problem of music piracy. ... The Story Goes. ... is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... CD redirects here. ... RIAA redirects here. ... The British Phonographic Industry was founded in 1973 to represent the interests of British music companies and to fight the growing problem of music piracy. ... Trust Me is the fourth album by UK R&B artist Craig David, it was released on the 12th of November 2007 and debuted at #18 in the UK Albums Chart. ... is the 316th day of the year (317th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a country in western Europe, and a member of the European Union. ... is the 126th day of the year (127th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Sire Records Company is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group and distributed through Warner Bros. ... CD redirects here. ... // A digital download (also known as a digital single or a paid digital download) is an official and legal music single available for purchase through an online store. ... RIAA redirects here. ... The British Phonographic Industry was founded in 1973 to represent the interests of British music companies and to fight the growing problem of music piracy. ...

Singles

Year Song Chart positions[4][5] Album
UK U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B IRE AUS FRA ITA SWE NL
2000 "Rewind" (Artful Dodger feat. Craig David) 2 4 It's All About the Stragglers
"Woman Trouble" (Artful Dodger and Robbie Craig feat. Craig David) 6 63
"Fill Me In" 1 15 19 7 6 34 29 28 5 Born to Do It
"7 Days" 1 10 52 3 4 19 7 21 6
2001 "Walking Away" 3 44 5 9 5 22 15 13 7
"Rendezvous" 8 29 28 61 49 56
2002 "What's Your Flava?" 8 104 22 10 20 12 31 24 Slicker Than Your Average
2003 "Hidden Agenda" 10 119 24 70 20 49 28
"Rise & Fall" (feat. Sting) 2 5 6 15 8 35 9
"Spanish" 8 83
"World Filled with Love" 15 32 83
2004 "You Don't Miss Your Water ('Til the Well Runs Dry)" 43 180
2005 "All the Way" 3 27 31 23 12 33 The Story Goes...
"Don't Love You No More (I'm Sorry)" 4 30 49 45 35
2006 "Unbelievable" 18 96
2007 "This is the Girl" (with Kano) 18 Trust Me
"Hot Stuff (Let's Dance)" 5 19 29 15 18 10 37
2008 "6 of 1 Thing" 39
"Officially Yours" 141
  • 1 "Personal" appeared on the charts at number 18 on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles, even though it wasn't released as a single. [6]

“Hot 100” redirects here. ... Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. ... The Irish Singles Chart is the Irish music industry standard singles popularity chart issued weekly by the Irish Recorded Music Association and compiled on behalf of the IRMA by Chart-Track. ... The ARIA charts are the main Australian music sales charts, issued weekly by the Australian Recording Industry Association. ... The Syndicat National de lEdition Phonographique (SNEP) is the inter-professional organisation which protects the interests of the French record industry. ... FIMI Federazione dellindustria musicale italiana (Federation of the Italian music industry) is an umbella organization that keeps track of virtually all aspects of the music recording industry in Italian. ... Motto:  1 For Sweden – With the Times 2 Anthem: 3 Thou ancient, thou free Royal anthem:  The Song of the King Sweden() – on the European continent() – in the European Union()  —  [] Capital (and largest city) Stockholm Official languages Swedish (de facto)4 Demonym Swedish Government Parliamentary democracy and Constitutional monarchy  -  King... For other uses, see Netherlands (disambiguation). ... Cover of the TwentyFourSeven single This article is about the British garage band. ... Its All About the Stragglers is the only album to be released by Artful Dodger. ... Cover of the TwentyFourSeven single This article is about the British garage band. ... Fill Me In is the first single by British singer Craig David from his debut album Born To Do It. ... Born To Do It is the debut album by British singer Craig David, released in 2000 via Wildstar and 2001 in music via Atlantic Records. ... 7 Days is a single released in his album Born to Do It. ... Walking Away is a track by Craig David on his album Born to Do It. ... Whats Your Flava? is the first track and the debut single released by the R&B artist Craig David from hid second album Slicker Than Your Average. ... Slicker Than Your Average is the second album by British singer Craig David, released in 2002 via Atlantic Records. ... Sting singles chronology After the Rain Has Fallen (2000) Rise & Fall (2003) Send Your Love (2003) Rise & Fall is the name of a song by the R&B artist Craig David. ... Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, CBE (born October 2, 1951), universally known by his stage name Sting, is an Academy Award-nominated sixteen time Grammy-winning English musician from Wallsend in North Tyneside. ... The Story Goes. ... Kano ft. ... Kane Brett Robinson (born 21 May 1985 in East Ham, Newham, London), better known as Kano, is a British rapper. ... Trust Me is the fourth album by UK R&B artist Craig David, it was released on the 12th of November 2007 and debuted at #18 in the UK Albums Chart. ... Hot Stuff (Lets Dance) is the first single of Craig Davids fourth album Trust Me. ... The Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. ...

