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Friday 1 August 2014

Video: X Factor's Matt Cardle charms fans at Belfast album launch

31.10.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDMatt Cardle pictured yesterday in HMV Donegal Arcade signing copies of his new album 'The Fire.' Shelton Leckey aged 15
31.10.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDMatt Cardle pictured yesterday in HMV Donegal Arcade signing copies of his new album 'The Fire.' Shelton Leckey aged 15
31.10.12. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALDMatt Cardle pictured yesterday in HMV Donegal Arcade signing copies of his new album 'The Fire.' Shelton Leckey aged 15

Matt Cardle popped into HMV's Belfast store at Donegall Arcade yesterday to sign copies of his new album The Fire.

The album is the follow up album to Matt’s platinum selling debut Letters.

On the latest album Matt has co-written nine of the ten tracks alongside Starsailor frontman James Walsh and Eg White, whose previous credits include Adele and Will Young.

Cardle won the the X Factor in 2010

He has revealed how his own heartache acted as inspiration for his new album The Fire.

The singer was dating dancer Sarah Robinson when he won The X Factor in 2010, and the couple lived together for over a year before they split.

"The main inspiration was the break-up of the relationship at the time. The album is about that essentially," he admitted.

He added: "I fell in love during the show. Through mistakes that I've made and other situations, we just fell apart and the whole album is about that."

Matt also parted ways with his record label Columbia Records around the same time, to join up with So Recordings for The Fire, which he also produced.

"I got to record the album myself, I got to play a lot of instruments myself and produce it which was an amazing experience," he revealed.

"This is why we moved, so I could have the freedom to do that. I've always done that in the past - when I was writing for my solo albums and with my band, the others would play the instruments."

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