Alex da Kid

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Alex da Kid
Birth name Alexander Grant
Also known as Alex Grant
Born (1982-08-07) 7 August 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 both 2013 and 2014, Grant (as owner of KIDinaKORNER Records) was chosen by Billboard Magazine for their "Top 40 Under 40."[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]

Main article: KIDinaKORNER

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)
  • ARIA: 9× Platinum[9]
  • 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[10]
  • 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[11]
  • BPI: Silver[12]
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[13]
  • IFPI SWI: Platinum
  • MC: 3× Platinum
  • RMNZ: 3× Platinum[14]
Night Visions
"Demons"
(Imagine Dragons)
2013 6 11 4 15 15 12 7 13
  • ARIA: 2× Platinum
  • BPI: Silver
  • IFPI SWE: 4× Platinum[13]
  • IFPI SWI: Gold
  • MC: Platinum
  • RMNZ: Platinum[15]
"On Top of the World"
(Imagine Dragons)
79 10 43 35 13 10 40 34
  • ARIA: 3× Platinum[16]
  • BPI: Silver
  • IFPI SWE: 2× Platinum[17]
  • RMNZ: Platinum[18]
"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)"[19]
(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)
28 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
"Burning Bridges"
(Ludacris featuring Jason Aldean)
Ludaversal
"American Oxygen"
(Rihanna)
2015 91 60 non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grammy Video, Alex Da Kid, 30 November 2011.
  2. ^ Paul Tingen, Alex Da Kid: From Football To Music Recording, Sound on Sound, December 2011.
  3. ^ "40 Under 40: Alex Da Kid". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Alex Da Kid: The Brit behind 2010's biggest hit". BBC News. 21 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Kondo, Toshitaka (2010). Production Credit (Alex da Kid). XXL Magazine. p. 103. 
  6. ^ a b "Interview with Jessica Rivera". HitQuarters. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank: B.o.B" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  8. ^ "Top 50 Singles Chart: Chart #1727 (Monday 28 June 2010)". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  9. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2013 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2012 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "American album certifications – Rihanna – Talk That Talk". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "BPI – Certified Awards Search" (TO ACCESS, ENTER THE SEARCH PARAMETER "RIHANNA" AND SELECT "SEARCH BY KEYWORD"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Veckolista Singlar – Vecka 36, 6 september 2013" (SELECT "FöREG" TO ACCESS CHART ISSUE) (in Swedish). Grammofon Leverantörernas Förening. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  14. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart – 10 February 2014". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 7 February 2014. 
  15. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart – 07 October 2013". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "Veckolista Singlar – Vecka 59, 2 November 2013" (SELECT "FöREG" TO ACCESS CHART ISSUE) (in Swedish). Grammofon Leverantörernas Förening. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart – 07 October 2013". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  19. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/jungle-remix-feat.-jay-z-single/id891944833

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