Nico & Vinz

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This article is about the Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz, previously known as Envy. For the Japanese rock band, see Envy (band).
Nico & Vinz
Nico&Vinz Pub Shot.jpg
Background information
Origin Oslo, Norway
Genres Afrobeat, pop
Years active 2009–13 (as Envy)
2014–present (as Nico & Vinz)
Labels Warner Bros. Records
Website www.nicoandvinz.com
Members Nico Sereba
Vincent Dery

Nico & Vinz is a Norwegian singing/songwriting duo composed of Nico Sereba and Vincent Dery. They formed in 2009 as Envy and are based in Oslo.[1] They changed their name to to Nico & Vinz in January 2014 after the international success of "Am I Wrong".

Music career[edit]

2010–11: Formation and debut mixtape[edit]

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.[2] The duo was launched as Envy with its main debut appearance at Emergenza Festival in 2011.[3] 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.

In June 2011 the duo released their debut single "One Song" under the name Envy. The song peaked to number 19 on the Norwegian Singles Chart.[3]

2012: The Magic Soup and the Bittersweet Faces[edit]

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.

2013–present: Breakthrough and "Am I Wrong" international success[edit]

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.[4] 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.[3] It was followed up with another release "In Your Arms" which also charted in Norway, Denmark and Sweden.[3][5]

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.[6] The music video was released via YouTube on June 20, 2013, and has been gaining much attention with over forty million views.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] It is currently #3 on SoundHound's hottest chart. “Am I Wrong” continues to skyrocket up both streaming and download charts. As of the week of May 6, 2014, "Am I Wrong" has broken into the iTunes Top 10 singles chart.[10]

Discography[edit]

Albums as Envy[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
NOR
[5]
The Magic Soup and the Bittersweet Faces 37

Mixtapes as Envy[edit]

List of mixtapes
Title Album details
Dreamworks: Why Not Me
  • Released: December 5, 2010
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: Digital download, CD

Singles as Envy[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Notes Album
NOR
[5]
DEN
[11]
FIN
[12]
SWE
[13]
"Set to Go" 2010 As Envy Dreamworks: Why Not Me
"One Song" 2011 19 The Magic Soup and the Bittersweet Faces
"Go Loud" 2012
"Am I Wrong" 2013 2 2 5 2 As Envy, and starting January 2014 as Nico & Vinz. See note*
"In Your Arms"** 4 12 45
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

*Credited originally to Envy until rename of the duo as Nico & Vinz in January 2014. International releases starting February 2014 were changed to Nico & Vinz as well and Scandinavian charts were amended to reflect change

Singles as Nico & Vinz[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
NOR
[5]
AUS
[18]
DEN
[11]
FIN
[12]
FRA
[19]
GER
[20]
SPA
[21]
SWE
[13]
US
[22]
US Pop
[23]
NL
[24]
"Am I Wrong" 2014 2 2 2 5 17 3 24 2 4 1 5 TBA

References[edit]

  1. ^ "This Week's Fresh Music Top 20". 4 July 2014. 4Music.
  2. ^ ROBACH, AMY (July 22, 2014). "NICO & VINZ TAKE MUSIC WORLD BY STORM". Good Morning America. :1
  3. ^ a b c d Nico & Vinz Biography | MTV.com MTV
  4. ^ Exit Envy, Hello Nico & Vinz nicoandvinz.com
  5. ^ a b c d Hung, Steffen. "Discography Envy". Norwegian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  6. ^ http://top40.about.com/od/reviews/fl/Review-Nico-amp-Vinz-Am-I-Wrong.htm
  7. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bg1sT4ILG0w
  8. ^ http://www.europeanborderbreakersawards.eu/eng/content/nico-vinz
  9. ^ https://www.shazam.com/charts
  10. ^ http://www.providencejournal.com/features/entertainment/music/20140506-top-10-itunes-singles-may-6.ece
  11. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography Envy". Danish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  12. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography Envy". Finnish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  13. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography Envy". Swedish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  14. ^ a b c http://ifpi.no/component/rstrophybridge/
  15. ^ a b "Canadian digital download certifications – Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong". Music Canada. 
  16. ^ http://www.ifpi.dk/?q=certificeringer&page=48
  17. ^ http://www.sverigetopplistan.se/netdata/ghl002.mbr/lista?liid=41&dfom=20131211&newi=0&mode=list
  18. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Envy". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  19. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Envy". French Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  20. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Envy". Finnish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  21. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Envy". Promusicae. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  22. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100
  23. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/6041343/chart-highlights-coldplay-ties-u2-for-most-adult-alternative
  24. ^ http://www.top40.nl/nico-vinz/am-i-wrong_24803
  25. ^ http://www.ifpi.dk/?q=certificeringer&page=48
  26. ^ http://www.sverigetopplistan.se/netdata/ghl002.mbr/lista?liid=41&dfom=20131211&newi=0&mode=list

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