Emile Haynie

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Emile Haynie
Born (1980-07-13) July 13, 1980 (age 43)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Years active2000–present

Emile Haynie (born July 13, 1980), often credited simply as Emile, is an American record producer. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, his range of production includes alternative rock, hip hop, indie and pop music. Haynie has worked with several prominent artists in the music industry including Kanye West, Kid Cudi, Eminem, Lana Del Rey, Bruno Mars, Linkin Park, FKA Twigs, Florence Welch and Camila Cabello, among others. Additionally, Haynie received two Grammy Awards for his work with English singer Adele, namely Album of the Year for the diamond certified 25 as well as Record of the Year for "Hello".[1]


2003–2008: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Emile Haynie is a native of Buffalo, New York. He started primarily as a sample-driven hip-hop producer and got his first big break after handing off a beat CD to now-deceased Detroit rapper Proof.[2] He then began producing for various members of Eminem’s Detroit camp, as well as New York City rappers Raekwon, Cormega, and C-Rayz Walz.[2] He relocated to New York City and got his start as a hip hop producer in the early 2000s, collaborating with rappers Obie Trice, Ghostface Killah, The Roots, Cormega, M.O.P., Rhymefest, and AZ. His career grew and, by the second half of 2000's first decade, he had worked with Ice Cube, Slaughterhouse, Eminem, Kanye West and Kid Cudi.[2]

2008–2010: Dream On era[edit]

In 2007, Haynie, along with record producer Patrick “Plain Pat” Reynolds, began co-managing the career of then-up-and-coming musician Kid Cudi. The two would go on to executive produce Cudi’s debut mixtape A Kid Named Cudi (2008). In late 2008, Haynie, Plain Pat and Kid Cudi launched their record label, Dream On, in partnership with Kanye West's GOOD Music and Universal Motown. Haynie remixed Michael Jackson's 1972 song, "Maria (You Were the Only One)", for the 2009 album Michael Jackson: The Remix Suite.[3] In February 2011 Kid Cudi announced Dream On had been dissolved.[4] Cudi stated to Complex magazine that they were still on good terms: "I wanted to try something new, and I wanted to take control of things myself.[...] There’s no hard feelings."[5] The label released Kid Cudi's albums, Man on the Moon: The End of Day (2009) and Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager (2010).[6]

2010–2014: Mainstream hits[edit]

Haynie was nominated for the 2010 Grammy Award for Album of the Year for Eminem's Recovery.[7] He co-produced Kanye West's 2010 single, "Runaway", and expanded into pop and indie music, working with Lana Del Rey, Bruno Mars and Fun.[2] Haynie produced Lana Del Rey's 2012 album, Born to Die, which debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at number two, and at number one in Britain, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland and Austria, respectively.[8] Alongside Jeff Bhasker, Haynie also produced Fun's second album Some Nights (2012). Haynie also co-wrote Lady Antebellum's 2013's single, "Compass".

2015–present: We Fall[edit]

On January 19, 2015, Haynie announced he would be releasing his debut studio album, titled We Fall, featuring guest appearances from Andrew Wyatt, Brian Wilson, Rufus Wainwright, Lana Del Rey, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sampha, Devonte Hynes, Nate Ruess, Colin Blunstone, Lykke Li, Romy Madley Croft, Randy Newman, Father John Misty and Julia Holter.[9] The album, which was recorded over the course of six months in Los Angeles' Chateau Marmont, was made available for pre-order the following day and was revealed to be released February 23, 2015, under Interscope Records.[10][11]

In January 2020, Hipgnosis Songs Fund confirmed the acquisition of Haynie’s music catalog. Details of the acquisition were first revealed in the Merck Mercuriadis-led, UK-based company’s interim report, published the month prior. Hipgnosis acquired 100% of Haynie’s worldwide copyrights, including publishing and writer share, as well as producer royalty income streams, of his catalog comprising 122 songs.[12]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work Category Result Notes
2011 Recovery Album of the Year Nominated [1]
2013 Some Nights Nominated
2014 "Locked Out of Heaven" Record of the Year Nominated
2017 "Hello" Won
25 Album of the Year Won

Personal life[edit]

Haynie works out of his studio in the New York City neighborhood of Chelsea.[3]


In 2020, Canadian music executive Merck Mercuriadis, founder of Hipgnosis Songs Fund, called Haynie “one of the most influential producers of the last decade and with Lana Del Rey, Kid Cudi, Eminem, Bruno Mars, Fun and many others he has made important records that have inspired so many other great creators.”[12]


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums
Title Album details
We Fall[13]

Production discography[edit]

Singles produced[edit]

