Published on March 3rd, 2022 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Conor Maynard On His Latest Single “I Wanna Dance WIth Somebody,” Future Plans, Touring, Going Independent & More

A successful actor, musician, author and online personality, Brighton, England native Conor Maynard made further international waves when his debut album Contrast secured the #1 spot on the UK charts. Beyond Contrast spawned 5 UK Top 10 singles, musical career highlights for Maynard include world tours, awards, collaborations with Pharrell Williams, The Invisible Men and Rita Ora, the mentorship of multi-Grammy-winner Ne-Yo, and starring in the Broadway show Kinky Boots. In March 2020, having spent a decade signed to a major label and achieving global success, Maynard stepped out on his own as an independent artist — and just one week later, the UK went into lockdown.

A YouTube pioneer, Conor Maynard was arguably one of the first home-grown talents to transition from online to “IRL” pop-stardom. In 2021, over a one-year period, he racked up over 300 million streams across Spotify and Apple Music without any major player backing. His YouTube channel has amassed 12.6 million subscribers and 2.5 billion views, while Spotify streams of his music are fast-approaching 2 billion. He has also quickly become the 8th most followed TikTok music account in the UK, despite only joining the platform in 2020. His latest single release is a reinterpretation of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance WIth Somebody,” as released last month, while his recent single “What I Put Your Through” — a bold artistic statement for Maynard — reached #40 on the UK Singles Chart.

On March 3, 2022, I had the pleasure of speaking with Conor Maynard via Zoom, as embedded below. We spoke about his recent singles, his upcoming 2022 tour plans, having a multi-faceted career, and plenty more. Additional info on Maynard can be found online by clicking here, here and here.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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