A new song by the pop star was played for the first time on radio, following her recent revelation that she vanished from the spotlight after she was drugged, raped and held captive for days. Something Beautiful was aired on Jo Whiley’s BBC Radio 2 programme on Thursday night after the presenter said that Duffy had sent in the track after writing to the show. In a statement to accompany the song, Duffy said: “You may have read the words I wrote a few weeks back. I feel freer.
“I wanted to follow it up with a spoken interview, but it’s harder than I thought.
“I’ll follow up in writing soon…It’s just something for you to play people on the radio during these troubling times, if you like the song of course, if it lifts spirits.
“I don’t plan to release it. I just thought a little something might be nice for people if they’re at home, if they’re on lockdown. Loads of love to you.” The song is Duffy’s first original work for more than a decade.
Last month the Welsh singer, 35, whose full name is Aimee Anne Duffy, said in an Instagram post that she had been raped and held captive, adding that her fans wondered “where did I disappear to”.
She said: “Of course I survived. The recovery took time. There’s no light way to say it. But I can tell you in the last decade, the thousands and thousands of days I committed to wanting to feel the sunshine in my heart again, the sun does now shine.”
The new title, which will not be available commercially, is a love song that features her familiar booming soulful voice and retro backing that made her into one of the country’s biggest stars.
She had the UK’s best-selling album of 2008 with hits including Mercy, Warwick Avenue and Rain On Your Parade.
The following year she became the first woman to win three Brit Awards on the same night.
But after that she disappeared from the celebrity spotlight following the release of her second album in 2010.
She briefly re-emerged with a cameo role in the 2015 film Legend and had two songs on the soundtrack.
But they were covers of tunes by Willie Nelson and Hank Cochran rather than originals.
The new song prompts hopes among her fans that Duffy will launch a long-awaited comeback, with bookmakers offering just 10/11 odds-on that she will have a No1 single this year.
Alex Apati, of Ladbrokes, said: “Duffy might be about to rain on the parade of the likes of Lewis Capaldi and Ed Sheeran if the latest odds are anything to go by with a No1 single seemingly on the cards.”
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