Emeli Sande performs “Next To Me” on Conan | TV Catch-Up


It’s happening again… Those pesky Americans are stealing another one of our popstars and all we can do is stand by and watch with pride as our A-List stars become unavailable for interviews and busy touring the United States. After the success of Jay Sean, Taio Cruz, Tinie Tempah, Adele, Jessie J, One Direction and The Wanted (have I missed anyone?), Glaswegian singer-songwriter Emeli Sande looks set to be the latest UK export to make waves over in the United States. She performed “Next To Me” live on Conan O’Brien’s TBS chat show Conan.

Her UK #1 album Our Version of Events will be released in the US in June.

Disclaimer: For the record, I’m obviously extremely proud of Emeli and of (almost) every UK artist that’s doing their thing in the United States and worldwide right now. It’s a beautiful moment and I hope it continues. Some people, perhaps unable to understand my “British” sense of humour, seem to have taken my description of the American music industry as “pesky” to literally mean that I’m opposed to the success of UK artists in the US. If you gleaned that from what was written, you’re genuinely stupid I would point you towards subtext like the enthusiastic listing of a multitude of breakthrough UK acts, the use of ‘happy’ phrases like “make waves” (that means “do good things”), the fact that I said we’re watching with pride or even the posting of the story in the first place. I understand the confusion – after all, people saying one thing and meaning another is practically unheard of, especially on the internet, where everybody tells the truth.

If you like Emeli Sande, take a peek at the next up and coming star from the UK Mahalia here.

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