KRU

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KRU
Origin Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Genres Pop, R&B, Hip hop
Years active 1992–present
Labels EMI, KRU Studios
Associated acts Feminin, Elite, Indigo, Juliana Banos, Ezlynn, Rabbani, Ella, Tyco, Abon, Adam AF2, Stacy AF6, V.I.P., Saiful Apek, Shy'8, Forteen, M Daud Kilau, Altimet, Mojo, Jaclyn Victor, Anita Sarawak, Dafi
Website www.krustudios.com
Members Norman Abdul Halim
Yusry Abdul Halim
Edry Abdul Halim

KRU is a Malaysian pop boy band that was formed in 1992. The group comprises three brothers namely Datuk[1]Norman Abdul Halim, Yusry Abdul Halim and Edry Abdul Halim. Apart from revolutionising the Malaysian music scene with their unique blend of pop, R&B and hip hop, they have successfully established their own entertainment company KRU Studios specialising in the entertainment and media industry.

Early history[edit]

Their interest for creating music sparked when they were very young, when one of their aunts bought Norman a keyboard which also attracted his other brothers. They spent their teen years in London where they were exposed to various genres of music, in contrast to the Malay music scene at that time which was dominated by classic rock and ballads.

They continued to write original songs, but little did they know one of Norman's college mates sent a demo to EMI. The International Label Manager by the name of Calvin Wong (now Vice-President at Warner Music Asia Pacific) was very impressed by the song and called the brothers to audition. Thus, KRU was formed on 19 May 1992. KRU (addressed by the initials K.R.U and not "kru") stands for Kumpulan Rap Utama or "Major Rap Group", but it is also the Malay word for "crew", borrowed from English.[2]

In 2000, they formed a virtual band named Tyco, whose members consisted of computer-generated alternate versions of themselves.[3]

They also diversified their ventures into film making through the establishment of KRU Studios in 2008, which has produced large-scale and high budgeted films such as the Cicak Man series, Duyung, Magika and Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa.

Major Concert[edit]

  • 1993
    • ReKRUed Rap Tour[4]
  • 1995
    • Awas Da' Concert
  • 1997
    • KRU Mega Tour (Sponsored by Peter Stuyvesant)
  • 1999
    • Jammin the Nation
  • 2002
    • Konsert Empayar Krujaan (26 Oktober 2002) - Dataran Merdeka[5]
  • 2012
    • Konsert Ulang Tahun Ke-20[6] - Orange Club, Kuala Lumpur

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Canggih (1992)
  • reKRUed (1993)
  • Awas (1994)
  • Beware: Awas da Soundtrack (1995)
  • Ooh! La! La! (1996)
  • Krumania - First Compilation (1997)
  • The Way We Jam – first all-English album (1998)
  • Formula Luar Biasa (1999)
  • Tyco - First Animated Album (2000)>
  • Krujaan (2000)
  • Empayar Krujaan V 2.0-Repackaged Album (2002)
  • Yusry - First Solo Album (2003)
  • Relax - Ballads Compilation (2004)
  • KRUnisme (2005)
  • 10 Di Skala Richter (2006)
  • Krunomena (2013)
  • KRU25 (2018)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Krumania (1997)
  • Relax (2004)

Solo albums[edit]

  • Yusry (2003) - performed by Yusry Abdul Halim

Special projects[edit]

Achievements[edit]

