Parker Ighile

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Parker Ighile
Birth name Peter Ibrahim Ighile
Born Pinner, London, England
Genres R&B, Pop, Hip Hop, Alternative Hip Hop
Occupation(s) Producer, composer, singer, songwriter, rapper
Years active 2009–present
Labels Pink Friday Records
Associated acts Chipmunk, Nicki Minaj

Parker Ibrahim Ighile (born March 1, 1990), better known as Parker Ighile, is a British producer, rapper, singer and songwriter. He was born in London, England. He is currently signed to Trinidadian-American musician Nicki Minaj's record label and serves as her first artist.[1] As a producer and songwriter, he has worked with artists Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Delta Goodrem, Rita Ora, N-Dubz, Chipmunk, and Conor Maynard. At the age of 18, he started his professional music career, producing Chipmunk's song "Oopsy Daisy", which reached number one in the UK Charts.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Parker Ighile was born in London where he lived with his mother and sister Ame Asabe Ighile. His father and mother are Nigerian, from Benin and Kaduna, respectively. He began composing and producing at the age of 11 when he and numerous church friends formed a rap group. The church his family attended was instrumental in Parker's early musical ventures and he studied music in college and university where he began learning music theory. Parker's music is influenced by a dynamic range of genres but more noticeably R&B, rap, garage and Bollywood music – due to frequent exposure to his grandmother’s diverse tastes in music and cinema.

At 18, Ighile produced & co-wrote his first of many major releases; Chipmunk's first & number one single,[2] "Oopsy Daisy".[3] Parker produced and co-wrote seven songs in total on the I Am Chipmunk album which peaked at number two in the UK album chart and was Certified Gold. He went on to write with The Invisible Men and Jessie J and co-wrote her debut single, "Do It like a Dude" as well as "Who's Laughing Now". More credits include a song on N-Dubz's Love.Live.Life album, which he cowrote with Ina Wroldsen. He used trans-genre influences to create a unique and dynamic sound and also produced Angel's "Wonderful", debuting at number 20 for the week ending July 21—reaching a peak on top 10 at number nine several weeks later;[4] and Conor Maynard's "Vegas Girl".[5][6]

2012-present: Record deal and Young, Dumb & 21[edit]

Ighile teamed up with music strategist Efe Ogbeni, who was heavily involved in the success of producer RedOne, to help propel him further into the music business.[7] On 15 November 2012, Trinidadian rapper Nicki Minaj announced that Ighile was signed as the first official artist to her as of yet, unnamed label.[8] She has described his artistry as "lethal and dope".[9] He has since produced Minaj's "Hell Yeah" and Rihanna's "What Now". In late 2012, a song titled "So Beautiful" leaked on the internet, and Ighile announced some weeks later on Twitter that he was working on a mixtape, Young, Dumb & 21, which is set to be released in early 2013 and that "So Beautiful" would act as the first single. Ighile's artistry is usually compared to Sting's and Fela's; and his production to that of Kanye West. On February 22, 2013, Parker released a music video for his mixtape's leading track, "So Beautiful", onto his official YouTube account. The video is set in black and white, which follows the story of a young couple. He would later release a remix to the song that features Nigerian musician MI Abaga.[10] Vibe Magazine[11] describes Ighile's sound as Electro-Soul.[12] Ighile defined his sound as Progressive Urban Pop, PUP, sometimes referred to as Progressive Afro Pop, P.A.P during an interview with [Billboard.com]. Speaking about "So Beautiful" Ighile tells Billboard.com, “This song is an introduction to my sound, Progressive Urban Pop (P.U.P) or Progressive Afro Pop (P.A.P).”[13]

Partnership with Samsung Galaxy[edit]

Parker Ighile, in collaboration with Quincy Jones and Samsung, produced his own version of "Over the Horizon", the official song of the Samsung Galaxy products. The official song and video performance have been released on August 2013 on the Samsung Galaxy Music website.[14]

Other Projects[edit]

Among his projects, Parker Ighile is executive producing Australian 16-year-old sensation Grace Sewell.

During Summer 2013, Parker Ighile took part of the Quincy Jones 80th Birthday Celebration in Asia with concerts in Korea and Japan.

Discography[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

  • 2014 – Young, Dumb and 21

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Song Release date Music video
"So Beautiful" late-2012 Yes
"Heavens Playground" late-2012/early-2013 No
"Beneath The Silence" mid-2013 Yes
"The Opposition" late-2013 No
"This Is America" mid-2014 No

Other songs[edit]

As featured artist[edit]

Song Artist Album
"Hell Yeah" Nicki Minaj featuring Parker Ighile Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up

Writing and production credits[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album
"Oopsy Daisy"
2009
Chipmunk
I Am Chipmunk
"Saviour"
"Lose My Life" Chipmunk featuring N-Dubz
"Beast" Chipmunk featuring Loick Essien
"Business" Chipmunk featuring Young Spray
"Uh Ay" Chipmunk
I Am Chipmunk
(Platinum Edition)
"History" Chipmunk featuring Wretch 32
"What If You Knew"
2010
Gabriella Cilmi
Ten
"Invisible Girl"
"Love Sick" N-Dubz featuring Ny
Love.Live.Life
"Do It like a Dude" Jessie J
Who You Are
"Who's Laughing Now"
2011
"Foul" Chipmunk
Transition
"Wonderful"
2012
Angel
About Time
"Vegas Girl" Conor Maynard
Contrast
"So Beautiful" Parker Ighile
Young, Dumb & 21
"What Now" Rihanna
Unapologetic
"Hell Yeah" Nicki Minaj featuring Parker Ighile
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up
"Heaven's Playground" Parker Ighile
Young, Dumb & 21
"The World"
2013
Angel
About Time
"Piano" Ariana Grande
Yours Truly
"Heart Hypnotic" Delta Goodrem
TBA
"Beneath The Silence" Parker Ighile
TBA
"The Opposition" Parker Ighile
Young, Dumb & 21
"Us"
2014
Angel
TBA
"This Is America Parker Ighile featuring G-Eazy
Young, Dumb & 21
"Four Door Aventador" Nicki Minaj
The Pinkprint

Remixes[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album
"This Girl" (Parker Ighile House Of Hausa Mix)
2014
Stafford Brothers featuring Eva Simons and T.I.
Non-album single

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parker Ighile is Nicki's first official signing!". 14 November 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Chipmunk beats The Saturdays to No.1". 11 October 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Music | BMG Chrysalis US". Bmgchrysalis.com. 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  4. ^ "2012-09-01 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive". Official Charts. 2012-09-01. Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  5. ^ "Vegas Girl - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". En.wikipedia.org. Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  6. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/299608/conor+maynard/chart?f=887
  7. ^ "A&R, Record Label / Company, Music Publishing, Artist Manager and Music Industry Directory". Hitquarters.com. Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "Nicki Minaj Interview Pt VI". Power 105.1 FM. Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  10. ^ "So Beautiful". Rap-up. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "V Playlist: Juelz Santana, Cam'Ron, 2 Pistols x French Montana x Talib Kweli, And More". Vibe. 2013-01-10. Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  12. ^ "Music | Parker - So Beautiful". Singersroom. 2013-01-10. Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  13. ^ Lars Brandle (4 March 2013). "Parker Ighile, First Signing to Nicki Minaj's Label, Talks 'So Beautiful’". Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
  14. ^ http://www.playgalaxymusic.com/spotlight/quincy.html#quincyLink