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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
Years active 2012–present
Associated acts

Uzoechi Emenike (born 9 November 1994), professionally known as MNEK, is a Grammy-nominated British singer, songwriter and record producer.[1] His recent writing and production credits include Beyoncé, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Diplo, Zara Larsson, , Lianne La Havas, Rudimental, Naughty Boy, Little Mix, JoJo, Gorgon City, Clean Bandit, Chris Malinchak, Bondax, The Saturdays, Oliver Heldens, Karen Harding, Sub Focus, Duke Dumont, Bastille, and A*M*E.


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.[2]

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.[3] 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 1 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 that year, MNEK released the promotional single "In Your Clouds" as part of an iTunes Ones to Watch campaign. The song will feature on his debut album.[4] 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.[5] The single premiered as Annie Mac's Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1 and to date has been certified Platinum in the UK, x3 Platinum in Sweden, x2 Platinum in Australia and Denmark and Platinum in Norway.[5] In the U.S, "Never Forget You" has been certified Platinum, reacheing the number 1 spot on the Dance Billboard chart for two consecutive weeks and has become a top 10 hit on the national airplay chart.[6]


Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Small Talk
  • Released: 27 March 2015
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Format: Digital download


As lead artist[edit]

Single Year Peak chart positions Ceritifications Album
"Every Little Word" 2014 184 Small Talk
"Wrote a Song About You" 66
"The Rhythm" 2015 38 20
  • IFPI SWE: Gold
"Never Forget You"
(with Zara Larsson)
5 3 5 4 20 8 2 6 1 13
  • BPI: Platinum[18]
  • ARIA: 2× Platinum[19]
  • IFPI DEN: Gold
  • IFPI SWE: 2× Platinum
  • RMNZ: 2× Platinum[20]
Non-album single
"At Night (I Think About You)" 2016 87
"—" denotes a song that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist[edit]

Single Year Peak chart positions Album
(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)
Non-album single
(with various artists)
Non-album single

Promotional singles[edit]

Single Year Album
"In Your Clouds" 2014 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"
"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 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 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 1 71 23 48 TBC
"What Are You Waiting For?" The Saturdays 38 Finest Selection: The Greatest Hits
"bad news" Bastille featuring MNEK Vocals, backing vocals "Bastille Vs. (Other People's Heartache, Pt. III)"
"Happiness" Chris Malinchak featuring MNEK Writer, vocals TBC
"All I See" Bondax Writer 63 80 TBC
"Sing That Song" TIEKS 90 TBC
"Losing" Becky Hill 56 64 TBC
"Special" Billon featuring Maxine Ashley TBC
"Say Something" Karen Harding 7 80 TBC
"Climbin (Piano Weapon)" Shadow Child and Doorly 85 TBC
"18" Etta Bond TBC
"Last All Night (Koala)" Oliver Heldens featuring K Stewart 5 53 TBC
"Living for Love" Madonna Writer, backing vocals 26 43 40 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)"

Blonde featuring Karen Harding

"Hold Up"

Beyoncé 11 25 Lemonade

"Basically Over You (B.O.Y.)"

Alex Newell Producer, writer POWER

"Final Song

Producer, writer 28 TBC
"—" denotes a song that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


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  2. ^ "BBC Music - BBC Sound Of, 2014 - MNEK". BBC. 
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  11. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discographie MNEK". German Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  12. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discografie MNEK". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  13. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography MNEK". Norwegian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  14. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography MNEK". New Zealand Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  15. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography MNEK". Swedish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  16. ^ Peak positions in the United States:
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  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. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography MNEK". Irish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 


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