Imran Khan (singer)

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Imran Khan
Born Imran Khan
(1984-05-28) 28 May 1984 (age 31)
The Hague, Netherlands

Imran Khan (Urdu: عمران خان) is a Dutch-born Punjabi singer, songwriter, and record producer. He rose to fame in 2007 after the success of his first single "Ni Nachleh".[1]

Khan was born and raised in The Hague to Pakistani Punjabi parents from Gujranwala in Punjab.

Khan was signed to Prestige Records in late 2007, and released the single "Ni Nachleh" on the label.[1] His second single, "Amplifier" was released on 13 July 2009. It received two million views on YouTube in one week and as of 3rd November 2015 has received approximately 50 million[2] hits. A few months later, on 30 November 2009, Prestige Records published the track 'Bewafa', which has around 11 Million hits.

In July 2009, Khan's first album, Unforgettable, was released, produced by Eren E and Hakan Ozan.

Imran Khan is on the way to release his second album in summer 2016, whose first single "Imaginary" was released on 8 June 2015.

Early life[edit]

Imran Khan was born 28 May 1984 in The Hague, Netherlands. His parents came from Gujranwala, Punjab in Pakistan and settled in The Hague, Netherlands in the early 1980s. Khan's love for music was evident from a very early age.

He started his career in his early teenage years. In 2005 Khan met up with an old friend called Shahid Mazhar based in the United Kingdom. Khan showed his abilities to Mazhar, who was impressed with what he heard and decided to take Khan to Pakistan.[3]

Later that year Mazhar took Khan to Lahore in Pakistan to give his music a kick start and to complete his first album working with the biggest and most popular music production teams in Pakistan. After working day and night in the studio for almost two months, an eight-track album was mastered.[citation needed]

However, after hearing the final product, Khan was not impressed with the album. He thought the album was too traditional for his sound and decided not to go ahead with it. Shahid agreed with Khan's thoughts and ideas and eventually decided that this album would not be released.[citation needed] Khan later moved on and released his song "Ni Nachleh".


Khan started his career in his late teens.[4] His friend Shahid Mazhar founded Prestige Records,[5] which released Khan's debut single "Ni Nachleh".[1] Khan had started performing in several countries in the later part of 2007.[6]

Khan’s first released single, "Amplifier", was produced by Eren E and was released on 12 July 2009.[7] His second single, "Bewafa," was produced by Hakan Ozan and was released on 30 November 2009; as of November 2015, the music video of "Bewafa" had been viewed approximately 11 million times[8] on YouTube.[9]

In July 2009, Khan released his debut album, Unforgettable. It includes the singles "Amplifier", "Bewafa" and a remix of his first single, "Ni Nachleh".[10] It was nominated for Best Album in the 2010 UK Asian Music Awards but did not win.[11] "Amplifier" was nominated for best video, with Khan nominated for best male act and best desi act. In 2011, Khan departed from Prestige Records to start his own label, later known as IK Records.[11]

Khan released the single "Satisfya" on 9 May 2013. "Satisfya" got 801,160 views on YouTube in 3 days.[12] Unlike his previous singles, it was released by IK Records. The single was produced by his "Amplifier" music producer Eren E. The music video shows Khan driving a yellow Lamborghini Aventador and sitting with a cheetah. Khan's "Satisfya" video, which was directed by David Zennie, was the Best Mainstream Video of the 2013.[citation needed] As of July 2015, the video of "Satisfya" had garnered 27 million views[13] on YouTube. Imran Khan made his Bollywood debut as a singer for the Hindi film Tevar, which was released on 9 January 2015. The video for Khan's single "Let's Celebrate" was released on YouTube on 9 December 2014 and has had 2 million views[14] as of July 2015.

Imran Khan released a single titled "Imaginary" on 8 June 2015, produced by his "Ni Nachleh", "Amplifier" and "Satisfya" producer Eren E. The single was released on his own record label, IK Records. Khan shot the video with David Zennie in downtown Los Angeles. "Imaginary"'s official music video received 6 million views[15] on YouTube within a month of its release.


Unforgettable (2009)[edit]

Unforgettable is Khan's debut album, released on 27 July 2009 via Prestige Records.[10] It was produced by Eren E and Hakan Ozan. The album has a total of 15 tracks.


