Magic! performing in 2014
Alex Tanas (back), Mark Pellizer (left), Nasri (middle), Ben Spivak (right)
|Origin||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
Magic! (stylized as MAGIC!) is a Canadian reggae fusion band, composed of songwriter and record producer Nasri, Mark Pellizzer, Alex Tanas and Ben Spivak. They are most well-known for their debut single, "Rude", which peaked at number-one in seven countries.
All members of the band are originally from the Toronto area in Canada. The lead singer of MAGIC!, Nasri, had worked with and written songs for different pop acts prior to the start of the band, mainly alongside Adam Messinger, together known as The Messengers. He met Mark Pellizzer in the studio and within a week they wrote the song "Don't Judge Me" for Chris Brown. Nasri described the chemistry between himself and Pellizzer as "different than writing chemistry, it was more artistic." A few weeks later, while Mark was playing a reggae tune on the guitar, Nasri suggested starting a band like "modern-day Police."
Ben Spivak had been playing with the Toronto based Julian Taylor Band previous to joining Magic!, releasing Never Gonna Give You Up in 2012 alongside Julian Taylor on vocal and guitar and Jeremy Elliot on drums. Both had enjoyed success playing in Staggered Crossing with Further Again hitting #6 in 2001 on the Billboard top 100 Canada.
2013–14: Don't Kill the Magic
Their debut single "Rude" was released on 12 October 2013. The song peaked at number six on the Canadian Hot 100 and also proved a great international success, topping the charts in the United States and the United Kingdom and peaking within the top ten of the charts in Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden. "Don't Kill the Magic" was released as the second single from the album on 4 April 2014, peaking at number twenty-two on the Canadian Hot 100 and fifty-three in Australia. The band released their debut album Don't Kill the Magic on 30 June 2014. The album peaked to number 5 on the Canadian Albums Chart and number 6 on the Billboard 200.
On December 31, 2014, MAGIC! performed on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve at Times Square in New York City. They wore matching yellow suits and stood with Taylor Swift and Ryan Seacrest as the ball dropped.
MAGIC! is featured on Shakira's "Cut Me Deep", a track from her self-titled album, released in March 2014 and on a track on One Love, One Rhythm, the official 2014 FIFA World Cup album titled "This Is Our Time (Agora é a Nossa Hora)" released in April. They are also featured on Sun Goes Down, a track on David Guetta's album Listen, which also features Sonny Wilson on the hook, as well as production from Showtek.
- Nasri – lead vocals, guitar
- Mark Pellizzer – guitar, vocals
- Ben Spivak – bass, backing vocals
- Alex Tanas – drums, backing vocals
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|Don't Kill the Magic||5||66||30||25||19||6|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|"Rude"||2013||6||2||3||3||7||5||2||2||1||1||Don't Kill the Magic|
|"Don't Kill the Magic"||2014||22||53||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Let Your Hair Down"||20||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"No Way No"||2015||23||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|2014||MuchMusic Video Awards||"Rude"||International Video of the Year by a Canadian||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||"Rude"||Choice Music: Song Group||Nominated|
|Choice Summer Song||Nominated|
|MAGIC!||Choice Summer Group||Nominated|
|American Music Awards||"Rude"||Single of the Year||Nominated|
|2015||Juno Awards||MAGIC!||Breakthrough Group of the Year||Won|
|Fan Choice Award||Nominated|
|Songwriter of the Year||Nominated|
|"Rude"||Single of the Year||Won|
|Don't Kill the Magic||Pop Album of the Year||Nominated|
|Billboard Music Awards||MAGIC!||Top Duo/Group||Nominated|
|"Rude"||Top Radio Song||Nominated|
There has been at least one significant remix of "Rude". A remix by Russian-German producer/DJ Zedd was premiered in his set at Lollapalooza 2014. It was released on 2 September 2014, Zedd's 25th birthday. Zedd had said, "I'm gonna give myself a birthday present and release my remix of "Rude" on my bday, sept 2nd!" He also released official, completed full-length audio on his Soundcloud on 28 August 2014, which garnered nearly 400,000 plays within 24 hours. While the original was still in number-one position on the Billboard Hot 100, there was speculation that release of the remix on mainstream music outlets online would assist the original song in maintaining its position on the chart.
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- "Discography Magic!". Canadian Hot 100.
- Peak positions for singles in AUS:
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- Peak positions for singles in GER:
- For "Rude": "Single Magic!, Rude". charts.de (in German). Media Control GfK International. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
- Hung, Steffen. "Discography Magic!". Belgian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
- Peak positions for singles in U.K.:
- For "Rude": "Official Singles Chart UK Top 100 – 26th July 2014". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
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- "iTunes – Music – Don't Kill the Magic – Single by MAGIC!". iTunes. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
- "MAGIC! “No Way No” (Video Premiere)". Ultimate Music. josepvinaixa. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
- "@zedd – I'm gonna give myself a birthday present and... – EnjoyGram".
- "ZEDD REMIX OF MAGIC!’S "RUDE" TURNS THE SLEEPY SONG INTO A FIST-PUMPING DANCE ANTHEM — LISTEN". EDM Nations.