Boy (duo)

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Boy
Boy 01.jpg
At Werk II, Leipzig, Germany, November 2010
Background information
Origin Zürich, Hamburg
Genres Indie music
Years active 2007–present
Labels Grönland Records
Website listentoboy.com
Members Valeska Steiner
Sonja Glass
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Boy (stylized BOY) is a Swiss/German pop duo founded in 2007 by singer Valeska Steiner (Swiss) and bassist Sonja Glass (German). The two met while at a pop-music course at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg in 2005.[3] The band initially played concerts exclusively,[4] before being discovered and signed to Herbert Grönemeyer's label, Grönland Records, in 2011.[5]

Their debut album, Mutual Friends (Gold-certified in Germany), was produced by Philipp Steinke and released in the autumn of 2011.[3] The band sings entirely in English in a style reminiscent of that of Leslie Feist.[4][6]

In the UK, Mutual Friends has been released by Decca in June 2012. The North American release of the album is set for February 2013 on Nettwerk Records.[7]

Boy won the Hamburg Musician Prize HANS in 2011 in the category Hamburgs Newcomer of the Year, and their album Mutual Friends won the 2012 European Border Breakers Award (EBBA).[8][9]

The duo's song "Little Numbers" was also featured in the Lufthansa Airline's Business Class advertisement in mid-2012. In 2013 the song was at No. 4 in the Japan Hot 100.[10]

The duo's first-ever USA tour launched on March 1, 2013 at the sold-out Joe's Pub, New York City.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 2012: "Little Numbers"
  • 2012: "Waitress"
  • 2012: "Drive Darling"
  • 2013: "This Is the Beginning"

Other[edit]

  • 2010: Hungry Beast (EP)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mutual Friends". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-05-18. 
  2. ^ Collar, Matt. BOY: Mutual Friends > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Der Musik die nötige Zeit lassen: Das Frauenduo Boy präsentiert sein Debütalbum in der Alten Börse - Pop und Jazz Nachrichten". NZZ.ch. Retrieved 2014-03-09. 
  4. ^ a b "Interview Valeska Steiner, Boy: über 1. Album, Herbert Grönemeyer – Schweizer Illustrierte" (in German). Schweizer-illustrierte.ch. Retrieved 2014-03-09. 
  5. ^ "Grönland Records angelt sich Boy | Musikmarkt" (in German). Musikmarkt.de. Retrieved 2014-03-09. 
  6. ^ "– Kein Kind von Traurigkeit | Musik | Züritipp Online". Zueritipp.ch. 2011-11-15. Retrieved 2014-03-09. 
  7. ^ "Boy To Release Mutual Friends In North America". Nettskinny.com. Retrieved 2014-03-09. 
  8. ^ "Boy europäischen musik preis | European Border Breakers Awards". Europeanborderbreakersawards.eu. Retrieved 2014-03-09. 
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ "Japan Hot 100 : Page 1". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-03-09. 

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