Amy Shark

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Amy Shark
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Shark performing in Los Angeles, California on 20 February 2018.
Background information
Birth nameAmy Louise Billings
Born (1986-05-14) 14 May 1986 (age 32)
OriginGold Coast, Queensland, Australia
GenresIndie pop
InstrumentsSinger-songwriter
Years active2014–present
LabelsWonderlick Entertainment
Websiteamyshark.com

Amy Louise Billings[1] (born 14 May 1986), known by her stage name Amy Shark, is an ARIA award-winning Australian indie pop singer-songwriter and producer from the Gold Coast, Queensland. She is best known for her 2016 single "Adore", which was voted in at number 2 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2016. Her debut album 'Love Monster' debuted at #1 on the ARIA chart.

Early life[edit]

Shark was born and raised on the Gold Coast and attended Southport State High School throughout her teenage years.[2] After high school she met Shane Billings, a New Zealand-born Gold Coast resident whom she married on 11 May 2013.[3] The couple are residents of Broadbeach Waters. She has been active as a musician on YouTube since 2014.[4]

Career[edit]

2014-2018: Early years and Night Thinker[edit]

In 2016, Shark won Pop Song of the Year at the Queensland Music Awards for her track "Golden Fleece", and embarked on a nationwide tour.[5] In July 2016, She released her single "Adore", with production assistance from M-Phazes and Cam Bluff,[6] in addition to a cover of Silverchair's "Miss You Love" for Like a Version.[7]

"Adore" received significant airplay on Triple J, which lead to a bidding war between the major labels, which was ultimately won by Sony Music Australia, with whom Shark signed in November 2016. She said “After meeting with the Wonderlick team and Denis Handlin at Sony, I felt right at home. I am so excited to now focus all my energy on my music.”[8]

In January 2017, Shark became one of two frontrunners to take out first place in the Triple J Hottest 100, 2016, alongside Flume's "Never Be like You";[9] it was later voted in second place.[10][11] In March, She released "Weekends" followed by her debut extended play Night Thinker which peaked at number 2 on the ARIA Charts. In April 2017 she won Artist of the Year and Song of the Year at the Gold Coast Music Awards.[12] In early November 2017, She was named Apple's next Apple Music UpNext artist,[13] and on 15 November 2017 she was featured on The Late Late Show with James Corden performing her song "Adore" which she performed again on 13 March 2018 on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. In March 2018, She contributed the song "Sink In" to the Love, Simon soundtrack.[14] The soundtrack debuted at 37 on the Billboard 200.

2018–present: Love Monster[edit]

On 11 April 2018, Shark premiered a single called "I Said Hi" on Triple J before releasing the track the following day.[15] It was voluntarily promoted by comedian and digital radio show hosts Luke and Lewis using posters, megaphone and a large homemade sign hung up next to the Fox FM Melbourne station logo.[16] This captured the attention of the singer-songwriter who promoted it on her own Instagram.[17][18] Her debut album, Love Monster, was released on 13 July 2018.[19]

In April 2018 she performed at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony on the Gold Coast with Archie Roach.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
AUS
[20]
NZ
[21]
SWI
[22]
US
Heat.

[23]
Love Monster
  • Released: 13 July 2018
  • Label: Wonderlick, Sony (LICK021)
  • Format: CD, digital, vinyl, streaming
1 7 34 2

Extended plays[edit]

List of EPs, with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
AUS
[20]
NZ
Heat.

[25]
US
Heat.

[23]
Night Thinker[26]
  • Released: 21 April 2017
  • Label: Wonderlick, Sony (LICK019)
  • Format: CD, Digital, Vinyl, Streaming
2 1 8

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUS
[20]
NZ
Heat.

[27]
US
Alt.

[28]
US
AAA

[29]
US

HAC

"Spits on Girls"[30] 2014 Non-album singles
"Golden Fleece"[31] 2016
"Adore"[32] 3 8 32 17
  • ARIA: 4× Platinum[33]
Night Thinker
"Weekends"[34] 2017 59 10
"Drive You Mad" [A]
"I Said Hi" 2018 6 8 30 34
  • ARIA: 3× Platinum[36]
Love Monster
"Don't Turn Around"[37] [B] 10
"Psycho"[39]
(featuring Mark Hoppus)
[C]
"All Loved Up"[41] 72
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Notes

  1. ^ "Drive You Mad" did not enter the ARIA Top 100 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 15 on the Australian Artists Singles Chart.[35]
  2. ^ "Don't Turn Around" did not enter the ARIA Top 100 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 16 on the Australian Artists Singles Chart.[38]
  3. ^ "Psycho" did not enter the ARIA Top 100 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 14 on the Australian Artists Singles Chart.[40]

Awards and nomination[edit]

