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Yuna during the rehearsal of the 24th annual Anugerah Juara Lagu.
|Birth name||Yunalis Mat Zara'ai|
14 November 1986 |
Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia
|Genres||Adult alternative,Acoustic,Folk Rock,Indie pop|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, businesswoman|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, ukulele|
|Labels||Yuna Room Records (2008–present)
Indie-Pop Music (2011–present)
Fader Label (2011–2012)
Verve Records (2013-present)
Yuna is an independent Malaysian singer-songwriter. She began writing her own songs when she was 14 years old, and her first performance of her own songs was at the age of 19, after she learned how to play guitar. She has performed in numerous acoustic shows and events in many parts of Malaysia since 2006.
Yuna was eventually discovered in the US by the Indie-Pop record label and management company. They flew out to Malaysia to convince her to sign with them and then proceeded to get her a deal with FADER Label, a record label based in New York, in February 2011. She released her debut US EP, Decorate, in the United States in March the same year.
One of the first few people who expressed interest in her music was Farhan Fadzlishah aka Pa'an (Telephony Delivery), who later became her supporting guitarist. Along the way, Efry Arwis (Lightcraft) helped her with the bass while Adib Azfar handled the drums. Adil Ali (Seven Collar T-shirt) replaced Adib Azfar after the latter quit to concentrate on his drumming role in Oh Chentaku. Yuna performs with her band when she is not active in acoustic gigs.
On January 24, 2012, her new single "Live Your Life" debuted on iTunes. The track was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Pharrell Williams. MTV Iggy described the track as 'polished until it gleams but instead of burying Yuna, it lifts her up. The track has hints that a diva is waiting to shine'. On February 16, 2012, the official music video for "Live Your Life" was released.
On April 24, 2012, Yuna's U.S. debut self-titled album was released. Debuting at #23 on the Pop chart and #86 on the Top 100 Albums on iTunes, Yuna was also #23 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart. Accolades from fans and critics alike, such as Billboard, NPR, Elle, NY Times, Vibe, Allure, Seventeen, MTV Style, Marie Claire and National Geographic, who raves that her sound is “as fresh, honest and deeply personal as anything by Bon Iver or tUnEyArDs," have been rolling in.
She performed "Live Your Life" on late-night TV shows Conan and Last Call with Carson Daly. She was featured on the CBS Evening News in a featured profile piece and toured with Graffiti6 with stops at Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza. She also contributed to the Savages soundtrack on the track, Here Comes the Sun.
Yuna's meteoric rise in the Malaysian indie music scene is largely due to the strong following she gained via Myspace. Having played at many gigs since the release of her Demo, EP and then two local albums, she is now focusing on promoting and performing music on her debut US Album.Yuna also will be a part of Lollapalooza 2012 line up.
Yuna describes her music as "a cross between Mary Poppins and Coldplay". In 2008, she released her self-titled EP which become a massive hit in Malaysia most notably the single 'Deeper Conversation'.
Yuna was nominated as one of MTV Iggy's Best New Bands in the World. She performed at the historic MTV Studios in Times Square New York singing "Decorate", "Come As You Are", "Lullabies" which is produced by Chris Braide and her new single "Live Your Life", which is produced by Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D.
Yuna recently signed with Verve Music Group. Multiple Grammy-winning producer David Foster, who heads the creative operations of Verve, tweeted: "I'm really excited about the next hot artist to join Verve Music. Stay tuned and keep an eye out for Yuna in 2013".
Yuna went to SMK USJ 4 to complete her studies as a high school student. While being active in the music scene, she was also a law student at Universiti Teknologi MARA in Shah Alam, Malaysia. In 2009, she graduated with a Bachelor of Legal Studies (Hons.) degree.
Yuna was romantically linked with the Malaysian TV host Qi Qushairi Razali in the past , but calls it quit in early 2012 when it proved too difficult to balance their relationship while Qi lives in Malaysia. 
In popular culture
- Yuna covered "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles for the 2012 film Savages. The song was featured during the ending credits.
- Yuna's song "Tourist" was also featured as part of the soundtrack in season 1 of a US TV series, Arrow,
- Her song "Favourite Thing" was featured in another US TV series, Pretty Little Liars.
