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Background information
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres Pop, dance, hip hop
Years active 2010–present
Labels Epic
Website www.karminmusic.com
Members Amy Heidemann
Nick Noonan

Karmin is an American hip hop duo consisting of Amy Renee Heidemann (born (1986-04-29) April 29, 1986 (age 28)) and Nicholas Louis "Nick" Noonan (born (1986-04-27) April 27, 1986 (age 28)).[1] The duo was known previously for their covers posted on YouTube, including Chris Brown's "Look at Me Now" and Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass". Their original song "Take It Away" was used in promos for the 2011 NBA Finals.[2]

Following the success of their covers, they were signed in 2011 to Epic Records, which was relaunched under L.A. Reid. In May 2012, Karmin released their debut EP, Hello, which spawned the singles "Brokenhearted" and "Hello" and received mixed reviews. "Brokenhearted" reached the top 20 in the US Billboard Hot 100 charts, and the top 10 in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, while "Hello" reached number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart in the United States.[3] In March 2014, the duo released their debut album, Pulses, to moderate commercial and critical reception. The album's lead single, "Acapella", charted in the top 10 in Australia and New Zealand, and achieved moderate success in the United States. The duo left Epic Records in the middle of 2014 and has since released music independently.

Karmin is currently managed by Berklee College of Music graduate Nils Gums[4] ('06), who founded the artist development and management firm, The Complex Group, Inc. alongside fellow Berklee alumnus, Matt Maltese and USC Film School graduate, Eric Zimmermann. Rolling Stone named Karmin's lead singer Amy as the winner of "Women Who Rock" contests.[5]

Life and career[edit]

Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan met while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, from which they graduated in 2008.[6] Heidemann is a graduate from Seward High School in Nebraska. Noonan graduated from Old Town High School in Maine, where he was a member of the concert band and jazz ensemble.

The duo's popularity grew from an appearance on the daytime talk show as well as exposure on YouTube, achieving more than 200 million views.[7] The duo gained popularity after being discussed on reddit,[8] and their video for "Look at Me Now" was posted on Ryan Seacrest's blog.[9] The group later thanked reddit by giving the reddit alien mascot a prominent place in their video for their cover of "6 Foot 7 Foot".[10]

2011–12: Hello and commercial breakthrough[edit]

After anticipation and speculation concerning Karmin signing with a record label,[11][12] the group announced on June 2, 2011 that they had been signed by a major record label.[13] Reports indicated, with confirmation from an industry insider, that the group had signed with Epic Records as part of L.A. Reid's return to the company.[14][15][16] On their official website they asked their fans about what they wanted to hear on their album, and about 50% said they would like to have rapping.[17]

In late June, 2012, the duo entered the studio to record their debut studio album and have collaborated with producers Warryn Campbell, Kane Beatz, Jon Jon Traxx, The Runners, Kwamé, D'Mile, Oak and Andrew "Pop" Wansel, Harvey Mason, Jr. of The Underdogs, Tricky Stewart, Rodney "Don Vito" Richard, The Exclusives, J. R. Rotem, Sham 'Sak Pase' Joseph, Christian Rich, Hit-Boy, The Fliptones, Kenneth "Soundz" Coby, The Composer, Stargate, with writing assistance from Claude Kelly, Elite, Redd Stylez, Kevin McCall, Audio Push, Corey Houston, Bonnie McKee, Kelly Sheehan, Heather Bright, Henry "Cirkut" Walter and Diane Warren.[18] Both Heidemann and Noonan worked to maintain original songs and ideas, while working toward mainstream and pop music. They cited L.A. Reid's understanding of their musical background to be helpful in this process.[19]

"Hello" was released on May 7, via digital download.[20]

2012–present: Pulses, headlining tour and Leo Rising[edit]

On September 6, 2012, the duo confirmed via Twitter that they are in the process of making their first LP. It was first reported that the album would be released in November 2012, but the group stated on a Ustream chat that the album would not come out in November, they would be in the studio the whole month of November to record it. In December, 2012, the duo started to make appearances at live shows and concerts. On December 31, 2012 – January 1, 2013, Karmin performed as part of the ABC network's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve '13 with Ryan Seacrest show; the duo played their hit "Hello". On January 1, 2013, Karmin performed on ABC network's Good Morning America; the duo played "Brokenhearted".

