Iyaz

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Iyaz
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Background information
Birth name Keidran Jones
Born (1987-04-15) 15 April 1987 (age 29)
Origin United States 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, Rekless Music (current)

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

Keidran Jones (born 15 April 1987), better known by his stage name Iyaz, is a United States Virgin Islander singer-songwriter and dancer , 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]

1987–2010: Early life and career beginnings[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] He was featured on the track "Island Girls" by Out Da Box Family, which 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 number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 1 in several territories, including the United Kingdom.[2] His second single "Solo" was released in February 2010, and peaked at number 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. Iyaz also 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.

2011–present: Replay and Aurora[edit]

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".

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

In 2013, a slew of tracks credited to Iyaz surfaced online, namely "Da Da Da", among with "Congrats", "What Is This Feeling" and "Too Sexy".

In 2014, after leaving his previous labels the year prior, Iyaz signed with new Los Angeles-based independent record label Rekless Music, who is distributed by the Alternative Distribution Alliance and Warner Music Group. Iyaz made a cover 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 in December 2014 he would release a single titled "One Million", and released a snippet of the song on SoundCloud. Iyaz released "One Million" on iTunes in Japan on 12 December 2014, the first single from his second album Aurora, released exclusively in Japan on 8 April 2015.[7]

On 24 July 2015 Iyaz released the second single from Aurora, "Alive", featuring Nash Overstreet of Hot Chelle Rae. It was produced by J.D. "Boy Rekless" Salbego, the President/CEO of Rekless Music, Iyaz's new label, and Stuart Hart. On 23 September 2015, MTV exclusively premiered the official video of "Alive".

Discography[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[8]
BEL
[9]
GRE
[10]
NE
[11]
SWI
[12]
Replay 26 68 18 61 35
Aurora

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[13][14]
AUS
[15]
CAN
[16]
GER
[17]
IRE NLD
[18]
NZ NOR SWI US
[19]
"Replay" 2009 1 1 5 7 2 2 2 12 1 2
  • BPI: Platinum
  • ARIA: 3× Platinum
  • BVMI: Platinum
  • RIAA: 4× Platinum
  • RMNZ: Platinum
Replay
"Solo" 2010 3 48 54 25 26 20 35 32
  • RIAA: Gold
"So Big" 40 46
"Pretty Girls"
(featuring Travie McCoy)
2011 43 Non-album single
"One Million" 2014 Aurora
"Alive"
(featuring Nash Overstreet of Hot Chelle Rae)
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
"Island Girls"
(Out Da Box Family featuring Iyaz, Diction and Shotta)[20]
2008 non-album single
"Pyramid"
(Charice featuring Iyaz)
2010 17 45 41 56 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 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. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/aurora-bonus-track-version/id975814324
  8. ^ "Chart Stats – Iyaz". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "Iyaz - Replay". ultratop.be. 
  10. ^ "greekcharts.com – Greek charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  11. ^ "dutchcharts.nl – Dutch charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  12. ^ "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  13. ^ "Janet Jackson - Artist - Official Charts". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Official UK Singles Top 100 – 10th December 2011 – Official Charts". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 4 December 2011. 
  15. ^ "Rushing to the big time". The West Australian. Today. April 7, 2010. p. 5. 
  16. ^ "Adele > Album & Song Chart History > Canadian Hot 100". Billboard Nielsen Business Media. Archived from the original on 29 March 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  17. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Big Time Rush / Longplay" (in German). musicline.de PhonoNet. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  18. ^ "Dutch Top 40 > Adele" (in Dutch). Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2011. 
  19. ^ "Adele > Album & Song Chart History > Billboard Hot 100". Billboard Nielsen Business Media. Archived from the original on 31 August 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2010. 
  20. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/island-girls-feat.-iyaz-diction/id278414280

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