Benji Madden

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Benji Madden
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Background information
Birth name Benjamin Levi Combs
Born (1979-03-11) March 11, 1979 (age 35)[1]
Waldorf, Maryland, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock, punk rock, pop punk
Occupations Musician
Instruments Guitar, piano, vocals, bass
Years active 1995–present
Labels EMI
Associated acts Good Charlotte, Taintstick, Dead Executives, Rad Omen MGK (rapper)
Notable instruments
OLP, Gretsch, Music man guitars

Benji Madden (born Benjamin Levi Combs; March 11, 1979) is an American guitarist and backup vocalist for the band Good Charlotte, which he co-founded with his identical twin brother, Joel Madden.

Early life[edit]

Benjamin "Benji" Madden was born as Benjamin Levi Combs on March 11, 1979 in the town of Waldorf, Maryland, the son of Robin Madden and Roger Combs.[2] He has an identical twin Joel Madden, with whom he formed the band Good Charlotte. He has an older brother named Josh, who helps design their DCMA Collective clothing line. Madden also has a younger sister, Sarah. Madden attended La Plata High School in La Plata, Maryland.

Career[edit]

In the 2001 film Not Another Teen Movie, Benji, Joel, and the other Good Charlotte members made a cameo as the band at the school's prom. Madden made another appearance in the 2006 film Material Girls with his brother Joel.[3]

Madden started a clothing line called MADE Clothing along with his brothers Joel and Josh. "MADE" stands for the will to fight and die for those who you love. The line is now defunct. In early 2006, MADE Clothing became DCMA Collective. The line is owned by himself, his brothers Joel and Josh, and friend Tal Cooperman. A DCMA Collective store was opened in Los Angeles, California, on March 15, 2008.[4]

While still playing in Good Charlotte, Madden and Joel take part in a side project group called the Dead Executives. Madden was a co-writer and co-producer of some of the songs on Hilary Duff's Most Wanted (2005) compilation album. He also co-wrote the theme song for Paris Hilton's reality show "My New BFF."[5] He has appeared as a back-up vocalist for artists such as MxPx, Kill Hannah, Apoptygma Berzerk, Mest, The 69 Eyes, Sean Kingston, Three 6 Mafia, Chamillionaire, and Matisyahu.[6] As of September 2009 Madden has joined the band Taintstick, fronted by radio talk show host, professional MMA fighter, and pro skateboarder, Jason Ellis.

On April 3, 2010, Benji partook in a boxing match against MTV and VH1 host Riki Rachtman at Ellismania 5: Get These Brawls. The event was hosted by Jason Ellis at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Rachtman made several public statements against Benji and Good Charlotte prior to the fight, presumably to enrage Benji and cause him to exhaust himself early in the fight. Benji beat Rachtman by knockout 1 minute and 42 seconds into the first round.

Madden was also a judge for the 10th[7] and 11th[8] annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.

On November 11, 2011 he and Joel released a free mixtape named "The Madden Brothers: Before Volume 1" It contains new artists the brothers were personally interested in. Their brother Josh Madden helped to produce the mixtape.

In December 2011, it was announced that Benji and Joel are recording an acoustic album that will be released sometime in 2012.

In 2012, Benji appeared on TV show, The Voice Australia, alongside Joel and being his mentor.

In early 2013, Benji helped write Tonight Alive's song "Breakdown" and also made an appearance in the video for the song as well as singing towards the end of it.

In 2014, electronic dance music artist TJR released his track "Come Back Down", which features Benji for the track's vocals.

Personal life[edit]

He is currently living in Beverly Hills, California. In August 2011, his brother Joel said on an Australian radio interview that Benji was genuinely looking for an Australian property he can call home.

In January 2008, media outlets reported that Madden and his long-time fiancée, Australian starlet Sophie Monk, had split up.[9] In response to the rumors, Good Charlotte's rep told Us Weekly: "Benji Madden and Sophie Monk are together and very happy." However, in mid-February it was officially announced by Monk's Sydney agent, that "Sophie and Benji have officially split. The decision was mutual and they remain amicable."[10] Madden then dated Paris Hilton from February to November 2008 .[11][12][13] Madden also dated television personality Holly Madison, from December 2009 until January 2010.[14] However they have remained very close friends.

