Imran Khan (singer)

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Imran Khan
Birth name Imran Khan
Born (1984-05-28) 28 May 1984 (age 30)
The Hague, Netherlands
Origin Gujranwala, Punjab, Pakistan
Genres Hip hop, urban, pop, dancehall, R&B
Occupations Singer, songwriter, actor, Producer
Years active 2007–present
Labels  • Prestige Records (2007–2011)  • IK Records (2011-Present)
Website imrankhanworld.com

Imran Khan (Urdu : عمران خان) is a Pakistani-Dutch singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. He rose to fame in 2007 after the success of his first single "Ni Nachleh." [1]

Khan was born and raised in The Hague to Pakistani Punjabi parents from Gujranwala in Punjab.

Khan was signed to Prestige Records in late 2007, and released the single "Ni Nachleh" on the label.[1] His second single, "Amplifier" was released on 13 July 2009. It received two million views on YouTube in one week and as of June 2014 has received approximately 36 million hits.[citation needed] A few months later, on 30 November 2009, Prestige published the track 'Bewafa'. The video was shot in Mayfair, London, and it has won several awards, including a number 1 in the table FunX.[citation needed]

In July 2009, Khan's first album, Unforgettable, was released. It was produced by Eren E and Hakan Ozan.

Early life[edit]

Imran Khan was born 28 May 1984 in The Hague, Netherlands. His parents are from Gujranwala, Punjab in Pakistan and settled in The Hague, Netherlands in the early 1970’s.

Career[edit]

Khan started his career in his late teens.[2] His friend Shahid Mazhar founded Prestige Records,[3] which released Khan's debut single "Ni Nachleh".[1] Khan later that year, 2007, was performing in several countries.[4]

Khan’s first released single, "Amplifier", was produced by Eren E and was released on 12 July 2009.[5] His second single, "Bewafa," was produced by Hakan Ozan and released on 30 November 2009.[6]

In July 2009, Khan released his debut album, Unforgettable. It includes the singles "Amplifier", "Bewafa" and a remix of his first single "Ni Nachleh".[7] It was nominated for Best Album in the 2010 UK Asian Music Awards but did not win.[8] "Amplifier" was nominated for best video, with Khan himself nominated for best male act and best desi act. In 2011, Khan announced his departure from Prestige Records to start his own label.[8]

After going underground for almost 4 years, Khan released the single 'Satisfya' on 9 May 2013. 'Satisfya' got 801,160 views on YouTube in 3 days.[9] This single, unlike his previous singles, was released from IK Records. The single is produced by his "Amplifier" producer Eren E. The music video shows Khan driving a yellow Lamborghini Aventador and sitting with a cheetah. Khan's Satisfya video which was directed by David Zennie was the Best Mainstream Video of the 2013.[according to whom?]

Khan stated in a radio interview on BBC Radio 1 on Nihal Show, that he will be releasing the second single of his second album during 2014; it will be a hip-hop or rap song.

Discography[edit]

Unforgettable (2009)[edit]

Unforgettable is Khan's debut album, released on 27 July 2009, via Prestige Records.[7] It was produced by Eren E and Hakan Ozan. The album has a total of 15 tracks.

Singles[edit]

The lead single from Unforgettable is "Amplifier", produced by Eren E, which was third in "Top 10 Most Viewed Desi Hip Hop Videos"[clarification needed]; the second lead single is "Bewafa", produced by Hakan Ozan. The single "Satisfya" was first in the chart of "Top 10 Mainstream Music Videos of the Year" and reached no. 14 in the UK Pop chart.[citation needed] The song was produced by Eren E.

Critical reception[edit]

DesiHits rated Unforgettable 5/5, stating that the album was "worth the wait". [10]

Commercial reception[edit]

The album was nominated for the "Best Album" award at the UK Asian Music Awards 2010[11] and Won "Best Album" at the 2010 Brit Asia TV Music Awards.[12]

Track list[edit]

Track listing
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Amplifier"   Eren E 3:53
2. "Aaja We Mahiya (Come, My Love)"   Eren E 3:52
3. "Peli Waar (The First Time)"   Eren E 3:10
4. "Chak Glass (Grab a Glass)"   Eren E 3:08
5. "Nazar (Glance)"   Eren E 3:05
6. "Superstar"   Eren E 3:25
7. "Gora Gora Rang (Fair Skinned)" (featuring Mr. Probz) Eren E 4:25
8. "Bounce Billo (Billo-Shawty)"   Eren E 4:07
9. "Ni Nachleh (Hey, Dance)" (feat. MC Spyder) Eren E 3:35
10. "40 Pra (40 Brothers)"   Eren E 3:12
11. "Pata Chalgea (I Have Found Out)"   Eren E 4:45
12. "Bewafa (Unfaithful)"   Hakan Ozan 3:44
13. "Nai Reina (Don't Want to Stay)"   Hakan Ozan 3:04
14. "Qott Ghusian Da (A Sip of Happiness)" (feat. Shabby) Hakan Ozan 2:58
15. "Satisfya"   Eren E 3:00
Total length:
50:83

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Won "Best Album" at the 2010 Brit Asia TV Music Awards for Unforgettable[12]
  • Nominated for four awards at the 2010 UK Asian Music Awards, "Best Album", "Best Video" for "Amplifier", "Best Male Act" and "Best Desi Act"[11] winning "Best Desi Act"[13]
  • Won "Male Musical Artist of the Year" at the 2010 Anokhi Magazine Awards[14]
  • Won "Young Person of the Year at Successful " at the 2013 at Pakistan Achievement Awards[12]

Tours[edit]

Headlining[edit]

  • Imran Khan - First world tour was "the Canadian tour" in 2009 and "bounce billo Canadian tour" in 2010.
  • Imran Khan – Takeover Tour USA (2011)[15]
  • Imran Khan – Australia & New Zealand Tour (2011)[16]
  • Imran Khan – Pakistan Tour (2010)
  • Imran Khan - Taste of Asia Birmingham Alabama Show 15 March 2014

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Talking Shop: Singer Imran Khan". BBC News. 29 August 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2009. .
  2. ^ "About Imrankhanworld B.V.". imrankhanworld.com. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "About Us". prestigerecord.com. Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Interview with Imran Khan". desi-box.com. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Worldwide premiere of Imran Khan's Amplifier". desi-box.com. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Imran Khan releases new single Bewafa". DesiHits. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Review of Imran Khan's Unforgettable". BBC Music. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "AMA 2010 – Winners". BBC Radio Asian Network. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  9. ^ Biography, Khan's official website
  10. ^ "Album Review: Imran Khan's "Unforgettable"". DesiHits. 27 July 2009. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Sembhi, Jas (3 February 2010). "2010 UK Asian Music Awards Nominees". desiblitz.com. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c Jas Sembhi (3 May 2010). "Brit Asia TV Music Awards 2010". desiblitz.com. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  13. ^ Sembhi, Jas (11 March 2010). "2010 UK Asian Music Awards Winners". desiblitz.com. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "Anokhi Magazine Awards 2010". DesiHits. 8 February 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "DesiClub presents Online Ticketing for TAKEOVER Tour USA (2011)". Desiclub.com. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  16. ^ "Imran Khan to Headline the inaugural of Unforgettable Music Festival (2011)". Unforgettablemusicfestival.com. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 

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