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Sam Ryder returns with first post-Eurovision track ‘Somebody’

"It’s about the joy of giving love and experiencing love,” said Ryder of his new track

By Nick Reilly

Sam Ryder performs at Eurovision 2022
Sam Ryder performs at Eurovision 2022 (Picture: Alamy)

Sam Ryder has released new track ‘Somebody’, his first since leading the UK to second place at Eurovision earlier this year.

The follow-up to ‘Space Man’ sees Ryder on upbeat form as he delivers a high-energy ode to the power of love.

“Somebody is inspired by YOU! All of the kindness, positivity and joy we’ve experienced so far this year,” Sam said in a statement. “Ultimately it’s about the joy of giving love and experiencing love.”

The track is expected to be the lead single from Ryder’s forthcoming solo album and comes after he announced details of a UK and Ireland tour in March 2023.

The There’s Nothing But Space, Man! tour kicks off in Belfast March 17 and finishes up in Brighton on April 5. Other cities include Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Birmingham and London.

Speaking to Rolling Stone UK ahead of this year’s Eurovision, Ryder explained how the UK’s approach to the international music event had changed.

“I think there’s been a huge shift in our method,” he said. “It would be mad to not look at the mechanics of that, how we’re finding artists and getting that person onto the stage. What does that situation look like? Because, let’s be honest, what have we got to lose?”

He also spoke about about becoming a TikTok sensation in the first UK lockdown, where he raked in millions of views for his covers of Justin Bieber and Alicia Keys.

“In lockdown, I didn’t want to overthink music,” he said. “No gimmicks, bells and whistles, no distractions and obstacles. I just wanted someone to scroll and they’d see this guy red in the face from singing his head off, singing straight into the speaker of his phone. It was as simple as that.”