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Background information
Birth name Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike
Also known as MNEK
Born (1994-11-09) 9 November 1994 (age 21)
Lewisham, London, UK
Origin Bellingham, London, UK
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • remixer
Years active 2014–present[1]
Associated acts

Uzo Emenike (born 9 November 1994),[2] professionally known as MNEK, is a Grammy-nominated British singer, songwriter, record producer and remixer of Nigerian descent, signed to Virgin EMI Records.

His recent writing and production credits include Kylie Minogue, Chris Malinchak, Bondax, Becky Hill, Oliver Heldens, Karen Harding, Tieks, Zara Larsson, Naughty Boy, Gorgon City, Sub Focus, Clean Bandit, Duke Dumont, Rudimental, Little Mix, A*M*E among others and his remixes include Duran Duran, Olly Murs, Bastille and Tinie Tempah. He has also contributed vocals on the song "Living for Love" by Madonna.


2012–13: Breakthrough[edit]

In February 2012, he featured on Rudimental's single "Spoons" with Syron. The song features on their debut studio album Home (2013). In December 2013 he was one of 15 artists to make BBC's long list.[3]

2014–present: Small Talk[edit]

In January 2014 he featured on Gorgon City's single "Ready for Your Love". The song peaked to number 4 on the UK Singles Chart. On 20 April 2014, he premiered "Every Little Word" on 1Xtra, the "buzz" single from his debut studio album. On 9 May the remix EP featuring Joe Goddard and Fred V & Grafix among others was released. Emenike has said we can expect to hear collaborations with Moko, Snakehips and Jimmy Napes on the record.[4] The lead single "Wrote a Song About You" premiered on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show on 13 June 2014. In June 2014, Oliver Heldens' track Gecko, which Emenike wrote, debuted at number 1 on both the UK Dance Chart and the UK Singles Chart. MNEK produced the song "Feels So Good" by Kylie Minogue, from her album Kiss Me Once. On 22 July, Emenike released the promotional single "In Your Clouds" as part of an iTunes Ones to Watch campaign. The song will feature on his debut album.[5] In 2014, he worked with Madonna in her album, Rebel Heart. His debut extended play Small Talk was released on 20 March 2015. In March 2015, JoJo announced that she worked with MNEK on her new studio album.


Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Small Talk


As lead artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Ceritifications Album
2014 "Every Little Word" 184 Small Talk
"Wrote a Song About You" 66
2015 "The Rhythm" 38 20
  • IFPI SWE: Gold
"Never Forget You"
(with Zara Larsson)
5 3 5 4 59 16 2 12 1 64 Non-album single
"—" denotes a song that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2012 "Spoons"
(Rudimental featuring MNEK and Syron)
"Christmas in Downtown LA"
(Far East Movement featuring MNEK)
Non-album single
2014 "Ready for Your Love"
(Gorgon City featuring MNEK)
4 41 58 98 7 Sirens
"—" denotes a song that did not chart or was not released.

Promotional singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2014 "In Your Clouds" Small Talk

Songwriting and production[edit]

Year Title Artist Role Peak chart positions Album
2011 "All Fired Up" The Saturdays Writer, producer 3 On Your Radar
2012 "City Lights" A*M*E Writer, producer TBC
"Ride or Die" Writer, producer
"Fast Girls" Jack Beats featuring MNEK Writer, vocals Careless
"Rumbae" The Very Best Vocals MTMTMK
"Home Run" Misha B Writer, producer 11 TBC
"Wings" Little Mix Producer 1 3 57 DNA
2013 "Hell Could Freeze" Rudimental featuring Angel Haze Writer, backing vocals Home
"Hide" Rudimental featuring Sinéad Harnett Writer
"Baby" Rudimental featuring MNEK and Sinéad Harnett Writer, vocals
"Need U (100%)" Duke Dumont featuring A*M*E Writer, backing vocals 1 40 17 31 43 20 TBC
"Too Much Heaven" DEVolution featuring MNEK Writer, vocals Transition
"Admire" DEVolution featuring Aaron Soul Writer
"Hold On" Duke Dumont featuring MNEK Writer, vocals TBC
"Wanna Go" Maxsta featuring Little Nikki Writer 43 TBC
"The Finest Things" Colette Carr Writer, producer Skitszo
"Lovesong" Javeon Writer, producer TBC
"Close" Sub Focus featuring MNEK Vocals, writer Torus
"Indiana" Tom Aspaul Producer TBC
"Bad 4 U" Tanika Writer, producer TBC
"Nothing Feels Like You" Little Mix Writer, producer Salute
2014 "Feels So Good" Kylie Minogue Producer Kiss Me Once
"Here for You" Gorgon City featuring Laura Welsh Writer 7 62 48 Sirens
"Better Than This" Bred For Pleasure Vocals, writer TBC
"Cologne" Clean Bandit featuring Nikki Cislyn and Javeon Writer New Eyes
"Gecko (Overdrive)" Oliver Heldens featuring Becky Hill Writer 1 71 23 48 TBC
"What Are You Waiting For?" The Saturdays Writer 38 Finest Selection: The Greatest Hits
"Happiness" Chris Malinchak featuring MNEK Writer, vocals TBC
"All I See" Bondax Writer 63 80 TBC
"Sing That Song" TIEKS Writer 90 TBC
"Losing" Becky Hill Writer 56 64 TBC
"Special" Billon featuring Maxine Ashley Writer TBC
"Say Something" Karen Harding Writer 7 80 TBC
"Climbin (Piano Weapon)" Shadow Child and Doorly Writer 85 TBC
"18" Etta Bond Writer TBC
"Last All Night (Koala)" Oliver Heldens featuring K Stewart Writer 5 53 TBC
"Living for Love" Madonna Writer, backing vocals 26 43 40 Rebel Heart
"—" denotes a song that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


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  2. ^ "WILD Profile: MNEK Keeps It Fresh". The WILD Magazine. 2013-04-02. 
  3. ^ "BBC Music - BBC Sound Of, 2014 - MNEK". BBC. 
  4. ^ "Yinka & Friends: MNEK". Rinse FM on YouTube. 2014-06-10. 
  5. ^ "MNEK - Timeline photos". Facebook. 22 July 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Peak positions in the United Kingdom:
  7. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography MNEK". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  8. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography MNEK". Danish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  9. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography MNEK". Finnish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  10. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discographie MNEK". German Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  11. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discografie MNEK". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  12. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography MNEK". Norwegian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  13. ^ a b Peak positions for singles in Scotland:
  14. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography MNEK". Swedish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  15. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie MNEK". Swiss Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  16. ^ "British single certifications – MNEK & Zara Larsson". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 14 November 2015.  Enter MNEK & Zara Larsson in the field Search. Select Artist in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Click Search
  17. ^ Ryan, Gavin (14 November 2015). "ARIA Singles: Adele 'Hello' Spends Third Week at No 1". Noise11. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  18. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography MNEK". Irish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 

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