Ilya Salmanzadeh

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Birth nameIlya Salmanzadeh
Also known asKnocDown
Born (1986-09-19) 19 September 1986 (age 37)
OriginStockholm, Sweden
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
  • guitar
  • bass guitar
  • percussion

Ilya Salmanzadeh (/sɑːlmənˈzɑːdə/; born September 19, 1986), known mononymously as ILYA, is a Swedish[1] songwriter, producer, and singer. He rose to prominence outside of Sweden after co-writing and producing Ariana Grande's "Problem" and Jennifer Lopez's "First Love".[2][3]


In 2005 at the age of 19, Ilya signed with Warner/Chappell Music in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2009, he graduated from the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California. "Miss Me", Mohombi & Nelly's song in 2010, was Ilya's first internationally acclaimed production.[4][5] In 2011, he produced "Mama" and "Reba" from The Lonely Island's Grammy-nominated album, Turtleneck & Chain.[6][7] In 2013, he produced Cher Lloyd's song, "I Wish", and Fifth Harmony's award-winning song, "Me & My Girls".[8][9]

Alongside Max Martin, he co-wrote and produced Ariana Grande's "Problem" and Jennifer Lopez's "First Love" in 2014.[2][10][11][12] "Problem" went on to become one of the fastest-selling singles in iTunes history before winning a Teen Choice Award, VMA and EMA months later.[13][14][15][16] In June 2014, Ilya was nominated for the Denniz Pop Awards, an annual prize handed out to up-and-coming musicians.[17][18][19] "Bang Bang", co-produced by Ilya, was released as a joint single by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj on 29 July 2014 to universal acclaim.[20][21] In January 2015, Ellie Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do", co-written by Ilya, was released for the soundtrack album to the motion picture, Fifty Shades of Grey, becoming the most-streamed song in a week on Spotify.[22] In May 2015, he remixed Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" with Kendrick Lamar, which became his first No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100.[23][24]

He co-wrote and produced large parts of Ariana Grande's later albums Sweetener and Thank U, Next. In 2019, Salmanzadeh co-wrote and produced Beyoncé's Grammy-nominated song "Spirit". He also worked on the production of Labrinth's singles "Miracle" and "Oblivion" (which features Sia), both taken from his sophomore solo album, Imagination & the Misfit Kid.[citation needed]



As lead artist
  • 2007: "Used To Be"[25]
As featured artist
  • 2009: "Get You on the Pool" (Kocky & Trash featuring Ilya)[citation needed]
  • 2011: "Got It Like That" (Lazee ft. Ilya)[26]

Production discography[edit]

Ilya's works include:[27][28][29][30]

Year Title Album Songwriter Producer
2008 "Karma" (featuring David Jassy) Darin ZanyarFlashback checkY checkY
"Road Trip" checkY checkY
2010 "Miss Me" (ft. Nelly) MohombiMoveMeant checkY checkY
2011 "Alienized" Linda PritchardAlive checkY checkY
"Crying in the Rain" checkY checkY
"Dance Your Tears Away" checkY
"Erase & Rewind" checkY checkY
"Glorious" checkY checkY
"Miracle" checkY checkY
"Not Even Hello" checkY checkY
"On Time" checkY checkY
"Rise Again" checkY checkY
"Satellite" checkY checkY
"Stuck in a Riddle" checkY checkY
"Got It Like That" LazeeSupposed II Happen checkY checkY
"Explosive Love" Eric SaadeSaade Vol. 2 checkY
"Feel Alive" checkY
"Mama" The Lonely IslandTurtleneck & Chain checkY
"Reba (Two Worlds Collide)" (ft. Kenan Thompson) checkY checkY
"Finally Free" Kimberley LockeFour for the Floor checkY checkY
2012 "Get Started" David LindgrenGet Started checkY
"Bastard" Amanda FondellBastard checkY checkY
2013 "Can't Hold Back" Anton EwaldA checkY checkY
"We Are a Crowd" The Lonely Island – The Wack Album checkY checkY
"Me & My Girls" Fifth HarmonyBetter Together checkY
"I Wish" (ft. T.I.) Cher LloydSorry I'm Late checkY checkY
2014 "One Last Time" Ariana GrandeMy Everything checkY
"Problem" (ft. Iggy Azalea) checkY checkY
"First Love" Jennifer LopezAKA checkY checkY
"Bang Bang" (Jessie J with Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj) Jessie JSweet Talker

