During a period of three years, Craig David transitioned from aspiring songwriter and DJ to major U.K. pop star. When his meringue-smooth, garage-tinged R&B single "Fill Me In" reached the top of the U.K. chart during the summer of 2000, the singer, only 19 years old at the time, became the youngest British male solo artist to achieve the feat. Not only that, but he also achieved mainstream U.S. acceptance and platinum sales in 18 additional countries. Though he did not sustain that level of popularity, David released solid modern R&B albums every few years. Through 2015, he had racked up a total of 14 Top Ten U.K. pop hits. Prior to his breakthrough, David, a native of Southampton, was a local radio jock and later found himself spinning records at clubs, which enabled him to cross paths with some of England's up-and-coming producers. It was during this time that he hooked up with Artful Dodger's Mark Hill, but his first real break came when he won a songwriting contest held by the group Damage, who recorded "I'm Ready," the track he submitted, and released it as a B-side to their 1997 single "Wonderful Tonight." Two years later, Artful Dodger produced and wrote the mellow yet rhythmically tricky "Rewind," for which David provided the lead vocal -- the release was billed as Artful Dodger Presents Craig David -- and the song went to number two on the U.K. pop chart. The release of David's first proper solo single, "Fill Me In," came in April 2000. A collaboration with Hill, the song went to number one and propelled sales of Born to Do It, the debut album issued four months later. A subsequent stateside deal with Atlantic also fostered worldwide sales of well over three million and helped take U.K. garage beyond a national phenomenon (if as a polished, smoothed-out product relative to the style's beginnings). U.S. superstars Missy Elliott, Beyoncé, and Usher called themselves fans, and that year David won three MOBO (Music of Black Origin) awards, though he was snubbed in each of the six Brit Award categories for which he was nominated. He collected another MOBO in 2001 for Best U.K. Act, and also received three Ivor Novello awards, further recognition of this purple patch of songwriting. Slicker Than Your Average, ironically a slightly grittier album, was issued as David's second album in November 2002. It would have been nearly impossible to trump the popularity of Born to Do It, but the album's first four singles all reached the U.K. Top Ten. The U.S. was still paying attention; the album reached gold sales there. Nearly three years passed until the release of The Story Goes…, a set for Warner filled with polite, adult-leaning contemporary R&B. It featured a Top Five U.K. single in "All the Way," but the album was not released in the States. The bolder, more upbeat Trust Me, led by the Top Ten, David Bowie-sampling "Hot Stuff (Let’s Dance)" and the Kano collaboration "This Is the Girl," was released in 2007. The following year David's achievements to date were underlined not only by a Greatest Hits compilation but also by an honorary doctorate awarded by Southampton Solent University. Acknowledging the influence of Motown artists on his work, David issued the covers album Signed, Sealed, Delivered in 2010. Next, following a run of international tour dates and a number of charity initiatives, he began to focus on new material once again in the studio, issuing collaborations with Subliminal Records owner Erick Morillo and the house duo Stereo Palma. In 2013, David spread his wings further by appearing on the judging panel for, as well as performing on, the TV show South African Idol. By this time, he had also begun to host exclusive parties at his home in Miami and the DJ sets that he performed on these nights soon developed into a weekly residency on radio station Capital Xtra. This period also featured an extensive world tour as well as sessions for a prospective sixth studio album. The first singles from that set were issued in late 2015 and early 2016. "When the Bassline Drops," featuring Big Narstie, reached number ten on the U.K. chart, and "Nothing Like This," produced by Blonde, went Top 20. Around the same time, David was featured on tracks by Katy B ("Who Am I") and Kaytranada ("Got It Good"). Following My Intuition arrived in September 2016 and topped the U.K. albums chart. Almost exactly a year later, David released "Heartline," the first preview of his seventh album, and quickly followed it with the Bastille collaboration "I Know You," his 13th Top Ten U.K. hit as lead artist. The parent full-length, titled The Time Is Now, arrived in January 2018 with Blonde, Fraser T. Smith, and Kaytranada among the many collaborators. ~ Andy Kellman & MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi
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Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta 34, Barcelona, Spain
In the heart of the renowned beach of la Barceloneta, we can find one of the most referent clubs of the Catalan capital, Opium. In a privileged position on the seafront, we find the main entrance of a club that has left a mark on the Catalan night for many years. Cross the doors of the club and go down the stairs until the sea level, you will be stunned by the ostentatious decoration of the club. Everything is perfectly taken care of in detail to make your night a unique experience. Opium has a main room with a capacity for more than 3,000 people. An ambiguous and modernist structure where stairs, platforms, corridors and VIP spaces converge. A perfectly maintained logistics where its gigantic bars and its remarkable access to services will make your night much more comfortable. Facilities that make you able to concentrate only on the most important thing: enjoying the night. We have not mentioned yet the factor that makes Opium Barcelona different. A spectacular terrace just two meters away from the beach. An army of tables, sofas and curated vegetation are building the perfect atmosphere, so you can relax while you take a drink. Regarding the music, Opium is the mecca for lovers of all-time dance hits, electronic music in formats such as House, Dance and EDM accompanied by the most current commercial tracks. On Fridays, you can enjoy some hints of Hip Hop, trap and R & B but the common denominator of all their parties is good music. Axwell, Ingrosso, Avicii, Tiesto, David Guetta, Steve Aoki, Eric Prydz, Martin Solveig, Afrojack, Nervo and Armin van Buuren are some of the artists who have passed through the club decks. Do we need to add something else? Regarding the dress code for Opium, we must consider that it is a high-category club, so you must take care of your clothes in detail. An elegant and exclusive atmosphere, typical of the best parties in Barcelona, is what you will find there. A nice shirt, a belt and some classy shoes are never too much. If you still don’t have the Xceed app, make sure you download it, so you can sign up for the exclusive discount lists we offer. It is always good to save money either by listing, entering early or buying your early ticket and not have to queue at the door. If the outcome of your night has been improvised, do not suffer, you can buy your tickets at the door at a price a bit higher. As for the opening times of Opium, pay attention, because if the club has not convinced you yet, what we are going to tell you will do it. Opium opens every day of the week. 365 days a year. Few, very few clubs in the whole world can say that. From Sunday to Thursday the club opens at midnight and closes at 5:00 in the morning. On Fridays and Saturdays, Opium extends until 6:00 in the morning.