Ava Max

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Ava Max
Ava Max meeting fans (cropped).jpg
Max meeting fans after her appearance on Sunrise Australia in 2019
Background information
Birth nameAmanda Ava Koci
Born (1994-02-16) February 16, 1994 (age 25)[1]
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.[2]
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2013–present
LabelsAtlantic[3]
Associated acts
Websiteavamax.com

Amanda Ava Koci (born February 16, 1994), known professionally as Ava Max, is an American singer and songwriter. In 2019, her song "Sweet but Psycho" became a sleeper hit when it topped charts in several countries, including Germany, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.[4]

Early life[edit]

Amanda Ava Koci was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Albanian parents from Tirana and Sarandë.[5][6] She has described herself as "100% Albanian" and stated that she "definitely wants to give back to the Albanian community when [she] can."[7] At age 8, she moved with her family to Virginia.[8] She competed in numerous singing competitions before she entered high school.[9] At age 14, she moved with her mother to Los Angeles, in pursuit of a career in music. She found the city to be "overwhelming". A year later, she returned to Virginia. She stated that she was grateful for the return because it allowed for “a normal childhood”.[8] At age 17, she moved back to Los Angeles.[10]

Career[edit]

2013–2017: Career beginnings[edit]

Under the stage name Ava, her debut song "Take Away the Pain" was published in May 2013,[11][12] and in July 2015, the Canadian DJ and producer duo Project 46 released a remixed version of the song.[13] After years of having demos rejected from record producers and songwriters, she met record producer Cirkut[10] at a dinner party in LA where she sang "Happy Birthday" to him.[14] According to Max, they "opened up a lot of doors" together,[10] and in July 2016, she released the song "Anyone but You", one of many songs she worked on with Cirkut, on SoundCloud.[15] The song gained traction and attracted the attention of various record labels that contacted her through email, ultimately leading her to sign a record deal.[8][10]

2018–present: Breakthrough[edit]

Ava Max performing at the Gothenburg Rix FM Festival in 2019

In April 2018, the single "My Way" was released.[16] Cirkut continued as her producer. It reached a peak of 38 on the Airplay 100 chart of Romania.[17] In May 2018, "Slippin", a collaboration with Gashi, was released as a single.[18][19][20] In June 2018, she featured on the song "Into Your Arms" by American rapper Witt Lowry. A month later, the song "Salt" appeared on SoundCloud. In August 2018, she released the song "Not Your Barbie Girl" as a promotional single.

Max's third single "Sweet but Psycho" was released on August 17, 2018. The song, produced by Cirkut, became Max's commercial breakthrough, reaching number one in more than 26 countries including Germany and the United Kingdom, where it stayed at number one for four consecutive weeks.[21][22] Max was also featured on David Guetta's album 7, on the track "Let It Be Me".[23]

In January 2019, "Sweet but Psycho" reached the top of the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. In March 2019, the song "So Am I" was released as the follow-up to "Sweet but Psycho", and Max later stated that she wants to put out her debut studio album in 2019.[24]

Although the song "Blood, Sweat & Tears" was announced as the follow-up single to "Sweet but Psycho" in December 2018, it ended up being postponed to July 31, 2019, simultaneously with the release of another song called "Freaking Me Out".[25][26] In August 2019, Max was featured on the song "Slow Dance" by American singer-songwriter AJ Mitchell,[27] and later that month, she released "Torn" as a single.

Musical style and influences[edit]

Max has been labeled as a pop[28] and dance-pop[1] singer. She grew up listening to artists such as Celine Dion,[29] Mariah Carey, and Whitney Houston.[30] She has also cited Madonna, Gwen Stefani, Fergie, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Lady Gaga as some of her influences.[31] Max has been compared to Gaga for her music and "ostentatious presentation".[32][33]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[34]
AUS
[35]
DEN
[36]
FIN
[37]
GER
[38]
IRE
[39]
NOR
[40]
NZ
[41]
SWE
[42]
UK
[43]
"My Way" 2018 Non-album singles
"Slippin"
(featuring Gashi)
"Sweet but Psycho" 10 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 TBA
"So Am I"
(solo or featuring NCT 127)
2019 14 16 8 21 13 2 23 16 13
"Torn" [A] [B] 87
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Take Away the Pain"
(Project 46 featuring AVA)
2015 Non-album singles
"Clap Your Hands"[54]
(Le Youth featuring Ava Max)
2017
"Into Your Arms"[55]
(Witt Lowry featuring Ava Max)
2018
"Make Up"[56]
(Vice and Jason Derulo featuring Ava Max)
"Slow Dance"[27]
(AJ Mitchell featuring Ava Max)
2019 Slow Dance

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
NZ
Hot

[57]
"Jet Set"
(as AVA)
2016 Non-album singles
"Anyone but You"
(as AVA)[15]
"Salt" 2018 TBA
"Not Your Barbie Girl"[58]
"Blood, Sweat & Tears"[25] 2019
"Freaking Me Out"[26] 29
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year artist(s) Album
"Let It Be Me" 2018 David Guetta 7

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year of ceremony Nominee/work Category Result Ref(s)
BreakTudo Awards 2019 Herself International New Artist Pending [59]
Global Awards Rising Star Nominated [60]
Sweden Gaffa Awards International Breakthrough of the Year Nominated [61]
"Sweet but Psycho" International Song of the Year Nominated
LOS40 Music Awards Best International Song Pending [62]
Herself Best International New Artist Pending
MTV Video Music Awards Best New Artist Nominated [63]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer Artist: Female Nominated [64]
"Sweet but Psycho" Choice Song: Pop Nominated

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Torn" did not enter the ARIA Singles Chart, but peaked at number 34 on the ARIA Digital Track Chart.[52]
  2. ^ "Torn" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 27 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[53]

References[edit]

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