Alex da Kid

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Alex da Kid
Birth name Alexander Grant
Also known as Alex Grant
Born (1982-08-07) August 7, 1982 (age 32)
Bristol, England
Origin Wood Green, London, England
Genres Alternative rock, hip hop, pop, R&B
Occupation(s) Record producer, record executive
Instruments Keyboard, drum machine, sampler
Years active 2008–present
Labels KIDinaKORNER, Interscope
Associated acts Imagine Dragons, Jamie N Commons, Skylar Grey, X Ambassadors
Website alexdakid.com

Alexander Grant (born 27 August 1982), professionally known as Alex da Kid, is a British music producer from Wood Green, London. He has gained recognition for producing several hit singles for a plethora amount of artists in various music genres, such as Dr. Dre ("I Need a Doctor"), Nicki Minaj ("Massive Attack"), B.o.B ("Airplanes" featuring Hayley Williams), Eminem ("Love the Way You Lie" featuring Rihanna) and Imagine Dragons ("Radioactive").

Even though he now lives in Los Angeles, The Evening Standard named him one of "London's Most Influential People in 2011." He has been nominated for numerous Grammy Awards including "Album of the Year". for his work on Rihanna's Loud. His record label, KIDinaKORNER, is under the umbrella of Interscope Records.[1][2]

In July 2013, Grant (as owner of KIDinaKORNER Records) was chosen by Billboard Magazine for their "Top 40 Under 40" of the year.[3]

Early life[edit]

Grant was a professional footballer, playing for Bristol City[4] until when, at 19 years of age, his friend introduced him to the digital music editing software Fruity Loops, which prompted an interest in music production.[5] He then attended University of West London to study towards a master's degree in audio technology, now called MA Advanced Music Technology.

Universal Music Publishing Group's Jessica Rivera first heard about him through Grant's lawyer Scott Felcher.[6] On request Grant sent Rivera some of his music, and the publishing executive later related her reactions to HitQuarters: "It hit me right away that this dude had something different to bring to the table ... He wasn't just straight up hip-hop – his sound was very different and transcended genres."[6]

KIDinaKORNER[edit]

KIDinaKORNER
Parent company Universal Music Group
Founded 2011
Founder Alexander Grant
Status Active
Distributor(s) Interscope Geffen A&M
(US)
Universal Music Distribution
(WW)
Genre Various
Country of origin United States
Location Los Angeles, California
Official website KIDinaKORNER.com

In 2010, Alexander "Alex da Kid" Grant founded Wonderland Entertainment, a publishing and production company. On August 10, 2010, it was revealed he had signed American singer-songwriter Skylar Grey, to a publishing deal.[7][8][9] On June 1, 2011, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, a subsidiary of Universal Music Group announced Grant signed a joint venture deal to launch his label imprint, KIDinaKORNER.[10][11] The announcement came after Grant produced three of 2010's biggest singles, namely "Airplanes", "Love the Way You Lie and "Coming Home", as well as 2011's "I Need a Doctor". On June 14, 2011, KIDinaKORNER released Skylar Grey's debut single, titled "Dance Without You," via digital distribution.[12] In November 2011, Grant signed American rock band Imagine Dragons and in 2012, released their debut album, Night Visions.[13][14]

Artists[edit]

Act Year
signed
Releases
under the label
Skylar Grey 2010 3
Imagine Dragons 2011 6
Jamie N Commons 2012 1
X Ambassadors 2013 2

Releases[edit]

List of releases, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Year Artist Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
US AUS CAN GER IRL NZ SWE SWI UK
2012 Skylar Grey The Buried Sessions of Skylar Grey
Imagine Dragons Continued Silence
  • Released: February 14, 2012 (US)[15]
  • Label: Interscope, KIDinaKORNER
  • Formats: CD, digital download
40 86 20
Imagine Dragons Night Visions
  • Released: September 4, 2012 (US)[16]
  • Label: Interscope, KIDinaKORNER
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
2 4 3 6 3 5 7 9 2
  • US: 2,243,000[17]
  • CAN: 179,000[18]
  • World: 4,000,000
Imagine Dragons Hear Me
  • Released: November 25, 2012 (UK)[27]
  • Label: Interscope, KIDinaKORNER
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2013 Imagine Dragons The Archive EP
  • Released: February 12, 2013 (US)[28]
  • Label: Interscope, KIDinaKORNER
  • Formats: Digital download
134
Jamie N Commons Rumble and Sway
  • Released: March 5, 2013[29]
  • Label: Interscope, KIDinaKORNER
  • Formats: CD, digital download
X Ambassadors Love Songs Drug Songs
  • Released: May 7, 2013
  • Label: Interscope, KIDinaKORNER
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Imagine Dragons iTunes Session
  • Released: May 28, 2013 (US)[30]
  • Label: Interscope, KIDinaKORNER
  • Formats: Digital download
56
Skylar Grey Don't Look Down
  • Released: July 9, 2013
  • Label: Interscope, KIDinaKORNER
  • Formats: CD, digital download
8 25
Skylar Grey iTunes Session
  • Released: October 15, 2013
  • Label: Interscope, KIDinaKORNER
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2014 X Ambassadors The Reason
  • Released: April 22, 2014
  • Label: Interscope, KIDinaKORNER
  • Formats: Digital download
2015 Imagine Dragons Smoke + Mirrors
  • Released: February 17, 2015[31]
  • Label: Interscope, KIDinaKORNER
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or receive certification.

