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Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Years active 2012–present
Labels Columbia
Members Malcolm Kelley
Tony Oller

MKTO is an American musical duo, consisting of Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller. Their debut single, 'Thank You', was released in January 2013. The follow up single, "Classic", was released in June 2013. MKTO's self-titled debut album was released on January 30, 2014. On June 2, 2015, MKTO released a new single named "Bad Girls", which is from their EP Bad Girls, which was released on July 24 of that same year.


2009–12: Formation[edit]

Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller met in 2010 while filming the Nickelodeon television series Gigantic, in which their characters played best friends.[1] They later formed as a duo and came up with the name MKTO, which represents the combined initials of their names and surnames, MK for Malcolm Kelley and TO for Tony Oller. They elaborated upon the inspiration for their name, saying: "It also stands for what our album kind of is: Misfit Kids and Total Outcasts – just like the kids we were in high school".[2]

2013–present: MKTO[edit]

Main article: MKTO (album)

The duo signed to Columbia Records and released their debut single "Thank You" on January 15, 2013.[2] "Thank You" is a crossover between pop and hip hop. The song's music video was released on YouTube via VEVO on January 4, 2013, and garnered over 500,000 views within two days of being released.[2] The song has attained commercial success, reaching the top ten on both the Australian and New Zealand singles charts.[3][4] In the music video, Harold Perrineau, who played the father of Malcolm Kelley's character on Lost, appeared as a reference to the show. MKTO released their second single, "Classic" along with the music video on June 20, 2013. Classic peaked at number 18 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and the music video has since compiled over 50 million views on YouTube. In 2013, they served as the opening for Emblem3 on their summer tour across the United States. Their self-titled debut album was released on April 1, 2014.[5] The music video for their third single, "God Only Knows", was released on November 29, 2013 on YouTube and Vevo. They also served as the opening for Emblem3's #bandlife Tour and Demi Lovato's "Demi: World Tour" in 2014. In February 2014, their debut album went to #1 in Australia and #6 in New Zealand. During the summer of 2014, MKTO went on their first headlining tour, the American Dream Tour. This featured opening acts Tiffany Houghton and Action Item. The third single from their debut album in the United States is "American Dream". MKTO released their newest single, "Bad Girls", on June 2, 2015.[6]



Title Album details Peak chart positions
MKTO 1 6 21 31


Title Album details
Bad Girls
  • Released: July 24, 2015
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Columbia


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Thank You" 2012 2 37 7 MKTO
"Classic" 2013 9 61 64 8 7 24 14
"God Only Knows" 11 19
"American Dream" 2014 40 12
"Bad Girls" 2015 80 Bad Girls
"Stronger" 2016 90 11 24 TBA
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2014 Radio Disney Music Awards[22] Catchiest New Song "Classic" Nominated
2015 Radio Disney Music Awards Catchiest New Song "Classic"


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  21. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". 2014-07-28. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  22. ^ Rutherford, Kevin. "Nominees for 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards". Billboard. Retrieved 13 March 2014.