Madden is an avid collector of Living Dead Dolls. In an episode of MTV Cribs he showed off his vast collection. He is known for having many tattoos, including a tattoo of Ben Franklin, which covers his entire back.[15]

Madden is an avid MMA and Boxing fan. He has competed in several amateur fights since 2010. Growing up in Maryland Madden became a big fan of the Baltimore Orioles.

Discography[edit]

Releases[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Come Back Down" (TJR featuring Benji Madden) (2014)[16]

Vocal appearances[edit]

Year Song Artist(s) Album
2001 "Let's Go" X-Ecutioners
2002 "January" Goldfinger Open Your Eyes
2003 "Jaded (These Years)" Mest Mest
"It's Alright" MxPx Before Everything & After
"On the Outs"
2004 "Are You Ready?" Hazen Street Hazen Street
"All That"
"Last Train Home" Lostprophets Start Something
2007 "Tightly Wound" MxPx Secret Weapon
"Sex Without Love" Ben Lee Ripe
2008 "My Own Way" Three 6 Mafia Last 2 Walk
2009 "Apollo (Live On Your TV)" Apoptygma Berzerk Rocket Science
"Darkness Into Light" Matisyahu Light
"Dead N' Gone" The 69 Eyes Back in Blood
"Shoulda Let U Go" Sean Kingston Tomorrow
"Snowblinded" Kill Hannah Wake Up the Sleepers
2013 "Breakdown" Tonight Alive
2014 "Come Back Down" TJR[17]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Not Another Teen Movie Prom band member
2006 Live Freaky Die Freaky Interrogator #1 Voice only
Material Girls Mistaken valet #2
Fast Future Generation Himself
2007 Punk's Not Dead
2008 Paris, Not France
2009 6 Beers of Separation

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Punk'd Himself 1 episode
2009 Australian Idol Himself (guest judge) 2 episodes
2011 The Electric Company Himself

Music videos[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Good Charlotte Biography". Allmusic. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  2. ^ http://www.people.com/people/joel_madden/biography/
  3. ^ Benji and Joel Madden make a cameo in a Hilary Duff movie, "Material Girls" (2006) YouTube.com. Retrieved on January 19, 2009.
  4. ^ "Madden Brothers Open DCMA Store in Los Angeles". Hollyscoop.com. 2009-01-19. Retrieved 17 March 2008. 
  5. ^ Benji Madden and Paris Hilton “My New BFF” Theme Song Retrieved on January 24, 2009.
  6. ^ Benji Madden as a back-up vocalist Twitter. September 18, 2009.
  7. ^ Independent Music Awards - Past Judges
  8. ^ "11th Annual IMA Judges. Independent Music Awards. Retrieved on 4 Sept. 2013.
  9. ^ "Sophie Monk and Benji Madden split up". News.com.au. 2008-01-07. Retrieved 13 January 2008. 
  10. ^ Sophie Monk splits from Good Charlotte's Benji Madden News.com.au. February 13, 2008. Retrieved January 19, 2008.
  11. ^ "Paris Hilton and Benji Madden Split Up". People.com. 2008-19-Nov. Retrieved 1 May 2008. 
  12. ^ Stavros and Paris reunited and it feels so sleazy TMZ.com. (2008/11/17) Retrieved April 15, 2009.
  13. ^ "Paris Hilton and Benji Madden Split Up". People.com. 2009-01-18. Retrieved 19 November 2008. 
  14. ^ Malkin, Marc. "He's really an awesome guy". Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  15. ^ Benji Madden shows off his tattoo of Ben Franklin News.com.au. Retrieved May 13, 2009.
  16. ^ "Dance/EDM Future Releases". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on 2014-03-06. 
  17. ^ http://turnupthebass.net/2014/01/27/tjr-benji-madden-come-back-down/

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