Ella Mai

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Ella Mai
Ella Mai 2017.png
Mai in 2017
Background information
Birth name Ella Mai Howell
Born (1994-11-03) 3 November 1994 (age 23)
London, England
Genres

R&B

Pop
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2014–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website ellamai.com

Ella Mai Howell (born 3 November 1994) is an English singer and songwriter. She is signed to DJ Mustard's label 10 Summers Records where she released three extended plays. Her most recent EP, Ready, was released in February 2017, where her song "Boo'd Up" was released as a single in 2018.

Early life[edit]

Originally from London, Mai moved to New York City at the age of 12, before returning to England after graduating from Queens High School of Teaching in Glen Oaks, Queens. Whilst studying at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute London (BIMM London) in 2014, she competed on season 11 of The X Factor as part of a trio, Arize, but didn't advance beyond the initial audition for the judges. The group broke up shortly thereafter. The following year, Mai uploaded a four-track solo EP of originals to SoundCloud titled Trouble. After being discovered on Instagram, she signed to DJ Mustard's label 10 Summers Records.

Musical career[edit]

2013-present: Career beginnings and extended plays trilogy[edit]

Ella Mai is signed to Interscope Records.[1] In February 2016, she released Time, the first in her EP trilogy. The six-track EP included the single, "She Don't", which featured Ty Dolla Sign.[2] She released her second EP, Change, in November 2016 and third, Ready, in February 2017.[3] Ella Mai toured with Kehlani on her SweetSexySavage World Tour.[4]

On 26 April 2018, she released a music video for "Boo'd Up" after it unexpectedly started to gain popularity.[5] The single peaked at number five on the US Billboard Hot 100,[6] as the singer topped the Emerging Artists chart.[7]

The English songwriter released her self-titled debut album, a 16-track set featuring hit "Boo'd Up on October 12th, 2018.[8]

Artistry[edit]

In multiple interviews, Ella Mai names Lauryn Hill, Chris Brown, Brandy, Destiny's Child, Alicia Keys, and Mariah Carey as her biggest influences.[9] Vibe said her "perception of the powerful emotion is kindred to R&B heartthrobs of the ‘90s, who flooded the radio airwaves with soulful ballads, baby-making tunes, and heart-wrenching break-up anthems."[10] Rolling Stone described her sound as "a British émigré full of self-confidence and an affinity for classic Nineties R&B."[11]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums with selected album details
Title Details
Ella Mai

EPs[edit]

List of extended plays with selected details and chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[13]
US
R&B
/HH

[14]
US
R&B

[15]
US
Heat.

[16]
CAN
[17]
Time[18]
  • Released: 15 February 2016
  • Label: 10 Summers
  • Format: Digital download
Change[19]
  • Released: 18 November 2016
  • Label: 10 Summers
  • Format: Digital download
38 20 8
Ready[20]
  • Released: 22 February 2017
  • Label: 10 Summers
  • Format: Digital download
29 17 3 25 86
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[21]
AUS
[22]
CAN
[23]
IRE
[24]
NZ
[25]
US
[26]
US
R&B
/HH

[27]
US
R&B

[28]
US
R&B/HH
Airplay

[29]
US
Adult
R&B

[30]
"She Don't"[31]
(featuring Ty Dolla Sign)
2016 Time
"Lay Up"[32] 2017 Change
"Naked"[33] 24 Ella Mai[34]
"Boo'd Up" 2018 52 46 43 85 8 5 4 1 1 1 Ready and Ella Mai[34]
"Trip"[38] 58 86 22
[39]
18 12 1 4 Ella Mai[34]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
NZ
[40]
"Whatchamacallit"
(featuring Chris Brown)
2018 23 Ella Mai