  • 1994
    • Anugerah Bintang Popular – Most Popular TV Entertainer (Male)
  • 1995
    • Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM) – Best Engineered Album (Artiste/Producer/Album: KRU/KRU/Awas); Best Pop Album (Artiste/Producer/Album: KRU/KRU/Awas)
    • Anugerah Bintang Popular – Most Popular Group
  • 1996
    • Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM) – Best Group Vocal Performance in an Album (Artiste/Album: KRU/Awas da’ Soundtrack)
    • Anugerah Bintang Popular 1996 – Most Popular Group
    • EMI Achievement Award – Earning 10x platinum for sales exceeding 1 million
  • 1997
    • Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM) – Best Engineered Album (Engineer/Album: Edry/Izan/Jon Gass/Martin Horenburg/Steve Hall/Ooh! La! La!); Album of the Year (Artiste/Producer/Album: KRU/KRU/Ooh! La! La!)
    • Anugerah Video M 1997 – Best Music Video, Best Performance by an Artiste, Best Editing, Best Photography, Best Art Direction, Best Direction
    • Malaysian Book of Record (MBOR) – First Artist To Duet With a Departed (Late P.Ramlee – song "Getaran Jiwa"); First Malaysian video clip nominated for the MTV Video Music Award, Fanatik
  • 1998
    • Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM) – Best Music Video (Director/Song: Saw Teong Hin/Fanatik)
    • Anugerah Bintang Popular 1998 – Most Popular Group
  • 1999
    • Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM) – Best Music Video (Director/Song: KRU/The Way We Jam); Best Engineered Album(Engineer/Album: Edry Abdul Halim/The Way We Jam); Anugerah Kembara(special jury’s award to recognise local acts who have made an impact regionally or internationally)
    • Anugerah Bintang Popular 1999 – Most Popular Group
  • 2000
    • NTV7's Most Popular Video Clip – Most Popular Video Clip, Jangan Lafazkan (chosen by public through polls)
    • Anugerah Planet Muzik (APM) – Best Asian Group
  • 2001
    • Music Authors’ Copyright Protection Bhd (MACP) – Most Popular English Song (The Way We Jam)
    • Malaysian Book Of Records (MBOR) – First Virtual Artiste KRU created Tyco, their virtual alter egos with 3D characters named Tylo, Yiko and Psylo.
  • 2002
    • Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM)- Best Nasyid Album (Artiste/Producer/Album: Rabbani/KRU/Intifada)
    • Malaysian Video Awards 2002 – KRU's video Impak Maksima won SILVER in the Best Music Video category
  • 2003
    • Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM) – Best Music Video (Director/Song: Virginia Kennedy/Impak Maksima); Best Nasyid Album (Artiste/Producer/Album: Rabbani/Edry, Archie & Ustaz Sohibul/Qiblat)
    • Anugerah Juara Lagu (AJL) 18 – Winner of the Pop Rock category for Ezlynn's Hi Hi Bye Bye
  • 2004
  • 2005
    • Anugerah ERA 2005 – Choice Music Video (Terhangat di Pasaran); Choice Vocals – Duo or Group (Terhangat di Pasaran)
  • 2008
    • Anugerah Planet Muzik - Anugerah Cipta Planet Muzik[12]
  • 2009
    • FFM 23 - Best Film (Magika)[13]
  • 2011
    • FFM 24 - Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa[14]
  • 2012
    • Shout Award - The Ultimate Shout Award[15]
    • The BrandLaureate Grand Master Brand Icon Leadership Award - Norman Abdul Halim
    • Anugerah Tokoh Profima (Filem) - Norman Abdul Halim
  • 2013
    • Shout Awards - Music Video Award (Semalam Tanpamu - with Stacy)[16]
  • 2014
    • MACP Anugerah Komposer Pendapatan Terbanyak (Edry Abd Halim)[17]
    • Winner of Best Family Film, Niagara Integrated Film Festival - Ribbit[18]
  • 2015
    • MACP Anugerah Komposer Pendapatan Terbanyak (Edry Abd Halim)[19]
    • IOC Trophy Sport Innovation (Kuasa Juara)[20]
    • Festival Filem Malaysia 27 - Best Animation Film (Ribbit - KRU Studios)[21]

KRU Group of Companies[22][edit]

  • KRU Academy - vocational college specializing in skills related to the Creative Industry
  • KRU Music - record labels and music publisher
  • KRU Media
  • KRU Entertainment
  • KRU Singapore
  • Prodigi Lab- digital media laboratory and studio
  • Hot Jam Cafe
  • Showbiz Productions
  • Kartun Studios
  • Music Unlimited
  • United Studios

Hit Songs Composed (Performed by other artists)[edit]