Ariana Grande – My Everything

"Dreamers" Mohombi – Universe checkY checkY
"Grow Old With You" checkY checkY
"Just Like That" checkY checkY
"Save Me" checkY checkY
"Comeback" Ella EyreFeline checkY checkY
"Santa Tell Me" Ariana Grande – Christmas Kisses checkY checkY
2015 "Love Me like You Do" Ellie GouldingFifty Shades of Grey (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) checkY
"Things I Didn't Say" Adam LambertThe Original High checkY checkY
"City Dove" Tori KellyUnbreakable Smile checkY checkY
"Back It Up" (ft. Pitbull) Prince RoyceDouble Vision checkY checkY
"Back It Up" (ft. Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull) checkY checkY
"Bad Blood" (ft. Kendrick Lamar) Taylor Swift1989 checkY
"Good Thing" (ft. Nick Jonas) Sage the GeminiBachelor Party checkY checkY
"Around the World" (ft. Fetty Wap) Natalie La RoseAround the World checkY checkY
"One in a Million" Hilary DuffBreathe In. Breathe Out. checkY checkY
"Confident" Demi LovatoConfident checkY checkY
"Mr. Hughes" checkY
"On My Mind" Ellie Goulding – Delirium checkY checkY
"Codes" checkY checkY
"Pay My Rent" DNCESwaay checkY checkY
"Toothbrush" checkY checkY
"Focus" Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman checkY checkY
2016 "Bad Decisions" checkY checkY
"Everyday" (ft. Future) checkY checkY
"Greedy" checkY checkY
"Into You" checkY checkY
"Side to Side" (ft. Nicki Minaj) checkY checkY
"Sometimes" checkY checkY
"Still Falling for You" Ellie Goulding – Bridget Jones's Baby: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack checkY checkY
"Don't Talk About It" Tove LoLady Wood checkY checkY
"Fire Fade" checkY checkY
"They Don't Know" Ariana Grande – Trolls: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack checkY checkY
"What U Workin' With?" Gwen Stefani & Justin TimberlakeTrolls: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack checkY checkY
"DNCE" DNCE – DNCE checkY checkY
"Pay My Rent" checkY checkY
"Toothbrush" checkY checkY
"Zoom" checkY checkY
2017 "Lions" Skip MarleyLions checkY checkY
"Calm Down" Skip Marley – Calm Down checkY checkY
"Act My Age" Katy PerryWitness checkY
"Ain't About What You Got" Star cast – Star (season 1) soundtrack checkY checkY
"Would You Mind" PRETTYMUCHWould You Mind checkY checkY
"End Game" (ft. Ed Sheeran and Future) Taylor Swift – Reputation
checkY (Additional vocal producer)
"Refugee" Skip Marley – Refugee checkY checkY
"Teacher" PRETTYMUCHTeacher checkY checkY
"Open Arms" PRETTYMUCHOpen Arms checkY checkY
2018 "Raindrops (An Angel Cried)" Ariana Grande – Sweetener checkY
"God Is a Woman" checkY checkY
"Everytime" checkY checkY
"Breathin" checkY checkY
"No Tears Left to Cry" checkY checkY
"Close To Me" (ft. Swae Lee) Ellie Goulding & DiploBrightest Blue checkY checkY
"Last Goodbye" (ft. Tove Styrke & Stefflon Don) Clean BanditWhat Is Love? checkY checkY
2019 "Bloodline" Ariana Grande – Thank U, Next checkY checkY
"Bad Idea" checkY checkY
"Ghostin" checkY checkY
"Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" checkY checkY
"Tu Vecina" (ft. Ty Dolla Sign) Maluma11:11 checkY checkY
"Miracle" LabrinthImagination & the Misfit Kid checkY checkY
"Spirit" BeyoncéThe Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack checkY checkY
"How Do You Sleep?" Sam SmithLove Goes checkY checkY
"Don't Call Me Angel" Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Lana Del ReyCharlie's Angels: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack checkY checkY
"How It's Done" Kash Doll, Kim Petras, Alma, Stefflon DonCharlie's Angels: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack checkY checkY
"Bad to You" Ariana Grande, Normani, Nicki Minaj – Charlie's Angels: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack checkY checkY
"Nobody" Ariana Grande, Chaka KhanCharlie's Angels: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack checkY checkY
"How I Look on You" Ariana Grande – Charlie's Angels: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack checkY checkY
2020 "I'm Ready" Sam Smith & Demi Lovato – Love Goes checkY checkY
"Worry About Me" (feat. blackbear) Ellie Goulding − Brightest Blue checkY checkY
"My Oasis" (feat. Burna Boy) Sam Smith − Love Goes checkY
"High On Your Supply" Katy PerrySmile checkY checkY
2021 "Oh Na Na" (with Myke Towers and Tainy) Camila Cabello - Familia checkY
"Alone Together" WestlifeWild Dreams checkY
2022 "Lightning"[31] Charli XCX - Crash checkY
"Unholy" Sam Smith - Gloria checkY checkY
"I Love Your Girl" Mabel - About Last Night... checkY checkY
"Grrrls" Lizzo - Special checkY checkY
2023 "Brrr" Kim Petras - Feed the Beast checkY checkY

