A Great Big World

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A Great Big World
A Great Big World 2014.jpg
A Great Big World in 2014
Background information
OriginNew York City, New York, U.S
GenresIndie pop, indie rock
Years active2011–present
LabelsEpic Records
Associated actsChristina Aguilera
MembersIan Axel
Chad Vaccarino

A Great Big World is an American two-member musical group from New York[1] made up of singers and songwriters Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino[2] and signed to Epic Records.[3] The group is best known for their singles "This Is the New Year", which was performed by the cast in an episode of Glee[3] and reached the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart in May 2013,[4] and their international hit "Say Something", particularly after recording it as a duet collaboration with Christina Aguilera.


Early beginnings

A Great Big World was formed by current members Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino while they were attending The Steinhardt Music Program at New York University.[5] Both were music business students and Axel is said to have convinced Vaccarino to write a song together. Vaccarino agreed to work with Axel after hearing him sing. They both wrote and performed songs together prior to Axel embarking on a solo career, in which he released an independent album featuring songs that were all co-written by Vaccarino.[5]

2012: Glee and breakthrough

The group went on national tour and performed as the openers for Ingrid Michaelson, Matthew Morrison (Glee), and Five for Fighting.[5] The group re-branded themselves in 2012 which is when they took the official name A Great Big World. They released a six-song EP after obtaining funding from the crowdsource funding website Kickstarter.[2] In 2013, the group's song "This Is the New Year" was performed by the cast in an episode of Glee.[5] The song was also licensed to various television networks and was used as the theme song for MTV's I Used to Be Fat as well as being featured on The Amazing Race, ESPN, One Tree Hill, and Good Morning America.[2]

2013–present: Is There Anybody Out There?

In 2013, the group signed with Epic Records and released a three-song EP under the Epic label in May 2013.[6] They have also recently announced a tour that will begin at the same time as their EP release.[7] Their single "Say Something" was released on September 3, 2013. The song was featured in the final of the US dance competition So You Think You Can Dance on September 10, 2013. The song was subsequently re-recorded featuring Christina Aguilera after she heard the song, and this version was released on November 4, 2013, and that version has so far reached number 1 on the iTunes charts.[8] The following evening, A Great Big World and Aguilera gave the premiere live TV performance of the song on the NBC television series The Voice.[9] The song reached No. 1 on the digital song chart with 189,000 copies sold for the week.[10] The video was released on November 19, 2013.[11] Their debut album, Is There Anybody Out There?, was released on January 21, 2014. In November 2013, it was announced that A Great Big World would be performing at the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. The same month, they performed for the first time at the American Music Awards with their second single 'Say Something' with Christina Aguilera.[12]

The group makes an appearance on the song "Over You" on Ingrid Michaelson's 2014 album, Lights Out.


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Is There Anybody Out There? 3 33 36 3 25 16


Year Single Peak chart positions Sales Certifications Album
2013 "This Is the New Year" Is There Anybody Out There?
"Say Something"
(with Christina Aguilera)
4 1 4 1 79 6 2 4 31 4

Promotional singles

Year Single Album
2013 "I Really Want It" Is There Anybody Out There?
2014 "Rockstar"[34]

See also


  1. ^ Lovett, Matthew (23 May 2013). "Preview: A Great big World At Rumba". Columbus Alive. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Gibson, Yolanda (7 May 2013). "A Great Big World Is Making Moves This New Year". Examiner. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. ^ a b Dukes, Brian (31 May 2013). "A Great Big World Opens With 'Glee" At Sanford's Temple Theatre". Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  4. ^ Caulfield, Keith (17 May 2013). "Bubbling Under: Passenger's Worldwide Ride Continues". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d "A Great Big World To Release Three Song EP May 21". Rock Revolt Magazine. 4 May 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  6. ^ "A Great Big World To Release "This Is The New Year" on May 21". Artist Direct. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  7. ^ Pikka (2 May 2013). "Great Big World". Annex Magazine. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
  8. ^ "A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera, 'Say Something'". EW.com. November 3, 2013.
  9. ^ Kathleen Perricone (November 1, 2013). "Christina Aguilera Duets With A Great Big World on 'Say Something'". RyanSeacrest.com.
  10. ^ Keith Caulfield (November 13, 2013). "Eminem Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Celine Dion and Avril Lavigne in Top Five". Billboard.
  11. ^ Robert Pace (November 19, 2013). "World Premiere: 'Say Something' Music Video". ETonline.
  12. ^ Jason Lipshutz (November 24, 2013). "A Great Big World, Christina Aguilera Combine To 'Say Something' At American Music Awards". Billboard.
  13. ^ "A Great Big World – Chart history: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media.
  14. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography A Great Big World". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  15. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discographie A Great Big World". Austrian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  16. ^ "A Great Big World – Chart history: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media.
  17. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography A Great Big World". Swedish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  18. ^ "A Great Big World - Official Charts Company" (select "Albums" tab). Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  19. ^ Grein, Paul (January 29, 2014). "Chart Watch: And The Grammy Sales Bump Goes To…". Chart Watch. Yahoo.
  20. ^ Keith Caulfield (February 7, 2014). "Chart Moves: Michael Jackson's 'Number Ones' Hits 5 Million in Sales, OneRepublic Moves a Half-Million of 'Native'". Billboard.
  21. ^ "A Great Big World – Chart history: The Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media.
  22. ^ "A Great Big World – Chart history: Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media.
  23. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie A Great Big World". German Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  24. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography A Great Big World". Irish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  25. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography A Great Big World". New Zealand Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  26. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie A Great Big World". Swiss Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  27. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/music-charts/
  28. ^ Grein, Paul (February 26, 2014). "Chart Watch: You Bet Pharrell Is "Happy"". Yahoo Music. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
  29. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 Singles". ARIA.com.au. Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved March 5, 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  30. ^ "Certified Awards Search: A Great Big World" (To access, enter the search parameter "A Great Big World" and select "Search by: Keyword", with the other two set to "All"). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  31. ^ "Canadian digital download certifications – A Great Big World – Say Something". Music Canada.
  32. ^ "American single certifications – A GREAT BIG WORLD & CHRISTINA AGUILERA – Say Something". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  33. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved March 8, 2014.
  34. ^ "iTunes - Music - Rockstar - Single by A Great Big World".

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