Jahmene Douglas is expected to debut at No. 1 in the U.K. with his first album, “Love Never Fails,” according to an Official Charts Company report that was published on July 24, 2013. The Official Charts Company will announced the official chart debut position for the album on July 27, 2013. “Love Never Fails” is expected to knock Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” album off of the No. 1 spot in the U.K., where “Blurred Lines” debuted at No. 1 in the previous week.
As previously reported, the “Love Never Fails” album, which is a collection of cover songs, was released in the U.K. and Ireland on July 22, 2013. There is currently no U.S. release date for “Love Never Fails.”
Douglas came in second place on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2012. Before he auditioned for “The X Factor,” he was a shelf stacker at Asda. As a thank you to his former employer and all the support that Asda gave him when he was on “The X Factor,” he did several autograph sessions at Asda locations in England, including the location in Swindon Hayden where he used to work.
He is also did a concert at St. James Church in London on July 18, 2013. On July 24, 2013, he performed Beyoncé’s “Halo” on ITV’s “This Morning.” And on July 31, 2013, he is performing at Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel in Manchester, England.
Douglas (who is signed to Sony Music’s RCA Records) is one of several “X Factor” U.K. finalists from 2012 who have signed record deals with Sony Music. The other former contestants from 2012 who are signed to Sony Music are winner James Arthur, boy band Union J (fourth place), Ella Henderson (sixth place) and Lucy Spraggan (ninth place).
On Douglas’ album “Love Never Fails,” “The X Factor” U.K. judge Nicole Scherzinger, who was Douglas’ “X Factor” mentor, is featured with him on a cover version of “The Greatest Love of All,” a song that was a big hit for Whitney Houston in 1986. Another Houston song, 2009’s “I Look to You,” is on the album.
Other hits that are covered on the album include Coldplay’s “Fix You,” Beyoncé’s “Halo,” Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel,” David Guetta’s “Titanium” and Emeli Sandé’s “Next to Me.”
Here is the complete track listing for “Love Never Fails”:
1. Fix You
2. The Greatest Love of All (featuring Nicole Scherzinger)
3. His Eye Is on the Sparrow
5. Forever Young
6. Give Us This Day
9. I Look to You
10. Next to Me
Douglas has done a music video for “Titanium,” which is the first single from “Love Never Fails.”
In October 2012, Douglas opened up about his painful past of his family being terrorized by his violent and abusive father. In an interview with The Sun, Jahmene talked about how his father, Eustace Douglas, once imprisoned Jahmene’s mother, Mandy Wood, for three days and tortured her, including using a blowtorch on her. Jahmene also said that he believes that the constant abuse in their household drove one of his brothers to commit suicide. Jahmene currently has one brother and one sister.
Jahmene, who is painfully shy and is known for his nervous giggle, suffers from panic attacks, which he has said has a lot to do with the stress he experienced from living in fear of his father’s violent outbursts.
Douglas told The Sun: “Every day, I thought, ‘I’m going to die today.’ It was just torture. It would turn my stomach every time I saw my father. I was living in fear. He would flip over anything — you didn’t lie, you didn’t swear, you didn’t put a foot out of place. But he’d always find something. Then you’d never know what he would do. There was a spectrum of things: Hitting you with a belt or a spatula, beating or strangling you. Once, because I bit my nails, he put a knife under my nail until it started bleeding. Another time he stopped me from eating for two days. I was about 7 or 8.”
In more recent interviews, Douglas said that many of the songs on “Love Never Fails” were chosen as inspirational messages for other survivors of abuse.
On July 24, 2013, Scherzinger tweeted: “I couldn’t be more proud of my @JahmeneDouglas…God Bless you sweet pea , God is shining down on you.”
On the same day, Douglas tweeted a photo of himself and Scherzinger with this accompanying message: “This woman has been a beacon of light in my life, guiding me through with such positivity, honesty and by always keeping it real. She never fails to make laugh and has taught me much by being a friend. Through her .. “Love never fails” who never fails in your life to be that vessel of love no matter what ? xo”
He later added: “Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you #loveneverfails <3 love to you all !!!!!!!!!”