Zoë Badwi

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Zoë Badwi
Zoe Badwi, 2012.jpg
Badwi in May 2012
Background information
Birth name Zoe Badwi
Origin Melbourne, Australia
Genres Dance-pop, house
Occupations Singer-songwriter, model, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2001–present
Labels Neon, Atlantic
Associated acts Sirens, Black Dogs, Little Mix
Website zoebadwi.com.au

Zoë Badwi is an Australian singer-songwriter, model, and actress.[1]

Early life[edit]

Before her career in music began, Badwi spent time modelling and featured in a series of television commercials including advertisements for Telstra and Mars Bars.[2] She made her acting debut appearing in the Australian drama series Raw FM, which she took part in for eight months. Badwi is cousins to Jade Thirlwall from Little Mix.[2]

Career[edit]

In 2001, Badwi became a member of the Australian girl group Sirens, replacing the original third member who left to pursue a career in modelling.[3] They had minor success with the singles "Like Fire, Like Rain" and the cover version of The Pointer Sisters' "I'm So Excited" featuring Sara-Marie Fedele from the first series of Big Brother Australia.[2][4] Badwi later left the group to pursue a solo career.

After being discovered by Grant Smillie, a member of the Australian duo TV Rock at a venue in Melbourne,[2] Badwi went on to sign with Neon Records and released her debut solo single "Release Me" in November 2008. The single reached number one on the ARIA Clubs Chart[5] and received two award nominations for "Best Dance Release" at the 2009 ARIA Music Awards[6] and also "Dance Work of the Year" at the 2010 APRA Awards.[7] In July 2010, Badwi released her fourth single, "Freefallin". It reached a peak of number nine on the ARIA Singles Chart and was eventually certified platinum. In September 2010, it was announced that she had signed to US record label, Atlantic Records.[8]

"Accidents Happen" was released on 24 January 2011, as Badwi's fifth overall single.[9] While filming the music video for the song, a resident in the street where the clip was filmed fired a catapult at Badwi, who was unharmed. It is not known whether her singing was a motive for the attack.[10] The video shoot went on afterward with no incident and no one was apprehended over the matter.[11]

Badwi's sixth single, "Carry Me Home", featuring Grant Smilie, was released on 3 June 2011.[12] The song failed to impact the ARIA Singles Chart, but managed to peak at number six on the ARIA Club Chart.[13] Badwi's self-titled debut album was released in Australia on 5 August 2011.[14] Badwi worked on the album with Static Revenger, TV Rock, Stuart Crichton, Rogue Traders,[8] and Amy Pearson.[2] The following single, "Shoot Me Down" was released on 21 September 2012. The single has only managed to chart on Australia's official Radio Airplay chart at #58[15]

In 2011, saw the ABC Television's new music show Stay Tuned with Joel Phillips talks to across dance pop singing sensation Zoe Badwi will air on ABC3.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUS
Zoë 35

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUS
[16]
AUS
Club

[17]
"Release Me" 2008 1 Zoë
"Don't Wan'cha" 2009 7 N/A
"In the Moment" 6 Zoë
"Freefallin" 2010 9 1
"Accidents Happen" 2011 71 7
"Carry Me Home"
(featuring Grant Smillie)
6
"Shoot Me Down" 2012 N/A
"Torches" 2013
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Type Award Result
2009 ARIA Music Awards[6] Best Dance Release ("Release Me") Nominated
2010 APRA Awards[7] Dance Work of the Year ("Release Me") Nominated
IT List Awards[19][20] Breakthrough Artist of 2010 Won
Australian Female Artist Nominated
Single of 2010 ("Freefallin'") Nominated
2011 APRA Awards[21] Dance Work of the Year ("Freefallin") Won
ARIA Music Awards[22] Breakthrough Artist – Single ("Freefallin") Nominated
IT List Awards[23] Single of 2011 ("Freefallin'") Nominated
Album of 2011 (Zoë) Nominated
Australian Female Artist Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Q & A With Zoe Badwi Crushable. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  2. ^ a b c d e Interview: Zoe Badwi Auspop. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  3. ^ Sirens Biography Band Shop. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  4. ^ Sirens - Discography australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-12-10.
  5. ^ Zoe Badwi Biography Peppermint Blue. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
  6. ^ a b ARIA Awards 2010: History: Winners by Award Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  7. ^ a b APRA AWARD WINNERS Auspop. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  8. ^ a b Cameron Adams (2010-10-22) It's fallin' into place for Zoe Herald Sun. Herald and Weekly Times. Retrieved 2010-10-23.
  9. ^ "Accidents Happen - Single". iTunes Store. Apple Inc. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "Singer shot at while filming in Sydney street". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  11. ^ Australian pop star hit with a slingshot during video filming. Published by International Business Times AU. Retrieved: 2011-01-26.
  12. ^ http://itunes.apple.com/au/album/carry-me-home-grant-smillie/id439595492
  13. ^ "Top 50 Club Chart". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. 
  14. ^ a b http://chaos.com/product/badwi-zoe-zoe/11510552-978734.html
  15. ^ [1] AUM Report. Retrieved 2013-1-13
  16. ^ Peak chart positions on the ARIA Charts
  17. ^ Peak chart positions on the ARIA Club chart
  18. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2010 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 26 November 2012. 
  19. ^ Maser, Robert (17 February 2011). "IT LIST Winners Announced". Poprepublic.tv. Archived from the original on 10 August 2011. 
  20. ^ Maser, Robert (20 December 2010). "IT LIST Awards Nominees Announced". Poprepublic.tv. Archived from the original on 10 August 2011. 
  21. ^ http://www.mtv.com.au/news/4616534a-2011-apra-award-winners/
  22. ^ "2011 ARIA Nominations Announced – Full List Here!". Take 40 Australia. Mcm Entertainment. 12 October 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  23. ^ Manser, Robert (31 December 2011). "2011 IT List Awards Nominees Announced". Poprepublic.tv. Archived from the original on 2 January 2012. 

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