  • 2007 Ni Nachleh - Imran Khan & Lucky | Produced By Eren E
  • 2009 Amplifier - Imran Khan | Produced By Eren E
  • 2009 Bewafa - Imran Khan | Produced By Hakan Ozan
  • 2013 Satisfya - Imran Khan | Produced By Eren E
  • 2014 Let's Celebrate - Imran Khan ft. Sonakshi Sinha | Produced By Imran Khan
  • 2015 Imaginary - Imran Khan | Produced By Eren E


  • 2007 Ni Nachleh (feat. MC Spyder) [Eren E. Electro Remix]
  • 2007 Ni Nachleh (feat. MC Spyder) [Eren E. Electro Extended Mix]
  • 2007 Ni Nachleh (Eren E. Disco Remix)
  • 2007 Ni Nachleh (Eren E. Disco Dub Mix)
  • Aaja We Mahiya (Infidel Mix)
  • Gora Gora Rang (Remix)

Commercial reception[edit]

The album was nominated for the "Best Album" award at the UK Asian Music Awards 2010[16] and Won "Best Album" at the 2010 Brit Asia TV Music Awards.[17]

Track listing[edit]

Track listing
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Amplifier"   Eren E 3:53
2. "Aaja We Mahiya (Come, My Love)"   Eren E 3:52
3. "Hey Girl"   Eren E 3:18
4. "Peli Waar (The First Time)"   Eren E 3:10
5. "Chak Glass (Grab a Glass)"   Eren E 3:08
6. "Nazar (Glance)"   Eren E 3:05
7. "Superstar"   Eren E 3:25
8. "Gora Gora Rang (Fair Skinned)" (featuring Mr. Probz) Eren E 4:25
9. "Bounce Billo"   Eren E 4:07
10. "Ni Nachleh (Hey, Dance)" (feat. MC Spyder) Eren E 3:35
11. "40 Pra (Forty Brothers)"   Eren E 3:12
12. "Pata Chalgea (I Have Found Out)"   Eren E 4:45
13. "Bewafa (Unfaithful)"   Hakan Ozan 3:44
14. "Nai Reina (Don't Want to Stay)"   Hakan Ozan 3:04
15. "Qott Ghusian Da (A Sip of Happiness)" (feat. Shabby) Hakan Ozan 2:58
Total length:

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Won "Best Album" at the 2010 Brit Asia TV Music Awards for Unforgettable.[17]
  • Nominated for four awards at the 2010 UK Asian Music Awards: "Best Album", "Best Video" for "Amplifier", "Best Male Act" and "Best Desi Act",[16] winning "Best Desi Act".[18]
  • Won "Male Musical Artist of the Year" at the 2010 Anokhi Magazine Awards.[19]
  • Won "Young Person of the Year at Successful " at the 2013 at Pakistan Achievement Awards.[20][not in citation given]
  • Won three awards in 2015 from Pakistani Music and Media Awards (PMMA) for best song writer, best video (for "Imaginary") and best song (for "Imaginary").
  • Imran Khan won 3 out of 3 awards this year[when?] at the BritAsia World Music Awards (BWMA) held in the United Kingdom.



  • Imran Khan - First world tour was "the Canadian tour" in 2009 and "bounce billo Canadian tour" in 2010.
  • Imran Khan – Takeover Tour USA (2011)[21]
  • Imran Khan – Australia & New Zealand Tour (2011)[22]
  • Imran Khan – Pakistan Tour (2010)
  • Imran Khan - Taste of Asia Birmingham Alabama Show (15 March 2014)
  • Imran Khan – USA Tour (2015)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Talking Shop: Singer Imran Khan". BBC News. 29 August 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2009. .
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  4. ^ "About Imrankhanworld B.V.". Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 26 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Interview with Imran Khan". Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Worldwide premiere of Imran Khan's Amplifier". Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
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  9. ^ "Imran Khan releases new single Bewafa". DesiHits. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Review of Imran Khan's Unforgettable". BBC Music. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "AMA 2010 – Winners". BBC Radio Asian Network. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  12. ^ Biography, Khan's official website
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  16. ^ a b Sembhi, Jas (3 February 2010). "2010 UK Asian Music Awards Nominees". Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  17. ^ a b Jas Sembhi (3 May 2010). "Brit Asia TV Music Awards 2010". Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  18. ^ Sembhi, Jas (11 March 2010). "2010 UK Asian Music Awards Winners". Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  19. ^ "Anokhi Magazine Awards 2010". DesiHits. 8 February 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  20. ^ Imran Khan (singer) (2 November 2013). "Pakistan Achievement Awards". Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  21. ^ "DesiClub presents Online Ticketing for TAKEOVER Tour USA (2011)". Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  22. ^ "Imran Khan to Headline the inaugural of Unforgettable Music Festival (2011)". Retrieved 11 September 2012. 

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