Welcome back to Takeover Tuesday, where each week Billboard taps chart-topping artists and tastemakers to compile their very own playlist exclusive to Billboard’s Spotify account. We give the artists free rein to base the list on whatever subject they choose. The only rule? Make it as creative and unique to them as possible.
Lewis Capaldi understands the power in pairing. The up-and-coming Scottish singer-songwriter dropped his debut EP Bloom in October, which featured the signature track “Rush,” a collaboration with fellow rising soul singer Jessie Reyez. Since then, he says he’s only learned to further appreciate the idea of a group effort musically.
“It was only in the weeks after finishing the recording of ‘Rush’ that I fully experienced the impact of what happens when two artists come together to create something,” he said. “Whether it’s a song that might deviate from an artists’ usual sound or even if it’s still very much in their world, I think the more people opening themselves up creatively to collaborate with others, the better.”
Each song on Capaldi’s 15-track playlist is a paired effort, though his commitment to the collaboration theme did not mean a sacrifice in diverse sounds. His personal picks range from old school classics like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez’s “It Ain’t Me Babe,” to SZA’s very recent neo-R&B track “Love Galore” with Travis Scott. While the picks span genres, there’s a clear appreciation for fellow songwriters.
Of course, the playlist includes his own song “Rush,” which he says fuses he and Reyez’s very different cultural backgrounds, in the way that any successful duet should. “(Collaboration) can really elevate a song and that’s what I had in mind when I asked Jessie to do ‘Rush’,” he said. “I’m a guy from small town Scotland and Jessie is from Toronto and has Columbian roots — we’re people from completely different backgrounds, but yet somehow have not too dissimilar experiences, halfway across the world.”
As for what’s to come, Capaldi just announced his own headlining U.S. tour, which will start in June in Los Angeles, and includes a string of festival performances, with sets at Bonnaroo and Firefly. Tickets for the summer tour go on sale Friday (March 16) at 10a.m. EST on his site.