- Yuna recorded a song in collaboration with Adam Young of Owl City called "Shine Your Way" for the soundtrack of the animated film The Croods. The film was released by DreamWorks Animation in March 2013.
|Yuna Demo (EP)
|Terukir Di Bintang
USA / International albums
|Sixth Street (EP)
Motion picture soundtrack albums
- Savages (2012)
- The Croods (2013)
- Shine Your Way ft. Owl City
|2012||"Live Your Life"||—||37||Yuna|
- Others (Malaysia / Indonesia / America )
|2008||"Deeper Conversation"||Yuna (EP)|
|"Backpacking Around Europe"|
A Current Girl
as part of The Ramlees
|P. Ramlee Satu Indiepretasi|
|"Memo"||Terukir Di Bintang
|"Bulan Ditutup Awan"
The Moon Dissolves by Clouds
|"Come As You Are"||Decorate (EP)
|2012||"Someone Out of Town"|
|"Terukir di Bintang"
Etched on the Stars
|Terukir di Bintang|
|"Photo of You"|
|"Live Your Life"||Yuna
|"You're So Fine"
duet with Guba Rawantas
|2013||"Shine Your Way"
duet with Owl City
|2010||Raya Oh Yeah||Single|
|Come As You Are||Single|
|Someone Out Of Town||Decorate (EP)|
|2012||Live Your Life||Yuna|
|Sparkle||Terukir di Bintang|
|Terukir Di Bintang||Terukir di Bintang|
|KL Kita ft. Qi Razali||Terukir di Bintang|
|Walking Like A Dream||Single|
|Shine Your Way ft. Owl City||Single|
|In My Dream ft. Lincoln Jesser||In My Dreams (EP)|
|Dwihati ft. Aizat Hamdan||Single|
- Peterpan - Ku Katakan Dengan Indah
- Tan Sri P. Ramlee & Asiah Tuah - Gelora Jiwa
- Rokiah Wanda - Bulan Ditutup Awan
- Kanye West - Paranoid
- Taking Back Sunday - New Again
- Nirvana - Come As You Are
- The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun
- Incubus - I Miss You
- Frank Ocean - Thinkin Bout You
- M. Nasir - Keroncong Untuk Ana
- Cinta Sempurna
- Dan Sebenarnya
- Gadis Semasa
- Raya Oh Yeah
- KL Kita ft. Qi Razali
- Terukir Di Bintang
- Dwihati ft. Aizat Amdan
- Cartoon Couple
- Greek Goddess
- I'm Not Like You
- Missing Star
- Peer Pressure
- Walking Like A Dream
- Follow Me Follow Love
- I Wanna Go There
- Shine Your Way
- Anugerah Industri Muzik (Malaysia Music Industry Awards)
Anugerah Industri Muzik (or AIM) (literal English translation: "Music Industry Awards" in Malay), is Malaysia's music award-giving ceremony. It is the Malaysia's equivalent of Grammy. Yuna has received seven awards out of sixteen nominations.
|Anugerah Industri Muzik Malaysia (AIM)|
|Year||Category||Nominated Work||Album / Material||Result||Lost To|
|2009 (AIM17)||Best New Artist||Won|
|Best Pop Song||Dan Sebenarnya
(Yuna / Yuna)
|Best Local English Song||Deeper Conversation
(Yuna / Yuna)
|Best Vocal Performance in a Song (Female)||Dan Sebenarnya||Nominated||Siti Nurhaliza - Ku Percaya Ada Cinta|
|2010 (AIM18)||Best Album Cover||Decorate||Nominated||Aizat - Urusan Aizat Amdan|
|Best Pop Song||Penakut
(Yuna / Yuna)
|Nominated||Anuar Zain - Sedetik Lebih|
|Best Vocal Performance in a Song (Female)||Won|
|Gelora Jiwa||Nominated||Yuna - Penakut|
|Anugerah Kembara (Tour Award)||Yuna||Won|
|2011 (AIM19)||Best Pop Song||Terukir di Bintang
(Yuna / Yuna)
|Terukir Di Bintang||Nominated||Shila Amzah - Patah Seribu|
|Best Local English Song||Memo
(Yuna / Yuna)
|Nominated||Jaclyn Victor - Counting Days|
|Photo of You
(Yuna / Yuna)
|Best Album Cover||Nominated||Mizz Nina - Take Over|
|Best Musical Arrangement in a Song||Terukir di Bintang
(Arranger: AG Coco)
|Nominated||Jaclyn Victor - Counting Days|
|Best Music Video||Sparkle
(Dir: Quek Shio Chuan)
- Anugerah Planet Muzik
Anugerah Planet Muzik is the award for artists who engaged in the music world. This award includes singers from the allied countries, that is Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Yuna has received seven nominations.
