Danja (record producer)

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Danja
Birth name Floyd Nathaniel Hills
Also known as Danjahandz
Born (1982-02-22) February 22, 1982 (age 33)
Origin Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.
Genres Hip hop, pop, R&B, dance
Occupation(s) Record producer, songwriter
Instruments iMac, Sound Card, Akai MPC4000, A6 Synthesizer, Roland V-Synth, Yamaha Motif, Logic Pro, Access Virus TI
Years active 1998–present
Labels N.A.R.S, Mosley Music Group
Associated acts Britney Spears, Diddy, Justin Timberlake, T.I., Timbaland
Website www.only1danja.com

Floyd Nathaniel Hills (born February 22, 1982), professionally known as Danja /ˈdnə/, is an American record producer and songwriter. He originates from Virginia Beach, Virginia. He has produced songs for eight acts and artists such as Monica(singer), Britney Spears, Usher, Keri Hilson, T.I., Nelly Furtado, Kevin Cossom, Ciara, Mariah Carey, Timbaland, Madonna, J. Cole, Kanye West, Whitney Houston, Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake, JoJo, Joe Jonas, Simple Plan, The Clutch, Pink, T-Pain, Diddy, Björk and Duran Duran. Danja charges around $50,000-100,000 a track.[1]

Early life[edit]

Hills, born in Virginia Beach, Virginia, took up drums and piano in his early teens. He got his start by playing in his church when he was growing up.[2] In 2000, Hills worked with producer and singer Teddy Riley on Blackstreet's fourth album, Level II.[3] In 2001, a chance encounter with Timbaland turned into an opportunity to play some music for him. Two years later, Timbaland brought Danja to Miami to work in his studio.[2][4][5]

Career[edit]

With Timbaland, Hills produced a wide catalog of songs that helped return the famous producer to prominence in 2006 with an ongoing string of hits throughout the year until present, including "Put You On The Game" by rapper The Game, "Promiscuous" and "Say It Right" by Nelly Furtado, "SexyBack", "What Goes Around...Comes Around" and "My Love" by Justin Timberlake among others, such as "Love Story" by Katharine McPhee, "Innocence" and "Earth Intruders" by Björk, and "Give It to Me" and "The Way I Are" off Timbaland's second solo album.[6]

In 2007, Danja produced "Gimme More" for Britney Spears, as well as "Break the Ice" and five other tracks for her Blackout album. The following year, he produced "Kill the Lights" and five other songs for Britney Spears' album Circus, but only three songs appeared on the album.

His works in recent years include, Madonna, "4 Minutes", he also produced with Timbaland and Justin Timberlake other tracks from her 2008 album Hard Candy, Mariah Carey on her song "Migrate" from E=MC², Keri Hilson on her song "Knock You Down" from In a Perfect World..., P!nk on her song "Sober" from Funhouse.

Danja produced the song, Toy Soldier on the Keri Hilson album No Boys Allowed, "Freak" by Jamie Foxx, "The Writer" by Jesse McCartney, "Sleep When I'm Gone" by DJ Khaled for his upcoming album "We The Best Forever". Danja has also been in studio with rapper J. Cole working on his debut album Cole World.

Danja also produced 3 songs on Diddy - Dirty Money's Last Train To Paris. According to Danja's Twitter account, He was in studio with Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z. Danja is working with his artist Kevin Cossom for his debut, L.O.V.E. He produced the first single, "Baby I Like It" which features Fabolous and Diddy. He produced the single "Believe", as well as two leaks "Don't Leave Me Rose" and "Killer" by Travis Garland. He recently produced the song "Everything On Me" on T.I's latest album "No Mercy". Danja has also produced "Sexy to Me" by singer/songwriter Joanna Levesque, which is also featured on the singer's commercial for Clearasil.