Production discography[edit]

Singles produced[edit]

List of singles as either producer or co-producer, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released, performing artists and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US US
R&B
US
Rap
AUS CAN FRA GER NZ SWE UK
"Hello Heartbreak"
(Michelle Williams)
2008 Unexpected
"Massive Attack"
(Nicki Minaj)
2010 122 65 non-album single
"Airplanes"
(B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams of Paramore)
2 65 2 2 2 89 8 1 10 1 B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray
"Love the Way You Lie"
(featuring Rihanna)
1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2
  • RIAA: 11× Platinum
    (Diamond)[34]
  • ARIA: 9× Platinum[35]
  • BPI: 2× Platinum
  • BVMI: Platinum
  • IFPI SWI: 3× Platinum
  • RIANZ: 2× Platinum
Recovery
"Coming Home"
(Diddy-Dirty Money featuring Skylar Grey)
11 83 21 4 7 8 4 5 8 4
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum
  • ARIA: 3× Platinum[36]
  • BPI: Silver
Last Train to Paris
"Castle Walls"
(T.I feat. Christina Aguilera)
84 99 51 No Mercy
"Twist Ya Around"
(Sean Kingston)
Tomorrow
"I Need a Doctor"
(Dr. Dre featuring Eminem and Skylar Grey)
2011 4 124 16 12 8 29 25 23 56 8
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum[19]
  • BPI: Silver[21]
non-album single
"Words I Never Said"
(Lupe Fiasco featuring Skylar Grey)
89 Lasers
"Rise Above 1"
(Reeve Carney featuring Bono and The Edge)
74 71 Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
"Dance Without You"
(Skylar Grey)
non-album singles
"Invisible"
(Skylar Grey)
86 63
"Farewell"
(Rihanna)
Talk That Talk
"Love the Way You Lie (Part II)"
(Rihanna)
Loud
"Love the Way You Lie (Piano Version)"
(Rihanna)
"Invincible"
(MGK featuring Ester Dean)
108 Lace Up
"Under The Sun"
(Cheryl)
12 A Million Lights
"C'mon Let Me Ride"
(Skylar Grey featuring Eminem)
2012 82 17 Don't Look Down
"Beautiful Sinner"
(Nicki Minaj)
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
"Sleep When We Die"
(K'naan featuring Keith Richards)
Country, God or the Girl
"Lost Cause"
(Imagine Dragons)
Frankenweenie Unleashed!
"Building A Monster"
(Skylar Grey)
Frankenweenie Unleashed!
"Our House"
(Slaughterhouse featuring Eminem & Skylar Grey)
Welcome to Our House
"Rescue Me"
(Slaughterhouse featuring Skylar Grey)
"Lotus Intro"
(Christina Aguilera)
Lotus
"Light Up The Sky"
(Christina Aguilera)
"Best of Me"
(Christina Aguilera)
"Circles"
(Christina Aguilera)
"Cease Fire"
(Christina Aguilera)
"Make the World Move"
(Christina Aguilera featuring Cee Lo Green)
"Shut Up"
(Christina Aguilera)
"Radioactive"
(Imagine Dragons)
3 6 2 28 4 4 1 12
  • RIAA: 9× Platinum
  • ARIA: 4× Platinum
  • BPI: Platinum
  • BVMI: Platinum
  • IFPI SWE: 6× Platinum[37]
  • IFPI SWI: Platinum
  • MC: 3× Platinum
  • RMNZ: 3× Platinum[38]
Night Visions
"Demons"
(Imagine Dragons)
2013 6 11 4 15 15 12 7 13
  • ARIA: 2× Platinum
  • BPI: Silver
  • IFPI SWE: 4× Platinum[37]
  • IFPI SWI: Gold
  • MC: Platinum
  • RMNZ: Platinum[39]
"On Top of the World"
(Imagine Dragons)
79 10 43 35 13 10 40 34
  • ARIA: 3× Platinum[40]
  • BPI: Silver
  • IFPI SWE: 2× Platinum[41]
  • RMNZ: Platinum[42]
"Final Warning"
(Skylar Grey)
Don't Look Down
"Monster"
(Imagine Dragons)
78 41 non-album single
"Who We Are"
(Imagine Dragons)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
"Desperation"
(Eminem featuring Jamie N Commons)
The Marshall Mathers LP 2
"Asshole"
(Eminem featuring Skylar Grey)
"Wicked Way"
(Eminem featuring X Ambassadors)
"Witch Doctor"
(Tinie Tempah)
Demonstration
"Ready, Aim, Fire"
(Imagine Dragons)
Iron Man 3 (soundtrack)
"Jungle (Remix)"[43]
(X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons featuring JAY Z)
2014 non-album single
"Saturdays = Celebration"
(Big K.R.I.T featuring Jamie N Commons)
Cadillactica
"I Bet My Life"
(Imagine Dragons)
53 36 15 42 65 28 Smoke + Mirrors
"Bed of Lies"
(Nicki Minaj featuring Skylar Grey)
62 19 7 41 153 15 43 73 The Pinkprint
"Gold"
(Imagine Dragons)
Smoke + Mirrors
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

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