Havana Brown (musician)

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Havana Brown
Havana Brown - Cosmo Fun Fearless Female Awards.jpg
Brown at the 2012 Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Female Awards
Background information
Birth name Angelique Meunier
Born (1985-02-14) 14 February 1985 (age 29)
Melbourne, Australia
Genres Dance-pop, electronic dance, electropop, electro house, eurodance
Occupations DJ, singer, dancer
Years active 2008–present
Labels Island
Universal Republic, 2101 (US)
Website djhavanabrown.com.au

Havana Brown or DJ Havana Brown (born Angelique Meunier; 14 February 1985)[1] is an Australian DJ, singer and dancer. In 2008, Brown signed with Island Records Australia as a DJ for the record company, and began releasing her Crave compilation album series, which featured remixes of songs from other artists.[2] This led to her touring with international artists, including Britney Spears, Rihanna, the Pussycat Dolls, Chris Brown and Enrique Iglesias.[3]

Brown made her debut as a recording artist in 2011, with the single "We Run the Night", which reached number five on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart and was certified triple platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). The single earned Brown two ARIA Music Award nominations for Breakthrough Artist Single and Highest Selling Single. Following this success, Brown signed a US record deal with Universal Republic via producer RedOne's label 2101 Records.[4] A remix of "We Run the Night", featuring American rapper Pitbull, was produced by RedOne and released in the United States. It reached number one on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart and number 26 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The remix was included on Brown's first EP, When the Lights Go Out, which was released in July 2012.

Life and career[edit]

Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Brown was born in Melbourne, Australia to Mauritian parents that came from the island of Rodrigues.[5] Before she started to DJ, she was signed to a record label in the United Kingdom with a group called Fishbowl.[6] They were about to release their first single under the label, but the group fell apart and Brown turned to DJing.[6][7] She then began performing at venues around Melbourne and worked with promotions around Australia.[8]

2008–09: Crave and touring[edit]

In 2008, Brown signed to Island Records Australia, after being approached by a boss of the label, who asked her if she was interested in doing a compilation album.[7][9] She has since been releasing her Crave compilation series through the label. In October 2008, Brown supported Rihanna on the Australian leg of her Good Girl Gone Bad Tour.[6] In May 2009, she served as a support act for the Pussycat Dolls during the Australian leg of their Doll Domination Tour.[10] Brown also supported Britney Spears during the European leg of her 2009 Circus Tour.[11] She earned the same support role for the Australian leg of the tour in November 2009.[12]

Since December 2009, Brown has provided mixes every Saturday night on Party People, a radio show which broadcasts across Australia by the Today Network.[13]

2011–2013: Recording debut, international breakthrough, and When The Lights Go Out EP[edit]

Brown performing at the B96 Summerbash in Chicago on 16 June 2012.

In April 2011, Brown was a supporting act for Chris Brown's Australian leg of his F.A.M.E. Tour.[14] On 29 April 2011, Brown released her debut single "We Run the Night",[15] which was written and produced by Cassie Davis and Snob Scrilla of the production duo More Mega.[16] The song peaked at number five on the ARIA Singles Chart[17] and was certified triple platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), for selling 210,000 copies.[18] On 4 September 2011, Brown told The Daily Telegraph that she had signed a US recording contract with Universal Republic Records via producer RedOne's label 2101 Records.[19] The official remix of "We Run the Night", featuring additional production by RedOne and a rap verse by American rapper Pitbull, was released in the United States on 27 September 2011.[20] It peaked at number one on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart. Brown's second single "Get It" was released on 9 September 2011,[21] and peaked at number 38 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[17] On 20 April 2012, Brown released a promotional single titled "City of Darkness".[22]

Brown's debut EP When the Lights Go Out was released on 17 July 2012.[23] The Australian version of the EP included five new songs, while the US version included the RedOne remix of "We Run the Night".[24] On 18 July 2012, she appeared as a musical guest on America's Got Talent.[25] In August 2012, Brown became a supporting act, alongside Timomatic and Taio Cruz, for Pitbull's Australian leg of his Planet Pit World Tour.[26] Brown represented Australia at the first ABU TV Song Festival 2012, which took place at the KBS Concert Hall in Seoul, South Korea on 14 October 2012.[27][28] "Big Banana", featuring R3hab and Prophet of 7Lions, was released as the third single from When the Lights Go Out on 4 December 2012.[29] It was Brown's second single to peak at number one on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart.[30] It also peaked at number 15 on the US Dance/Electronic Songs chart.[31] In Australia, "Big Banana" peaked at number 18 on the ARIA Singles Chart, and at number 2 on the ARIA Dance Singles Chart.[32][33] The song was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), denoting sales of 70,000 copies.[34] "Spread a Little Love" was released as the fourth single from the EP but failed to chart.

