Iyaz

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Iyaz
Birth name Keidran Jones
Born (1987-04-15) 15 April 1987 (age 27)
Origin Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Genres R&B, pop, hip hop, dance, rock, country, reggae, indie
Occupations Recording Artist, rapper, actor
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Labels

Beluga Heights, Time Is Money Atlantic (current)

Warner Bros., Reprise, Asylum (former)[1]
Associated acts J.R. Rotem, Sean Kingston, Big Time Rush, Charice, Demi Lovato, Mann
Website iyazworld.com

Keidran Jones (born 15 April 1987), better known by his stage name Iyaz (pronounced EYE-az), is a singer-songwriter and dancer from the British Virgin Islands signed with the record label Beluga Heights Records. He is known for his singles "Replay", "Solo" and "Pretty Girls". He released his debut album Replay in 2010.

Life and career[edit]

Iyaz was born in 1987 to a musical family. He grew up in Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.[2] Iyaz studied digital recording at New England Institute of Technology.[3] Island Girls found radio success in the Caribbean.[2] Sean Kingston found Iyaz through his Myspace page in 2008[4] and later signed him a recording contract with Time Is Money/Beluga Heights. Michael Nguyen introduced him to producer and Beluga Heights head J.R. Rotem. He released "Replay" in 2010, which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #1 in many other territories, including the United Kingdom.[2] His second single "Solo" was released in February 2010, and peaked at #32 on the Hot 100. He also took part in recording the Haiti charity single, "We Are the World 25 for Haiti". His debut album, Replay was released in 2010, and he was also featured on Charice's single "Pyramid". In an interview with HitQuarters, Rotem described Iyaz's creative perfectionism:

"Where as others might work on several songs in one day, he might sit there and work on one song for days. The end result that he gets is usually an absolute gem, so heartfelt and genuine."[5]

Iyaz also appeared on the fourth season of Hannah Montana, Hannah Montana Forever and made a song with Miley Cyrus called "Gonna Get This", which is featured on the Hannah Montana Forever soundtrack album. As well as featuring on a Demi Lovato song called "You're My Only Shorty" in 2011. He is also featured in the upcoming film 21 Coconuts. Iyaz is now working on his second album but no release date or title has yet been confirmed. He has also released a song together with Travie McCoy, titled "Pretty Girls".

Iyaz has been associated with many singers and rappers around the world, including Snoop Dogg, Mann, Charice, Stevie Hoang, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Rick Ross, Riz, New boyz, Auburn, Sean Kingston, Jay Sean, Diction, Shotta, David Guetta, and Travie McCoy. Iyaz also had a part in Big Time Rush's song "If I Ruled the World".

In 2011, Iyaz released five songs: "Break My Bank" with hip hop duo the New Boyz, "My Girl" with Aon, "Last Forever" with David Guetta as the producer,[6] "So Big" which charted in the UK at #40, and its follow-up, "At Last".

In 2013, Iyaz released another single, "Da Da Da" and is working on his second album with Adam Levine among others.

In 2014, Iyaz was featured in Jayceon's single "For Your Love". Iyaz made a new cover song of Chris Brown's Loyal named "Comin' For Ya", followed by another cover months after of Magic!'s song "Rude" which he shared on SoundCloud.

Discography[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[7]
BEL
[8]
GRE
[9]
NE
[10]
SWI
[11]
Replay 26 68 18 61 35

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[7]
AUT
[12]
AUS
[13]
CAN
[14]
FRA
[15]
GER
[16]
IRE
[17]
NL
[18]
NZ
[19]
US
[20]
"Replay" 2009 1 3 1 5 7 7 2 8 2 2
  • UK: Gold
  • AUS: 3× Platinum[21]
  • GER: Gold
  • ITA: Platinum
  • NZ: Platinum
  • US: 3× Platinum[22]
Replay
"Solo" 2010 3 28 48 54 25 26 35 35 32
"So Big" 40 46
"Pretty Girls"
(featuring Travie McCoy)
2011 43 Second Album
"Da Da Da" 2013

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK AUS CAN US US Dance
"Pyramid"
(Charice featuring Iyaz)
2010 17 45 41 56 1 Charice
"Break My Bank"
(New Boyz featuring Iyaz)
68 Too Cool to Care
"The Mack"
(Mann featuring Iyaz and Snoop Dogg)
2011 68 28 Mann's World
"Fight for You"
(Stevie Hoang featuring Iyaz)
Unsigned

Other Songs[edit]

As Featured Artist[edit]

Year Song Album Artist
2010 Gonna Get This Hannah Montana Forever Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus
2010 Like This Get 'Em Girls Jessica Mauboy
2011 You're My Only Shorty Unbroken Demi Lovato
2011 Leaving Home Best To Never Make It: The Kasual Kas Story Kasual

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award show Nomination Result
2011 MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best Reggae Video — "Replay" Won
BMI Pop Music Awards 50 Most Performed Songs of the Year — "Replay" Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Artists | BMG Music Rights Management". Bmg.com. 2013-09-15. 
  2. ^ a b c Lipshutz, Jason (6 November 2009). "Young island-pop singer Iyaz hits "Replay"". Billboard. Reuters. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  3. ^ David Caplan, "5 Things to Know About Singer Iyaz", People, 02/04/2010
  4. ^ "Artists | Replay – Big Top 40 Music moms". Bigtop40.com. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  5. ^ "Interview With JR Rotem". HitQuarters. 4 April 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2010. 
  6. ^ http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/iyaz-last-forever-prod-by-david-guetta-song.313693.html
  7. ^ a b "Chart Stats – Iyaz". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "Iyaz - Replay". ultratop.be. 
  9. ^ "greekcharts.com – Greek charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "dutchcharts.nl – Dutch charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  11. ^ "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  12. ^ "austraiancharts.com – Austria Top 40". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  13. ^ "australian-charts.com – Australian charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "Iyaz Album & Song Chart History – Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "lescharts.com – French charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  16. ^ "German Charts – Singles". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  17. ^ "irishcharts.com – Discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  18. ^ "dutchcharts.nl – Dutch charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  19. ^ "charts.org.nz – New Zealand charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  20. ^ "Iyaz Album & Song Chart History – Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  21. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2010 Singles". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  22. ^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum – January 5, 2011: "Replay" certified awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  23. ^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum – January 5, 2011: "Solo" certified awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 

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