MNEK

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MNEK
Birth name Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike
Also known as MNEK
Born (1994-11-09) 9 November 1994 (age 22)
Lewisham, London, UK
Origin Bellingham, London, UK
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active 2012–present
Labels
Associated acts

Uzoechi "Uzo" Emenike (born 9 November 1994), professionally known as MNEK, is a British singer, songwriter and record producer.[1] In 2016, he received the ASCAP Vanguard Award for his contribution to songwriting.[2] His recent writing and production credits include Beyoncé, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Dua Lipa, Diplo, Zara Larsson, , Lianne La Havas, Rudimental, Naughty Boy, Little Mix, JoJo, Gorgon City, Clean Bandit, Chris Malinchak, Bondax, Oliver Heldens, Karen Harding, Sub Focus, Duke Dumont, Bastille, A*M*E and Stormzy.

Career[edit]

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 Sound Of 2014 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 2014, 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 (Overdrive)", which MNEK wrote, debuted at number one on both the UK Dance Chart and the UK Singles Chart. In 2014, he also worked with Madonna on her album, Rebel Heart, and produced the song "Feels So Good" by Kylie Minogue, from her album Kiss Me Once. On 22 July 2014, MNEK released the promotional single "In Your Clouds" as part of an iTunes Ones to Watch campaign. The song will feature on his debut studio album.[5] His debut extended play (EP) Small Talk was released on 20 March 2015. In March 2015, JoJo announced that she worked with MNEK on her new studio album.

In September 2015, MNEK released "Never Forget You" with Swedish singer Zara Larsson.[6] The single premiered as Annie Mac's Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1 and to date has been certified Platinum in the UK, 3× Platinum in Sweden, 2× Platinum in Australia and Denmark and Platinum in Norway.[6] In the US, "Never Forget You" has been certified Platinum, reaching the number one spot on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Songs chart for three consecutive weeks and the top 10 of the national airplay chart.[7]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Small Talk
  • Released: 20 March 2015
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Single Year Peak chart positions Ceritifications Album
UK
[8]
AUS
[9]
DEN
[10]
FIN
[11]
GER
[12]
NL
[13]
NOR
[14]
NZ
[15]
SWE
[16]
US
[17]
"Every Little Word" 2014 184 Small Talk
"Wrote a Song About You" 66
"The Rhythm" 2015 38 20
"Never Forget You"
(with Zara Larsson)
5 3 5 4 20 8 2 6 1 13 So Good
"At Night (I Think About You)" 2016 87 non-album singles
"Don't Stop Me Now"
"Paradise" 2017 TBA
"—" denotes a song that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist[edit]

Single Year Peak chart positions Album
UK
[8]
IRE
[21]
GER
[12]
NL
[13]
"Spoons"
(Rudimental featuring MNEK and Syron)
2013 Home
"Christmas in Downtown LA"
(Far East Movement featuring MNEK)
Non-album single
"Ready for Your Love"
(Gorgon City featuring MNEK)
2014 4 41 58 98 Sirens
"Common Emotion"
(Rudimental featuring MNEK)
2016 We the Generation
"House Work"
(Jax Jones featuring Mike Dunn and MNEK)
85
[22]
Non-album singles
"Hands"
(with Various artists)
"Freak Like Me"
(Lee Walker & DJ Deeon featuring Katy B & MNEK)
80
"SXWME"
(Far East Movement featuring Jay Park and MNEK)
Identity
"WORSHIP"
(The Knocks featuring MNEK)
2017 Testify EP
"Not For The Radio"
(Tinie Tempah featuring MNEK)
Youth

Promotional singles[edit]

Single Year Album
"In Your Clouds" 2014 Small Talk

Songwriting and production[edit]

