RAS (musician)

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Background information
Birth name Nicholas Furlong
Born (1986-09-16) September 16, 1986 (age 28)
Origin Carson City, Nevada United States
Genres Pop, rock, dance, electronica, dance-pop, electro house
Occupation(s) Singer, musician, songwriter, producer, remixer
Website rasofficial.com

Nicholas Furlong (born September 16, 1986), professionally known as RAS, is an American singer, musician, songwriter, and record producer.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Furlong was raised in Carson City, Nevada. A self-taught musician, he began writing music at the age of twelve. As a teenager, he started recording his own songs and sharing them on various music sites. While still a junior in high school, his music was discovered by a music director at Midway Games, who offered him an opportunity to write songs for video games. Furlong contributed to various game soundtracks between the years of 2004-2005. At the age of twenty he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a songwriter and producer. Through networking and word of mouth, he met and began working with various other songwriters and producers.[3]


2010-2013: Career breakthrough[edit]

Furlong had his first commercial success in 2010 as a co-writer of the Big Time Rush and Jordin Sparks' duet, "Count On You". The song was featured on the band's debut album BTR, which debuted at number three on the Billboard 200. Shortly after, Furlong caught the ear of OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, who signed him to a publishing deal. Alongside Tedder, Furlong worked with many artists including Colbie Caillat, Jordin Sparks, Leona Lewis, and The Wanted.[4] Furlong worked with Big Time Rush again in 2011, co-writing "Time of Our Life" on their sophomore album Elevate. A music video for the song was filmed live during the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards and was premiered at the end of the show.[5]

Furlong began transitioning into electronic music in 2012, when he collaborated with Diplo on "No Problem" for the Express Yourself EP. "I'd always been an avid fan of dance music, but after working with Diplo I felt immediately drawn to the genre," he stated.[6] Later that year Furlong began working with Steve Aoki, co-writing the single "Singularity", which was featured on the It's The End of The World As We Know It EP. They would collaborate again in 2013, when Furlong wrote and featured as a vocalist on the single "Bring You To Life (Transcend)", which peaked at number forty-four on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Songs chart.[7] Furlong has also worked with several other DJs including Avicii, Tiësto, Bassnectar, Nicky Romero, and Hook N Sling.

2014-present: "The Nights" and commercial recognition[edit]

In 2014, Furlong formed his publishing company, AttaBoy Music (AttaBoy Published This), in alliance with Reach Music Publishing. He expanded his versatility when he worked with pop punk band 5 Seconds of Summer for their debut self-titled album. He co-wrote "Everything I Didn't Say" on the full-length album, "Social Casualty" on the Deluxe edition, and "Independence Day" on the Target exclusive version. "Everything I Didn't Say" was released as a promotional single where it peaked at number twenty-four on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was also featured on the band's live album LiveSOS. Later that year, Furlong worked with post-hardcore band Sleeping With Sirens for their fourth studio album Madness. The band released the album's first single "Kick Me", co-written with Furlong, on November 10, 2014. The single peaked at number twenty-three on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart. "Kick Me" was nominated for song of the year at the 2015 Alternative Press Music Awards.

In addition to co-writing, Furlong featured as a vocalist on Avicii's single "The Nights". The single premiered on the soundtrack of FIFA 15 on September 23, 2014. It was released on December 1, 2014 on The Days / Nights EP, alongside Avicii's prior single "The Days", and then as a single in the UK on January 11, 2015. It also serves as the second single from Avicii's forthcoming sophomore album Stories. "The Nights" peaked at number one on the UK Dance Chart, number six on the UK Singles Chart, and number ten on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Songs chart.[8] It has accumulated more than one-hundred million streams on Spotify and has achieved certified sales in numerous countries. Furlong is also said to have introduced the idea of using Rory Kramer for the official music video, which has surpassed sixty-five million views.[9]

In 2015, Furlong co-wrote "Paper Planes", featuring Kellin Quinn, for Japanese rock band ONE OK ROCK's album 35XXXV. The album debuted at number one on Japan's Oricon Albums Chart. He also worked with All Time Low for their sixth studio album, Future Hearts, co-writing "Runaways" and "Don't You Go". Future Hearts debuted at #1 in the UK and #2 on Billboard, making it the band's highest debut ever. Furlong worked once again with Steve Aoki, contributing a song with Weezer's Rivers Cuomo to Aoki's third studio album Neon Future II. Variance Magazine claimed that 2015 would be a "pivotal year" for the songwriter and producer.[10]

