Tom Odell has said it was his decision to delay releasing his debut album.
Long Way Down has finally been released but was initially meant to come out just after the Brits, when Tom won the Critics' Choice award.
"It was my decision," the 22-year-old said, rebutting the suggestion it was because Hold Me, the single which came out in March, failed to make the Top 40.
"It feels as though more people have got to know me and the songs since then."
Tom, who is the first signing on Lily Allen's label, said: "Everything feels less rushed now, less frantic, people know what the music is about, and being able to tour so much before the album is released has been beneficial too."
Tom locked himself in the room the label had rented to write and record the album.
"That was 10am to 6pm every day, not going outside or talking to anyone. No one should spend that much time on their own, writing about their feelings. It's not good for you," he said.
:: Tom Odell's debut album Long Way Down is out now.