After five years of finding success across Europe, Azerbaijani singer Emin cracked the UK music market in 2010 with his first British release Wonder.
Due to perform in his home country during this year's Eurovision Song Contest and with his new album After The Thunder out next week, Digital Spy met up with him to find out what we can expect from the LP and what makes a winning Eurovision entry.
Your new album After The Thunder is out next week. Are you feeling nervous yet?
"I'm very excited about the whole thing. I've spent two years writing and recording here for this album. I wrote the tracks in Moscow and then brought them over for production. It's difficult to divide time between two countries with a family, but it's an exciting challenge."
Why were you so keen to record the LP in the UK?
"I've always said that the UK is a trendsetter for the rest of Europe and sometimes the United States. I worked with Brian Rawling on the album and a number of other writers that have had number ones all over the world. There's no recipe to writing a hit, but they have the closest thing to it!"
You're often labelled by the press as the new Michael Bublé. Does that annoy you?
"I'll be honest, ballads are my thing more than dance records. I love uptempo songs though - I find them easier to perform on stage. The dance tracks on this album relate to me a lot better than on my last album Wonder. This time it's mature dance with a meaning and a real story. I think it's very different to Micheal Bublé this time, but I understand why there were comparisons before."
After The Thunder is a curious title for a record. What's the meaning behind it?
"I'm glad you mentioned that, because the label originally wanted to call it Higher after the first single 'Baby Get Higher'. I didn't think it said anything meaningful and this album is very personal to me. It captures intimacy and a lot of hidden emotion. You never know what's after the thunder, it could be sun or rain."
Now you're focused on releasing music in the UK, are there any British artists you'd like to work with?
"Adele would be the obvious choice, but who wouldn't like to sing with her? I like collaborating with songwriters, but I can't see myself doing a duet with anyone any time soon. I don't have a direction for it - a duet should happen organically. The best duets are the ones that happen because they make the song better and more special."
You're performing at this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Are you excited?
"I was originally offered a presenting role but eventually we agreed a special performance during the interval. We're preparing something amazing. Eurovision is enormous exposure and a once- in-a-lifetime opportunity as it's being hosted by my home country. I leaned towards performing because I'm a singer, not a presenter. I don't want to confuse anybody! Maybe I can present it next time if I'm a more established artist."
There must be a lot of national pride in Azerbaijan this year...
"There's loads, especially as it's a small country. When we won last year, the entire city were partying in the streets all night. Everyone in the country was watching. It's a great opportunity for my country to get noticed - I couldn't be more proud!"
Why do you think the UK always does so badly?
"You might have a chance with Englebert! I love him - I had dinner with him recently and he had so many stories to tell about Elvis. The UK hasn't been taking it seriously enough and that's why they're always losing. It's the biggest music show in the world - you can't not take it seriously."
It's tricky when there are a lot of silly acts on there...
"Over a billion watch the whole thing in total, you can't say you don't care. Englebert is an interesting choice; he's an incredible performer. His track is a little left-field and personally I'm a bit unsure of it, but for Eurovision you never know what's right. We'll have to wait and see."
Emin's new album After The Thunder is out May 28. The singer will be performing at this year's Eurovision Song Contest final on May 26 in Azerbaijan.
Watch the music video for his latest track 'Never Enough below:
Emin - Never Enough (Video) on MUZU.TV.