2013: Flashing Lights[edit]

Brown's debut studio album Flashing Lights was released on 11 October, which debuted at number six on the ARIA Albums Chart.[35] It features collaborations with RedOne, R3hab, Cassie Davis, Snob Scrilla and Afrojack. Flashing Lights also features previously released tracks including "We Run the Night", "Big Banana" and "You'll Be Mine". The album was in the process of creation from 2011 when she released "We Run the Night", which sold over one million copies in the United States and charted across the globe. Brown spent 2012 and 2013 primarily based in the U.S. working on the album. The lead single "Flashing Lights" was released on 23 August and peaked at number 68 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[36] "Flashing Lights" peaked at number one on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart marking her 3rd number one in the US on that chart. The second single "Warrior" was released on 27 September, debuted at number 32 before peaking at number 11 and was certified platinum for sales of over 70,000 copies. On the 14 October, Brown performed "Warrior" on series five of the The X Factor Australia.[37]

On 20 March 2014, Brown unexpectedly released a new single, "Whatever We Want", to radio stations. It was released on iTunes on 27 March 2014. It is currently unknown whether this is the lead single of her second studio album, or from a re-release of her debut studio album, Flashing Lights.

Influences[edit]

Brown claimed Janet Jackson as her biggest influence, stating "she's my idol" and "I want to be Janet Jackson! But the DJ-slash-Janet Jackson—I want to be able to put on big shows, I want dancers, I want fireworks, I want it all. "[38]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
EPs

Tours[edit]

Headlining

Supporting act

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Type Award Result
2011 ARIA Music Awards[41] Breakthrough Artist – Single ("We Run the Night") Nominated
Highest Selling Single ("We Run the Night") Nominated
Poprepublic.tv IT List Awards[42][43] Australian Female Artist Nominated
Favourite DJ of 2011 Won
Breakthrough Artist of 2011 Won
2012 APRA Music Awards[44] Dance Work of the Year – "We Run the Night" (Cassie Davis, Sean Mullins) Nominated
ARIA Music Awards[45] Best Dance Release (When the Lights Go Out) Nominated
Channel [V] Awards[46] [V] Oz Artist of the Year Nominated
Poprepublic.tv IT List Awards[47][48] Favourite Australian Female Artist Nominated
Favourite DJ of 2012 Won
2013 Channel [V] Awards[49] [V] Oz Artist of the Year Nominated
Poprepublic.tv Awards[50][51] Favourite DJ or Remixer of 2013 Won
Favourite Australian Female Artist Nominated
2014 World Music Awards World's Best Female Artist[52] Nominated
World's Best Live Act[53] Nominated
World's Best Entertainer of the Year[54] Nominated
World's Best Song ("Warrior")[55] Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards[56] Best Australia Act Pending

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Bio: DJ Havana Brown". Island Records Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Thank You Sydney". Enrique Iglesias Official Site. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
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  8. ^ "Interview: DJ Havana Brown". BeautyandLace.com.au. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  9. ^ Clarke, Layla (13 May 2011). "Havana Brown releases debut single 'We Run The Night'". The AU Review. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  10. ^ Duncan, Alasdair (26 May 2009). "Pussycat Dolls / Lady Gaga / DJ Havana Brown". Rave magazine. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Havana Brown in a spin for Britney Spears as DJ". Perth Now. The Sunday Times. 6 July 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "DJ Havana Brown Defends Britney Spears' "Amazing" Circus Concerts". The Hot Hits Live from LA. Mcm Media. 12 November 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "DJ Havana Brown set to sizzle on a Saturday night". GetMusic.com.au. Universal Music Australia. 4 December 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  14. ^ Barnett, Sophie (19 January 2011). "Chris Brown's Aussie Tour!". MTV Australia. MTV Networks. Retrieved 24 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "We Run the Night – Single (Australia)". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
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  21. ^ "Get It – Single (Australia)". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  22. ^ "City of Darkness – Single by Havana Brown". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
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  30. ^ "Chart Highlights: Rolling Stones Debut On Dance/Club Play Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  31. ^ "'Big Banana' #15 on Dance/Electronic Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
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  43. ^ Manser, Robert (11 February 2012). "IT List Awards Winners Announced!". Poprepublic.tv. AKA Entertainment. Archived from the original on 11 February 2012. 
  44. ^ "Nominations > Dance Work of the Year – 2012". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  45. ^ "Winners & Nominees Announced – 26th ARIA Awards 2012". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 3 October 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
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  52. ^ "Nomination for World's Best Female Artist". World Music Awards. Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. 
  53. ^ "Nomination for World's Live Act". World Music Awards. Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. 
  54. ^ "Nomination for World's Best Entertainer of the Year". World Music Awards. Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. 
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
None
Australia in the ABU TV Song Festival
2012
with "We Run the Night"
Succeeded by
Justice Crew
with "Boom Boom & Everybody"
Mashup