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23 October 2013, 14:37
The 'Cheating' singer says he wanted to earn people's respect by keeping the album free of team-ups.
John Newman says he made a conscious effort on new album 'Tribute' not to work with any big-name stars to make sure he could pave his own way in the industry.
The 'Love Me Again' singer released his debut record last week, scoring a number one album in the process, and says he intentionally kept the record all him so he could earn respect as a solo artist.
'If I had big names on my album I'd worry that I'd only succeeded because of them," John told the Daily Star this week. "If 'Tribute' sells well I won't be so against working with other people on my next record because I'll know by then that people respect me in my own right."
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The UK singer-songwriter has already scored two solo chart hits this year with both 'Love Me Again' and 'Cheating', as well as featuring on the Rudimental hits 'Feel The Love' and 'Not Giving In'.
John Newman recently announced plans to embark on a headline tour of the UK in early 2014.