|Anugerah Planet Muzik|
|Year||Category||Nominated Works||Album||Result||Lost To|
|2008||Best New Female Artist Vocal Performance in a Song||Dan Sebenarnya||Yuna (EP)||Nominated||Ayu Damit - Hanya Di Mercu|
|2009||Malaysia Most Popular Artist||Nominated||Siti Nurhaliza|
|2011||Regional Most Popular Artist||Nominated||Siti Nurhaliza|
|2012||Best Female Artiste||Terukir Di Bintang||Terukir di Bintang||Nominated||Shila Amzah - Patah Seribu|
|Best Song||Nominated||Alyah - Kisah Hati|
|Most Popular Regional Artiste||Nominated||Taufik Batisah|
|New Media Icon||Nominated||SleeQ|
- Anugerah Juara Lagu
Anugerah Juara Lagu (AJL, Malay for "Champion of Songs Awards") is a popular annual music competition in Malaysia, organized by TV3. AJL honours the composers and lyricists of the songs rather than the performing artistes. Yuna has five songs qualified for the contest throughout four years of participation.
|Anugerah Juara Lagu (AJL)|
|2009 (AJL 24)||Dan Sebenarnya||Yuna - EP||Yuna||Yuna||Open||Won
|2010 (AJL 25)||Cinta Sempurna||Decorate||Yuna||Yuna||Open||Nominated|
|2011 (AJL26)||Gadis Semasa||Yuna||Yuna||Open||Nominated|
|2012 (AJL 27)||Terukir di Bintang||Terukir Di Bintang||Yuna||Yuna||Open||Won
( CHAMPION )
- Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian
Anugerah Bintang Popular (translates as Most Popular Artist Award in English) is an award presented annually by Berita Harian of Malaysia to recognize excellence of professionals in the entertainment industry, including the film industry, as well as record industry. It is considered as one of the highest honours for Malaysian artists in the entertainment industry. Yuna has received four nominations and won three awards.
|Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian (ABPBH)|
|2009||Popular New Artist (Female)||Won|
|Popular Female Singer||Nominated|
|2010||Popular Female Singer||Won|
|2011||Popular Female Singer||Won|
|2012||Popular Female Singer||Nominated|
- SHOUT! Awards
|Break Out Award||Won|
|Mobile Artiste of the Year||Nominated|
|Ultimate Shout! Award||Won|
|Power Vocal Awards||Nominated|
|Music Video Awards||Nominated|
|Fresh TV Series Awards||Nominated|
|Wired Selebrity Awards||Won|
|2011||MACP Awards||Most Performed Malay Song||Dan Sebenarnya||Won|
|MTV Iggy||Best New Band in the World||Nominated|
|2012||Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards||Favourite Asian Act||Nominated|
|MTV Europe Music Awards||Best Asian Act||Nominated|
|Newbie Awards||Best New Female Artist||Nominated|
|PPMH Awards||Stylo Artist Award||Nominated|
|2013||Bella Awards||Bella Creative Award||Nominated|
Recognitions and honours
- National Youth Icon Award (2012) - Awarded by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Razak for her exceptional achievements in arts.
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- "Yuna - Info". Facebook. 2011-03-15. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
- "Yuna joins The Fader Label". February 2, 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2011.
- "FADER Label: Yuna’s Decorate EP". March 16, 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2011.
- Bryan, Beverly (2012-01-24). "Live Your Life by Yuna". Mtv Iggy. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
- Joseph, Charlene (July 15, 2009). "Yuna reveals her dark side". Retrieved 4 March 2010.
- "Someone Out of Town by Yuna Music on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free". Soundcloud.com. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
- "BEST NEW BAND 2011". Mtv Iggy. Retrieved 2012-02-07.
- "It's Official: David Foster Named Chairman of Verve Music Group". Billboard. December 15, 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
- "Arrow Music | Season 1". CWTV. Retrieved 6 March 2013.
- DanishCharts.com Yuna discography (Denmark)
- "Yuna chart". Text " Billboard" ignored (help)
- Billboard Yuna page
- Suraya al-Attas (13 December 1993). "Countdown to local Grammys". New Straits Times (New Straits Times Press). p. 27. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
Charted in Heatseekers Album on Billboard "Live Your Life" http://www.billboard.com/artist/431716/yuna/chart
- Yuna Zarai Official website
- Yuna Zarai Official Facebook Fan Page
- Yuna Zarai Official Twitter account
- Yuna Zarai Official YouTube Account
- Yuna Zarai Official Myspace account
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