Ammar Malik

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Ammar Malik
Born (1987-06-22) June 22, 1987 (age 27)
Origin Northern Virginia
Genres Pop, pop rock, alternative hip hop, reggae
Occupations Songwriter, musician
Associated acts Maroon 5, Gym Class Heroes, Taio Cruz,[1] Sean Paul,[2] Benny Blanco, Dr. Luke[3]

Ammar Malik (born June 22, 1987) is a professional songwriter. He has co-written several modern pop songs, most notably Maroon 5’s "Moves Like Jagger" and Gym Class Heroes' "Stereo Hearts" which have both been certified multi-platinum by the RIAA.[3] He tied for 17th place in Songtrust’s publication of the top 20 songwriters of 2011.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Ammar Malik is a first generation American born to Pakistani parents in Northern Virginia.[5][6] He first started learning guitar when he was 14.[7] As a high school and college student he wrote and performed music locally with several different bands. Malik attended George Mason University as an English major.[5]

Songwriting[edit]

Malik’s close friend and co-manager David Silberstein had a childhood connection to producer Benny Blanco along with his brother and now co-manager Jeremy Levin. After Malik and Blanco were introduced, Blanco suggested he try his hand at writing songs for other artists.[5] Though Malik had intentions of being an artist himself, when nearing the end of college he decided to give it a shot. In an interview Malik said that two of his biggest influences are Radiohead and Rx Bandits.[3] also co:wrote "Compass" by Lady Antebellum in 2013's single.

In 2013 Malik won the coveted BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year title, along with Benny Blanco, and Claude Kelly.[8] Each contributed four songs to the year’s most performed list. Malik co-penned “Ass Back Home,” “Moves Like Jagger,“ “Payphone” and “Stereo Hearts.”[8] Benny Blanco, Adam Levine and Ammar Malik also clinched BMI Pop Song of the Year honors for their co-write of “Moves Like Jagger."[8]

Songwriting Discography[edit]

Year Artist(s) Song Album
2011 Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera "Moves Like Jagger" Hands All Over
Gym Class Heroes ft. Adam Levine "Stereo Hearts" The Papercut Chronicles II
Gym Class Heroes ft. Neon Hitch "Ass Back Home"
Taio Cruz "Make It Last Forever" TY.O
2012 Sean Paul "Put It on You" Tomahawk Technique
Maroon 5 "Payphone" Overexposed
"Beautiful Goodbye"
B.o.B ft. Taylor Swift "Both of Us" Strange Clouds
Adam Lambert "Naked Love" Trespassing
Rome "Seasons" Dedication EP
"Oz of Love"
Marina and the Diamonds "How to be a Heartbreaker" Electra Heart
Cher Lloyd Feat. Becky G "Oath" Sticks + Stones
Kesha "Thinking of You" Warrior
"Last Goodbye"
2013 Wallpaper. "Drunken Hearts" Ricky Reed is Real
Keith Urban "Shame" [9] Fuse
Travie McCoy "Rough Water" TBA
Twin Forks "Cross My Mind" Twin Forks
Jessie J "Excuse My Rude" Alive
"Harder We Fall"
Lady Antebellum "Compass" Golden
Gavin Degraw "Make A Move" Make a Move
Rixton "Make Out" TBA
James Blunt "Always Hate Me" Moon Landing
Mikky Ekko "Place for Us" The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
2014 Rixton "Me and My Broken Heart" Me and My Broken Heart EP
Pitbull "Wild Wild Love" TBA
Maroon 5 "Maps" V
"Leaving California"
"Shoot Love"
Jason Mraz "Quiet" Yes!
Nick Jonas "Chains"" TBA
Ariana Grande Why Try" My Everything"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Songwriter/Composer: MALIK AMMAR". BMI. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Credits for PUT IT ON YOU". ASCAP. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "10 Questions: Ammar Malik". BMI Music World. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Top 20 Songwriters of 2011". Songtrust. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Songwriter Profile: Ammar Malik". Music Connection. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Without Ammar Malik, Maroon 5 Wouldn’t Have Moves Like Jagger". Divanee. 4 October 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "He's Got Us Moving Like Jagger". Newsweek Pakistan. Retrieved 17 February 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c "Adam Levine Receives President’s Award At 61st Annual BMI Pop Awards". Music Connection. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Keith Urban Lights The ‘Fuse’ This Fall". Retrieved August 8, 2013.