McLean (singer)

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Background information
Birth nameAnthony McLean
Also known asDigga
25 Cent
Born (1980-06-24) 24 June 1980 (age 38)
OriginDagenham, London, England
GenresR&B, soul, hip hop, grime
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active2006–present
LabelsAsylum, Atlantic
Associated actsDevlin, Tinchy Stryder, MJ Cole, Tinie Tempah, DJ Ironik, Chase & Status, The Schizofreniks

McLean (born Anthony McLean, 24 June 1980) is an English singer from Dagenham, east London. He was signed to Asylum Records in the UK and Atlantic Records in the US. His debut single "Broken" was released on 26 October 2009.[1] The song was co-written/produced by The Schizofreniks and first released independently on 26 March 2007 on Schizofreniks Records, and has since then accrued over 20 million hits across major social networking sites, including YouTube and MySpace.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

McLean is the son of the Lovers Rock musician, John McLean. He is the brother of the footballer Aaron McLean. Under the pseudonym of "Digga" he collaborated with M. J. Cole on "Gotta Have It"; then with drum and bass duo Chase & Status on the song "Take U There", which featured on the debut album, More Than Alot.[1]

McLean cites 1960s and 1970s soul musicians as his influences; "I love the soul men and women from then – Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Aretha, Michael Jackson and Bros. It's the best music ever made – it just has a feeling".[citation needed] It was the birth of McLean's daughter which spurred him on to make his musical dreams a reality. "Me and My Business partner D-el the producer went at it hard, making and sending out t-shirts and CDs, and setting up a Myspace page. We'd wake at the crack of dawn and work until we couldn't stay awake – even if that was two days later" he stated.[citation needed] Around this time, the singer also took jobs as a night watchman, at a fire alarm factory and at Pizza Hut to support his family.

Debut album[edit]

McLean has worked with record producers Fraser T Smith, Phil Tan, Dylan "3D" Dresdow, Nate 'Danja' Hills, plus Naughty Boy (of Wiley and Chipmunk fame).[3] Confirmed songs include "My Name", "Great Escape", "Try Me" and the Smith produced "One More Night", "Finally in Love" and "Broken".[1]

Personal life[edit]

He is the nephew of 1990s singer Bitty McLean and is the older brother of professional footballer Aaron McLean.[4]



Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2009 "Broken" 51 22 TBA
2010 "My Name" 10 5
"Finally in Love" 44 16
2013 "Lie To Me"
As a featured artist
2009 "I Got Soul" (with Young Soul Rebels) 10 1 Charity single
2011 "Killed Me" (with Ironik) Ironik
"Someone" (with Friction) Non-Album single

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Single Album
2010 "Take U There" (with Chase & Status) More Than Alot
"Bringing It Home" (with Frisco) Fully Grown
"I Made It" (with Devlin) Bud, Sweat and Beers
Year Single Album
2013 "Killer"[5] (with Bigfoot) (Produced by RyuJin) TBC


  1. ^ a b c "McLean releases "Broken" – watch video – Band Weblogs – The Music Blog | Music News". Band Weblogs. Archived from the original on 10 February 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  2. ^ "McLean "Broken"". Fridae. 1 October 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  3. ^ "McClean: What's going on?". Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Posh star Mclean's brother hopes to score a hit". Peterborough Evening Telegraph. 26 February 2010.
  5. ^ "'23TV' Bigfoot ft. McLean – Killer (Official Video)". YouTube. Retrieved 4 March 2013.

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