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Karmin
Karmin 2015.jpg
Karmin in 2015
Background information
OriginBoston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres
Years active2010–present
Labels
Members

Karmin is an American pop duo consisting of Amy Renee Noonan and Nick Noonan.[1] Starting as a novelty act that released covers on YouTube, they signed in 2011 with Epic Records. In May 2012, Karmin released their debut EP Hello, which spawned the singles "Brokenhearted" and "Hello" and received mixed reviews. Rolling Stone named Karmin's lead singer Amy as the winner of "Women Who Rock" 2012 contests.[2] In March 2014, the duo released their debut album, Pulses. The album's lead single, "Acapella", charted in the top 10 in Australia and New Zealand, and went Gold in the United States. They left Epic Records in the middle of 2014 and have since released music independently. Their second album Leo Rising was released on September 9, 2016.[3]

In 2017, the duo took a break on Karmin to focus on another project, Qveen Herby, Amy Noonan's new alter ego. The project moves away from pop in favor of more of an R&B and hip-hop/rap sounds.

Life and career[edit]

Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan met while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, from which they graduated in 2008.[4] Heidemann is a graduate of 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. The duo has also been a couple since September 2005 and in March 2016 confirmed that they had married. That month, Amy changed her Twitter name from "Amy Heidemann" to "Amy Noonan".[5]

The duo's popularity grew from an appearance on the daytime talk show as well as exposure on YouTube, achieving more than 320 million views between two channels.[6] The name of the band is a homophone made from the Latin word carmen meaning "song" (also a Spanish female name), and the word karma, making the name Karmin.[7]

Music career[edit]

Karmin signed with Epic Records,[8][9] and in late June 2012 entered the studio to record their debut studio EP, Hello,[10] which was released on May 7 via digital download.

On February 26, 2013, the duo released a studio cover of Drake's song "Started from the Bottom" as a promotional single; a 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.[citation needed] The single "Acapella" was released in July and debuted at number 98 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and two weeks later peaked at number 72.[11]

On October 28, 2013, they announced their 2014 Pulses tour,[12] and released the full-length album Pulses on March 25, 2014; Rolling Stone gave it 1–1/2 stars.[13]

Performing at the Leo Rising showcase.

2014–2016: Split from Epic Records and Leo Rising[edit]

In 2014, after the release of their debut album Pulses and the attendant tour, Karmin left Epic Records. In an interview with Billboard, Heidemann said: "We were hungry to try a more musically honest approach. We wanted to be a little bit nerdier than we think they had hoped".[14] Six months after the release of Pulses, in September 2014, Karmin released a single with rapper George Watsky titled "No Flex Zone (Remix)", inspired by the song "No Flex Zone" by Rae Sremmurd. It was produced by Nick Noonan.[citation needed] Later that year, Karmin began work on their second album, Leo Rising.[3] Two digital singles were released in 2014: "Sugar" on October 8, followed by "Yesterday" on October 24, 2014. Another single "Along the Road" was released on March 25, 2015 and was slated to be the lead single off the project, was later relegated as a promotional release.[citation needed]

In 2016, Wild Culture released the Sugar EP in collaboration with Karmin. It features three remixes of "Sugar" and a remix of Riley Pearce's single "Brave".[citation needed] The album Leo Rising was released on September 9, 2016.[citation needed]

2017–present: Qveen Herby[edit]

At the beginning of 2017, Amy Noonan revealed in a livestream that a Leo Rising tour would not be held in 2017, and if there was one it would be in 2018.[15] She also revealed that alongside the launch of a new website, new music was in the works.[16]

In 2017, all of Karmin's social media was rebranded to Qveen Herby and a small preview stating "Karmin Is Dead, Long Live the Queen." was posted. Noonan soon formally announced her solo career and launched the new website "Qveenherby.com".[17] The music video for Qveen Herby's first single "Busta Rhymes" was released on June 1, 2017, followed by the release of EP 1[18] a day later. The EP received positive reviews from critics, who praised Herby's rebranding as an artist and the exploration of R&B and hip hop music.[19] The EP also experienced fair success, peaking at #37 on the US Billboard Independent Albums Chart and #13 on the US Heatseekers Albums Chart.[20]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
US
[21]
US Heat
[22]
US Indie
[23]
AUS
[24]
Karmin Covers, Vol. 1
  • Released: May 23, 2011
  • Label: Karmin Music / The Complex Music Group
  • Format: Digital download
27
Pulses
  • Released: March 25, 2014
  • Label: Epic
  • Format: CD, digital download
32 46
Leo Rising
  • Released: September 9, 2016
  • Label: RED Associated Labels
  • Format: CD, digital download
27
"—" denotes a recording that failed to chart, was ineligible for the chart, or was not released.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[21]
Inside Out[26]
  • Released: May 10, 2010
  • Label: Karmin Music
  • Format: CD, digital download
The Winslow Sessions[27]
  • Released: February 16, 2011
  • Label: Karmin Music
  • Format: Digital download
Hello
  • Released: May 4, 2012
  • Label: Epic
  • Format: CD, digital download
18
"—" denotes a recording that failed to chart, was ineligible for the chart, or was not released.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
US
[28]
US Dance
[28]
US Pop
[28]
AUS
[29]
BEL
[30]
CAN
[28]
IRL
[31]
JPN
[32]
NZ
[33]
UK
[34]
"Take It Away" 2011 The Winslow Sessions
"Crash Your Party" 36 88 N/A
"Brokenhearted" 2012 16 1 10 9 61 19 40 5 6 Hello
"Hello" 62 1 16 72 72 21
"Acapella" 2013 72 34 4 30 64 9 Pulses
"I Want It All" 2014 39
"Sugar" Leo Rising
"Yesterday" N/A
"Along the Road" 2015 Leo Rising
"Didn't Know You"
"Come with Me (Pure Imagination)" 2016
"Riverbend" N/A
"Blame It on My Heart" Leo Rising
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Song Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Dance
Digital

[41]
"Bang It Out"
(Breathe Carolina featuring Karmin)
2014 44 Savages
"Young in Love"
(Borgeous featuring Karmin)[42]
2016 13
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Pulses" 2014 Pulses
"No Flex Zone"
(with Watsky)
N/A

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Song for You" 2013 Big Time Rush 24/Seven
"Flex" 2016 Futuristic As Seen on the Internet

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Nomination Result
2011 Karmin American Music Award New Media Honoree Won
2012 MTV O Music Awards Web Born Star Won[43]
Teen Choice Awards Breakout Group Won
Web Star Nominated
PopRepublic It List Awards Breakthrough Artist Won
Best Intl Group Nominated
"Brokenhearted" Best Single Won
Hello Best Album Nominated
2014 Karmin World Music Awards World's Best Group Nominated
World's Best Live Act
"Acapella" World's Best Song
World's Best Video
2016 Amy Heidemann She Rocks Awards 2016 Mad Skills Award Won

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  43. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tysv_GTL_xY |}


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