Furlong's work is noted to cross many musical genres, ranging from pop, rock, and hip hop, to electro house and dance music. He has had many chart successes both in America and internationally. Furlong is currently collaborating with a number of artists on forthcoming releases.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Alternative Press Music Awards

  • 2015 – Song of the Year ("Kick Me") (Nominated)


Songwriting and Production[edit]

Year Artist Song Album Credit(s) Charts & Awards
2015 Waka Flocka Flame Game On (feat. Good Charlotte) Pixels Motion Picture Soundtrack Co-Writer
Additional Vocals
ListenBee Save Me Save Me - Single - TBR June 21st Co-Writer
Steve Aoki Light Years (feat. Rivers Cuomo) Neon Future II Writer
Additional Vocals
#2 Billboard Dance Album
#16 Billboard Digital
All Time Low Runaways Future Hearts Co-Writer
#2 Billboard Album
#1 Billboard Rock Album
#1 UK Album
#4 ARIA Album
#3 Canada Album
Don't You Go
Sleeping With Sirens Kick Me Madness Co-Writer
#13 Billboard Album
#26 UK Album
#13 ARIA Album
Better Off Dead
ONE OK ROCK Paper Planes (feat. Kellin Quinn) 35XXXV Co-Writer
#1 Japan Album
Oricon (Japan): Platinum
Avicii The Nights The Days / Nights EP Co-Writer
#10 Billboard Dance Single
#3 Billboard Club Single
#6 UK Single
#1 UK Dance Single
#9 ARIA Single
BPI (UK): Gold
ARIA (Australia): Gold
IFPI (Sweden) : Platinum
FIMI (Italy): Gold
2014 5 Seconds of Summer Everything I Didn't Say (Live) LIVESOS Co-Writer
#13 Billboard Album
#31 UK Album
Sleeping With Sirens Kick Me Kick Me - Single Co-Writer
#23 Billboard Rock Single
#13 Billboard Rock Digital
501 & Protohype Won't Change Crystallize EP Writer
Issues Disappear Diamond Dreams Producer
5 Seconds of Summer Everything I Didn't Say
(#24 Billboard Single)
5 Seconds of Summer Co-Writer
#1 Billboard Album
#2 UK Album
#1 ARIA Album
#1 Canada Album
RIAA (US): Gold
BPI (UK): Gold
ARIA (Australia): Platinum
Social Casualty
Independence Day
Nick & Knight Deja Vu Nick & Knight Co-Writer
#24 Billboard Album
Elen Levon Kingdom Kingdom - Single Co-Writer
2013 Makua Rothman Underneath The Halo Sound Wave Co-Writer
#1 Billboard Reggae Album
#1 Billboard World Album
The Nite B4
Steve Aoki Bring You To Life (Transcend) Bring You To Life (Transcend) - Single Writer
#44 Billboard Dance Single
Kay Next To You My Name Is Kay Co-Writer
#6 Billboard Japan Single
Bus Stop (feat. Ryan Tedder)
It's Over
2012 Steve Aoki Singularity (feat. Kay) Singularity - Single Co-Writer
Crystal Kay Take It Outside Vivid Co-Writer
#35 Japan Album
Diplo No Problem (feat. Flinch and Kay) Express Yourself EP Co-Writer
The Wanted Satellite The Wanted (EP) Vocal Producer
#7 Billboard Album
2011 Big Time Rush Time of Our Life Elevate Co-Writer
#12 Billboard Album
Stan Walker Won't Let You Down Let The Music Play Co-Writer
#18 ARIA Album
#3 ARIA Urban Album
Howie D Back To Me Back To Me Co-Writer
Going Going Gone
Jordin Sparks I Am Woman I Am Woman - Single Vocal Producer
#82 Billboard Single
The World I Knew African Cats Soundtrack
Colbie Caillat Brighter Than The Sun All of You Vocal Producer
#3 Billboard Album
#47 Billboard Single
RIAA (US): Platinum
2010 Justice Crew And Then We Dance And Then We Dance - Single Writer
#26 ARIA Single
ARIA (Australia): Platinum
Big Time Rush Count On You (feat. Jordin Sparks) BTR Co-Writer
#3 Billboard Album
#1 Billboard Digital
RIAA (US): Gold
NOTE: "—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

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