Richie Campbell (singer)

Ricardo Dias de Lima Ventura da Costa (born 1986), more commonly known by his stagename Richie Campbell, is a Portuguese R&B, dancehall and reggae singer. He is considered a leading figure in the Portuguese music scene.[1]

Richie Campbell
Richie Campbell in 2014
Richie Campbell in 2014
Background information
Birth nameRicardo Dias de Lima Ventura da Costa
Caxias, Portugal
Genresreggae, dancehall, R&B[1]
Years active2010-present
LabelsSony Music
Bridgetown Records
Associated actsMishlawi, Agent Sasco, Romain Virgo, Plutónio, Kymani Marley, Sara Tavares, Anthony B, Jesse Royal

Early life and career beginningsEdit

Richie Campbell was born Ricardo Dias de Lima Ventura da Costa, in the city of Lisbon.[2] His musical career started with the band Stepacide;[3] during that time he was also part of the project No Joke Sound System. He eventually left both projects so he could focus on his solo career. In 2010 he made his debut with the mixtape My Path, along with the homonymous EP Richie Campbell.[4] In 2011, he became the first artist to fill Campo Pequeno without being signed to any recording label.[4]

Focused and international projectionEdit

The release of his debut album Focused in 2012[5] gave the artist international projection,[3] with the track "That's How We Roll" standing out and being nominated at the 2013 Portuguese Golden Globes, in the "Best Music" category.[6] The Focused Tour started in 2012; his last concert in Lisbon was recorded live at Campo Pequeno and released in CD and DVD in 2014.[7] Richie Campbell was nominated for the MTV Europe Music Award for Best Portuguese Act at the 2013 and at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards.[8]

On 4 May 2015, Campbell released his second studio album In the 876 without prior announcement.[9] In the 876 was recorded in Kingston and Lisbon, its name being a reference to the Jamaican phone indicative.[10]

In May 2016 Campbell released "Do You No Wrong", as part of the upcoming mixtape Lisboa.[11] The single was certified platinum[6] and was nominated for a Portuguese Golden Globe, in the "Best Music" category.[6] Since then, Campbell has smoothly transitioned from reggae to R&B and dancehall as a reflex of Lisbon's growing music culture. That was a year of reinvention to Campbell, marked by the collaboration with the kizomba artist Nelson Freitas in “Break of Dawn”, the release of a remix of Rihanna's hit “Work”, and the success of “Do You Know Wrong”.[citation needed]

Lisboa, produced by Lhast, was released in December 2017 as a tribute to the city and its sound. "Heaven", co-produced by Campbell, "Midnight in Lisbon", "Water" and "Slowly" were the singles from the mixtape. Following this release, Campbell had his first gig at the Altice Arena, the country's biggest venue, in early 2018.[12]

Lisboa was the most streamed album of 2018, in Portugal, and was the album with more certified singles (3 Platinum, 1 Gold).[citation needed]


Richie Campbell's earlier career predominantly focused on reggae, and he became the biggest name in the genre to come out of Portugal.[1] In an early interview, Campbell named Tarrus Riley and Garnett Silk as inspirations for his work.[13] In recent years, the artist has taken a step back from the genre, having explained that "Reggae is not in its best phase and, as a consumer, I'm not indifferent to that".[14] The recording of Lisboa was a period of transition for Campbell, that saw him starting to incorporate elements from dancehall and R&B in his work.[11]



  • My Path (CD, 2010)
  • Focused (CD, 2012)[5]
  • Live at Campo Pequeno (CD+DVD, 2014)
  • In the 876 (2015)[9]
  • Lisboa (2017)


  • Richie Campbell (2010)


  • "Talk Sweet", "Society", "Inna Jamaica" featuring Mellow Mood, "Sacrifice My Life", "Whoa", "More than Air", "It Takes a Revolucion" featuring Anthony B, "Think About Life", "Hate on Me Now", "I'm Going", "Gonna Leave You", "Angel Is by My Side" featuring Turbulence, "Good for Me", "Chill", "Get with You", "Missing You", "Love Story", "What a Day", "Love Me So", "All About You", "Piece of Bread", "Don't Panic", "Please", "Nah Run Again"
  • "Everytime I Cry" (2010)
  • "Blame It on Me" (2011)
  • "That's How We Roll" (2012)
  • "Love Is an Addiction" featuring Ikaya (2012)
  • "Focused" featuring Dengaz (2012)
  • "Man Don't Cry" (2014)
  • "420" (2014)
  • "Best Friend" (2015)
  • "Do You No Wrong" (2016)
  • "Love Donald Duck" (2017)
  • "Heaven" (2017)
  • "Midnight In Lisbon" (2017)


  • Boohoo - Mishlawi ft. Richie Campbell; 2016
  • Rain - Mishlawi ft. Richie Campbell, Plutónio; 2018


  1. ^ a b c Correia, Gonçalo (29 November 2018). "Richie Campbell: "O reggae é mais do que um género musical. Na Jamaica, é uma ferramenta para sair da pobreza"" (in Portuguese). Observador. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  2. ^ Azevedo, Miguel (24 January 2018). "Richie Campbell: "Quando entrei no mercado da música sentia-me um pouco desenquadrado"" (in Portuguese). Correio da Manhã. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b Jackson, Kevin (14 February 2013). "Richie Campbell keeps the focus on reggae". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b Judas, Miguel (27 December 2017). "Richie Campbell homenageia a cidade que o viu crescer" (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  5. ^ a b Colaço, Pedro (13 November 2012). "Richie Campbell: álbum de estreia chega a 3 de dezembro" (in Portuguese). Blitz. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  6. ^ a b c Lusa (21 September 2017). "Cantor Richie Campbell vai atuar no Meo Arena em fevereiro" (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  7. ^ Cruz, Samuel (5 December 2014). "Richie Campbell lança CD e DVD este mês". MTV Portugal (in Portuguese). Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  8. ^ Cruz, Samuel (4 May 2015). "Richie Campbell lança álbum de surpresa". MTV Portugal (in Portuguese). Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  9. ^ a b "Richie Campbell lança disco surpresa e conquista o top de vendas" (in Portuguese). Sol. 4 May 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  10. ^ Stein, Gardy (5 April 2015). "Album-Review: Richie Campbell - In the 876". Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  11. ^ a b Correia, Gonçalo (2 January 2018). "Richie Campbell, um artista em transformação" (in Portuguese). Sábado. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  12. ^ Vieira, Mário Rui (3 February 2018). "O inverno de Richie Campbell é mais quente do que o nosso. Uma noite entre amigos na Altice Arena" (in Portuguese). Blitz. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  13. ^ Gomes, André (30 December 2010). "Quase Famosos - Richie Campbell" (in Portuguese). Blitz. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  14. ^ Pinheiro, Davide (1 February 2018). "Richie Campbell. "A única forma de explicar estas influências é Lisboa"" (in Portuguese). Jornal i. Retrieved 18 September 2019.

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