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Background information
Origin Old Town, Maine, U.S. (Nick)
Seward, Nebraska, U.S. (Amy)[1]
Genres Pop, pop rock, dance, pop rap
Years active 2010 (2010)–present
Labels Epic
Website www.karminmusic.com
Members Amy Heidemann
Nick Noonan

Karmin is an American pop duo consisting of Amy Heidemann (born April 29, 1986) and Nick Louis Noonan (born April 27, 1986).[2] They are best known for their song "Brokenhearted," which reached the top 20 in the United States, and the top 10 in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and the song "Hello," which reached number 1 on the Billboard Dance Chart in the US. They were known previously for their covers, including Chris Brown's "Look at Me Now" and Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass." Their original song "Take It Away" was used in promos for the 2011 NBA Finals.[3]

Early life and career beginnings

Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan met while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston. Heidemann is a graduate from Seward High School in Nebraska. Noonan graduated from Old Town High School in Maine, where he was a member of the concert band and jazz ensemble. They released their first EP, Inside Out, in May 2010, also getting engaged later that year.[4] They booked their first public gig at All Asia bar, that summer <Karmic Booking Calendar>

The duo's popularity grew from an appearance on the daytime talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show as well as exposure on YouTube, achieving more than 200 million views.[5] The duo gained popularity after being discussed on reddit,[6] and their video for "Look at Me Now" was posted on Ryan Seacrest's blog.[7] The group later thanked reddit by giving the reddit alien mascot a prominent place in their video for their cover of "6 Foot 7 Foot."[8]

They also made an appearance on the BET Awards in 2011, performing their covers before commercial breaks.

2011-2012: Hello and commercial breakthrough

After anticipation and speculation concerning Karmin signing with a record label,[9][10] the group announced on June 2, 2011 that they had been signed by a major record label.[11] Reports indicated, with confirmation from an industry insider, that the group had signed with Epic Records as part of L.A. Reid's return to the company.[12][13][14] On their official website they asked their fans about what they wanted to hear on their album, and about 50% said they would like to have rapping.[15]

In late June, 2012, the duo entered the studio to record their debut studio album and have collaborated with producers Warryn Campbell, Kane Beatz, Jon Jon Traxx, The Runners, Kwamé, D'Mile, Oak and Andrew "Pop" Wansel, Harvey Mason, Jr. of The Underdogs, Tricky Stewart, Rodney "Don Vito" Richard, The Exclusives, J. R. Rotem, Sham 'Sak Pase' Joseph, Christian Rich, Hit-Boy, The Fliptones, Kenneth "Soundz" Coby, The Composer, Stargate, with writing assistance from Claude Kelly, Elite, Redd Stylez, Kevin McCall, Audio Push, Corey Houston, Bonnie McKee, Kelly Sheehan, Heather Bright, Henry "Cirkut" Walter and Diane Warren.[16] Both Heidemann and Noonan worked to maintain original songs and ideas, while working toward mainstream and pop music. They cited L.A. Reid's understanding of their musical background to be helpful in this process.[17]

"Hello" was released on May 7, via digital download. [18]

2012-present: Debut studio album

On September 6, 2012, the duo confirmed via Twitter that they are in the process of making their first LP. It was first reported that the album would be released in November 2012, but the group stated on a Ustream chat that the album would not come out in November, they would be in the studio the whole month of November to record it.

On October 30, 2012, it was announced that Karmin will perform at the SBS KPOP Super Concert.[19]

On December 3, 2012-January 1, 2013, Karmin performed as part of the ABC network's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve '13 with Ryan Seacrest show; the duo played their hit "Hello".

On January 1, 2013, Karmin performed on ABC network's Good Morning America; the duo played "Brokenhearted".

On February 26, 2013, the duo released a studio cover of Drake's song "Started from the Bottom" as a promotional single. It was released digitally for free download. [20] One week later they also released a mash-up studio cover for "Karate Chop/Sweet Dreams" by Future also as a promotional single. They released the single digitally for free download. [21]



Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
Inside Out
The Winslow Sessions
  • Released: February 16, 2011
  • Label: P.I.C.
  • Formats: EP, digital download
  • Released: May 4, 2012
  • Label: Epic
  • Formats: EP, digital download
18 33 US: 19,000+[24]

Other albums

Title Album details
Karmin Covers, Vol. 1
  • Released: May 24, 2011
  • Label: Karmin Music/The Complex Music Group
  • Formats: digital download


Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US Dance
US Pop
BEL (Vl)
2011 "Crash Your Party" 36 Non-album single
2012 "Brokenhearted" 16 1 10 9 61 19 40 5 6 Hello
"Hello" 62 1 16 72 72 21
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released

Other singles

  • "Imagine" - Single with Jess Delgado, Tiffany Alvord, AJ Rafael, Dave Days, Sid Sriram & Dom Liberati (November 2, 2010)
  • "6 Foot 7 Foot" (Live Version) - Single from Karmin Covers, Vol. 1 (April 26, 2011)
  • "Look at Me Now" (Live Version) - Single from Karmin Covers, Vol. 1 (April 26, 2011)
  • "Take It Away" - Single from The Winslow Sessions (May 27, 2011)
  • "Super Bass" (featuring Questlove & Owen Biddle) - Single (June 6, 2011)
  • "Sleigh Ride" - Promotional Christmas single (November 30, 2012)

Karmin have also covered many other songs such as Enrique Iglesias' 2010 smash hit Tonight (I'm Lovin' You).[35]


The name of the band derives from the Latin word carmen, which means "song," and the word karma, making the name Karmin.[36]

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated work Award Nomination Result
2011 Karmin American Music Award New Media Honoree Won
2012 MTV O Music Awards Web Born Star Won
Teen Choice Awards Breakout Group Nominated
Web Star Nominated
PopRepublic It List Awards Breakthrough Artist Nominated
Best Intl Group Nominated
"Brokenhearted" Best Single Nominated
"Hello" Best Album Nominated


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  14. ^ "Karmin and Coolroy Perform". Karmin and Coolroy. bmi.com. Retrieved 8-8-2011. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
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  17. ^ "Karmin Told Us So: Discussing 'HELLO' with Amy, Nick, and Epic Records".
  18. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hello/id517705569
  19. ^ "Please welcome our special guests, Karmin, to the line-up". October 30, 2012. Text "News" ignored (help)
  20. ^ https://soundcloud.com/karminmanicmondays/karmin-started-from-the-bottom
  21. ^ https://soundcloud.com/karminmanicmondays/karate-chop-sweet-dreams
  22. ^ "Billboard Top 200 Albums for week ending May 26, 2012". Billboard. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
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  31. ^ "Top 50 Singles Chart". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 29 July 2012.
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  34. ^ http://riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?content_selector=gold-platinum-searchable-database
  35. ^ Tonight (I'm Loving You) - Enrique Iglesias (Cover by @KarminMusic)_2 - YouTube
  36. ^ "About Us — KarminMusic". karminmusic.com.

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