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"10,000 Hours"[41] 2016 DJ Mustard Cold Summer
"Hit Me Up"[42] 2017 Chip League of My Own II
"This X-Mas"[43] Chris Brown Heartbreak on a Full Moon (Deluxe Edition): Cuffing Season - 12 Days of Christmas
"Talk to Me, Pt. II"[44] 2018 Craig David The Time Is Now (Deluxe)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
2018 MTV Video Music Awards[45] Song of Summer "Boo'd Up" Nominated
American Music Awards[46] Favorite Song – Soul/R&B Nominated
Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B Herself Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.interscope.com/artists/ella-mai
  2. ^ "Ella Mai – Time EP – Download & Listen [New Mixtape]".
  3. ^ "Take Ella Mai's New 'Change' EP For A Spin". 22 November 2016.
  4. ^ "DJ Mustard signee Ella Mai is 'Ready' to be a household name in R&B [Interview] – EARMILK". 20 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Ella Mai Premieres 'Dicked Up' Video and Talks Debut Album: 'You Can Hear Growth'".
  6. ^ Trust, Gary (11 June 2018). "Post Malone's 'Psycho' Hits No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100, Maroon 5's 'Girls Like You' Leaps to Top Five". Billboard. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Ella Mai Crowns Emerging Artists Chart, as 'Boo'd Up' Hits Hot 100's Top 40".
  8. ^ https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/8479631/ella-mai-debut-album-stream-it-now
  9. ^ "Chris Brown Previews Ella Mai Collaboration".
  10. ^ [h111ttps://www.vibe.com/2018/02/ella-mai-interview-next/?amp=1 "NEXT: Ella Mai Is Bringing Confidence Back To R&B Love Songs"]. www.vibe.com.
  11. ^ "10 New Artists You Need to Know Now". Rolling Stone.
  12. ^ a b Yoo, Noah (21 September 2018). "Ella Mai Announces Debut Album". Pitchfork. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Ella Mai Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Ella Mai Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 8 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Ella Mai Chart History (Top R&B Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Ella Mai Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  17. ^ "Ella Mai Chart History (Billboard Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Ella Mai - Time EP". HotNewHipHop. 15 February 2016. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  19. ^ "CHANGE - EP by Ella Mai". iTunes. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  20. ^ "Ready - EP by Ella Mai". iTunes. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  21. ^ "Ella Mai | full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  22. ^ Peaks in Australia:
  23. ^ "Ella Mai Chart history (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  24. ^ "Irish Charts - Ella Mai". Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  25. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 16 July 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  26. ^ "Ella Mai Chart history (Billboard Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  27. ^ "Ella Mai Chart history (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  28. ^ "Ella Mai Chart history (Hot R&B Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  29. ^ "Ella Mai Chart History (R&B/Hip-hop Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  30. ^ "Ella Mai Chart History (Adult R&B Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  31. ^ Walker, Angus. "Ella Mai - She Don't Feat. Ty Dolla $ign (Prod. By DJ Mustard)". HotNewHipHop.
  32. ^ "Ella Mai - Lay Up video". BallerStatus.
  33. ^ "Ella Mai dresses down for love in her new song "Naked"". thefader.com. 2017-11-02. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  34. ^ a b c "Ella Mai by Ella Mai on iTunes". Apple Music. Retrieved 22 September 2018.
  35. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Ella Mai – Boo'd Up". Music Canada. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  36. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum – RIAA". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  37. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Ella Mai, Nicki Minaj and Quavo – Boo'd Up (Remix)". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  38. ^ @ellamai (27 July 2018). "august 3rd. TRIP. new single album soon come!" (Tweet). Retrieved 27 July 2018 – via Twitter.
  39. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  40. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 15 October 2018. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  41. ^ "Cold Summer by DJ Mustard on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  42. ^ "League of My Own II by Chip on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  43. ^ "Heartbreak on a Full Moon (Deluxe Edition): Cuffing Season - 12 Days of Christmas by Chris Brown on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  44. ^ "The Time Is Now (Deluxe) by Craig David on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  45. ^ "MTV VMAs 2018 Complete Winners List". Billboard. 20 August 2018. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  46. ^ "American Music Awards: Drake, Cardi B Lead 2018 Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. 12 September 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2018.

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