Sea Shanty TikTok Star Nathan Evans Lands Deal With Polydor Records
Sea shanty TikTok star Nathan Evans has landed himself a deal with Polydor Records, having rocketed to viral fame with the tune.
The 26-year-old Scottish postman's cover of The Longest Johns' 'Wellerman' went viral last month, even setting off its very own #ShantyTok trend on TikTok.
The cover became such a hit, that it led to a 7,000 percent rise in Spotify streams of the original folk song between 23 December and 13 January.
And now Evans' version has been officially released on Polydor as his debut single.
Announcing the huge news on TikTok, Evans said: "See how I was a postman on Friday? I have just signed to the biggest record label in the world. I have just signed a deal with Polydor Records. I've done it. It's done and I'm releasing a single."
As well as a new recording of Evans' cover version, the 'Wellerman 220Kid & Killen Ted Remix' - which then went viral as well - is also out now.
Paul Hourican, Head of UK Music Operations at TikTok, said: "Watching Nathan's brilliant and original videos inspire our community and kick start a global trend, demonstrates the power of TikTok.
"He's a talented musician and we are delighted that he has found such a great label partner in Polydor. We look forward to working more with Nathan and his team and are excited to see what comes next."
Evans, from Airdrie, Scotland, revealed last week that he'd decided to hang up his postal sack, stepping down from his role as a Royal Mail worker to bask in the success of his sea shanty.
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Speaking to BBC Scotland's The Nine, he said: "Just today I have had to say to my boss 'I am so sorry but I cannot come back', I am inundated with opportunities.
"I am no longer a postman as of tonight.
"The shout is to record some sea shanties properly and get them out as records and then keep going with my TikTok and my social media."
His tune morphed into a super-meme when it was deep-faked onto the viral photo of four lads on a night out.
Some clever sod managed to turn it into a clip of the friends singing the sea shanty - and, as you'd imagine, the internet LOVED IT.
Thankfully, the foursome said they'd taken it all in good humour.
Speaking to LADbible, Kevin Rooney, Alex Lacey, Jamie Phillips and Connor Humpage discussed what it's been like to be at the centre of such bizarre attention.
Asked if they were OK with the memes, Connor said: "Yeah we've got to be, ain't we?
"Taking the p*ss out of us having like skinny jeans. Well yeah, I'm 6ft 4ins man, I've got skinny legs."
However, Jamie added that some people seem to think they actually sang the sea shanty.
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