Awards and nominations

  • BET Awards
    • 2002, Best R&B Male Artist (nominated)
    • 2002, Best New Artist (nominated)
  • MOBO Awards
    • 2001: Best UK Act
    • 2001: Best R&B Act (Nominated)
    • 2001: Best Album: Born to Do It (nominated)
    • 2000: Best R&B Act
    • 2000: Best UK Newcomer
    • 2000: Best UK Single of the Year: "Fill Me In"
    • 2000: Best Video: "7 Days" (nominated)
    • 2000: Best UK Single of the Year: "Woman Trouble" (nominated) shared with Robbie Craig and Artful Dodger
  • MTV Europe Awards
    • 2001: Best R&B Act
  • MTV Video Music Awards
    • 2002: Best Male Video: "Walking Away" (nominated)
    • 2001: MTV2 Award: "Fill Me In" (nominated)

The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate Black Americans and other minorities in music, acting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year. ... The MOBO (an acronym for Music Of Black Origin) Awards are held annually in the UK to recognise leading black musicians. ... Born To Do It is the debut album by British singer Craig David, released in 2000 via Wildstar and 2001 in music via Atlantic Records. ... The MTV Video Music Awards were established in 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top music videos of the year. ...

Bo' Selecta!

Though entirely unrelated to his actual career the comedy television series Bo' Selecta! (the title taken from a Craig David quote) has been a major part of his becoming well known. Created by Leigh Francis the series takes the form of a sketch show with the majority of its humour being from characters based upon celebrities- one of the most famous of which being a Yorkshire version of Craig. Craig David, however is not a fan of the show and has spoken out against Francis several times, claiming that Bo Selecta has ruined his career because he is no longer taken seriously and that his image has been damaged substantially. Bo Selecta! is a British TV comedy sketch show which ran for three series and one Christmas special on Channel 4 television and had several spin-offs. ... Leigh Francis (born May 30, 1974 in Morley, Leeds) is an English comedian. ... For other uses, see Yorkshire (disambiguation). ...


References

  1. ^ The Jewish Chronicle
  2. ^ http://www.musicianguide.com/biographies/1608003632/Craig-David.html
  3. ^ http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/retrieve_chart_history.do?model.chartFormatGroupName=Albums&model.vnuArtistId=416126&model.vnuAlbumId=1084527
  4. ^ World Chart Positions. aCharts.us. Accessed November 6, 2007.
  5. ^ Artist Chart History. Billboard. Accessed November 6, 2007.
  6. ^ http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=345&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Bubbling+Under+R%26amp%3BB%2FHip-Hop+Singles&ci=3049153&cdi=7985549&cid=04%2F12%2F2003

is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...

External links

MySpace is a social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos. ... Born To Do It is the debut album by British singer Craig David, released in 2000 via Wildstar and 2001 in music via Atlantic Records. ... Slicker Than Your Average is the second album by British singer Craig David, released in 2002 via Atlantic Records. ... The Story Goes. ... Trust Me is the fourth album by UK R&B artist Craig David, it was released on the 12th of November 2007 and debuted at #18 in the UK Albums Chart. ... Fill Me In is the first single by British singer Craig David from his debut album Born To Do It. ... 7 Days is a single released in his album Born to Do It. ... Walking Away is a track by Craig David on his album Born to Do It. ... Whats Your Flava? is the first track and the debut single released by the R&B artist Craig David from hid second album Slicker Than Your Average. ... Sting singles chronology After the Rain Has Fallen (2000) Rise & Fall (2003) Send Your Love (2003) Rise & Fall is the name of a song by the R&B artist Craig David. ... Hot Stuff (Lets Dance) is the first single of Craig Davids fourth album Trust Me. ... Kano ft. ...

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