ARIA Music Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards are annual awards, which recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. They commenced in 1987. Historically, she has won 6 awards from 15 nominations. At the 2018 ceremony she received 9 nominations and won 4, heading up the leader board for the year.[42]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017 Night Thinker Album of the Year Nominated
Best Female Artist Nominated
Best Pop Release Won
Breakthrough Artist Won
"Drive You Mad" Best Video Nominated
"Adore" Song of the Year Nominated
2018 Love Monster Album of the Year Won
Best Female Artist Won
Best Pop Release Won
"I Said Hi" Song of the Year Nominated
"I Said Hi" Best Video (with Nicholas Waterman) Nominated
Love Monster Tour Best Australian Live Act Nominated
Love Monster Best Cover Art (Steve Wyper) Nominated
"I Said Hi" Engineer of the Year (Dann Hume & M Phazes) Nominated
Producer of the Year (Dann Hume & M Phazes) Won

APRA Awards[edit]

The APRA Awards are several award ceremonies run in Australia by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) to recognise composing and song writing skills, sales and airplay performance by its members annually. Shark was nominated for three categories at the 2018 APRA Awards.[43]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017 "Adore" (Amy Billings p.k.a. Amy Shark, Mark Landon p.k.a. M-Phazes) Song of the Year[44] Nominated
2018 Pop Work of the Year[45] Won
Most Played Australian Work[46] Nominated
"Weekends" (Amy Billings p.k.a. Amy Shark) Song of the Year[47] Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ASCAP Ace Search - Amy Louise Billings". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Retrieved 2 May 2018.
  2. ^ Premiere! Amy Shark – 'Adore' Film Clip
  3. ^ Helen O’Neill (28 June 2018). "From a dark past to adoration: Amy Shark on strength, success and a debut album". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  4. ^ Amy Shark Music. "AMY SHARK – YouTube". Retrieved 26 January 2017 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ Melanie Baker (9 December 2016). "Rise to fame: Amy Shark on music, ARIAs and her first national tour". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  6. ^ Dom Alessio (8 August 2016). "Premiere! Amy Shark – 'Adore' Film Clip". Triple J. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Like A Version: Amy Shark covers 'Miss You Love'". Triple J. 11 November 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  8. ^ "THE PURGE #183". auspOp. 12 November 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  9. ^ Neil Griffiths (21 January 2017). "Amy Shark Opens Up on the Pressure of Being A Hottest 100 Favourite". TheMusic.com.au. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Triple J Hottest 100 Countdown". December 2016. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Your Guide to This Years Triple J Hottest 100". news.com.au. January 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  12. ^ "Winners announced for 2017 Gold Coast Music Awards". Blank Gold Coast. 27 April 2017. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Amy Shark Announced As Apple Music's #UpNext Artist". Unified Music Group. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  14. ^ "Love, Simon (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) by Various Artists on Apple Music". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Amy Shark, the artist everyone rejected, bites back with single". NewsComAu. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  16. ^ "Instagram campaign Amy Shark says Hi". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  17. ^ "Amy Shark post". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  18. ^ "Amy Shark response". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-06-11.
  19. ^ "Love Monster by Amy Shark". iTunes Store (AU). Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  20. ^ a b c Peaks in Australia:
  21. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 23 July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  22. ^ "Discographie Amy Shark". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  23. ^ a b "Amy Shark Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  24. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 12 November 2018. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  25. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 1 May 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  26. ^ "Night Thinker – EP by Amy Shark on Apple Music". Apple Inc. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  27. ^ Peak positions for Shark's singles on the NZ Heatseekers singles chart:
  28. ^ "Amy Shark Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  29. ^ "Amy Shark Chart history (Triple A)". Billboard. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  30. ^ "Spits on Girls (single) by Amy Shark". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  31. ^ "Golden Fleece (single) by Amy Shark". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  32. ^ "Adore (single) by Amy Shark". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  33. ^ a b c "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2018 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  34. ^ "Hottest 100 hero Amy Shark releases new single 'Weekends' | Music News | triple j". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  35. ^ "ARIA Report Issue 1431" (PDF). ARIA. 31 July 2017. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  36. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #501". auspOp. 1 December 2018. Retrieved 1 December 2018.
  37. ^ Holly Terrens (16 June 2018). "Amy Shark drops new single Don't Turn Around from her debut album LOVE MONSTER". Outlet. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  38. ^ "ARIA Australian Artist Singles Chart". ARIA. 18 June 2018. Archived from the original on 18 June 2009. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  39. ^ "LISTEN: Amy Shark Drops New Single Featuring Blink-182's Mark Hoppus". theMusic.com.au. Street Press Australia. 21 June 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
  40. ^ "ARIA Australian Artist Singles Chart". ARIA. 23 July 2018. Archived from the original on 23 July 2018. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  41. ^ "Amy Shark bags second Most Added crown of the year". The Music Network. 9 August 2018. Retrieved 16 August 2018.
  42. ^ https://www.ariaawards.com.au/history/search/?text=Amy%20shark
  43. ^ "Amy Shark, Sia, Paul Kelly Among Winners at 2018 APRA Music Awards". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  44. ^ "Song of the Year". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  45. ^ "Full List of Winners". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  46. ^ "Most Played Australian Work". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  47. ^ "Song of the Year". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) | Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (AMCOS). 2018. Retrieved 16 April 2018.

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