Kings (musician)

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Kings
Birth nameKingdon Chapple-Wilson
BornNorth Shore, New Zealand
GenresHip hop
Occupation(s)
  • Record producer
  • rapper
  • singer-songwriter
Years active2010–present
Labels

Kingdon Chapple-Wilson, known professionally as Kings, is a New Zealand rapper, singer and songwriter. He has been producing music under his self-run label Arch Angel Records since 2018 and broke the record of longest running No. 1 New Single in 2017 for his song "Don't Worry Bout' It".

Career[edit]

Kings is of Māori and Samoan ethnicity. He has one daughter and has one step son in Auckland, New Zealand. Based out of Auckland's Awataha Marae,[1] which was built by his grandfather, Arnold Manaaki Wilson, Kings (Tūhoe, Te Arawa)[clarification needed] started his career providing music production services for companies around the world for use in commercials, television and film. He began playing the guitar at age seven and first learned the skills of his trade from completing a foundation year course at MAINZ.[2] Kings pursued a solo career in mid-2010s, collaborating with New Zealand electronic producers such as Dan Aux, General Lee, and Jolyon Petch.[3]

In 2016, Kings released his debut single "Don't Worry Bout' It".[4] The song had become the biggest New Zealand single release that year and surpassed the record for longest running No. 1 on the New Zealand Singles Chart, previously held by Lorde, spending 33 consecutive weeks at the top.[5][6][7] The music video was filmed impromptu by Kings in Fiji and then edited on the plane ride home. "Don't Worry Bout' It" was certified double platinum and won the "Highest Selling New Zealand Single" and "Radio Airplay Record of the Year" awards at the 2017 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.[8]

Kings released his self-titled debut extended play (EP) in late 2016,[4] which also included the singles "What We Supposed To Do" and "Someday". Kings was named "Breakthrough Artist of The Year" at the 2016 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards,[4] as well as "Best Pacific Male Artist", "Best Urban Artist", "Best Producer" at the Vodafone Pacific Music Awards. Kings was nominated for "Best Solo Artist" for the EP, at the 2017 New Zealand Music Awards.[9]

In late 2017, Kings independently released his debut album Chapter One.[10][11] The album featured the singles "We’ll Never Know", "Domino" and "In The Sun".[12][13] Six months later Kings released his second album TWO, in early 2018, which featured the singles "You Do" and "Temporary Me".[14] The single "Temporary Me" saw Kings make the finalist list for the 2018 APRA Silver Scroll Award.

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
NZ
[15]
Kings
  • Released: 2016
  • Label: Arch Angel Records/Warner Music NZ
  • Format: Digital download/CD
32

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
Chapter One
  • Released: 2017
  • Label: Arch Angel Records
  • Format: Digital download
Two[16]
  • Released: 2018
  • Label: Arch Angel Records
  • Format: Digital download
LOV3 & 3GO
  • Released: 2018
  • Label: Arch Angel Records
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
NZ
[15]
"Don't Worry Bout' It"[17] 2016 5 Kings
"6 Figures"[18] 2018 24
[19]
TBA
"D'ussé" 2019 [A]
"Flex" [B]
"Hit That (Or Nah)" [C]

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Other artists Album
"Kei Aro Atu Koe / Don’t Worry Bout' It"[23] 2019 N/A Waiata / Anthems


Notes

  1. ^ "D'ussé" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 37 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[20]
  2. ^ "Flex" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 16 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[21]
  3. ^ "Hit That (Or Nah)" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 19 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WATCH: Meet the Musician Who Broke Lorde's Record". Vice. 16 August 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Us Two: Kings and his dad Anthony Wilson". Stuff. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  3. ^ Dann, Jennifer (29 May 2017). "Twelve Questions with Kingdon Chapple-Wilson, the man who topped Lorde". The New Zealand Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "The man who would be Kings". Radio New Zealand. 26 November 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Kings still on top of the NZ music chart, breaking pop music dominance records". Stuff. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Don't Worry Bout' It | Music Video | NZ On Screen". www.nzonscreen.com. NZ On Screen. Retrieved 31 August 2018.CS1 maint: others (link)
  7. ^ "Kings has had the No. 1 NZ single for 19 weeks, breaking Lorde's long-held record". The New Zealand Herald. 24 November 2016. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards | Aaradhna and Kings win big at Vodafone Pacific Music Awards". www.nzmusicawards.co.nz. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Finalists Announced For 2017 New Zealand Music Awards". UnderTheRadarNZ. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Kings debut album Chapter One is out now". George FM. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  11. ^ "KINGS has just announced a new album and we're already frothing". George FM. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  12. ^ Flava. "Kings – 'We'll Never Know'". Flava. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Kings – 'Domino'". The Edge. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  14. ^ www.zmonline.com, ZM |. "Kings – Temporary Me". ZM. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  15. ^ a b "charts.nz – Discography Kings". charts.nz. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Kings to Release New Album 'Two' This Friday • New Zealand Music Month, May 2018". NZ Music Month. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Kings – EP by Kings". 25 November 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  18. ^ "G Figures – Single by Kings". Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  19. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 10 December 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  20. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 18 March 2019. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  21. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 1 July 2019. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  22. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 4 November 2019. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  23. ^ "Waiata / Anthems". iTunes. 6 September 2019. Retrieved 8 September 2019.