Mike Posner

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Mike Posner
Mike-Posner B96 Summerbash 2012-06-16.jpg
Posner at the 2012 Pepsi Summerbash at Toyota Park in Chicago, Illinois
Background information
Birth name Michael Robert Posner
Born (1988-02-12) February 12, 1988 (age 27)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Origin Southfield, Michigan
Genres Pop, hip hop, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 2009–present
Labels J, RCA, Island[1]
Associated acts Big Sean, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, T. Mills, Maroon 5, Nick Jonas, Cher Lloyd
Website mikeposner.com

Michael Robert Henrion "Mike" Posner (born February 12, 1988) is an American singer, songwriter, and producer.[2] Posner released his debut album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff, on August 10, 2010. The album includes the US Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 single "Cooler than Me", his second single, "Please Don't Go", as well as his third single, "Bow Chicka Wow Wow". He is also known for writing "Sugar" by Maroon 5, "Boyfriend" by Justin Bieber, "Beneath Your Beautiful" by Labrinth, as well as songs for Talib Kweli, Pharrell Williams, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, Nelly, TI, Snoop Dogg, Nick Jonas, Avicii, Austin Mahone, and more.

Early life[edit]

Mike Posner was born in Detroit, Michigan. He was raised in Southfield, Michigan,[3][4] the son of Roberta Henrion, a pharmacist,[5] and Jon Posner, a criminal defense attorney.[6] He has a sister who is six years older than him.[7] His father is Jewish and his mother is Catholic.[8][9] Posner attended and graduated from Groves High School, where he ran varsity track and cross-country, and went on to attend Duke University. There Posner became a member of Sigma Nu[10] fraternity and graduated in 2010 with a degree in sociology, with an overall GPA of 3.59.[3][4][11]


2008: Musical beginnings[edit]

Posner got his start producing his hometown friend Big Sean.[7] Posner produced and was featured on Big Sean's first mixtape on a song entitled, "Smoke & Drive." Posner's second mixtape, A Matter of Time (the first mixtape being Reflections of a Lost Teen) started attracting industry attention in 2009.[12] Working with Don Cannon and DJ Benzi, the mixtape was recorded and released through Small Town Records[13] at Duke University in March 2009 under the name, "Mike Posner & the Brain Trust," the Brain Trust referring to Posner's supporters.[14][15] The release was unusual for being distributed for free through iTunes U, a channel designed for educational audio content. Although Posner was not the only artist to take advantage of this loophole, his release was the most organised and high profile, and attracted the largest response, immediately reaching the number one position on the iTunes U chart.[12]

2010–2011: 31 Minutes to Takeoff[edit]

Mike Posner, July 2010.

Posner signed a record deal with J Records (RCA/Sony) in July 2009, after his Junior year at Duke University.[16] He chose to return to Duke after signing, and toured on the weekends while at the same time recording for his debut album.[17][18][19] Posner's third mixtape One Foot Out the Door was released in October. The mixtape was accompanied by a web series of the same name which aired bi-weekly from September to December. Posner's debut album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff was released in August 2010. The first single, "Cooler Than Me" reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100. He performed at music festival Bonnaroo and on the 2010 Warped Tour. The second and third singles, "Please Don't Go" and "Bow Chicka Wow Wow" reached the top 20 and 30 on the Hot 100 respectively. The latter was released with an added verse by rapper Lil Wayne. Posner won a 2011 ASCAP Award from the publishing organization for "Cooler Than Me".

On October 7, 2011, RCA Music Group announced it was disbanding J Records along with Arista Records and Jive Records. With the shutdown, Posner (and all other artists previously signed to these three labels) will release his future material on the RCA Records brand.[20][21]

2011–present: Subsequent recordings[edit]

After the release of his debut album, he began work on his second studio album under the title Sky High and released a single "Looks Like Sex" to digital outlets on December 2, 2011.[22][23] However, with the success of his first album, Posner began to feel uncomfortable with being in the spotlight and struggled with depression. He took a break from making music to write and produce songs for other artists.[7]

Posner later announced via Twitter that his next upcoming album would be titled Pages and would be released in late Summer or early June 2013.[24] His single "The Way It Used To Be" premiered on digital outlets on June 11, 2013.[25]

In September, it was announced that he had filmed a music video for his new single "Top of the World" which would appear on his upcoming Page 1 EP set for release in October.[26] The song was originally used for a Reebok campaign, and made available as a free download under the title "Tapada World" as a special remix.[27] The song was released on December 17, 2013, featuring Big Sean, and the music video was released on December 19, 2013.

On March 4, 2014, Posner announced his new Unplugged tour. Running seven dates in major U.S. markets, the tour will highlight music new and old from the songwriter and producer's discography, including new material from upcoming album "Pages," while also giving fans a shot at learning new information from him with stories and Q&A sessions breaking up the tunes. The unplugged sets will feature little more than Posner on predominantly acoustic instruments, save for the potential live production on "a song or two"—much like, he says, how much of his music starts. Posner will begin the tour March 31 at the World Cafe in Philadelphia, before wrapping up April 10 at Los Angeles' The Mint. The string of dates also includes a hometown show in Posner's native Detroit—his first such show, he says, in around two years.

