Common Kings

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Common Kings
OriginOrange County, California, United States
GenresReggae
Years active2011 (2011)–present
LabelsIsland Empire Records
Mensch House Records
Associated actsJ Boog
The Green
¡MAYDAY!
Justin Timberlake
Shwayze
Websitecommonkings.com
Members
  • Jr. King
  • Mata
  • Uncle Lui
  • Big Rome

Common Kings are an American/Hawaiian reggae band from Orange County, California. The band's debut album, Lost in Paradise, was nominated for a Grammy Award.

History[edit]

Common Kings consists of 'Jr. King' (Sasualei Maliga) on vocals, Mata (Taumata Grey) on guitar, Uncle Lui (Ivan Kirimaua) on bass guitar, and Big Rome (Jerome Taito) on drums.[1] They formed while studying at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, and began recording in 2011.[2]

After releasing two EPs in 2013; #Weontour Soundtrack on July 20 and Summer Anthems on August 13 (both of which were top ten hits on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart),[1][3][4] Common Kings toured Australia and New Zealand as a support act on Justin Timberlake's 'The 20/20 Experience World Tour' in 2014.[2]

The band signed to Island Empire Records, who issued the EP Hits & Mrs. on October 9, 2015 peaked at #2 on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart.[1][3]

Their debut album Lost in Paradise, released on February 3, 2017, received a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Reggae Album category,[5] and topped the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart.

The band's fourth EP, One Day, which was released on August 10, 2018 on Mensch House Records reached #2 on the Billboard charts for Top Reggae Albums.[3]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Common Kings Chart History
Year Album Label Billboard peak
2017 Lost In Paradise Island Empire Records #1

EPs[edit]

Common Kings Chart History
Year Album Label Billboard peak
2013 #Weontour Soundtrack (EP) Self-produced #7
2013 Summer Anthems (EP) Island Empire Records #4
2015 Hits & Mrs. (EP) Island Empire Records #2
2018 One Day (EP) Mensch House Records #2

Singles[edit]

Title Release Date Album
"She's a Professional" 2013 #Weontour Soundtrack EP
"IDGAF" 2013 #Weontour Soundtrack EP
"Wade in the Water" 2013 Summer Anthems EP
"No Other Love" (feat. J Boog & Fiji) 2013 Summer Anthems EP
"Alcoholic" 2013 Summer Anthems EP
"24/7" 2013 Sumner Anthems EP
"Just Another Lover" 2013 Summer Anthems EP
"Sickness" 2013 Summer Anthems EP
"Your Turn" 2013 Summer Anthems EP
"Fly" 2013 Summer Anthems EP
"Fall in Love" 2013 Summer Anthems EP
"Kingdom Come" 2014 (Single)
"On the Low" 2015 Hits & Mrs. EP
"Since I Woke Up" 2015 Hits & Mrs. EP
"Ain't No Stopping" 2015 Hits & Mrs. EP
"Before You Go" (feat. Meghan Trainor) 2015 Hits & Mrs. EP
"Take Her" 2017 Lost In Paradise
"Mary Wanna" 2017 Lost In Paradise
"License to Smoke" 2017 Lost In Paradise
"Always Beside You" 2017 Lost In Paradise
"Speaking My Language" 2017 Lost In Paradise
"I Want Your Body" 2017 Lost In Paradise
"Everybody Wants to Fool the World" 2017 Lost In Paradise
"Cali Girl" (feat. Don Corlean) 2017 (Single)
"One Day" 2018 One Day EP
"Today's A New Day" (feat. ¡MAYDAY!) 2018 One Day EP
"Champion" (feat. Kat Dahlia) 2018 One Day EP
"Broken Crowns" (feat. Matisyahu) 2018 One Day EP
"Queen Majesty" (feat. Sammy Johnson & The Green) 2019 (Single)
"Neil Armstrong" (feat. Landon McNamara) 2019 (Single)
"Happy Pill" 2020 (Single)
"Fish in the Sea" (feat. Marc E. Bassy) 2020 (Single)
"Let Me Down Slow" 2020 (Single)
"There I Go" (feat. Collie Buddz) May 22, 2020 Cali Roots Riddim
"California Day" (feat. Shwayze) August 28, 2020 (Single)
"Garden Grove" (Sublime cover) September 4, 2020 The House That Bradley Built

Lineup[edit]

Current band members[edit]

  • Jr. King (Sasualei Maliga) – Vocals
  • Mata (Taumata Grey) – Guitar
  • Uncle Lui (Ivan Kirimaua) – Bass
  • Big Rome (Jerome Taito) – Drums

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kellman, Andy "Common Kings Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved August 24, 2018
  2. ^ a b Garcia, David (2015) "Common Kings Became OC Reggae Royalty By Never Resting on Their Laurels", OC Weekly, October 2, 2015. Retrieved August 24, 2018
  3. ^ a b c Jackson, Kevin (2018) "Common Kings debuts at two on Billboard", Jamaica Observer, August 22, 2018. Retrieved August 24, 2018
  4. ^ "Common Kings", billboard.com. Retrieved August 24, 2018
  5. ^ "Meet the Nominees: Common Kings", grammy.com. Retrieved August 24, 2018

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