The Time Is Now (album)

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The Time Is Now
The Time Is Now.jpg
Studio album by
Released26 January 2018
  • Speakerbox
  • Insanity
  • RCA
Craig David chronology
Following My Intuition
The Time Is Now
Singles from The Time Is Now
  1. "Heartline"
    Released: 14 September 2017
  2. "I Know You"
    Released: 23 November 2017
  3. "Magic"
    Released: 6 April 2018[3]

The Time Is Now is the seventh studio album by British singer Craig David, released on 26 January 2018.[4][5] The album features guest appearances from JP Cooper, Bastille, AJ Tracey, Ella Mai, Kaytranada and GoldLink. The first single from the album, titled "Heartline", was released on 14 September 2017, through David's official YouTube account.

The album reached number two in the United Kingdom, making it David's fifth UK top 10 album.


On 15 September 2017, less than a year after the release of his comeback album Following My Intuition which became his first chart-topper for 16 years, David announced the follow-up, The Time Is Now. In an interview, David said: "If the last few years have taught me anything, it's that life can change in a moment and you've gotta make the most it! Just in the same way my life was flipped upside down all those years ago, I'm genuinely so grateful to be standing here today doing what I love the most." He went to say, "By doing the simple things that enrich my heart, I've found the same magic that got me into making music as a kid.The motivation and inspiration behind this album was all down to the huge realisation that even when I wasn't as focused, there were amazing lessons to be learnt."[6]

The album features collaborations with Bastille, AJ Tracey, Kaytranada and GoldLink.[7]


The first single from the album, "Heartline", was released on 14 September 2017, and peaked at 24 in the UK. The second single, "I Know You", featuring the British band Bastille, was released on 23 November 2017, and was commercially more successful than his recent singles, peaking at five in the UK.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores

The Time Is Now received mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 56 based on 12 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

The Time Is Now reached number two on the UK Albums Chart, debuting with sales of 16,874 copies, behind the soundtrack of The Greatest Showman.[9]


Craig David will embark on a tour and make appearances at music festivals around England, the United States, the Middle East and Europe to promote the album.[10]

Date City State or county Venue TS5 or full band
12 January 2018 Miami Florida The Ground TS5
13 January 2018 Chicago Illinois 1st Ward Events
15 January 2018 New York Manhattan The Bowery Ballroom
17 January 2018 Los Angeles California Roxy Theatre
18 January 2018 Las Vegas Nevada TAO Nightclub
19 January 2018 San Francisco California Slim's
2 February 2018 London Kingston upon Thames The Hippodrome TS5
Middle East
8 February 2018 Dubai Dubai Media City Red Fest TS5
10 April 2018 Austria Mayrhofen Snowboming Festival TS5
27 May 2018 Portsmouth Cosham Mutiny Festival TS5
9 June 2018 London Wembley Stadium, Wembley Summertime Ball TBA
15 June 2018 Liverpool Aintree Aintree Racecourse Full Band

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
1."Magic"Tre Jean-Marie2:52
2."Heartline"Jonas Blue3:12
3."Brand New"Steve Mac2:44
4."Going On"
Fraser T Smith3:24
5."Love Me Like It's Yesterday"
Fraser T Smith3:32
6."For the Gram"Diztortion3:54
7."Get Involved" (featuring JP Cooper)
Tre Jean-Marie3:09
8."I Know You" (featuring Bastille)
  • David
  • Dan Smith
  • Thorneycroft-Smith
  • Helen "Carmen Reece" Culver
Fraser T Smith3:34
9."Live in the Moment" (featuring GoldLink)
  • Tre Jean-Marie[a]
10."Love Will Come Around"
  • David
  • Josiah Dixon
  • Thorneycroft-Smith
  • Tyrell Paul
Fraser T Smith3:14
11."Somebody Like Me" (featuring AJ Tracey)Blonde2:54
  • David
  • Furner
  • Thorneycroft-Smith
  • Tyrell Paul
Fraser T Smith2:56
Total length:38:31


  • ^[a] signifies a vocal producer.


Chart (2018) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[12] 43
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 77
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[14] 128
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[15] 91
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[16] 56
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[17] 97
Irish Albums (IRMA)[18] 53
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[19] 2
Scottish Albums (OCC)[20] 9
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[21] 47
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 75
UK Albums (OCC)[23] 2

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label
United Kingdom 26 January 2018 Digital download
  • Speakerbox
  • Insanity
  • Sony


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  2. ^ Hodgkinson, Will (26 January 2018). "Pop review: Craig David: The Time is Now". The Times. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  3. ^ "BBC – Radio 1 – Playlist". BBC Radio 1. Archived from the original on 13 April 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Craig David releases new single 'Heartline' and announces new album and tour". NME. 15 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Craig David Releases New Single 'Heartline', Announces New Album 'The Time Is Now'". Capital XTRA. 15 September 2017.
  6. ^ Kelly, Emma (15 September 2017). "Craig David announces seventh album and drops brand new single". Metro. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  7. ^ Renshaw, David (15 September 2017). "Craig David Announces New Album The Time Is Now". The FADER. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Reviews for The Time Is Now by Craig David". Metacritic. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  9. ^ Myers, Justin (2 February 2018). "The Greatest Showman denies Craig David a third Number 1 album". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Craig David Tour 2018". Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  11. ^ "CDJapan : The Time Is Now Craig David CD Album". (in Japanese). Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  12. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 5 February 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  13. ^ " – Craig David – The Time Is Now" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  14. ^ " – Craig David – The Time Is Now" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  15. ^ "Czech Albums – Top 100". ČNS IFPI. Note: On the chart page, select 201805 on the field besides the word "Zobrazit", and then click over the word to retrieve the correct chart data. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  16. ^ " – Craig David – The Time Is Now" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  17. ^ " – Craig David – The Time Is Now" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  18. ^ "Irish Albums Chart: 2 February 2018". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  19. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 5 February 2018. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  20. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  21. ^ "Top 100 Albumes – Semana 5: del 26.1.2018 al 1.2.2018" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  22. ^ " – Craig David – The Time Is Now". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 February 2018.
  23. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 February 2018.