Nicholas Furlong (musician)
|Birth name||Nicholas Furlong|
|Born||September 16, 1986|
|Origin||Carson City, Nevada, United States|
Nicholas Furlong (born September 16, 1986) is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. His work is noted to cross several musical genres, ranging from rock, dance, and pop, to hip-hop. Furlong has had many chart successes, both in America and internationally. He is best known for writing and performing vocals on Avicii's "The Nights".
Furlong has worked with many acts including 5 Seconds of Summer, WALK THE MOON, All Time Low, blink-182, Travis Barker, Diplo, Steve Aoki, Ryan Tedder, Skylar Grey, Machine Gun Kelly, The Fever 333, Vic Mensa, 311, Papa Roach, Good Charlotte, The Front Bottoms, Timeflies, Krewella, Logan Henderson, Waka Flocka Flame, and Onyx.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Discography
- 4 Awards and nominations
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Furlong was born in Sacramento, California and raised in Carson City, Nevada, to his mother Jennifer and father Michael Furlong. He is of English and Irish descent. A self-taught musician, he began writing and producing music at the age of sixteen. While still a junior in high school, he began recording his own songs and sharing them on various music sites, before being discovered by a music director at Midway Games and offered an opportunity to write music for video games. Furlong contributed to various game soundtracks between the years of 2004–2005. At the age of twenty-one he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a songwriter and producer.
2010–2013: Career breakthrough
Furlong had his first commercial success in 2010 as a co-writer of the Big Time Rush and Jordin Sparks' duet, "Count On You". The song was featured on the band's debut album BTR, which debuted at number three on the Billboard 200. Shortly after, Furlong signed a publishing deal with Ryan Tedder, of OneRepublic . Alongside Tedder, Furlong worked with many artists including Colbie Caillat, Jordin Sparks, Leona Lewis, and The Wanted. Furlong worked again with Big Time Rush in 2011, when he co-wrote "Time of Our Life" for their sophomore album Elevate. The band shot a live music video for the song during the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, which premiered after the show.
In 2012, Furlong began transitioning into electronic music, after co-writing a song for Diplo's Express Yourself EP. "I'd always been a fan of dance music in general, but working on Diplo's project gave me a completely different perspective of the genre as a whole." Later that year, Furlong began collaborating with Steve Aoki, co-writing the single "Singularity." They would collaborate again in 2013, when Furlong wrote and sang vocals on the single "Bring You To Life (Transcend)", which peaked at number forty-four on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Songs chart. Furlong performed the single alongside Aoki at his 2013 concert in Los Angeles at the Shrine Exposition Hall, during which two Guinness World Records were set for "the longest scream by a crowd" and "most people simultaneously lighting glow sticks."
2014–2015: Commercial recognition
Furlong began writing with John Feldmann in 2014. Together, they did several songs with pop punk band 5 Seconds of Summer for their debut self-titled album, including "Everything I Didn't Say," "Social Casualty," and "Independence Day." Despite not being released as a single, "Everything I Didn't Say" reached number twenty-four on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was also featured on the band's live album LiveSOS. Later that year, Furlong and Feldmann worked with post-hardcore band Sleeping With Sirens co-writing "Kick Me," the first single off of their fourth studio album Madness. The single peaked at number twenty-three on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart. "Kick Me" won an award for song of the year at the 2015 Alternative Press Music Awards.
In 2015, Furlong began working with All Time Low on their sixth studio album, Future Hearts, co-writing "Runaways" and "Don't You Go." The album was the highest selling album worldwide its first week out, making it the band's highest debut ever. Later that year, Furlong co-wrote and co-produced "Game On," a single by Waka Flocka Flame featuring Good Charlotte, which served as the theme song of the Adam Sandler film, Pixels. Pixels was released in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on July 24, 2015. Furlong was also a co-writer on the Good Charlotte single, "Makeshift Love," which debuted at number nine on the Billboard Rock Charts. Variance Magazine claimed that 2015 was a "pivotal year" for the songwriter and producer.
Avicii single: "The Nights"
In addition to co-writing, Furlong was also the vocalist of Avicii's single "The Nights". The single premiered on the soundtrack of FIFA 15 on September 23, 2014. It was released on December 1, 2014 on The Days / Nights EP, alongside Avicii's prior single "The Days", and as a single in the UK on January 11, 2015. "The Nights" peaked at number one on the UK Dance Chart, number six on the UK Singles Chart, and number ten on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Songs chart. It has accumulated more than three-hundred million streams on Spotify and has achieved certified sales in numerous countries. Furlong was also responsible for the idea of using friend Rory Kramer's footage as the official music video, which has since surpassed four-hundred million views.
