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OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active2010–2017, 2018–present
LabelsColumbia, BMG
MembersMalcolm Kelley
Tony Oller

MKTO is an American pop duo, consisting of Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller. Their self-titled album was released on January 30, 2014 by Columbia Records. In July 2015, the duo released their first extended play, titled Bad Girls EP.


2010–2016: Formation and MKTO[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]

The duo signed to Columbia Records and released their debut single "Thank You" on November 12, 2012. The song's genre is a crossover between pop and hip hop. The song has attained commercial success, reaching the top ten on both the Australian and New Zealand singles charts.[3][4] 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] In the music video, Harold Perrineau, who played the father of 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 100 million views on YouTube. The music video for their third single, "God Only Knows", was released on November 29, 2013 on YouTube and Vevo. In 2013, they served as the opening for Emblem3 on their summer tour across the United States. They also served as the opening for Emblem3's #bandlife Tour and Demi Lovato's "Demi: World Tour" in 2014. Their self-titled debut album was released on January 30, 2014[5] in Australia and New Zealand and it was released on April 1 in North America.[6]

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". On July 22, 2015, MKTO released their first extended play Bad Girls EP, which was preceded by the June 2015 release of its lead single "Bad Girls".[7] A double A-side single including two brand new tracks "Hands Off My Heart/Places You Go" was premiered exclusively on Billboard on March 9, 2016.[8]

2017–present: Canceled second studio album, disbandment, and return[edit]

On March 10, 2017, Oller announced on Twitter that the band had broken up.[9] However, according to their Twitter page,[10] they plan to release new music very soon. On June 12, 2018, MKTO announced on Twitter that they were back together.[11] Three days later, on June 15th, the band announced they had signed a new record deal with BMG.[12]. Following the announcement, the duo released a new single titled, "How Can I Forget" in September 2018.



Title Album details Peak chart positions
MKTO 1 6 21 31


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


As lead artist[edit]

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 EP
"Hands Off My Heart/Places You Go" 2016 Non-album singles
"How Can I Forget"[28] 2018 [A]
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.


  1. ^ "How Can I Forget" did not enter the ARIA Singles Chart, but peaked at number 38 on the ARIA Digital Track Chart.[29]

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Summer Paradise"
(Simple Plan featuring MKTO)
2013 Non-album single

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2014 Radio Disney Music Awards[30] Catchiest New Song "Classic" Nominated
2015 Radio Disney Music Awards Catchiest New Song Nominated


  1. ^ "Uncover Discover". The Edge. MediaWorks Radio. January 29, 2013. Retrieved March 16, 2013.
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  3. ^ a b c "Discography MKTO". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  4. ^ a b c "Discography MKTO". New Zealand Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 2016-02-15.
  5. ^ "MKTO by MKTO on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  6. ^ "MKTO confirm tracklisting for debut album | Hamada Mania Music Blog". 2013-12-04. Retrieved 2015-06-12.
  7. ^ Bowman, Patrick. "MKTO Preview New Single "Bad Girls": Listen To Funk-Pop Anthem". Retrieved 2015-06-12.
  8. ^ Polanco, Luis (March 9, 2016). "MKTO Returns With New Song 'Hands Off My Heart'/'Places You Go': Exclusive Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved March 11, 2016.
  9. ^ (2017-03-10). "Another One Bites the Dust — Popular Boy Band Suddenly Breaks Up". Retrieved 2017-03-26.
  10. ^ "MKTO (@WeAreMKTO) | Twitter". Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  11. ^ "Let it begin.....We're back". Retrieved 2018-06-21.
  12. ^ "Us with our new label @BMG we're a excited for this new journey and thank all of you for the support". Retrieved 2018-06-21.
  13. ^ a b "Discography MKTO". Swedish Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  14. ^ "MKTO – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard.
  15. ^ "MKTO – Chart History: Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard.
  16. ^ "Discografie MKTO". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  17. ^ "Official Charts - Artist - MKTO". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  18. ^ "MKTO – Chart History: The Hot 100". Billboard.
  19. ^ a b "ARIA Charts Singles 2014". 2014-12-31. Retrieved 2015-06-12.
  20. ^ Archived from the original on May 8, 2011. Retrieved April 4, 2011. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  21. ^ "BPI Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved November 1, 2014.
  22. ^ "Sverigetopplistan - Sveriges Officiella Topplista". 2015-06-08. Retrieved 2015-06-12.
  23. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database". RIAA.
  24. ^ "ARIA CHarts Top 50 Singles : 8 June 2015" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-06-12.
  25. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Retrieved 2015-06-12.
  26. ^ "ARIA Charts Singles 2014". 2014-12-31. Retrieved 2015-06-12.
  27. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | The Official New Zealand Music Chart". 2014-07-28. Retrieved 2015-06-12.
  28. ^ "How Can I Forget – Single by MKTO on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved September 7, 2018.
  29. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 40 Digital Tracks" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved December 15, 2018.
  30. ^ Rutherford, Kevin. "Nominees for 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards". Billboard. Retrieved 13 March 2014.