Stop Living the Lie

David Sneddon

About Stop Living the Lie

"Stop Living the Lie" it the debut single by Scottish singer-songwriter David Sneddon. It was released through Mercury Records on 13 January 2003. The single was released on 13 January 2003 and, during its first week, it charted at number one on the UK Singles Chart as well as reaching number five in Ireland. The song was from his UK Albums Chart No. 5 hit, Seven Years – Ten Weeks. Sneddon performed the song on the BBC's Fame Academy show, which he went on to win in December 2002. Both the CD and cassette editions featured the radio edit of the song, a cover of Wet Wet Wet's "Goodnight Girl", and an acoustic version of Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me", a song he performed live during the Fame Academy final shows. 


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David Sneddon

David Sneddon (born 15 September 1978) is a Scottish singer-songwriter. He has performed on television, radio and theatre. Sneddon won the first BBC series of Fame Academy in 2002 and released his first single "Stop Living the Lie" in 2003 which was a number one hit single selling over 250,000 copies, which made it the 12th highest selling single of 2002. Seven Years – Ten Weeks, Sneddon's album released in April 2003 contained his own compositions and entered the UK Albums Chart at No. 5. He also had three further UK Singles Chart singles - "Don't Let Go" No.3, "Best of Order" No.19, "Baby Get Higher" No.39. His song "Baby Get Higher" has since been a hit on the dance floor for Almighty Records and also a chart hit for Dutch singer VanVelzen in 2006. Sneddon… more »

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Singer and Songwriter
"Stop Living the Lie" is a song by Scottish singer and songwriter, David Sneddon. Sneddon is not just celebrated for his vocal talent, but also for his songwriting skills.
Fame Academy
The song emerged shortly after Sneddon won the BBC talent show "Fame Academy" in 2002, catapulting him into the limelight.
Released Date and Album
"Stop Living the Lie" was released on January 13, 2003, as the second single from Sneddon's debut studio album, "Seven Years - Ten Weeks."
Chart Performance
Within just one week of its release, the song marched to top the UK Singles Chart, proving its popularity and the public's reception. It earned Sneddon his first and only number 1 hit on the UK Charts.
Sales and Certification
The single sold over 250,000 copies within its first year and was certified as a Silver Record by the British Phonographic Industry.
Music Video
The song's music video features Sneddon performing the song on a gray, barren landscape under a stormy sky, highlighting the song's melancholic and emotive undertones.
Personal Involvement
Sneddon co-wrote "Stop Living the Lie" with his songwriting partner, Scott Shields. This further manifests Sneddon's role as not only a performer but an active contributor to the creative process of his music.
Genre and Style
The song incorporates piano and string instrumentals and stick closely to Sneddon's pop-rock genre, punctuated by his unique vocal style.
Emotional Content
The lyrics of the song talks about the struggles of pretending to be fine when one is hurting inside, effectively resonating with many of its listeners.
Lyrical Emphasis
The lyrics "'Cause I know you can make it, you've got the strength inside to break it. You gotta stop, stop living the lie" inspire listeners to face their problems head-on and be truthful to themselves, making it a notable anthem of personal transformation.

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