MNEK

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MNEK
MNEK Glatsonbury Festival 2014 by neal whitehouse piper.jpg
Background information
Birth name Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike
Also known as MNEK
Born (1994-11-09) 9 November 1994 (age 20)
Lewisham, London, UK
Origin Bellingham, London, UK
Genres
Occupation(s)
Years active 2004–present[1]
Labels
Associated acts

Uzo Emenike (born 9 November 1994),[2] professionally known as MNEK, is a Grammy-nominated British singer, songwriter, record producer and remixer of Nigerian descent, signed to Virgin EMI Records.

His recent writing & production credits include Kylie Minogue, Chris Malinchak, Bondax, Becky Hill, Oliver Heldens, Karen Harding, Tieks, Naughty Boy, Gorgon City, Sub Focus, Clean Bandit, Duke Dumont, Rudimental, Little Mix, A*M*E amongst others and his remixes include Duran Duran, Olly Murs, Bastille and Tinie Tempah. He has also contributed vocals on the song Living for Love by Madonna.

Career[edit]

In February 2012, he featured on Rudimental's single "Spoons" with Syron. The song features on their debut studio album Home (2013). In December 2013 he was one of 15 artists to make BBC's long list.[3] In January 2014 he featured on Gorgon City's single "Ready for Your Love". The song peaked to number 4 on the UK Singles Chart. On 20 April 2014, he premiered "Every Little Word" on 1Xtra, the "buzz" single from his debut studio album.

On 9 May the remix EP featuring Joe Goddard and Fred V & Grafix among others was released. Emenike has said we can expect to hear collaborations with Moko, Snakehips and Jimmy Napes on the record.[4] The lead single "Wrote a Song About You" premiered on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show on 13 June 2014. In June 2014, Oliver Heldens' track Gecko, which Emenike wrote, debuted at number 1 on both the UK Dance Chart and the UK Singles Chart. MNEK produced the song "Feels So Good" by Kylie Minogue, from her album Kiss Me Once. On 22 July, Emenike released the promotional single "In Your Clouds" as part of an iTunes Ones to Watch campaign. The song will feature on his debut album.[5] In 2014, he worked with Madonna in her album, Rebel Heart. His debut extended play Small Talk was released on 20 March 2015. In March 2015, JoJo announced that worked with MNEK in her new studio album. He is producing Gamu Nhengu debut album.

Personal life[edit]

Emenike is currently in a relationship with singer/songwriter Brayton Bowman.[6]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
UK
[7]
2011 "If Truth Be Told"[8] Non-album single
2014 "Every Little Word" 184 Small Talk
"Wrote a Song About You" 66
2015 "The Rhythm" 38
"—" denotes a song that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
UK
[9]
IRE
[10]
SCO
[11]
2012 "Spoons"
(Rudimental featuring MNEK and Syron)
Home
"Christmas in Downtown LA"
(Far East Movement featuring MNEK)
Non-album single
2014 "Ready for Your Love"
(Gorgon City featuring MNEK)
4 41 7 Sirens
"—" denotes a song that did not chart or was not released.

EPs[edit]

Year Title
2015 "Small Talk - EP"

Promotional singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2014 "In Your Clouds" Small Talk

Songwriting and production[edit]

Year Title Artist Role Peak chart positions Album
UK AUS BEL DEN GER NL
2011 "All Fired Up" The Saturdays Writer, producer 3 On Your Radar
2012 "City Lights" A*M*E Writer, producer TBC
"Ride or Die" Writer, producer
"Fast Girls" Jack Beats featuring MNEK Writer, vocals Careless
"Rumbae" The Very Best Vocals MTMTMK
"Home Run" Misha B Writer, producer 11 TBC
"Wings" Little Mix Producer 1 3 57 DNA
2013 "Hell Could Freeze" Rudimental featuring Angel Haze Writer, backing vocals Home
"Hide" Rudimental featuring Sinéad Harnett Writer
"Baby" Rudimental featuring MNEK & Sinéad Harnett Writer, vocals
"Need U (100%)" Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E Writer, backing vocals 1 40 17 31 43 20 TBC
"Too Much Heaven" DEVolution featuring MNEK Writer, vocals Transition
"Admire" DEVolution featuring Aaron Soul Writer
"Hold On" Duke Dumont featuring MNEK Writer, vocals TBC
"Wanna Go" Maxsta featuring Little Nikki Writer 43 TBC
"The Finest Things" Colette Carr Writer, producer Skitszo
"Lovesong" Javeon Writer, producer TBC
"Close" Sub Focus featuring MNEK Vocals, writer Torus
"Indiana" Tom Aspaul Producer TBC
"Bad 4 U" Tanika Writer, producer TBC
"Nothing Feels Like You" Little Mix Writer, producer Salute
2014 "Feels So Good" Kylie Minogue Producer Kiss Me Once
"Here for You" Gorgon City featuring Laura Welsh Writer 7 62 48 Sirens
"Better Than This" Bred For Pleasure Vocals, writer TBC
"Cologne" Clean Bandit featuring Nikki Cislyn and Javeon Writer New Eyes
"Gecko (Overdrive)" Oliver Heldens featuring Becky Hill Writer 1 23 48 TBC
"What Are You Waiting For?" The Saturdays Writer 38 Finest Selection: The Greatest Hits
"Happiness" Chris Malinchak featuring MNEK Writer, vocals TBC
"All I See" Bondax Writer 80 TBC
"Sing That Song" TIEKS Writer TBC
"Losing" Becky Hill Writer TBC
"Special" Billon featuring Maxine Ashley Writer TBC
"Say Something" Karen Harding Writer 7 80 TBC
"Climbin (Piano Weapon)" Shadow Child & Doorly Writer 85 TBC
"18" Etta Bond Writer TBC
"Last All Night (Koala)" Oliver Heldens featuring K Stewart Writer 53 TBC
Living for Love Madonna Writer, backing vocals 26 43 40 Rebel Heart
"—" denotes a song that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MNEK: Pop's New Wunderkind". MTV Iggy. 2013-05-01. 
  2. ^ "WILD Profile: MNEK Keeps It Fresh". The WILD Magazine. 2013-04-02. 
  3. ^ "BBC Music - BBC Sound Of, 2014 - MNEK". BBC. 
  4. ^ "Yinka & Friends: MNEK". Rinse FM on YouTube. 2014-06-10. 
  5. ^ "MNEK - Timeline photos". Facebook. 22 July 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.soulbounce.com/soul/2015/03/brayton-bowman-falls-deep-in-love-with-the-help-of-mnek/
  7. ^ Peak positions in the United Kingdom:
  8. ^ "FRESH: MNEK - 'IF TRUTH BE TOLD'". MTV UK. 2011-09-16. 
  9. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in the UK:
  10. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography MNEK". Irish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  11. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in Scotland:

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