Arjun (singer)

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Arjun Coomaraswamy
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Arjun Coomaraswany
Background information
Birth name Arjun Coomaraswamy
Born 23 September 1990
(age 27)
Colombo,
Sri Lanka
Genres R&B,
Pop
Occupation(s) Singer,
Songwriter,
Record Producer,
Instrumentalist,
Actor
Instruments Vocals,
Guitar,
Keyboards,
Drum,
Flute
Years active 2011 – present
Labels T-Series, Universal Music Group, Prince Music Series, Sony Music India
Associated acts Guru Randhawa, Anirudh Ravichander, Charles Bosco,
Sourav Ray (Master-B),
S.Dubey (Justin Blaze),
Andrea Jeremiah, Closer To Home
.
Website www.arjunofficial.com

Arjun Coomaraswamy (also spelled Arjun Kumaraswamy, Arjuna Kumaraswami (Tamil: அர்ஜுன் குமாரசாமி)), known by his stage name Arjun, is a British Sri Lankan singer-songwriter, record producer and actor.

He is currently the most viewed UK Asian artist on YouTube, with over 250 million views.[1]

Career[edit]

Arjun rose to attention by following an R&B cover version of "Why This Kolaveri Di"[2][3] 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 [4]

Arjun was nominated for ‘Best Newcomer‘ at the ‘Brit Asia Music Awards 2011’.[5] 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 [6] and now stands at nearly 13 million views.[7] The song became a viral sensation and was later featured on TV channels around the world, including CNN, NDTV and Star News.[6] 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.[citation needed] 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.) [8]

In January 2012, Arjun was chosen as one of MTV’s Top 20 Unsigned Acts for 2012, out of thousands of contestants.[9] Arjun won Best Urban Act at the 2012 UK Asian Music Awards.[10] Arjun is playing the role of Luke Lewis in new online drama "Steffi".[11] He was later chosen by Anirudh Ravichander to perform a song in the movie Vanakkam Chennai and subsequently sang and composed other songs for South Indian movies.[12]

In August 2012, Arjun was selected to sing the official theme song for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 alongside Bathiya and Santhush.[13] 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.[14] In October 2012, Arjun won ‘Best Urban Act’ (in association with the MOBOs) at the UK Asian Music Awards 2012.[15] 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.

In September 2014 he performed at Diwali in Time Square, New York, to a crowd of over 200,000.[16] The same year, Arjun signed a record deal with T-Series, India’s biggest music label.[17] ‘I’ll Be Waiting’, his first single with T-Series album charted at #1 on the iTunes India Chart.[18] Arjun again won Eastern Eye Artist of the Year in 2014.[19]

In April 2016 he released the song “Suit” with Guru Randhawa which went on to win ‘Club Song of the Year’ at the PTC Awards in 2017[citation needed] It was also voted ‘Punjabi Song of the Year’ on BBC Asian Network. It was later featured in the Bollywood movie ‘Hindi Medium’ starring Irrfan Khan (released May 2017).[20]

In March 2018, he featured in Humza Arshad's parody of the viral Nike advertisement, known as "Nothing Beats A Londoner", featuring notable Londoners from underrepresented minorities such as Juggy D, H-Dhami, Tasha Tah, Sevaqk, Bobby Friction, Raxstar, Tez Ilyas, Mumzy Stranger, Steel Banglez, Char Avell, Jay Sean, Corner Shop Show (Islah Abdur-Rahman, Michael Truong, Can Snatchy Kabadayi) and Naughty Boy.[21][22]

In March 2018, Arjun Released his First Debum Album named Closer To Home with Dypha Productions Under The Record Label - Universal Music Group which was at Trend at iTunes Store. His Album contained other Artists such as - ThePropheC, Manifest. He also did a Collaboration with Raxtar on VIP Records named Lost Our Way on 11 July 2018.

