The official music video for the song was directed by Sophie Muller. The song was also featured on The Vampire Diaries episode “The Sun Also Rises”, which aired on 5 May 2011. “Skinny Love” peaked at number 1 in the Netherlands. It also featured in an episode of Being Human, and was sung by Birdy on The Ellen DeGeneres Show; the episode aired on 20 March 2012.
Since then, Birdy has covered a number of songs, including “The A Team” by Ed Sheeran and The xx’s “Shelter”. On 19 July 2011, Birdy performed in BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. In the session, she performed both “Shelter” and “The A Team”.
Her cover of “Shelter” was also featured on The Vampire Diaries episode “The End of the Affair”, which aired on 29 September 2011. Her eponymous debut album of cover versions (plus one original track) was released on 7 November 2011; the album peaked at No. 13 in the UK, No. 40 in Ireland and number 1 in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Australia.
On 21 December 2011, Birdy received a Golden Single from 3FM during Serious Request in the Netherlands for selling more than 25,000 copies from her debut album.
She promptly donated it to be auctioned online. A day later, Birdy received a Golden Single from Studio Brussel during Music for Life in Belgium for selling more than 15,000 copies from her debut album. She also donated it to be auctioned online, it was sold for €1,980.
In August 2012 her debut album peaked at number one in Australia, while the singles “Skinny Love” and “People Help the People” peaked at numbers 2 and 10 respectively. 7 August 2012, Birdy released her “Live in London” EP, which contains 8 songs. This includes her cover of Ed Sheeran’s “The A Team” and her song from The Hunger Games soundtrack, “Just a Game”.
On 29 August 2012 Birdy performed Antony Hegarty’s song “Bird Gerhl” (from Antony and the Johnsons’ I Am a Bird Now album), in the opening ceremony of the London Paralympic Games. On 16 February 2013 Birdy sang at Sanremo Music Festival 2013, the most popular Italian music festival broadcast by RAI.
2013-present: Fire Within, and other endeavors
Birdy announced the release of her second studio album, entitled “Fire Within”, via a YouTube video on 10 July 2013. The video included footage of Birdy in the studio along with a preview of two songs, “Wings” and “No Angel”, which are both featured on the album.
The first official single, “Wings”, was released on 22 July 2013 and a second song, “All You Never Say”, was sent to subscribers of Birdy’s mailing list and posted on YouTube on 15 August 2013. The song Wings was also featured on The Vampire Diaries episode “Home”, which aired on 15 May 2014.
The album was released in the UK and other surrounding countries on 23 September 2013 and has so far achieved mostly positive reviews. In North America, the album was released on 3 June 2014. A subsequent EP titled Breathe was released on 16 October in its place.
Birdy contributed three songs to the soundtrack for the movie The Fault in Our Stars: “Tee Shirt”, “Best shot” (with Jaymes Young) and “Not About Angels”.
Videos for both have been officially released. In March 2012, Birdy was one of the artists who contributed to The Hunger Games film soundtrack with her single “Just a Game”.In June 2012, Birdy contributed the song “Learn Me Right” with Mumford & Sons to the Pixar film Brave for which she received her first Grammy Award nomination.
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