Cassius D. Kalb

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Cassius
Birth name Khalil Walton
Born June 6
Bronx, New York, United States
Origin Atlanta, Georgia
Genres Indie, hip hop, alternative
Occupations Artist, songwriter, producer
Labels Vinyl Crown Recordings
Associated acts Bruno Mars, Lupe Fiasco, Donnis, Karina Pasian
Website www.vinylcrown.com

Khalil "Cassius" Walton (born June 6) is an American Grammy Award-winning musician based in Atlanta, Georgia.[1]

Just The Way You Are[edit]

In his short career Cassius has gained notoriety and respect as a songwriter for co-writing and composing the Grammy Award winning single "Just the Way You Are" for Bruno Mars debut album Doo-Wops & Hooligans.[2][3]

"Just the Way You Are" was Cassius' first placement and the success of the record exceeded his expectations. The song reached the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 on the chart dated October 2, 2010, ending the two-week reign of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream".[4] By the end of December 2010, the song had sold over 3,280,000 digital copies in the US alone;[5] and as of March 2011, has now sold over 4,000,000 downloads.[6] In the UK, Just the Way You Are hit the number-one spot twice,[7] from sales of 116,000 copies[8] becoming the first song ever to have left the top three before rebounding to the top spot. It sold 766,000 copies during 2010, becoming the third biggest seller of the year.[9] On January 2, 2011 it was revealed that the song is the ninth most downloaded song of all time in the United Kingdom.[10] The song jumped from 7 to 1 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart dated October 9, 2010. On October 12, 2010, the song hit the Dutch Top 40, and it reached 11 weeks at the number one in the Netherlands on December 20. The song also reached number one in Australia and certified triple platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association.[11]

"Just The Way You Are" was an international hit. It was performed by Cory Monteith for the American TV show Glee on episode "Furt", which aired on November 22, 2010.[12] It was also covered by The Saturdays at BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge on October 29, 2010. Matt Cardle, the winner of the seventh series of British TV talent contest The X Factor, performed "Just the Way You Are" in week 2 of the live shows and later recorded his own version of the song as a B-side for his debut single "When We Collide". The song is also a featured single on Kidz Bop 19. Stefano Langone covered the song on the 10th season of American Idol.

With the Success of "Just the Way You Are", Cassius continued to break records by landing another placement, co-penning, "Til I Get There"[13] for Lupe Fiasco's L.A.S.E.R.S album.[14] On January 27, 2011, "Til I Get There" was featured on ESPN Winter X Games'[15]

In April 2011, Cassius won an ASCAP Pop Award and "Just the Way You Are" received five Billboard Music Awards songwriter nominations.[16][17]

According to IFPI data, Just The Way You Are sold 12.5 million units across the globe, landing the single in the No. 1 spot for the world’s top-selling digital singles of 2011.[18]

Discography[edit]

Year Song Contribution Artist Album
2010 "Just the Way You Are" Writer Bruno Mars Doo-Wops & Hooligans
2011 "Til I Get There" Writer Lupe Fiasco LASERS
" I Love You So " Writer Karina Pasian Trips to Venus EP
2012 " It's Whatever " Writer Karina Pasian Trips to Venus EP

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Event Category Result
2011 Grammy Awards Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, "Just The Way You Are" Won
ASCAP Pop Music Awards Most Performed Song, Just The Way You Are Won
Billboard Music Awards Top Hot 100 Song "Just The Way You Are" Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Digital Song "Just The Way You Are" Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Radio Song "Just The Way You Are" Won
Billboard Music Awards Top Streaming Song (Audio) "Just The Way You Are" Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Pop Song "Just The Way You Are" Nominated
2012 Grammy Awards Doo-Wops & Hooligans, "Just The Way You Are" Credits, Albumn of the Year Nominated
Grammy Awards L.A.S.E.R.S,"Til I Get There" Credits, Rap Albumn of the Year Nominated
ASCAP Pop Music Awards Song of the Year, Just the Way You Are Won
ASCAP Pop Music Awards Most Performed Song, Just The Way You Are Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WARNER/CHAPPELL CHART SUCCESS BOLSTERED BY NEW DEALS WITH SONGWRITERS OF CHART-TOPPING SONGS". The Pulse: Fall 2010. Warner/Chappell Music, Inc. Retrieved 2010. 
  2. ^ "Bruno Mars Unveils Eagerly Awaited Debut Album "DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS" Slated to Arrive October 5th; New Single "Just The Way You Are" Shaping Up as Massive Hit, With Top 3 Success on iTunes "Top Singles"; Sold-Out New York City Live Debut Set for Tonight, Followed by US Tour Alongside Maroon 5 in October" (Press release). Marketwire. August 25, 2010. Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ Doo-Wops & Hooligans (CD booklet). Bruno Mars. United States: 2-525393. 2010. 
  4. ^ Pietroluongo, Silvio (September 22, 2010). "Bruno Mars Lands Atop Hot 100, Rihanna Roars into Top 10". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/473767/eminems-recovery-is-2010s-best-selling-album-katy-perrys-california-gurls-top
  6. ^ "Week Ending March 20, 2011: Songs: The Chris Brown Matter – Yahoo! Chart Watch". New.music.yahoo.com. March 23, 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  7. ^ BBC – Radio 1 – The Official Chart with Reggie Yates – The Official UK Top 40 Singles Chart
  8. ^ "Record Breaking Kings of Leon Reign Again *biggest first week album of". Theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  9. ^ Cardle at No 1 again – Eminem/Rihanna & Take That scoop 2010 crowns
  10. ^ BBC – Radio 1 – The Official Chart with Reggie Yates – Top 100 Downloads of All Time
  11. ^ "Bruno Mars – Just the Way You Are". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2011-01-03. 
  12. ^ "Glee performing Just the Way You Are". truebloodifi.com. November 22, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Till I Get There – Lupe Fiasco". Song Information: Till I Get There – Lupe Fiasco. Billboard.com. Retrieved March 2010. 
  14. ^ "Lasers – Lupe Fiasco: Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-03-12. 
  15. ^ ESPN. "Music on ESPN's X Games coverage". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Full 2011 Billboard Music Awards Nominations". 2011 Billboard Music Awards. Billboard.com. Retrieved April 14, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Most Performed Songs". ASCAP Pop Awards. ASCAP. Retrieved April 27, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Bruno Mars claims 2 best-selling digital songs of 2011". Music Week. Retrieved January 23, 2012.