‘Tears’, written by the band’s very own Jack Patterson and Roc Nation-signed Sam Romans (Naughty Boy, Alicia Keys), marks a triumphant return for Clean Bandit and sees X Factor 2015 winner, Louisa Johnson, lend her powerful vocals to the track. Speaking about the floor-filling single and their mighty collaboration, both Jack and Louisa commented:
Jack Patterson – “Tears is an epic trap-2step breakup ballad. I wrote it with Sam Romans at the piano, and over the course of a year, it has transformed from a simple piano tune into a mad beast of changing time signatures and feels. To me, Tears feels like a 1990s vision of a future breakup song. Louisa Johnson delivered the vocal with incredible power and devastating tenderness. Her adlibs are insane! She is so lovely and an absolute joy to work with.”
Louisa Johnson – “When I was approached to work with the guys from Clean Bandit I was like…YES! It felt like the perfect next step from the X Factor. I have always been a fan of their music and I think they’re so unique. It’s such a great thing to be a part of this exciting collaboration.”
The past couple of years have proved to be groundbreaking for Clean Bandit, shooting straight to the top of charts worldwide with their unique fusion of classical string arrangements, house, electronica, dance and pop music. Riding fast in their own lane as a genre-defying collective, the band – Jack Patterson, Luke Patterson, Grace Chatto and Neil Amin Smith – released their debut album New Eyes in June 2014, which charted at #3 in the UK and spawned four Top 5 UK singles! The band’s first track to catch the attention of the masses, however, was the infectious 3X platinum Jess Glynne collaboration ‘Rather Be’, which established itself as a massive global hit and launched the career of the North London-born soul/pop singer. The track became one of the most successful singles released in 2014; it held the #1 spot in the UK’s Singles Chart for four consecutive weeks, cemented their first-ever US Top 10 single, shot straight to #1 on iTunes in 25 countries, was the most-played British single at UK radio that year, the most-Shazammed track of all time and made history as the fastest-selling song released in January since 1996. With over 10 million copies sold to date, close to half a billion YouTube views on the official video, 540 million Spotify streams and having won ‘Best Dance Recording’ at the 57th Grammy Awards in 2015, the mega hit finished-up as 2014’s second biggest-selling single in the UK just behind Pharrell’s ‘Happy’.
Formed in Cambridge in 2009 after running club nights together (booking the likes of James Blake and Joy Orbison), Clean Bandit’s extensive single catalogue has continued to showcase the band’s much-loved musical diversity alongside their inimitable self-directed music videos. Their Atlantic Records releases – ‘Dust Clears’, ‘Come Over’, ‘Extraordinary’, ‘Real Love’ (another Jess Glynne collaboration, charting at #2 in the UK, with over 650,000 copies sold to date) and ‘Stronger’ – have all firmly solidified why they outsold One Direction with global singles sales in 2014! Prior to their Atlantic signing, Clean Bandit released their debut single ‘A+E’ on seminal London label Black Butter, following-up with the supreme ‘Mozart’s House’, creating a wealth of blog interest, and in turn, igniting colossal radio support both sides of the pond. The creative force and producer of the band, Jack Patterson, has also been recognised as one of the most in-demand UK songwriters/producers in recent times. Last year, Jack took home two Ivor Novello Awards for ‘PRS Music Most Performed Work’ and ‘Best Contemporary Song’ with ‘Rather Be’ and he was once again acknowledged at this year’s ceremony with another nomination for ‘PRS Music Most Performed Work’ after producing and co-writing Jess Glynne’s hit single ‘Hold My Hand’: accumulating all streams across Clean Bandit’s catalogue so far and ‘Hold My Hand’, Jack’s total streams as a songwriter exceed 1 BILLION!
To date, Clean Bandit have sold over 12 million singles and 1.6 million albums worldwide, won a Grammy, have been nominated for 2X BRIT/Billboard Music Awards and 1X BBC Music Award, featured on the Band Aid 30 single, performed alongside the Philharmonic Orchestra for BBC Radio 1, sold out London’s Alexandra Palace and much more.
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