American Authors

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American Authors
Highfield - American Authors.jpg
Singer Barnett at Highfield Festival 2014
Background information
Also known as The Blue Pages (2006–2012)[1]
Origin Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres Indie rock
Years active 2006–present
Labels Mercury, Island
Website weareamericanauthors.com
Members Zac Barnett
James Adam Shelley
Dave Rublin
Matt Sanchez

American Authors is an American rock band based in New York City and who are signed to Island Records.[2] They are best known for their singles "Best Day of My Life" and "Believer" from their album Oh, What a Life.

History[edit]

2007–11: Early years[edit]

The members of American Authors met each other while attending Berklee College of Music in 2006.[3] The quartet spent their first years in Boston recording and performing music under the name the Blue Pages and recorded Anthropology and Rich With Love. In May 2010 the band opened up for Cash Cash on the Robots In High-Tops tour.[4][5] In 2010, the band relocated to Brooklyn. On December 1, 2010, the Blue Pages independently released their single "Run Back Home" on iTunes.[6]

2012–present: Name change, Mercury Records and American Authors[edit]

In 2012, the group changed their name to American Authors. Their debut single, "Believer," garnered attention through alternative rock radio.[7] Their second single, "Best Day of My Life", was featured in, among other things, a Lowe's television advertisement in the United States, a Hyundai television advertisement in the United Kingdom, an advertisement in South Africa for Castle Lager,[8] a Telecom New Zealand advertisement,[9] a trailer for the film Delivery Man, PES 2015 video game, the opening sequence for ESPN's 2013 World Series of Poker coverage, a trailer for the film Earth to Echo, a trailer for the film How to Train Your Dragon 2, the film Humpback Whales, and a trailer for the film St. Vincent. The song will be featured in the upcoming video game "Guitar Hero Live".[10] The song was also used in an advert for Centerparcs in the UK. The song won the newly established Sync Music Award at the SESAC Pop Awards 2015.[11][12] Their song "Go Big or Go Home" is featured in NBA videos showing highlights from the playoffs.

[13] In January 2013, the band was signed to Mercury Records.[14]

American Authors released their self-titled debut EP on August 27, 2013.[15] Their song "Hit It" is featured on the FIFA 14 video game.[13] Their song "Best Day of My Life" was used in an MLB Fan Cave commercial and is the title music of Sky Sports News' My Special Day feature. It has also been featured in a television spot for the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, in an episode of the television show The Vampire Diaries, and in wedding,[16] sports[17] and other[18][19] videos. The song was ranked number one on Billboard's chart of Adult Pop Songs for 2014.[20] Their song "Home" was featured in a movie trailer for the movie This Is Where I Leave You and in a video honoring troops and their families.[21] In 2013, American Authors won Overall Grand Prize in the 18th Annual USA Songwriting Competition with their song "Believer". The group was number nine on Billboard's chart of Top New Artists for 2014.[22]

Tours[edit]

Supporting

The group has toured in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Festivals, concerts and other events[edit]

The group has appeared at various music festivals, concerts and other events, including: Lollapalooza,[23] SXSW Music Festival,[24] Firefly Music Festival,[25] Reading Festival,[26] Leeds Festival,[27] Bunbury Music Festival,[28] Freakfest,[29] Grammys on the Hill (an awards ceremony honoring artists and legislators who have improved the environment for music creators),[30] BottleRock Napa Valley,[31] Keloorah and Pukkelpop.[32]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[33]
US
Rock

[34]
AUS
[35]
AUT
[36]
CAN
[37]
GER
[38]
UK
[39]
Oh, What a Life 15 3 35 58 12 68 26

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[33]
US
Rock

[34]
American Authors
  • Released: August 27, 2013
  • Label: The Island Def Jam Music Group
  • Formats: Digital download
156 42

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[40]
US
Adult

[41]
US
Rock

[42]
AUS
[35]
AUT
[36]
CAN
[43]
GER
[38]
NZ
[44]
SWE
[45]
UK
[39]
"Believer" 2013 121 12 15 Oh, What a Life
"Best Day of My Life" 11 1 2 10 20 5 34 13 10 17
"Trouble" 2014 44
"Luck"
"In a Big Country"
(with The Mowgli's)
Non-album single
"Go Big or Go Home"[49] 2015 25 Single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Band members[edit]

  • Zac Barnett – lead vocals, guitar (2006–present)
  • James Adam Shelley – lead guitar, banjo, mandolin, backing vocals (2006–present)
  • Dave Rublin – bass, keyboard, backing vocals (2006–present)
  • Matt Sanchez – drums, backing vocals (2006–present)

Barnett grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, Shelley grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, Rublin grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey, and Sanchez grew up in San Antonio, Texas.[50][51]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Blue Pages on Myspace
  2. ^ http://www.islandrecords.com/artists/
  3. ^ American Authors Interview January 12, 2013
  4. ^ http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=1598531
  5. ^ http://top40-charts.com/news.php?nid=55584
  6. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/run-back-home-single/id405545773
  7. ^ A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Tres! American Authors, Hunter Valentine, and Clementine & The Galaxy Huffington Post December 12, 2012
  8. ^ "Castle Lager". Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  9. ^ 2013 Telecom NZ Advertisement
  10. ^ "Guitar Hero". Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "SESAC". Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "SESAC". Retrieved 15 May 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Round Hill Music". Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  14. ^ AMERICAN AUTHORS SIGN TO MERCURY RECORDS January 31, 2013
  15. ^ We’re releasing our debut EP in August!
  16. ^ "Wedding video". Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "Red Sox". Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  18. ^ "Tagalog version". Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  19. ^ "Baby sea turtles". Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  20. ^ "Adult Pop Songs". Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  21. ^ "Honoring our troops". Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  22. ^ "Top New Artists". Retrieved 15 December 2014. 
  23. ^ "Lollapalooza". Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  24. ^ "SXSW". Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  25. ^ "Firefly". Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  26. ^ "Reading". Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  27. ^ "Leeds". Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  28. ^ "Bunbury". Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  29. ^ "Freakfest". Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  30. ^ "Grammys on the Hill". Retrieved 28 April 2015. 
  31. ^ "BottleRock". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  32. ^ "Pukkelpop". Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  33. ^ a b "American Authors – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  34. ^ a b "American Authors – Chart History: Top Rock Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  35. ^ a b "Discography American Authors". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  36. ^ a b "Discographie American Authors" (in German). austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  37. ^ "American Authors – Chart History: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  38. ^ a b "Discographie American Authors" (in German). charts.de. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  39. ^ a b "American Authors". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  40. ^ "American Authors – Chart History: The Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  41. ^ "American Authors – Chart History: Adult Pop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  42. ^ "American Authors – Chart History: Hot Rock Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  43. ^ "American Authors – Chart History: Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  44. ^ "Discography American Authors". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  45. ^ "Discography American Authors". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  46. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  47. ^ "Canadian single certifications – American Authors – Best Day of My Life". Music Canada. Retrieved May 14, 2014. 
  48. ^ [1]
  49. ^ "American Authors "Go Big Or Go Home" | Republic Playbook". Republic Records. Archived from the original (HOT AC) on 14 May 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  50. ^ "Interview". Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  51. ^ "Minnetonka". Retrieved 27 November 2014. 

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