2016–Current: AttaBoy Music
In 2016, Furlong founded his own production company, AttaBoy Music. He immediately began developing and working with producer Colin Brittain. Furlong was brought on as executive producer, co-producer, and a songwriter for Papa Roach's ninth studio album, Crooked Teeth. The first single, titled "Help," was released February 17, 2017, and spent six consecutive weeks at number one on Billboard's Top Mainstream Rock Singles chart, also making it the band's third number one Rock single in their career. The album's second single "American Dreams" reached number three on the charts, making it the album's second top ten Rock single. Furlong simultaneously assisted in the development of a solo artist project with Logan Henderson. In addition to playing the role of executive producer, he produced/co-produced and co-wrote every song. Henderson's debut single "Sleepwalker" was released January 27, 2017 via Henderson's own imprint, Mystic Rabbit Records. Henderson released his second single "Bite My Tongue" on September 15. Furlong co-produced and co-wrote several songs with All Time Low for their album Last Young Renegade, including the album's first single "Dirty Laundry," which reached #1 on the UK Rock Singles chart. Furlong is also credited as a co-writer on "Good Old Days" for blink-182's deluxe edition of their Grammy nominated album, California. On October 13, 2017, The Front Bottoms released Going Grey, produced and executive produced by Furlong. In 2018, Furlong worked with the politically charged rap rock trio The Fever 333, writing singles "Made An America," which was nominated for a Grammy Award for best rock performance, and "Burn It." He also contributed as a songwriter to Logan Henderson's single "Pull Me Deep," which was the artist's first single to debut on the Billboard Top 40 chart. Furlong recently launched his own publishing company, signing and developing several upcoming writer/producers.
Singles as Lead Vocalist
|Steve Aoki||"Bring You To Life (Transcend)"|
(UK and Japan Versions)
Songwriting & Production Credits
|Big Time Rush||"Count On You"
(feat. Jordin Sparks)
|Colbie Caillat||"Brighter Than The Sun"|
|Jordin Sparks||"I Am Woman"|
|"The World I Knew"|
(Motion Picture Soundtrack)
|Big Time Rush||"Time of Our Life"|
|Stan Walker||"Won't Let You Down"|
(feat. Flinch and Kay)
|Makua Rothman||"Underneath The Halo"|
|"The Nite B4"|
|Kay||"Next To You"|
(feat. Ryan Tedder)
|Heffron Drive||"Could You Be Home" (RAS Remix)|
|5 Seconds of Summer||"Everything I Didn't Say"|
|All Time Low||"Runaways"|
|"Don't You Go"|
|Good Charlotte||"Makeshift Love"|
|Jake Miller||"Selfish Girls"|
|ONE OK ROCK||"Paper Planes"
(feat. Kellin Quinn)
|Sleeping With Sirens||"Kick Me"|
|"Better Off Dead"|
|Steve Aoki||"Light Years"
(feat. Rivers Cuomo)
|Timeflies||"Burn It Down"|
|Waka Flocka Flame||"Game On"
(feat. Good Charlotte)
(Motion Picture Soundtrack)
|Steve Aoki||"Back 2 U"
(feat. WALK THE MOON)
|"Can't Go Home"
(feat. Adam Lambert)
|All Time Low||"Dirty Laundry"|
|blink-182||"Good Old Days"||
|The Front Bottoms||"You Used To Say (Holy Fuck)"|
|"Everyone But You"|
|Papa Roach||"Break The Fall"|
(feat. Skylar Grey)
|"Sunrise Trailer Park"|
(feat. Machine Gun Kelly)
|"None of The Above"|
|Black Veil Brides||"Our Destiny"|
|The Fever 333||"Made An America"|
|"Made An America (Remix)"|
(feat. Travis Barker & Vic Mensa)
|From Ashes To New||"Nowhere To Run"|
|Logan Henderson||"Pull Me Deep"|
|"Bite My Tongue"|
|"Speak of The Devil"|
|"Take It Out On Me"|
|311||"Space and Time"|
|Andy Black||"Ghost of Ohio"|
|Dinosaur Pile-Up||"Pouring Gasoline"|
|The Fever 333||"Burn It"|
|Hero The Band||"Trouble In My Mind"|
|Papa Roach||"The Ending"|
|"Not The Only One"|
|"Who Do You Trust?"|
|"Feel Like Home"|
|"I Suffer Well"|
|"Better Than Life"|
Awards and nominations
|2015||"Kick Me"||Song of the Year||Won|
|2018||"Help"||Rock Song of the Year||Nominated|
|2019||"Burn It"||Best Song||Won|
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- "Interview: Avicii Collaborator RAS Says Rock's Comeback 'Already Happening'". variancemagazine.com. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
- List of UK Dance Chart number-one singles of 2015
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- "Logan Henderson Premieres Solo Video 'Sleepwalker,' Talks His New 'Dark Grunge Pop' Sound: Exclusive".
- California (Blink-182 album)
- "California (Deluxe Edition) by blink-182 on Apple Music". iTunes.
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- "Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran Lead iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominees". Variety.
- "Kerrang! Awards 2019: Here's The Full List of Winners". Kerrang!.