List of singles as either producer or co-producer, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released, performing artists and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Stuck in a Box"
(Young Sid featuring Stan Walker)
2010 15 What Doesn't Kill Me... and From the Inside Out
(Kanye West featuring Pusha T)
12 30 9 46 13 28 56
  • ARIA: Platinum
  • BPI: Gold
  • RIAA: 3× Platinum
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
"Mr. Rager"
(Kid Cudi)
77 Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
"Life Goes On"
(Gym Class Heroes featuring Oh Land)
2011 The Papercut Chronicles II
"Born to Die"
(Lana Del Rey)
34 13 29 59 9
  • ARIA: Gold
  • BPI: Silver
Born to Die
"Off to the Races"
(Lana Del Rey)
(Lana Del Rey)
"Blue Jeans"
(Lana Del Rey)
16 32
"My Kind of Love"
(Emeli Sandé)
114 60 167 17
  • ARIA: Gold
  • BPI: Silver
Our Version of Events
"Summertime Sadness"
(Lana Del Rey)
56 44
  • RIAA: Platinum[14]
  • BVMI: Platinum
  • IFPI AUT: Gold
  • IFPI SWI: Gold
Born to Die
"National Anthem"
(Lana Del Rey)
152 92
"Blue Velvet"
(Lana Del Rey)
40 49 60 Paradise
"Locked Out of Heaven"
(Bruno Mars)
1 4 1 3 7 4 6 2
  • RIAA: 5× Platinum
  • ARIA: 5× Platinum[15]
  • BPI: Platinum
  • BVMI: Platinum
  • IFPI DEN: 2× Platinum[16]
  • IFPI SWI: Platinum
  • MC: 5× Platinum
  • RMNZ: 2× Platinum
Unorthodox Jukebox
"Doom and Gloom"
(The Rolling Stones)
72 44 64 61 GRRR!
"Dark Paradise"
(Lana Del Rey)
2013 45 Born to Die
"Burning Desire"
(Lana Del Rey)
172 Paradise
(The Neighbourhood)
I Love You.
(Bruno Mars)
22 41 23 117 62
  • RIAA: Gold
  • ARIA: Gold
  • MC: Gold
Unorthodox Jukebox
"Young Girls"
(Bruno Mars)
32 62 19 123 23 83
  • RIAA: Gold
  • ARIA: Gold
  • MC: Gold
(Eminem featuring Nate Ruess)
2014 45 11 5 21 54 86
  • ARIA: Gold
The Marshall Mathers LP 2
"Final Masquerade"
(Linkin Park)
43 85 45 70 30 106 The Hunting Party
"Two Weeks"
(FKA Twigs)
"Guts Over Fear"
(Eminem featuring Sia)
22 6 4 22 9 10 35 22 40 10 Shady XV
(ASAP Rocky featuring Rod Stewart, Miguel and Mark Ronson)
2015 53 49 85 At. Long. Last. ASAP
"New Love"
(Dua Lipa)
Dua Lipa
"Breakin' Point"[17]
(Peter Bjorn and John)
2016 Breakin' Point
(Lana Del Rey)
2017 44 41 48 12 68 49 41 Lust for Life
(Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran)
11 5 5 2 3 23 3 3 1 2 Revival
"Consequences" [18]
(Camila Cabello)
2018 51 75
  • MC: Gold
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.



  1. ^ a b "Emile Haynie's GRAMMY Awards history". Grammy.com. The Recording Academy. November 23, 2020. Retrieved April 13, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d Isenberg, Daniel; La Puma, Joe (October 28, 2011). "Emile Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records". Complex. Retrieved February 4, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Levine, Mike (October 13, 2011). "Talking Shop With Emile". Electronic Musician. Archived from the original on February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2012.
  4. ^ "Kid Cudi Splits With Manager, Launching New Label". MTV. February 27, 2011. Archived from the original on July 3, 2015. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  5. ^ "Kid Cudi: Puzzling (2011 Cover Story)". Complex. September 19, 2011. Archived from the original on October 14, 2011. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  6. ^ "Kid Cudi Splits With Label and Managers, Starts New Label". Billboard. February 28, 2011. Retrieved February 4, 2012.
  7. ^ "Nominees And Winners". Grammy.com. Retrieved February 4, 2012.
  8. ^ Brown, Jacob (February 9, 2012). "A Star Is Born (and Scorned)". T. Retrieved February 11, 2012.
  9. ^ Cliff, Aimee (2015-01-19). "Producer Emile Haynie Announces Star-Studded Album, Shares New Track With Lana Del Rey". Thefader.com. Retrieved 2015-04-03.
  10. ^ "Lana Del Rey Is In Full-On Jazz Singer Mode On Emile Haynie's 'Wait For Life'". MTV.com. 2015-01-19. Retrieved 2015-04-03.
  11. ^ "Emile Haynie ft. Lana Del Rey - "Wait For Life" | Pigeons & Planes". Pigeonsandplanes.com. Retrieved 2015-04-03.
  12. ^ a b "Hipgnosis confirms catalog acquisition from Lana del Rey & Kid Cudi producer Emile Haynie". 9 January 2020.
  13. ^ "We Fall - Emile Haynie". iTunes. Archived from the original on February 21, 2015. Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  14. ^ Ugwu, Reggie (September 15, 2013). "Go Behind Lana Del Rey's 'Summertime' Surge". Billboard. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2013 Singles". ARIA Charts. Australia: Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on April 9, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2013.
  16. ^ "Bruno Mars "Locked Out of Heaven"" (in Danish). IFPI Denmark. Retrieved May 18, 2013.
  17. ^ DeVille, Chris (24 March 2016). "Peter Bjorn And John – 'Breakin' Point' (Stereogum Premiere)". Stereogum. Retrieved 6 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Consequences" is the third single off the album Camila by Camila Cabello, of which the orchestral version produced by Emile Haynie,[A] while original version doesn't credit any producer but only its vocal producer Bart Schoudel.[B] Sources:
    1. ^ "Consequences (orchestra) / Camila Cabello – TIDAL". Tidal. Epic Records / Syco Music. October 9, 2018.
    2. ^ Camila (liner notes). Camila Cabello. US: Epic Records / Syco Music. 2018. 88985472222.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)

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