American Authors

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American Authors
Also known as The Blue Pages (2006–2012)[1]
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres Indie rock
Years active 2006–present
Labels Mercury, Island
Website weareamericanauthors.com
Members Zac Barnett
James Adam Shelley
Dave Rublin
Matt Sanchez

American Authors is an American rock band based in New York City and who are signed to Island Records.[2] They are best known for their singles "Best Day of My Life" and "Believer" from their album Oh, What a Life.

History[edit]

2007–11: Early years[edit]

The members of American Authors met each other while attending Berklee College of Music in 2006.[3] The quartet spent their first years in Boston recording and performing music under the name the Blue Pages and recorded Anthropology and Rich With Love. In May 2010 the band opened up for Cash Cash on the Robots In High-Tops tour.[4][5] In 2010, the band relocated to Brooklyn. On December 1, 2010, the Blue Pages independently released their single "Run Back Home" on iTunes.[6]

2012–present: Name change, Mercury Records and American Authors[edit]

In 2012, the group changed their name to American Authors. Their debut single, "Believer," garnered attention through alternative rock radio.[7] Their second single, "Best Day of My Life", was featured in, among other things, a Lowe's television advertisement in the United States, a Hyundai television advertisement in the United Kingdom, an advertisement in South Africa for Castle Lager,[8] a Telecom New Zealand advertisement,[9] a trailer for the film Delivery Man, PES 2015 video game, the opening sequence for ESPN's 2013 World Series of Poker coverage, a trailer for the film Earth to Echo, a trailer for the film How to Train Your Dragon 2, the film Humpback Whales, and a trailer for the film St. Vincent. The song was also used in an advert for Centerparcs in the UK.

[10] In January 2013, the band was signed to Mercury Records.[11]

American Authors released their self-titled debut EP on August 27, 2013.[12] Their song "Hit It" is featured on the FIFA 14 video game.[10] Their song "Best Day of My Life" was used in an MLB Fan Cave commercial and is the title music of Sky Sports News' My Special Day feature. It has also been featured in a television spot for the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, in an episode of the television show The Vampire Diaries, and in wedding,[13] sports[14] and other[15][16] videos. The song was ranked number one on Billboard's chart of Adult Pop Songs for 2014.[17] Their song "Home" was featured in a movie trailer for the movie This Is Where I Leave You and in a video honoring troops and their families.[18] In 2013, American Authors won Overall Grand Prize in the 18th Annual USA Songwriting Competition with their song "Believer". The group was number nine on Billboard's chart of Top New Artists for 2014.[19]

TV appearances[edit]

The group's appearances on television have included: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (September 2013), "Big Morning Buzz Live on VH1" (October 2013), "The Carrie Diaries on the CW" (November 2013), "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (November 2013), "The 2013 ING New York City Marathon" on ESPN2 (November 2013), "Live with Kelly and Michael" (December 2013, March 2014), "Late Night" (October 2013, June 2014), "The Today Show" (January 2014), "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (February 2014), "Conan" (March 2014), "Late Night with Seth Meyers" (March 2014), "Good Day New York" (March 2014), "Kids' Choice Awards" on Nickelodeon (March 2014), "Good Morning America" (April 2014), "Canada AM" (June 2014), "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (June 2014) "Late Show with David Letterman" (July 2014), "MDA Show of Strength Telethon" (August 2014), "Especiales Telehit" (September 2014), "X Factor Australia" (September 2014), "You Oughta Know Live in Concert" on VH1 (November 2014), "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade" on NBC (November 2014), "Times Square New Year's Eve Celebration" on CNN (December 2014), and "Good Day New York" on Fox 5 New York (January 2015).

Tours[edit]

The group has also toured in Europe, and in Australia and New Zealand.

Festivals, concerts and other events[edit]

The group has appeared at various music festivals, concerts and other events, including: Lollapalooza,[20] SXSW Music Festival,[21] Firefly Music Festival,[22] Reading Festival,[23] Leeds Festival,[24] Bunbury Music Festival,[25] Freakfest[26] and Pukkelpop.[27]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[28]
US
Rock

[29]
AUS
[30]
AUT
[31]
CAN
[32]
GER
[33]
UK
[34]
Oh, What a Life 15 3 35 58 12 68 26

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[28]
US
Rock

[29]
American Authors
  • Released: August 27, 2013
  • Label: The Island Def Jam Music Group
  • Formats: Digital download
156 42

