JP Cooper
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JP Cooper will perform in Palladium concert hall on May 22th. As overnight success stories go – ones that took ten years of graft – JP Cooper had quite the start. Let us count the ways.

Two Top Ten and platinum-selling singles in Perfect Strangers (with Jonas Blue) and September Song. A Top Ten album, and the equivalent of 835,000 worldwide album sales, for his 2017 debut Raised Under Grey Skies. Over 274 million total audio streams – in the UK alone. Widen the gaze to the global impact of the Mancunian singersongwriter, and Cooper’s total streaming number tops over two billion: 2,337,986,851 at time of writing. Although, such is the ongoing earworm ubiquity of September Song, expect that tally to have notched another 1000 or so by the time you’ve finished reading this.

“I had no expectations,” admits the self-effacing Cooper, a man who’s had a song in his heart and a microphone in front of his mouth from his early teens, and a guitar in his hands for almost as long. He remembers how his 2016 Jonas Blue collab, the follow-up to the dance producer’s 2015 tropical house smash Fast Car, came out of nowhere to reach Number Two in the UK, and the Top Ten in multiple European territories.

“I found myself thrown into a pop world I never expected to be in,” this proud son of Manchester’s Oasis Generation admits with a rueful smile. “Up until then I’d done every single gig I’d ever played with a guitar round my neck. Then all of a sudden, I found myself on an MTV stage at a dance festival in front of 45,000 people with a DJ behind him, two-stepping…