In February 2018, Arjun got married to his P.A. named Natasha Sandhu who died in a cardiac attack on 20th September 2018.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2018: Closer to Home
  • Tracklist
  1. "Vaadi".[23]
  2. "Catch Up"
  3. "In Your Head"
  4. "Alone".[24]
  5. "Represent"
  6. "S.O.S.".[25]
  7. "Shoulda Met Me First"[26]
  8. "Love & War"
  9. "On the Way"
  10. "Closer to Home".[27]

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[28]) ( 24 June 2016 )
  • "Sanam Ho Ja" (2 September 2016)
  • "Akhiyan" (feat. Falak Shabir) (27th Dec 2016)

Remixes[edit]

Soundtracks[edit]

  • Vanakkam Chennai – "Oh Penne – International Version" (2013)
  • Biriyani – "Bay of Bengal" (2013)
  • Vaaliba Raja – "Ice Cream Penne" (2014)
  • Sanam Ho Ja (2016)
  • Love is Blind (2018)
  • Lost the Way (2018)

Personal life[edit]

Arjun was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. His mother is Sinhalese and father is Tamil.[29] Arjun's father Indrajit Coomaraswamy is the present governor of Central Bank of Sri Lanka. On 29 September 2018, Arjun released a statement of the loss of his wife Natasha Sandhu. She was his publicist and an integral part of his music career. She passed away due to a sudden cardiac arrest. He has since taken a break from his music career.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kyriazis, Stefan (9 March 2016). "Arjun strips down in a World Video Exclusive. Zayn who? Meet the UK's HOTTEST new star".
  2. ^ Tharany, R. (22 December 2011). "Why this Kolaveri Di?". Asian Tribune. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  3. ^ ""Why This Kolaveri Di" – Arjun YouTube video". 10 December 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  4. ^ http://www.zeetelevision.com/media-relations/press-release/zee-london-mela-presents-a-huge-live-entertainment-line-up.html
  5. ^ "Brit Asia Music Awards Nominees - DESIblitz". 5 September 2011.
  6. ^ a b "Why this kolaveri di: a universal tune?".
  7. ^ Arjun (10 December 2011). "Why This Kolaveri Di - English R&B Remix" – via YouTube.
  8. ^ "Arjun 101: Introduction to the R&B sensation". 20 February 2015.
  9. ^ "MTV Brand New for 2012 reveals unsigned artist Context as final nominee: Pressparty". Pressparty.
  10. ^ Maz (28 October 2012). "Round-up: Asian Music Awards". MTV. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  11. ^ "Steffi – Behind the Scenes – Who's Who? Characters". This Is Drama. Archived from the original on 23 March 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  12. ^ Kumar, S. R. Ashok (10 August 2013). "Audio beat: Vanakkam Chennai - Take a welcome break" – via www.thehindu.com.
  13. ^ Ashrak M.A.M (5 September 2012). "ICC World Twenty20 2012 Theme Song (International Version) - BnS,Arjun,Randhir & Umaria" – via YouTube.
  14. ^ "Cricket - Sri Lanka Premier League Opening Ceremony - SPORTZPICS Photography". sportzpics.photoshelter.com.
  15. ^ "Special Report: Lebara Asian Music Awards 2012". 29 October 2012.
  16. ^ "Arjun in NY - Times Square". 21 September 2014.
  17. ^ "T-Series now world's no. 1 music channel on YouTube - Mumbai Mirror -".
  18. ^ "Bollywood Fever Feat. Arjun - Futuristiq Entertainment". futuristiqentertainment.com.
  19. ^ "Point Blank Student Success: Arjun, Diezmo & Adam Scavo". plus.pointblankmusicschool.com.
  20. ^ T-Series (13 April 2017). "Suit Suit Video Song - Hindi Medium - Irrfan Khan & Saba Qamar - Guru Randhawa - Arjun" – via YouTube.
  21. ^ "HUMZA ARSHAD: Nike Ad Parody". HumzaProductions. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  22. ^ "Nothing Beats A Londoner PARODY". YouTube. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  23. ^ "Arjun Vaadi". YouTube.
  24. ^ "Arjun Alone". YouTube.
  25. ^ "Arjun S.O.S." YouTube.
  26. ^ "Arjun Shoulda Met Me First". YouTube.
  27. ^ "Arjun Closer To Home Album". iTunes.
  28. ^ "Arjun & Guru Randhawa's Suit Suit Featured in Hindi Medium". Lyricsted.
  29. ^ de Mel, Chirusha (8 October 2013). "Arjun Coomaraswamy: Sri Lankan born R&B Artist in UK". US Lanka. Retrieved 31 August 2018.

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