In an interview with Billboard, Mike revealed that he had signed with Island Records and that Pages would be replaced with another project. However he also stated that he would like to let the world hear his recordings from Sky High and Pages.[28] On April 15, Mike Posner released a more stripped down single "I Took a Pill In Ibiza" on his VEVO account.[29] Mike Posner shared an exclusive EP with his fans titled The Truth through his email sign up list.[citation needed] Mike later confirmed that the EP would be made available to purchase from online retailers on June 22. In additon, Posner states that his 2nd studio album will be released after his EP.


Concert tours[edit]

  • Warped Tour (2010)
  • Up in the Air Tour (2010)
  • Back to School Tour (2011)
  • Summer European Festival Tour (2011)
  • mtvU VMA Tour (2011)
  • The Layover Tour (2011)
  • Unplugged Tour (2014)
Opening act

Writing Discography[edit]

Artist Album Title Label Role
Maroon 5 V "Sugar" Interscope/222 Writer
Big Sean Finally Famous "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" Def Jam Writer
Justin Bieber Believe "Boyfriend" Island Records Producer, Writer
2 Chainz Based on a T.R.U. Story "In Town" Def Jam Producer, Writer, Artist
Wiz Khalifa / Snoop Dogg Mac & Devin Go to High School "French Inhale" Atlantic Records Writer, Artist
Talib Kweli Gravitas "Colors of You" Javotti Media Writer, Artist
Labrinth Electronic Earth "Beneath Your Beautiful" Syco Music / Sony Music Producer, Writer
Nelly / T.I. / Pharrell Williams M.O. "IDGAF" Republic Records Writer
Travis Porter From Day 1 "That Feeling" RCA Records Writer, Artist
Big Time Rush Elevate "Windows Down" Columbia Records Writer
Austin Mahone Extended Play "Say Somethin" Universal Republic Records Writer
Cher Lloyd Sorry I'm Late "Just Be Mine" Epic Records Writer
Olly Murs Never Been Better "Nothing Without You" Syco Records/Epic Records Writer
Nick Jonas Nick Jonas "Numb" Safehouse/Island Records Writer
"Closer" Writer & Featured Artist
Avicii Stories "Sunset Jesus" Island Records Writer


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  2. ^ For Posner's full name, see "Rapid Fire Questions". Vevo. September 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Leahey, Andrew. "Mike Posner Overview - Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  4. ^ a b McCollum, Brian (July 29, 2010). "Groves graduate and was very good friends with me (later mentioned in one of his and pop star Mike Posner heads to the D for the Warped Tour)". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved August 20, 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ Lester, Paul (16 June 2010). "New band of the week - Mike Posner (No 809)". The Guardian. 
  6. ^ McCollum, Brian (29 July 2010). "Bringing it all back home". Detroit Free Press. 
  7. ^ a b c Posner, Mike (19 February 2014). "Draw My Life". Youtube. 
  8. ^ Z (February 16, 2010). "Mike Posner Interview". DJBooth.net. 
  9. ^ Copeland, Rod (December 6, 2006). "Fly for a White Guy". The Chronicle (Duke). 
  10. ^ "3 Questions with Rising Music Star Mike Posner". Coed. December 8, 2009. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  11. ^ Williams, Nick (April 22, 2010). "Mike Posner’s meteoric rise to stardom". Vox. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "Interview With Daniel Weisman (part 2)". HitQuarters. November 28, 2011. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Assembling a Small Town". Retrieved 2015-09-22. 
  14. ^ "Mike Posner & The Braintrust Drop "A Matter of Time" Mixtape". DJ Booth. 1 March 2009. 
  15. ^ "Mike Posner and The Brain Trust". Mike Posner Hits. 2009. 
  16. ^ "The Music Industry's Leading A&R Site". Crazed Hits. 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  17. ^ Creswell, Julie (August 23, 2000). "Turning Music Into Dollars at Sony/ATV". The New York Times. 
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  19. ^ "The Brain Child? Mike Posner". The Chronicle. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  20. ^ Christman, Ed (August 23, 2011). "RCA's New Executive Team Named Under CEO Peter Edge Amid Layoffs (Update)". Billboard. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Unveiling The New Look RCA Records". FMQB. August 23, 2011. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  22. ^ Brain, Becky (29 November 2011). "Mike Posner Drops New Single "Looks Like Sex" From New Album ‘Sky High’". Idolator. 
  23. ^ "iTunes - Music - Looks Like Sex - Single by Mike Posner". iTunes. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  24. ^ Posner, Mike (5 June 2013). "MIKE POSNER -- PAGES". Youtube. 
  25. ^ "The Way It Used To Be - Mike Posner". iTunes. 11 June 2013. 
  26. ^ Inocencio, Marc (19 December 2013). "Mike Posner, Big Sean Pay Homage to Detroit in ‘Top of the World’ Video". RyanSeacrest.com. 
  27. ^ "Mike Posner for Reebok Classic RealFlex Foot Locker Exclusive Launch". MikePosnerHits.com. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  28. ^ http://m.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/6509677/mike-posner-new-album-writing-for-maroon-5
  29. ^ "Mike Posner Gets Honest About The Downside Of Fame In Sad Single, "I Took A Pill In Ibiza": Listen". Music News, Reviews, and Gossip on Idolator.com. Retrieved 21 April 2015. 

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