Benny Blanco

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Benny Blanco
Benny Blanco Big Piano.jpg
Background information
Born (1988-03-08) March 8, 1988 (age 26)
Origin Reston, Virginia, US
Genres Pop, R&B, hip hop, pop rock, electronica, dance-pop, synthpop
Occupation(s) Rapper, musician, songwriter, record producer, remixer

Benjamin Levin (born March 8, 1988), professionally known as Benny Blanco, is an American rapper, musician, songwriter and record producer. He has written and produced songs for artists such as Jessie J ("Thunder"), Katy Perry ("California Gurls", "Teenage Dream"), Maroon 5 ("Moves like Jagger, "Payphone"), Britney Spears ("Circus"), Taio Cruz ("Dynamite"), Kesha ("Tik Tok"), Gym Class Heroes ("Stereo Hearts", "Ass Back Home"), Wiz Khalifa ("Work Hard, Play Hard", "No Sleep") and Trey Songz ("Heart Attack").

Early in his career, Blanco worked with Dr. Luke, and has also collaborated with Shellback, Ryan Tedder, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Dan Wilson, Mike Posner, Max Martin, Sean Paul and Paul Epworth.[citation needed]

Additionally, Blanco received the Songwriter of the Year Award at the BMI Pop Awards in early 2012.[citation needed]

Life and career[edit]

The Beginning & Disco D[edit]

Blanco, a Virginia native,[citation needed] began by making beats in his bedroom and his first serious exposure to music came in 1994 with the cassette singles: Nas's "The World Is Yours" and "I Swear" by All-4-One.[citation needed] Blanco's rapping earned the attention of The Source and executives at Columbia Records.[citation needed] Levin eventually secured an apprenticeship with producer Disco D.[citation needed]

In 2007 Blanco and Spank Rock collaborated on Bangers & Cash, a collaborative EP.[citation needed] Blanco went on to work with Amanda Blank and Santigold.[citation needed]

2008–present[edit]

Blanco was mentored by songwriter/producer Dr. Luke, who helped him score some of his biggest hits.[citation needed] Blanco says, "That's when I met Dr. Luke. Luke taught me all the intricacies of how to make a song. He also taught me a lot about interacting with artists. When you're a producer you're more than the guy who tells people what to do. You're like a therapist. You have to know when the artist needs a break—when it's time to stop working and collect your thoughts."[citation needed]

He worked on several tracks on Maroon 5's album Overexposed, including the lead single "Payphone" featuring Wiz Khalifa.[citation needed]

“I listen to so many different types of music," he says. "I don't want to have any boundaries whatsoever. If someone came to me and was like, 'I want to make a polka album,' I'm making the best damn polka album ever." Much of his sonic inspiration, he says, comes from his home base of New York City. "I love that this city isn't pretty all the time – that it's dirty and loud. Sometimes when you're in the studio you can actually hear car horns and fire alarms outside—I love that.”

Even with his reputation on the rise, Blanco retains all the energy that drove his earliest hustles. "Dude, I'm still waiting for the day when someone's like, 'All right, Benny, the jig is up—your job at Burger King will be available next weekend," says the producer, whose extramusical activities include being a frequent guest lecturer at NYU's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music and the Get Well Soon Tour, a charity that Blanco co-founded with Austin Bis to bring superstar musical performances to sick kids in hospitals. "I always knew I'd do something with music if I just kept at it and was annoying enough. But every day I thank my lucky stars it turned out like this.”

Blanco is currently in the studio working with a number of diverse artists and will have songs on several major releases coming out in 2013. Some of which will see him re-teaming with some of music's hottest names.

On June 13, 2013, Blanco was awarded with the Hal David Starlight Award at the 44th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony, awarded to young artists who have already made an impression on the music industry. In his acceptance speech, he joked, saying "They picked the wrong person, I'm in a room with people I should probably be serving food to."

