Fans Choose Lewis Capaldi’s ‘Strangers’ as This Week’s Favorite New Music

Fans Choose Lewis Capaldi’s ‘Strangers’ as This Week’s Favorite New Music

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Lewis Capaldi‘s “Strangers” has topped this week’s new music poll.

Music fans voted in a poll published Friday (Jan. 5) on Billboard, choosing the Scottish musician’s new single as their favorite new music release of the past week.

“Strangers” brought in 65% of the vote, beating out new music by The Last Dinner Party (“Caesar on a TV Screen”), Green Day (“One Eyed Bastard”), Gabby Barrett (“You’re My Texas”), The Game and Big Hit (Paisley Dreams), and others.

Capaldi is in balladry mode on “Strangers,” which sees him stepping back into the familiar territory of his breakthrough hit single “Someone You Loved,” which spent three weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2019.

The crooner’s signature tone, tinged with heartache, shines on the new track as he sings of his departed lover. It also pulls double-duty and reignites his ongoing feud with Liam and Noel Gallagher, as it mentions him and the object of his affection once bonding over a mutual dislike of Oasis’ “Wonderwall” (“You say you hate this song… my dear, you’re not the only one”).

Capaldi announced in a New Year’s Eve message that he would be releasing an extended version of his second album, Broken By the Desire to Be Heavenly Sent, on Jan. 1. The expanded set features five additional songs.

“Prior to my decision to f— off for a bit, I’d always hoped to release an extended version at some point!” the singer wrote on Instagram. “After some back-and-forth about whether or not it was the right thing to do, I’ve decided it would be a shame for these five extra songs, which are so incredibly special to me, to sit on my hard drive, never to see the light of day.”

Trailing behind “Strangers” on the poll is The Last Dinner Party’s stirring “Caesar on a TV Screen,” which brought in nearly 12% of the vote. The song will be featured on the alt-rock British quintet’s full-length debut, Prelude to Ecstasy, which is scheduled for release in February.

See the final results of this week’s new music release poll below.

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