Will Young has spent the last two decades at the forefront of pop after bursting onto the scene in 2002 as the original winner of Pop Idol. Hits such as Leave Right Now and Jealousy followed along with four #1 and two #2 chart topping albums, two BRIT Awards and four UK number one singles. An acting career blossomed concurrently, with roles on stage and screen and presenting gigs on TV and radio, including regular cover for Jo Whiley on BBC Radio 2. Will’s new album Crying On The Bathroom Floor is released 6 Aug 2021 via Cooking Vinyl and his new book To Be A Gay Man is available now via Penguin Books.
Of the new record, Young says: “I’ve always enjoyed singing other people’s songs. There is a liberation to it. It’s how I feel when I approach a script. I have reverence for the piece of art and the artist who created it. After 18 years of recording and performing a lot of original material, I loved the idea of creating an album that celebrates some of the modern female artists I so admire in pop. In today’s times it’s so much easier and accepted to occupy other genders, ideas and explore new avenues. I wanted to understand what it might be like to sing their lyrics; a song about a boy called Daniel; crying on the bathroom floor, feeling like Elizabeth Taylor. This is not a covers album as such, well certainly not in the standard way. I wanted to bring songs from female artists who I admire into a new arena.“
“These might be other people’s songs, but Crying On The Bathroom Floor is very much Will Young embodying and challenging the spirit in which they were created to make them his own, just like he was doing right back at the start. In many ways he has come beautifully full circle. ”Music OMH
“The fact he is able to celebrate his sexuality now means these songs transcend the bog-standard cover version and become something far more moving... it’s testament to Young’s emotional maturity, along with his pop savvy, that this does stand as an album in its own right.”The Independent
“There is an intriguing new light cast when he interprets these songs written by women.”Evening Standard