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result Ref.
2012 Grammy Award Best Comedy Album Turtleneck & Chain (songwriter & producer) Nominated [7]
2014 Radio Disney Music Awards Best Song to Rock Out to With Your BFF "Me & My Girls" (producer) Won [32]
Catchiest New Song "I Wish" (songwriter & producer) Nominated [33]
Denniz Pop Awards Rookie Songwriter/Producer Himself Nominated [19]
Swedish Music Publishers Prize Year's Breakthrough Nominated [34]
Teen Choice Awards Song: Female Artist "Problem" (songwriter & producer) Won [35]
MTV Video Music Award Best Female Video Nominated [36]
Best Pop Video Won [37]
Best Collaboration Nominated [38]
Best Lyric Video Nominated [39]
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Song Won [40]
2015 People's Choice Awards Favorite Song "Bang Bang" (producer) Nominated [41]
Favorite Album My Everything (songwriter, producer & programmer) Nominated [41]
Grammy Award Best Pop Duo/Group Performance "Bang Bang" (producer) Nominated [42]
Best Pop Vocal Album My Everything (songwriter, producer & programmer) Nominated [42]
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Song of the Year "Bang Bang" (producer) Won [43]
"Problem" (songwriter & producer) Nominated [44]
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best Collaboration "Bang Bang" (producer) Won [45]
"Problem" (songwriter & producer) Nominated [46]
Radio Disney Music Awards Song of the Year "Problem" (songwriter & producer) Won [47]
ASCAP Pop Music Awards Writer Among the Most Performed Songs Himself Won [48]
Billboard Music Award Top Soundtrack Fifty Shades of Grey (songwriter) Nominated [49]
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Song "Bad Blood" (producer) Won [50]
"Love Me like You Do" (songwriter) Nominated
Latin Grammy Award Best Urban Song "Back It Up (Spanish Version)" (songwriter & producer) Nominated [51]
American Music Award Top Soundtrack Fifty Shades of Grey (composer) Nominated [52]
Collaboration of the Year "Bad Blood" (producer) Nominated
2016 People's Choice Awards Favorite Song of the Year Nominated [53]
"Love Me like You Do" (songwriter) Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Original Song Nominated [54]
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Song Nominated [55]
Grammy Award Best Pop Solo Performance Nominated [56]
Best Song Written for Visual Media Nominated
Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media Fifty Shades of Grey (songwriter) Nominated

See also[edit]


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