American Authors

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American Authors
Also known as The Blue Pages (2007–2012)[1]
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres Indie rock, heartland rock, folk rock
Years active 2007–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 The Island Def Jam Music Group.[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 2007.[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," has garnered attention through alternative rock radio.[7] Their second single, "Best Day of My Life", was featured in a Lowe's television advertisement in the United States, a Hyundai television advertisement in the United Kingdom, a Telecom New Zealand advertisement,[8] a trailer for the film Delivery Man, and the opening sequence for ESPN's 2013 World Series of Poker coverage. In January 2013, the band was signed to Mercury Records.[9]

American Authors released their self-titled debut EP on August 27, 2013.[10] Their song "Hit It" is featured on the FIFA 14 video game.[11][unreliable source?] 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 is also featured in the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and an episode of the television show The Vampire Diaries. In 2013, American Authors won Overall Grand Prize in the 18th Annual USA Songwriting Competition with their song "Believer".

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUS
[12]
AUT
[13]
CAN
[14]
GER
[15]
UK
[16]
US
[17]
US
Rock

[18]
Oh, What a Life 35 58 12 68 26 15 3

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[17]
US
Rock

[18]
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
[19]
US
Adult

[20]
US
Rock

[21]
AUS
[12]
AUT
[13]
CAN
[22]
GER
[15]
NZ
[23]
SWE
[24]
UK
[16]
"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 (2006–present)
  • Dave Rublin – bass (2006–present)
  • Matt Sanchez – drums (2006–present)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Blue Pages on Myspace
  2. ^ http://www.islanddefjam.com/artists/default.aspx?labelID=62
  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. ^ 2013 Telecom NZ Advertisement
  9. ^ AMERICAN AUTHORS SIGN TO MERCURY RECORDS January 31, 2013
  10. ^ We’re releasing our debut EP in August!
  11. ^ Beech, Richard (2013-09-10). "Fifa 14 soundtrack announced: Featuring Miles Kane, Bloc Party and Vampire Weekend - Mirror Online". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  12. ^ a b "Discography American Authors". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b "Discographie American Authors" (in German). austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  14. ^ "American Authors – Chart History: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Discographie American Authors" (in German). charts.de. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "American Authors". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "American Authors – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  18. ^ a b "American Authors – Chart History: Top Rock Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  19. ^ "American Authors – Chart History: The Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  20. ^ "American Authors – Chart History: Adult Pop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  21. ^ "American Authors – Chart History: Hot Rock Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  22. ^ "American Authors – Chart History: Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Discography American Authors". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Discography American Authors". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  25. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Canadian single certifications – American Authors – Best Day of My Life". Music Canada. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  27. ^ {{http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?artist=%22Best+Day+of+My+Life%22}}

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