Nico & Vinz
|Nico & Vinz|
|Origin||Oslo, Norway. Duo originating from Ivory Coast and Ghana|
|Years active||2009–13 (as Envy)
2014–present (as Nico & Vinz)
Nico & Vinz are a Norwegian singing/songwriting duo composed of Nico Sereba and Vincent Dery. They formed in 2009 as Envy and are based in Oslo. They changed their name to Nico & Vinz in January 2014 after the international success of "Am I Wrong".
2010–11: Formation and debut mixtape
Nico Sereba of Ivorian origin and Vincent Dery of Ghanaian origin created their music as a fusion of genres as diverse as pop to reggae to soul. The duo was launched as Envy with its main debut appearance at Emergenza Festival in 2011. They won first place at the Taubertal Open Air Festival World's "Emergenza Final" for new emerging artists. Following that success, the duo released the mixtape Dreamworks: Why Not Me under the name Envy. The materials were also made available online through WiMP.
2012: The Magic Soup and the Bittersweet Faces
Envy released their debut studio album The Magic Soup and the Bittersweet Faces on April 27, 2012, peaking to number 37 on the Norwegian Albums Chart. "One Song" was released as the lead single from the album peaking at number 19 on the Norwegian Singles Chart.
2013–present: Breakthrough and "Am I Wrong" international success
In April 2013 they released "Am I Wrong" under the name Envy. In January 2014, the duo changed their name from Envy to Nico & Vinz, in coordination with their signing to Warner Bros. Records in the United States to avoid being confused with other artists with a similar name. With international success of the single, the duo changed the credits of the single to the new adopted name. The song has peaked to number 2 on the Norwegian Singles Chart, the song has also peaked to number 2 on the Danish Singles Chart and number 2 on the Swedish Singles Chart. It was followed up with another release "In Your Arms" which also charted in Norway, Denmark and Sweden.
The music video for "Am I Wrong" was directed and edited by Kavar Singh. The video for "Am I Wrong" was filmed in Botswana and at the Victoria Falls between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was put together in a deliberate effort to present a positive side of Africa when the image of the continent is too often mired in negative news stories. The music video was released via YouTube on June 20, 2013, and has been gaining much attention with over fifty-five million views. The group played many different major Norwegian television-shows and kept saying they would aim even higher and try to break through into American audiences.
In early 2014, Nico & Vinz received the European Border Breakers Award (EBBA) at Eurosonic Festival, performed at the Spellemann Awards, completed a Scandinavian tour, and launched “Am I Wrong” worldwide. When “Am I Wrong” made its American radio debut in April 2014, it was the #1 most added record at the Top 40/mainstream format with 90 adds, a rarity in first-week airplay for a new artist. As one of the most "Shazamed" songs worldwide, “Am I Wrong” sits at #1 on Shazam’s Top 100 Worldwide and has peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is currently #3 on SoundHound's hottest chart. “Am I Wrong” continues to skyrocket up both streaming and download charts.
- Studio albums
- The Magic Soup and the Bittersweet Faces (2012) (credited as Envy)
- Black Star Elephant (2014) (credited as Nico & Vinz)
- Dreamworks: Why Not Me (2010) (credited as Envy)
- "This Week's Fresh Music Top 20". 4 July 2014. 4Music.
- ROBACH, AMY (July 22, 2014). "NICO & VINZ TAKE MUSIC WORLD BY STORM". Good Morning America. :1
- Nico & Vinz Biography | MTV.com MTV
- Exit Envy, Hello Nico & Vinz nicoandvinz.com
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