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[35]
US
Adult

[36]
US
Rock

[37]
AUS
[30]
AUT
[31]
CAN
[38]
GER
[33]
NZ
[39]
SWE
[40]
UK
[34]
"Believer" 2013 121 12 15 Oh, What a Life
"Best Day of My Life" 11 1 2 10 20 5 34 13 10 17
"Trouble" 2014 44
"Luck"
"In a Big Country"
(with The Mowgli's)
Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Band members[edit]

  • Zac Barnett – lead vocals, guitar (2006–present)
  • James Adam Shelley – lead guitar, banjo, mandolin, backing vocals (2006–present)
  • Dave Rublin – bass, keyboard, backing vocals (2006–present)
  • Matt Sanchez – drums, backing vocals (2006–present)

Barnett grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, Shelley grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, Rublin grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey, and Sanchez grew up in San Antonio, Texas.[44][45]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Blue Pages on Myspace
  2. ^ http://www.islandrecords.com/artists/
  3. ^ American Authors Interview January 12, 2013
  4. ^ http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=1598531
  5. ^ http://top40-charts.com/news.php?nid=55584
  6. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/run-back-home-single/id405545773
  7. ^ A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Tres! American Authors, Hunter Valentine, and Clementine & The Galaxy Huffington Post December 12, 2012
  8. ^ "Castle Lager". http://www.castlelager.co.za/superfanzone/gallery/superfans/Superfans_TVC. 
  9. ^ 2013 Telecom NZ Advertisement
  10. ^ a b "Round Hill Music". http://roundhillmusic.com/placements/. 
  11. ^ AMERICAN AUTHORS SIGN TO MERCURY RECORDS January 31, 2013
  12. ^ We’re releasing our debut EP in August!
  13. ^ "Wedding video". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWDfkt7S3GU. 
  14. ^ "Red Sox". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR97E41pZdY. 
  15. ^ "Tagalog version". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl5IxqM7sg4. 
  16. ^ "Baby sea turtles". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1djQBVjJbY. 
  17. ^ "Adult Pop Songs". http://www.billboard.com/charts/year-end/2014/adult-pop-songs. 
  18. ^ "Honoring our troops". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZYWYRZwxUs&feature=youtu.be. 
  19. ^ "Top New Artists". http://www.billboard.com/charts/year-end/2014/top-new-artists. 
  20. ^ "Lollapalooza". http://www.suntimes.com/photos/galleries/?story=21689066. 
  21. ^ "SXSW". http://www.vh1.com/music/tuner/2014-03-19/american-authors-autocamera-sxsw/. 
  22. ^ "Firefly". http://www.vh1.com/music/tuner/2014-07-03/american-authors-firefly/. 
  23. ^ "Reading". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FECHQfhPPEA. 
  24. ^ "Leeds". http://www.leedsfestival.com/photos/083f3fec-2bf8-11e4-bb7d-8293f4fa3655. 
  25. ^ "Bunbury". http://www.bunburyfestival.com/alumni-2013/bands/american-authors. 
  26. ^ "Freakfest". http://host.madison.com/daily-cardinal/atmosphere-american-authors-to-headline-freakfest/article_fc10e574-3cf3-11e4-b264-d35ab8283be9.html. 
  27. ^ "Pukkelpop". http://www.pukkelpop.be/en/bands/american-authors/. 
  28. ^ a b "American Authors – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  29. ^ a b "American Authors – Chart History: Top Rock Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  30. ^ a b "Discography American Authors". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  31. ^ a b "Discographie American Authors" (in German). austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  32. ^ "American Authors – Chart History: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  33. ^ a b "Discographie American Authors" (in German). charts.de. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  34. ^ a b "American Authors". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  35. ^ "American Authors – Chart History: The Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  36. ^ "American Authors – Chart History: Adult Pop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  37. ^ "American Authors – Chart History: Hot Rock Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  38. ^ "American Authors – Chart History: Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  39. ^ "Discography American Authors". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  40. ^ "Discography American Authors". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  41. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  42. ^ "Canadian single certifications – American Authors – Best Day of My Life". Music Canada. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  43. ^ [1]
  44. ^ "Interview". http://www.charged.fm/blog/post/5448/interview-american-authors. 
  45. ^ "Minnetonka". http://www.americansongwriter.com/2014/01/berklee-brooklyn-american-authors-brink-stardom/. 

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