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Maejor
Green in 2020
Green in 2020
Background information
Birth nameBrandon Michael Green[1]
Also known as
  • Bei Maejor
  • Maejor Ali
Born (1988-07-23) July 23, 1988 (age 35)
Southfield, Michigan, U.S.
OriginDetroit, Michigan, U.S.
Genres
Occupations
  • Record producer
  • songwriter
  • singer
Years active2005–present
Works
Labels
Member of
Websitemaejor.com

Brandon Michael Green (born July 23, 1988), known professionally as Maejor (formerly Bei Maejor and later Maejor Ali), is an American record producer, songwriter, and singer. Green is known for having produced and written songs for prominent music industry artists—most extensively Canadian singer Justin Bieber. He is one half of the EDM duo Area21, which he formed with Dutch DJ Martin Garrix in 2016.

As an R&B recording artist, Green initially signed with Jive Records to release two singles—"Trouble" (featuring J. Cole) in 2011 and "Lights Down Low" (featuring Waka Flocka Flame) the following year—that yielded mild success on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. He then departed the label was led by Bieber to sign with Def Jam Recordings, where he found brief commercial success with his 2013 single "Lolly" (featuring Juicy J and Justin Bieber). The song peaked at number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100, although its follow-ups failed to chart, prolonging the release of his major label debut album. He then signed with Virgin EMI Records in 2018 to release singles which shifted further into EDM and world music, tuned in scientific pitches and frequencies. His debut studio album, Vol. 1: Frequencies (2020) was claimed by Green to contain "healing frequencies."[2][3]

In addition to producing music for national campaigns including Pepsi and the Boston Celtics, Green has also contributed to the film soundtracks for Bratz: The Movie (2007), The Princess and the Frog (2009) and Think Like a Man (2012), as well as the video game music for NBA 2K and FIFA. He has received a Grammy Award nomination.[4]

Life and career

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Maejor was born Brandon Green on July 23, 1988.[5] He graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2008. Immediately after graduation, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and joined Ne-Yo's production team Compound Entertainment.[6] Maejor released his first mixtape Upside Down, which features appearances from Keri Hilson, Trey Songz, Drake and T-Pain. He also lent his vocal and production skills on the official remix of Ciara's "Ride", with André 3000 and Ludacris.

Maejor received his first gold plaque for his production on Bun B's 2005 album Trill, while still attending the University of Michigan. In 2010, Maejor was nominated for a Grammy Award, for his work on Trey Songz's album Passion, Pain & Pleasure, and again in 2011, for Monica's album Still Standing. In 2012, Maejor produced two songs on Justin Bieber's album Believe as well as the single "Say Somethin" by Austin Mahone. Maejor's single "Lights Down Low" was used as the official soundtrack in the NBA Playoffs for the Boston Celtics.[7] He also produced the national campaign commercial for Pepsi in 2010 and 2013. He teamed with Bieber again in 2013, co-producing his single "Heartbreaker". In 2013, Maejor also released a single titled "Lolly", which features Justin Bieber as well as Juicy J. "Lolly" which peaked at number 19 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. He continues to produce and write for the top artists in the industry including three songs and Grammy nominations on Bieber's number-one album Purpose.

In 2017 Maejor co-wrote and performed in Vai Malandra which was officially released worldwide to online retailers and streaming services on December 18, 2017. "Vai Malandra" received more than 1 million plays on Spotify on its first day of release and broke the record for the most streams received in a day in Brazil – held previously by Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do".[8][9] On its second day of release, the song was played more than 2 million times, surpassing the record for the most streamed song in a day in Brazil. Due to the amount of streams received on its first days of release, the song debuted on the Global Top 50 chart in Spotify and became the first song in Portuguese to hit the Top 20 on that chart on December 20, 2017.[10]

Discography

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  • Vol 1: Frequency (2020)[11]

Filmography

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Film

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Year Movie Song Title
2007 Bratz: The Movie "It's My Party"[12]
2009 The Princess and the Frog "Never Knew I Needed"[13]
2012 Think Like a Man "Need a Reason".[14]
Also featured as a singer.
2018 Life-Size 2 "Be A Star". Also appears as a cameo in the studio

Television

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  • Jersey Shore (2011)
  • "The Tequila Song" aired in the season finale on March 24, 2011. Written and sung by Janine the Machine.

References

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  1. ^ "Maejor on Apple Music".
  2. ^ Mamo, Heran (July 7, 2020). "Maejor Brings the Unique Sounds of Healing During Billboard Live At-Home Performance: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved February 26, 2024.
  3. ^ "Can you be healed by a sound frequency? From sound baths to TikTok, a debate (gently) rages". Los Angeles Times. February 18, 2022. Retrieved February 26, 2024.
  4. ^ https://www.grammy.com/artists/maejor/19858
  5. ^ Anthony Baber (February 23, 2006). "Beat Maejor". Michigan Daily. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  6. ^ "Site Offline".
  7. ^ "Bei Maejor's "Lights Down Low" is the official NBA soundtrack for the Boston Celtics and their BIG Campaign". May 7, 2012.
  8. ^ "Anitta bate recordes no Spotify Brasil com o funk 'Vai Malandra'". Veja. December 20, 2017. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  9. ^ "Anitta é a primeira brasileira a emplacar duas músicas no TOP 50 do Spotify". Gaucho ZH. December 19, 2017. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  10. ^ "'Vai malandra', de Anitta, é 1ª música em português entre mais ouvidas do mundo no Spotify". G1. December 20, 2017. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  11. ^ "Site Offline". May 2020.
  12. ^ "Bratz: The Movie". IMDb.
  13. ^ "Randy Newman – The Princess And The Frog (An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack) (CD) at Discogs". Discogs.com. November 23, 2009. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
  14. ^ "Keri Hilson, Kelly Rowland Join 'Think Like a Man' Soundtrack". rap-up.com.
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