Perhaps one of the biggest surprises of 2012 wasn't Paloma Faith's choice of colourful dresses and headgear, but the fact her second album didn't make it to #1 in the album charts.
"Whatever!!", you may cry - but second place to Gary Barlow's "Sing"? In a year when the Olympics owned everything, it seemed as though the fever caused by the Diamond Jubilee was also casting a ruling vote over the public's musical choice. Tellingly, some 9 months after its release, Faith's album is still in the Top 20 while Mr Barlow's is someway further behind (i.e. not in the Top 100).
She's also still selling an impressive number of tickets to her shows. Her schedule in 2013 is a mixture of festival appearances (Isle of Wight and Henley), outdoor gatherings (a swathe of Forestry Commission Live headliners) and a UK tour in June. "Fall to Grace" has spent 40 weeks in the listings and, just to drive home the point, she's releasing a new single, "Black and Blue", on 11th March.
In association with the O2 Academy's YouTube page, she's released an exclusive live performance of the song, taken from her recent appearance in Manchester. There are also little snippets of Paloma getting all glammed-up before the show plus a belting performance of said song.
For more exclusive O2 Academy TV clips, visit: www.youtube.com/user/O2AcademyTV
If you want to catch Paloma Faith live this year, you'll need to be quick. Tickets are currently only available for headliners in Bournemouth on 5th June (standing only - £22.50), London's O2 Arena on 7th June (standing and seats, from £22.50) and her Forestry show at BedgeburyPinetum in Kent on 21st June (£32). All others, apart from the festivals, have sold out.