Production discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Year Album Songwriter Producer
"Send Some Shooters" 2007 Hell RellEat with Me or Eat a Box of Bullets
YesY
"Shake That" Spank RockBangers & Cash
YesY
YesY
"B-O-O-T-A-Y"
YesY
YesY
"Pu$$y"
YesY
YesY
"Bitch!"
YesY
YesY
"Loose"
YesY
YesY
"Circus" 2008 Britney SpearsCircus
YesY
YesY
"Shattered Glass"
YesY
YesY
"Lace and Leather"
YesY
YesY
"Broken Pieces" Lil MamaVoice of the Young People
YesY
"Hot n Cold" Katy PerryOne of the Boys
YesY
"I Kissed a Girl"
YesY
"Don't Ask Why" Vanessa HudgensIdentified
YesY
"Amazed"
YesY
"Set It Off"
YesY
"Identified"
YesY
"Watch You Go" 2009 Jordin SparksBattlefield
YesY
YesY
"Tell Me What Your Name Is" CiaraFantasy Ride
YesY
YesY
"Dollhouse" Priscilla ReneaJukebox
YesY
YesY
"Touch Me" Flo RidaR.O.O.T.S
YesY
YesY
"Don't Trust Me" 3OH!3Want
YesY
YesY
"Rich Man"
YesY
YesY
"So Human" Lady SovereignJigsaw
YesY
YesY
"Pennies"
YesY
YesY
"Stupid Love Letter" Friday Night BoysOff The Deep End
YesY
YesY
"Dynamite" 2010 Taio CruzRokstarr
YesY
YesY
"Eenie Meenie" Justin Bieber & Sean KingstonMy World 2.0
YesY
YesY
"Blah Blah Blah" Ke$haAnimal
YesY
YesY
"Tik Tok"
YesY
YesY
"Party at a Rich Dude's House"
YesY
YesY
"Dancing With Tears in My Eyes"
YesY
YesY
"Blind"
YesY
YesY
"Your Love Is My Drug"
YesY
"Somebody to Love (Remix)" Justin Bieber & UsherVersus
YesY
"California Gurls" Katy PerryTeenage Dream
YesY
YesY
"Teenage Dream"
YesY
YesY
"My First Kiss" 3OH!3Streets of Gold
YesY
YesY
"Streets of Gold"
YesY
YesY
"Double Vision"
YesY
"Please Don't Go" Mike Posner31 Minutes to Takeoff
YesY
YesY
"Cheated"
YesY
YesY
"We R Who we R" Ke$haCannibal
YesY
YesY
"Sleazy"
YesY
YesY
"Blow"
YesY
YesY
"Grow A Pear"
YesY
YesY
"Who Dat Girl" Flo RidaOnly One Flo
YesY
YesY
"Get Over U" 2011 Neon Hitch – Non-album singles
YesY
YesY
"Bad Dog"
YesY
YesY
"Silly Girl"
YesY
YesY
"(Drop Dead) Beautiful" Britney SpearsFemme Fatale
YesY
YesY
"Gasoline"
YesY
YesY
"No Sleep" Wiz KhalifaRolling Papers
YesY
YesY
"Stereo Hearts" Gym Class HeroesThe Papercut Chronicles II
YesY
YesY
"Ass Back Home"
YesY
YesY
"Moves Like Jagger" Maroon 5Hands All Over
YesY
YesY
"Come N Go" PitbullPlanet Pit
YesY
YesY
"She Doesn't Mind" Sean PaulTomahawk Technique
YesY
YesY
"Fuck U Betta" 2012 Neon Hitch – Non-album singles
YesY
YesY
"Gold"
YesY
YesY
"Heart Attack" Trey SongzChapter 5
YesY
YesY
"Masquerade" Nicki MinajPink Friday: Roman Reloaded
YesY
YesY
"Payphone" Maroon 5Overexposed
YesY
YesY
"Beautiful Goodbye"
YesY
YesY
"Work Hard, Play Hard" Wiz KhalifaO.N.I.F.C.
YesY
YesY
"Naked Love" Adam LambertTrespassing (album)
YesY
YesY
"Seasons" RomeDedication EP
YesY
YesY
"Oz of Love"
YesY
YesY
"Die Young" KeshaWarrior
YesY
YesY
"C'Mon"
YesY
YesY
"Thinking of You"
YesY
YesY
"Crazy Kids"
YesY
YesY
"Supernatural"
YesY
"Last Goodbye"
YesY
YesY
"Diamonds" RihannaUnapologetic
YesY
YesY
"Turn Around" Conor MaynardContrast
YesY
YesY
"Blow" Ke$haDeconstructed
YesY
"Die Young"
YesY
"Supernatural"
YesY
"Natalie" Bruno MarsUnorthodox Jukebox
YesY
YesY
"If I Lose Myself" 2013 One RepublicNative
YesY
YesY
"Something I Need"
YesY
YesY
"Fall Down" Will.i.am#willpower
YesY
YesY
"Thunder" Jessie JAlive
YesY
YesY
"Other Side of Love"[1] Sean PaulTBA
YesY
YesY
"Shame"[2] Keith UrbanFuse
YesY
YesY
"This Moment" Katy PerryPrism
YesY
YesY
"It Takes Two"
YesY
YesY
"Cannonball" Lea MicheleLouder
YesY
"Top of the World" Mike PosnerPages
YesY
YesY
"We All Want the Same Thing" 2014 RixtonMe and My Broken Heart EP
YesY
YesY
"Hotel Ceiling"
YesY
YesY
"Me and My Broken Heart"
YesY
YesY
"Appreciated"
YesY
YesY
"Maps" Maroon 5V
YesY
YesY
"Animals"
YesY
"Leaving California"
YesY
YesY
"My Heart Is Open"
YesY
YesY
"Shoot Love"
YesY
"Black Widow" Iggy AzaleaThe New Classic
YesY
"Don't Ed Sheeran - X
YesY
YesY
"Why Try" Ariana GrandeMy Everything
YesY
YesY
"Be My Baby"
YesY
YesY
"Wait On Me" RixtonTBA
YesY
YesY

Singles[edit]

The following singles peaked inside the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100, Hot 100 Airplay (Radio Songs) and/or the UK Singles Chart.

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Grammy Awards
    • 2014: Album of the Year - "X" - Ed Sheeran (Pending)
    • 2014: Best Pop Vocal Album - "X" - Ed Sheeran (Pending)
    • 2013: Best Urban Contemporary Album - "Unapologetic" - Rihanna (Won)
    • 2013: Best Pop Vocal Album - "Unorthodox Jukebox" - Bruno Mars (Won)
    • 2013: Best R&B Song of the Year – "Heart Attack" - Trey Songz (Nominated)
    • 2013: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – "Payphone" - Maroon 5 (Nominated)
    • 2013: Best Pop Vocal Album – "Overexposed" - Maroon 5 (Nominated)
    • 2012: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – "Moves Like Jagger" - Maroon 5 (Nominated)
    • 2011: Album of the Year – Teenage Dream – Katy Perry (Nominated)
  • BMI Awards
    • 2013: Urban Songwriter of the Year (Won)
    • 2012: Most Performed Pop Song – Moves Like Jagger - Maroon 5 (Won)
    • 2012: Songwriter of the Year (Won)
    • 2011: Songwriter of the Year (Won)

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