Year Title Artist Role Album
2011 "All Fired Up" The Saturdays Producer On Your Radar
2012 "City Lights" A*M*E Writer, producer none
"Ride or Die"
"Fast Girls"
(featuring MNEK)
Jack Beats Writer, vocals Careless
"Rumbae" The Very Best Vocals MTMTMK
"Home Run" Misha B Writer, producer TBC
"Wings" Little Mix Producer DNA
2013 "Hell Could Freeze"
(featuring Angel Haze)
Rudimental Writer, backing vocals Home
"Hide"
(featuring Sinéad Harnett)
Writer
"Baby"
(featuring MNEK and Sinéad Harnett)
Writer, vocals
"Need U (100%)"
(featuring A*M*E)
Duke Dumont Writer, backing vocals TBC
"Too Much Heaven"
(featuring MNEK)
DEVolution Writer, vocals Transition
"Admire"
(featuring Aaron Soul)
Writer
"Hold On"
(featuring MNEK)
Duke Dumont Writer, vocals TBC
"Wanna Go"
(featuring Little Nikki)
Maxsta Writer TBC
"The Finest Things" Colette Carr Writer, producer Skitszo
"Lovesong" Javeon TBC
"Close"
(featuring MNEK)
Sub Focus Vocals, writer Torus
"Indiana" Tom Aspaul Producer TBC
"Bad 4 U" Tanika Writer, producer TBC
"Nothing Feels Like You" Little Mix Salute
2014 "Feels So Good" Kylie Minogue Producer Kiss Me Once
"Here for You"
(featuring Laura Welsh)
Gorgon City Writer Sirens
"Better Than This" Bred For Pleasure Vocals, writer TBC
"Cologne"
(featuring Nikki Cislyn and Javeon)
Clean Bandit Writer New Eyes
"Gecko (Overdrive)"
(featuring Becky Hill)
Oliver Heldens TBC
"What Are You Waiting For?" The Saturdays Finest Selection: The Greatest Hits
"Bad News"
(featuring MNEK)
Bastille Vocals, backing vocals "Bastille vs. (Other People's Heartache, Pt. III)"
"Happiness"
(featuring MNEK)
Chris Malinchak Writer, vocals TBC
"All I See" Bondax Writer TBC
"Sing That Song" TIEKS TBC
"Losing" Becky Hill TBC
"Special"
(featuring Maxine Ashley)
Billon TBC
"Say Something" Karen Harding TBC
"Climbin (Piano Weapon)"
(with Doorly)
Shadow Child TBC
"18" Etta Bond TBC
"Last All Night (Koala)"
(featuring KStewart)
Oliver Heldens TBC
"Living for Love" Madonna Writer, backing vocals Rebel Heart
"Hold Tight"
2015 "Fingertips" Leo Kalyan Writer Kiss Me Once
"Common Emotion" Rudimental Writer, vocals We the Generation
"Rumour Mill" Writer
"Foreign World"
"We the Generation"
"Belong" EDX TBC
"Feel Good (It's Alright)"
(featuring Karen Harding)
Blonde TBC
2016 "Hold Up" Beyoncé Lemonade
"Basically Over You (B.O.Y.)" Alex Newell Producer, writer POWER
"Final Song" TBC
"False Alarm"
(with Becky Hill)
Matoma Producer Hakuna Matoma
"Change My Love" Craig David Co-writer Following My Intuition
"Everybody's Free" Nat Conway Producer TBC
"Natural"
(featuring KStewart)
Shift K3Y Co-writer, producer NIT3 TALES
"Ain't My Fault" Zara Larsson So Good
"Good Thing" JoJo Mad Love
"Warm" Becky Hill Co-writer, backing vocals TBC
"Time" Sabina Ddumba Co-writer, producer TBC
"Touch" Little Mix Producer Glory Days
"Press Rewind" Kaiser Chiefs Co-writer Stay Together
"SXWME"
(featuring Jay Park and MNEK)
Far East Movement Co-writer, producer, featured artist Identity
"No Question"
(featuring MNEK and Ryan Ashley)
Shift K3Y Co-writer, featured artist NIT3 TALES
"Messy" Tom Aspaul Co-writer, producer, backing vocals LEFT EP
"You Don't Know Me"
(featuring RAYE)
Jax Jones Co-writer, backing vocals TBC
"My Love 4 U"
(featuring A*M*E)
MK Co-writer TBC
2017 "Worship"
(featuring MNEK)
The Knocks Featured artist, co-writer, co-producer Testify EP
"World to Me"
(featuring Luke James)
Tchami co-writer Revelations EP
"Worry Too Much (Intro)" Brayton Bowman Co-writer, producer, backing vocals 22 Minutes Later
"Puff Puff Pass" Co-writer, co-producer, backing vocals
"WTF (Interlude)" Backing vocals
"The Second I'm Rich" Co-writer, co-producer
"What's Really Good" Co-writer, producer
"Kustom Made"
"Broke n' Down (Interlude)" Backing vocals
"Feel You" Co-writer, producer
"What They Say" Zara Larsson Producer So Good
"Blinded By Your Grace, Pt.2"
(featuring MNEK)
Stormzy Co-writer Gang Signs & Prayer
"Rude Love" Becky Hill Co-writer, producer, backing vocals TBA
"Not for The Radio"
(featuring MNEK)
Tinie Tempah Co-writer, producer Youth
"IDGAF" Dua Lipa Co-writer Dua Lipa
"Up in Here" 5 After Midnight Co-writer, producer TBC
"Instruction"
(featuring Demi Lovato & Stefflon Don)
Jax Jones Co-writer TBC

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Grammy Nominated UK Producer & Songwriter MNEK Releases Debut EP 'Small Talk' Today". 
  2. ^ "Jess Glynne and MNEK to receive ASCAP Vanguard Award". Musi Week. 
  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 "MNEK & ZARA LARSSON - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company". 
  7. ^ "Zara Larsson - Chart history - Billboard". 
  8. ^ a b Peak positions in the United Kingdom:
  9. ^ "Discography MNEK". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. 
  10. ^ "Discography MNEK". Danish Charts Portal. Hung Medien. 
  11. ^ "Discography MNEK". Finnish Charts Portal. Hung Medien. 
  12. ^ a b "Discographie MNEK". German Charts Portal. Hung Medien. 
  13. ^ a b "Discografie MNEK". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien. 
  14. ^ "Discography MNEK". Norwegian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. 
  15. ^ "Discography MNEK". New Zealand Charts Portal. Hung Medien. 
  16. ^ "Discography MNEK". Swedish Charts Portal. Hung Medien. 
  17. ^ Peak positions in the United States:
  18. ^ "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
  19. ^ Ryan, Gavin (6 February 2016). "ARIA Singles: Zayn 'Pillowtalk' Is No 1". Noise11. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  20. ^ "New Zealand single certifications". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  21. ^ "Discography MNEK". Irish Charts Portal. Hung Medien. 
  22. ^ "JAX JONES FT MNEK & MIKE DUNN | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-10-08. 

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