  • Red Cyndi (Taiwan Singer)[23] - Hi Hi Bye Bye (Originally sing by Ezlynn)
  • AZ Yet ft Jaclynn Victor - Magical Moment (OST Ribbit)
  • Yuki[24] - 亂了 (Aku Siapa Kau Siapa, Originally performed by Elite)
  • Alex To[25] 妳有罪的心 (Andai Kau Pergi, Original singer: Indigo)
  • Caliph Buskers - Hanya NamaMu
  • Sharifah Aini - Takkan Melayu Hilang Di Dunia
  • Anita Sarawak - Seksis; Ular
  • Erra Fazira - Ingin Tahu
  • Ella - Permata Pemotong Permata; ISA
  • Tiara Jacquelina - Asmaradana (OST Puteri Gunung Ledang)
  • Anuar Zain - Sedetik Lebih (OST Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa)
  • Zainal Abidin - Ceritera (OST Silat Lagenda)
  • Amy Mastura - Satu Dalam Sejuta
  • Ning Baizura - Bawa Daku Pergi
  • Rabbani - Pergi Tak Kembali; Satu Kiblat Yang Sama; Apa Yang Kau Tahu; Intifada
  • Feminin - Kini; Untukmu; Di Mana; Selamat Tinggal Cinta
  • Imam Muda - Pejuang Agama (Theme song for Imam Muda 2)
  • Shahir - Kebahagiaan Dalam Perpisahan
  • ELite - GIG; Trauma; Tamparan Wanita; Manisnya Senyumanmu
  • Adam - Tak Tahu; Robot
  • Forteen - Kita
  • Adira - Aku Ada Kamu
  • Mawi & Diana Danielle - Penyembuh Rindu (OST Magika)
  • Mawi, Akhil Hayy; Imam Muda - HambaMu (Theme Song for Imam Muda)
  • Tomok - Arjuna
  • Syura - Gantung
  • Sofaz - Pencinta Terbaik
  • Indah & Ewal - Cerita Cinta Kita (OST Pelamin Fantasia)
  • Melly Goeslow ft Yusry - Di Bius Cinta (OST Cicakman 2)
  • Slam - Sinar Menunggu; Biarkannya
  • Indigo - Istimewa; Gadis Misteri
  • Arip (Winner of Kilauan Emas 4) - Aku Tak Bisa

References[edit]

  1. ^ Atak, Feride Hikmet (7 February 2016). "Gelaran 'Datuk', Norman (KRU) Mahu Tingkatkan Industri Kreatif Di Pahang". mStar Online (in Malay). Star Media Group Berhad. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  2. ^ [1] Archived 12 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "TYCO bukti KRU masih berbisa". Utusan Malaysia (in Malay). 21 January 2001. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Rozi Razak (13 March 1999). "KRU teruskan konsert". Utusan Online (in Malay). Utusan Melayu (M) Berhad. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "KRU Music Facebook". 6 December 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  6. ^ Sinar TV (10 June 2012), Konsert Ulangtahun ke 20 KRU, retrieved 4 July 2016 
  7. ^ "Album Silat Lagenda pelbagai variasi". Utusan Online (in Malay). Utusan Melayu (M) Berhad. 9 June 1998. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  8. ^ Rosli Manah (15 August 1998). "Forever As One rasmi lagu tema". Utusan Online (in Malay). Utusan Melayu (M) Berhad. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "Sumbangan KRU kepada negara". Utusan Online (in Malay). Utusan Melayu (M) Berhad. 18 January 1999. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  10. ^ Chuah, Gerald (1 July 2005). "A song for tsunami victims". New Straits Times – via https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-104050523.html. 
  11. ^ Astro Malaysia (13 October 2010), Di Mana Kan Kucari Ganti music video, retrieved 4 July 2016 
  12. ^ Budiey Isma (21 April 2008). "Senarai Penuh Pemenang Anugerah Planet Muzik 2008". Sensasi Selebriti (in Malay). Budiey Dot Com Media. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  13. ^ Abd. Aziz Itar (25 October 2010). "Magika Filem Terbaik FFM23". Utusan Online (in Malay). Utusan Melayu (M) Berhad. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  14. ^ http://www.rotikaya.com/keputusan-penuh-pemenang-festival-filem-malaysia-ke-24-putrajaya/
  15. ^ http://www.murai.com.my/berita/tempatan/article/articleid/357850/ultimate-shout-award-milik-kru
  16. ^ Budiey Isma (10 November 2013). "Senarai Pemenang Anugerah Shout! Awards 2013". Sensasi Selebriti (in Malay). Budiey Dot Com Media. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  17. ^ "Edry KRU komposer dengan pendapatan terbanyak tewaskan M Nasir". Agenda Daily (in Malay). 24 November 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  18. ^ http://www.budiey.com/filem-ribbit-menang-anugerah-di-niagara-integrated-film-festival-2014/
  19. ^ Budiey Isma (23 November 2015). "Edry KRU Dapat Anugerah Komposer Pendapatan Terbanyak MACP 2015". Sensasi Selebriti (in Malay). Budiey Dot Com Media. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  20. ^ "KRU Terima Anugerah 2015 IOC Trophy "Sport Innovation"". KRUniverse (in Malay). 18 December 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  21. ^ "FFM 27: Ribbit Dipilih Filem Animasi Cereka Terbaik - Berita Hiburan". mStar Online (in Malay). Star Media Group Berhad. 2 September 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  22. ^ http://www.krustudios.com/about-us/kru-group-of-companies/
  23. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J4D7IyVWXw
  24. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JgorcJcyus
  25. ^ https://www.kkbox.com/hk/tc/song/yskrzmp009rXs13pq13pq0P4-index.html

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