Iyaz

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Iyaz
Birth name Keidran Jones
Born (1987-04-15) 15 April 1987 (age 28)
Origin Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Genres Contemporary R&B, reggae, hip hop
Occupation(s) Singer, rapper, actor
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2009–present
Labels

Beluga Heights, Time Is Money Atlantic (current)

Warner Bros., Reprise, Asylum (former)[1]
Associated acts J.R. Rotem, Sean Kingston, Big Time Rush, Charice, Demi Lovato, Mann
Website iyazworld.com (Unrigestered)

Keidran Jones (born 15 April 1987), better known by his stage name Iyaz, is a British Virgin Islands singer-songwriter and dancer from Tortola, signed with the record label Beluga Heights Records. He is known for his singles "Replay", "Solo" and "Pretty Girls". He released his debut album Replay in 2010".@

Life and career[edit]

Iyaz was born in 1987 to a musical family. He grew up in Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.[2] Iyaz studied digital recording at New England Institute of Technology.[3] "Island Girls" achieved radio success in the Caribbean.[2] Sean Kingston found Iyaz through his Myspace page in 2008[4] and later signed him to a recording contract with Time Is Money/Beluga Heights. Michael Nguyen introduced him to producer and Beluga Heights head J.R. Rotem. He released "Replay" in 2010, which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #1 in many other territories, including the United Kingdom.[2] His second single "Solo" was released in February 2010, and peaked at #32 on the Hot 100. He also took part in recording the Haiti charity single, "We Are the World 25 for Haiti". His debut album, Replay was released in 2010, and he was also featured on Charice's single "Pyramid". In an interview with HitQuarters, Rotem described Iyaz's creative perfectionism:

"Where as others might work on several songs in one day, he might sit there and work on one song for days. The end result that he gets is usually an absolute gem, so heartfelt and genuine."[5]

Iyaz also appeared on the fourth season of Hannah Montana, Hannah Montana Forever and made a song with Miley Cyrus called "Gonna Get This", which is featured on the Hannah Montana Forever soundtrack album. He is also featured in the upcoming film 21 Coconuts. Iyaz had a part in Big Time Rush's song "If I Ruled the World". Iyaz is now working on his second album which is titled "Aurora" but there is no release date to be confirmed.

In 2011, Iyaz released "Last Forever" with David Guetta as the producer,[6] and its follow-up, "At Last". Iyaz was featured on New Boyz's single "Break My Bank" and Akon's "My Girl" as well as Demi Lovato's song "You're My Only Shorty".

In 2012, Iyaz did a duet called You're My Only Shorty with Demi Lovato, which is in her third studio album, Unbroken. He released a song with Travie McCoy titled "Pretty Girls" and months later in the year He released "My Heart Broke".

In 2013, Iyaz released another single, "Da Da Da", among with other songs; "Congrats", "What Is this Feeling" and "Too Sexy".

In 2014, Iyaz was featured in unsigned artist Jayceon's single "For Your Love". Iyaz made a new cover song of Chris Brown's Loyal named "Comin' For Ya", followed by another cover months after of Magic!'s song "Rude" which he shared on SoundCloud. Iyaz tweeted on Twitter in December he was releasing a brand new hit single, "One Million" and released a snippet of the song on SoundCloud. Iyaz released "One Million" on Itunes in Japan alone on the 12th of December 2014.

In 2015 Iyaz's Latest single "One Million" dropped on Late 2014 was a rising hit. The Return of Iyaz raised up his fans and new people to his new music. It has been a long time since he's music was global, for the past 3/4 years his music been on the low but now Iyaz is back with a brand new vibe. Iyaz tweeted in Jan/Feb that his single was gonna be on iTunes Worldwide on Valentine's Day (14 February 2015). Iyaz has confirmed the release date to his second album titled "Aurora" will drop on the 8th of April, 2015.

Discography[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[7]
BEL
[8]
GRE
[9]
NE
[10]
SWI
[11]
Replay 26 68 18 61 35
Aurora

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[7]
AUT
[12]
AUS
[13]
CAN
[14]
FRA
[15]
GER
[16]
IRE
[17]
NL
[18]
NZ
[19]
US
[20]
"Replay" 2009 1 3 1 5 7 7 2 8 2 2
  • UK: Gold
  • AUS: 3× Platinum[21]
  • GER: Gold
  • ITA: Platinum
  • NZ: Platinum
  • US: 3× Platinum[22]
Replay
"Solo" 2010 3 28 48 54 25 26 35 35 32
"So Big" 40 46
"Pretty Girls"
(featuring Travie McCoy)
2011 43 Non-album singles
"Da Da Da" 2013
"One Million" 2015
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK AUS CAN US US Dance
"Pyramid"
(Charice featuring Iyaz)
2010 17 45 41 56 1 Charice
"Break My Bank"
(New Boyz featuring Iyaz)
68 Too Cool to Care
"The Mack"
(Mann featuring Iyaz and Snoop Dogg)
2011 28 68 Mann's World
"Fight for You"
(Stevie Hoang featuring Iyaz)
Unsigned
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other Songs[edit]

As featured Artist[edit]

Year Song Album Artist
2010 Gonna Get This Hannah Montana Forever Miley Cyrus
2010 Like This Get 'Em Girls Jessica Mauboy
2011 You're My Only Shorty Unbroken Demi Lovato

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award show Nomination Result
2011 MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best Reggae Video — "Replay" Won
BMI Pop Music Awards 50 Most Performed Songs of the Year — "Replay" Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Artists | BMG Music Rights Management". Bmg.com. 2013-09-15. 
  2. ^ a b c Lipshutz, Jason (6 November 2009). "Young island-pop singer Iyaz hits "Replay"". Billboard. Reuters. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  3. ^ David Caplan, "5 Things to Know About Singer Iyaz", People, 02/04/2010
  4. ^ "Artists | Replay – Big Top 40 Music moms". Bigtop40.com. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  5. ^ "Interview With JR Rotem". HitQuarters. 4 April 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2010. 
  6. ^ http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/iyaz-last-forever-prod-by-david-guetta-song.313693.html
  7. ^ a b "Chart Stats – Iyaz". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "Iyaz - Replay". ultratop.be. 
  9. ^ "greekcharts.com – Greek charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "dutchcharts.nl – Dutch charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  11. ^ "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  12. ^ "austraiancharts.com – Austria Top 40". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  13. ^ "australian-charts.com – Australian charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "Iyaz Album & Song Chart History – Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "lescharts.com – French charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  16. ^ "German Charts – Singles". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  17. ^ "irishcharts.com – Discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  18. ^ "dutchcharts.nl – Dutch charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  19. ^ "charts.org.nz – New Zealand charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  20. ^ "Iyaz Album & Song Chart History – Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  21. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2010 Singles". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  22. ^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum – January 5, 2011: "Replay" certified awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  23. ^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum – January 5, 2011: "Solo" certified awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 

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