On February 26, 2013, the duo released a studio cover of Drake's song "Started from the Bottom" as a promotional single and first release of their, "Manic Mondays" releases. It was released digitally for free download.[21] One week later they also released a mash-up studio cover for "Karate Chop/Sweet Dreams" by Future also as a promotional single. They released the single digitally for free download.[22]

In late April 2013, Big Time Rush announced the track listing of their album, 24/Seven, which features a collaboration with Karmin, entitled "Song for You". It was released on June 11, 2013.

On May 13, 2013, the group confirmed that their new single would be released in June of the current year, but did not give further details.[citation needed] Then on late May the duo confirmed via Twitter that the lyric video for their upcoming single would be released on June 10, 2013, still not giving further details like the song's title or release date.[citation needed] Then on May 30, Amy said at the BMI Pop Awards that the new single would feature her rapping.[23] It was later confirmed that the single's name would be "Acapella". On June 10, it was announced that they would be the opening act for Jonas Brothers on their upcoming 2013 tour and in the same day they also premiered their first single "Acapella" from their debut album on the Elvis Duran Show on Z100. On June 23, the duo said via Twitter that "Acapella" would be released digitally sometime in July, as part of the "Acapella Month" campaign which also featured live performances.[24] The duo performed the new single plus two new songs and their hit single "Brokenhearted" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on July 2. They also uploaded an acoustic version of "Acapella" the same day.[citation needed] On 5 July, Karmin stated via Twitter that "Acapella" would be released to digital retailers on 9 July 2013.[citation needed] The song debuted at number 98 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and two weeks later peaked at number 72.[3]

On July 10, the first night on tour with the Jonas Brothers, Karmin confirmed that their upcoming studio album would be titled Pulses. The album was set to be released Fall 2013, but then on September 18, 2013, during a live concert on StageIt, Karmin shared that the album is finished, but they are feuding with their label, Epic Records, and are struggling to settle on a second single and a release date for the full record.[25] On October of the same year the album became available for pre-order at Walmart's website, which listed a release date of December 31, 2013.[26] This was later denied by their manager.[citation needed] In mid-October the duo stated that they were back in the studio working again on their album;[citation needed] they expected to release details of the album along with news of a tour on October 28.[citation needed]

On October 28, 2013 they announced their 2014 Pulses tour.[27] The first leg of the tour started in Baltimore on January 29, 2014[28] with 16 dates and ended in California on February 22, 2014.[29] Karmin toured with singer-songwriter Bryce Vine. Karmin's first full-length album Pulses was released March 25, 2014. Rolling Stone gave it 1–1/2 stars.[30] The second leg of the tour began April 6, 2014[31] in Dallas, Texas, wound through Southern and Mid-Western US states with singer-songwriter Bonnie McKee opening at some of the dates, and ended with summer dates in New York, Indiana and California.[32]

Karmin is currently working on their second album, Leo Rising, scheduled to be released in 2015. "Sugar," has been released as the lead single on October 8, 2014, and a follow-up, "Yesterday," was released October 24.The names of some other songs have been confirmed through their official Twitter page, including "Everything," "Blame It On My Heart," "Save Me Now," "Along The Road," and several others.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Pulses 32 18 46 US: 27,000[36]


Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Inside Out 86
The Winslow Sessions
  • Released: February 16, 2011
  • Label: P.I.C.
  • Formats: Digital download
  • Released: May 4, 2012
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: Digital download
18 33 US: 19,000[37]

Other albums[edit]

Title Album details
Karmin Covers, Vol. 1
  • Released: May 24, 2011
  • Label: Karmin Music, The Complex Music Group
  • Formats: Digital download


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US Dance
US Pop
"Crash Your Party" 2011 36 N/A
"Brokenhearted" 2012 16 1 10 9 61 19 40 5 6 Hello
"Hello" 62 1 16 72 72 21
"Acapella" 2013 72 34 4 30 64 9 Pulses
"I Want It All" 2014 39
"Sugar" N/A
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released


The name of the band is a portmanteau made from the Latin word carmen meaning "song" (also a Spanish female name), and the word karma, making the name Karmin.[51]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Nomination Result
2011 Karmin American Music Award New Media Honoree Won
2012 MTV O Music Awards Web Born Star Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Breakout Group Won
Web Star Nominated
PopRepublic It List Awards Breakthrough Artist Won
Best Intl Group Nominated
"Brokenhearted" Best Single Won
Hello Best Album Nominated
2014 Karmin World Music Awards World's Best Group Nominated
World's Best Live Act
"Acapella" World's Best Song
World's Best Video


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