Arjun (singer)

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Arjun Coomaraswamy
அர்ஜூன் குமாரசுவாமி
Arjun singer.jpg
Background information
Birth name Arjun Coomaraswamy
Born

(1990 -09-23) 23 September 1990

(age 26)
Sri Lanka
Genres R&B, Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, producer, instrumentalist, actor
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Drum, Flute
Years active 2011 – present
Associated acts The Blaze Brothers, Anirudh Ravichander, Charles Bosco, Sourav Ray (Master-B), S.Dubey (Justin Blaze).
Website www.arjunofficial.com

Arjun Coomaraswamy, known by his stage name Arjun, is a British singer-songwriter, record producer and actor born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. [1] He is a multi-instrumentalist, and plays the guitar, piano, bass, drums and flute, in addition to singing and beat-boxing. He gained fame through his online musical performances. He is signed with T-Series.[2] He is currently the most viewed UK Asian artist on YouTube, with over 250 million views [3]. He has a strong social media presence with over 1,500,000 Facebook fans [4], 291,000 Instagram followers [5], and 81,000 Twitter followers [6]. He has performed on every continent. [7]


Career[edit]

Arjun Coomaraswamy studied Architecture.[2] He rose to attention by following an R&B cover version of "Why This Kolaveri Di"[8][9] which was uploaded on YouTube in December 2011 has received 12.8 million views.

Arjun became known for his fusion of contemporary Western and Eastern sounds, combining R&B with elements of South Asian music. This formula has made him a big hit with Asian youth across the globe [10]

Arjun was nominated for ‘Best Newcomer‘ at the ‘Brit Asia Music Awards 2011’.[11] In December 2011, Arjun’s R&B Remix ("How could you do this to me?") of the Tamil cult hit ‘Why This Kolaveri Di’ attracted over 3 million YouTube views in one month [12] and now stands at nearly 13 million views.[13] The song became a viral sensation and was later featured on TV channels around the world, including CNN, NDTV and Star News. [14] A few months later, two of Arjun’s singles made it into the first ever ‘Asian Beats Chart’ on mainstream UK television, selected by a panel of Asian media figures and TV officials.[15] His song ‘Stargazer’ was voted the number 2 song by an Asian artist in 2011 (No.1 was A.R Rahman’s group ‘Super Heavy’, which included Mick Jagger & Joss Stone.) [16]

In January 2012, Arjun was chosen as one of MTV’s Top 20 Unsigned Acts for 2012, out of thousands of contestants. [17] Arjun won Best Urban Act at the 2012 UK Asian Music Awards.[18] Arjun is playing the role of Luke Lewis in new online drama "Steffi".[19] He was later chosen by Anirudh Ravichander to perform a song in the movie Vanakkam Chennai. In August 2012, Arjun was selected to sing the official theme song for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2012 alongside Bathiya and Santhush. [20] He also produced music for the Sri Lankan Premier League, performing at the opening ceremony of the tournament held at Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo in August 2012. [21] In October 2012, Arjun won ‘Best Urban Act’ (in association with the MOBOs) at the UK Asian Music Awards 2012.[22] He received the award from MOBOs founder Kanya King and Choice FM’s DJ Kojo. He also performed as a headline act at the Award Ceremony, held at Wembley Arena. [23]

Discography[edit]

Songs[edit]

(Selective)

  • "Just Friends" (15 December 2008)
  • "Remember Tonight" (21 July 2010)
  • "Stargazer" (feat. Raxstar) (24 January 2011)
  • "Vampire" (feat. Starz) (4 July 2011)
  • "With Us or Against Us" (with JAY MO) (16 January 2012)
  • "Same Girl" (feat. Guru Randhawa) (5 December 2012)
  • "Take It Back" (16 September 2013)
  • "Frozen"(feat. Sway) (18 December 2015)
  • "Drifter" (feat. Andrea Jeremiah ) ( 14th Feb 2016 )
  • "SUIT" (feat. Guru Randhawa[24]) ( 24 June 2016 )
  • "Sanam Ho Ja" (2 September 2016)
  • "Akhiyan" ( feat. Falak Shabir ) (27th Dec 2016)
Remixes
  • "Why This Kolaveri Di (English R&B Remix)" (10 December 2011)
  • "Kabhi Kabhi" (feat. Shivali & Natasha) (20 September 2011)
  • "Chammak Challo R&B Remix" (24 January 2012)
  • "Zara Zara" (3 April 2012)
  • "Teri Meri" Remix (feat.Priti Menon) (25 June 2012)
  • "Run Away"(Thuli Thuli Rude Boy Remix) (19 September 2012)
  • "Chaiyya Chaiyya" (Super Bass Remix) (24 March 2013)
  • "Tum Hi Ho" (You Got It Bad Remix) (feat. Rekha Sawhney) (26 June 2013)
  • "Kabhi Jo Badal (I'll Be Waiting)" (with Arijit Singh) (23 April 2014)
  • "Excuse Me Girl (Ambarsariyya)" (feat. Reality Raj & Rekha Sawhney) (19 September 2014)
  • "Mohabbat Barsa De (Sawan Aaya Hai)" (Arijit Singh, Samira Koppikar) (7 October 2014)
  • "I Know You Want It (Sheila Ki Jawani Remix)" (11 January 2015)
  • "Baarish (All of Me)" (feat. Tulsi Kumar ) (27 May 2015)
  • "Can't Forget You (Tujhe Bhula Diya)" (feat. Jonita Gandhi) (10 September 2015)
  • "Drunk in Love (Beyonce remix)" (3 December 2015)
Soundtracks

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://uslanka.net/2013/10/08/secrets-of-the-worlds-most-popular-handbags/
  2. ^ a b "Arjun - Singer & Composer". Lyricshawa. 
  3. ^ http://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/music/650877/Arjun-Frozen-new-video-Hottest-UK-Asian-star-Zayn
  4. ^ https://www.facebook.com/ArjunMusic/
  5. ^ https://www.instagram.com/arjunartist/?hl=en
  6. ^ https://twitter.com/ArjunArtist?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
  7. ^ http://www.arjunofficial.com/#events-map
  8. ^ Tharany, R. (22 December 2011). "Why this Kolaveri Di?". Asian Tribune. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  9. ^ ""Why This Kolaveri Di" – Arjun YouTube video". 10 December 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  10. ^ http://www.zeetelevision.com/media-relations/press-release/zee-london-mela-presents-a-huge-live-entertainment-line-up.html
  11. ^ https://www.desiblitz.com/content/brit-asia-music-awards-nominees
  12. ^ https://www.rnw.org/archive/why-kolaveri-di-universal-tune
  13. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6gHlK-Mm2Y
  14. ^ https://www.rnw.org/archive/why-kolaveri-di-universal-tune
  15. ^ https://www.justdial.com/entertainment/artist/Arjun-Coomaraswamy/A299969
  16. ^ http://www.thedailystar.net/next-step/arjun-101-2952
  17. ^ http://www.pressparty.com/pg/newsdesk/dawbell/view/38098/?isworld=y
  18. ^ Maz (28 October 2012). "Round-up: Asian Music Awards". MTV. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  19. ^ "Steffi – Behind the Scenes – Who's Who? Characters". This Is Drama. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  20. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ba74Nm2WlT0
  21. ^ http://sportzpics.photoshelter.com/image/I0000iuy6yUmfN4w
  22. ^ https://bollyspice.com/special-coverage-lebara-asian-music-awards-2012/
  23. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UK_Asian_Music_Awards
  24. ^ "Arjun & Guru Randhawa's Suit Suit Featured in Hindi Medium". Lyricsted. 

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