In 2011 Danja signed with New York based music publisher Reservoir Media Management in an exclusive worldwide publishing agreement. The partnership covers Danja’s expansive catalog, including his future songwriting.[7]

Production discography[edit]

Singles produced[edit]

List of singles as producer or co-producer, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released, performing artists and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US US
R&B
US
Rap
CAN UK AUS GER IRE NZ SWI
"I'm So Fly"
(Lloyd Banks)
2004 102 32 21 The Hunger for More
"Hey Now (Mean Muggin)"
(Xzibit featuring Keri Hilson)
93 52 9 44 21 42 Weapons of Mass Destruction and Appetite for Destruction
"Put You on the Game"
(The Game)
2005 96 42 22 The Documentary
"Maneater"
(Nelly Furtado)
2006 16 5 1 3 4 2 2 3 Loose
"Promiscuous"
(Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland)
1 22 1 3 2 6 5 1 6
  • RIAA: 3x Platinum
  • ARIA: Platinum
  • MC: 3x Platinum
"We Takin' Over"
(DJ Khaled featuring Akon, T.I., Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Birdman, and Lil Wayne)
2007 28 26 11 92
  • RIAA: Platinum[8]
  • MC: Gold[9]
We the Best
"Love Story"
(Katharine McPhee)
Katharine McPhee
"Wonder Woman"
(Trey Songz)
54 Trey Day
"Gimmie More"
(Britney Spears)
3 1 3 3 7 2 15 4
  • RIAA: Platinum[8]
  • ARIA: Gold[10]
  • BPI: Silver
  • MC: Gold
Blackout
"Hurt"
(T.I. featuring Alfamega and Busta Rhymes)
89 T.I. vs T.I.P.
"Break the Ice"
(Britney Spears)
2008 43 9 15 23 Blackout
"What It Is (Strike a Pose)"
(Lil Mama featuring T-Pain)
VYP (Voice of the Young People)
"No Matter What"
(T.I.)
72 42 17 66 Paper Trail
"Bad Girl"
(Danity Kane featuring Missy Elliot)
110
  • RIAA: Platinum
Welcome to the Dollhouse
"Official Girl"
(Cassie featuring Lil Wayne)
Non-album single
"Sober"
(Pink)
2009 15 8 9 6 3 12 7 5 Funhouse
"Knock You Down
(Keri Hilson featuring Kanye West and Ne-Yo)
3 9 5 24 1 In a Perfect World...
"Work"
(Ciara featuring Missy Elliot)
52 66 31 Fantasy Ride
"That's Tha Homie"
(Snoop Dogg)
Malice n Wonderland
"Hello Good Morning"
(Diddy-Dirty Money featuring T.I.)
2010 27 13 8 55 22 91 41 65 Last Train to Paris
"Believe"
(Travis Garland)
Non-album single
"Baby I Like It"
(Kevin Cossom featuring Fabolous and Diddy)
TBA
"Bad Girls"
(M.I.A.)
2012 92 43 81 Matangi
"Sexy to Me"
(JoJo)
Non-album single
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Exclusive: Clipse Q&A". [1]. Archived from the original (ONLINE NEWS ARTICLE) on November 12, 2007. Retrieved November 17, 2007. 
  2. ^ a b Janeé Bolden (2006-10-09). "Timbaland's Right Hand Man, Danja". SOHH.com. 
  3. ^ John Jurgensen, "Life of Danja" - WSJ.com Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Retrieved 10-22-2010.
  4. ^ Malcom Venable (2007-02-10). "Danja: Hitting the right note". HamptonRoads. 
  5. ^ Jayson Rodriguez (2007-05-01). "Timbaland Protege Danja Makes His Own Noise With DJ Khaled, Trey Songz". MTV News. 
  6. ^ Hillary Crosley (2007-05-10). "Epic's Walk Honors Nate ‘DanjaHandz’ Hills". Billboard. 
  7. ^ http://www.reservoir-media.com/news/post/NDA2LTkyYjA3Mg
  8. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum: DJ Khaled". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 15, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Gold and Platinum Search (DJ Khaled)". Music Canada. Retrieved April 15, 2012. 
  10. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2007 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved July 5, 2012. 

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