Nicholas Furlong (musician)

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Nicholas Furlong
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Background information
Born (1986-09-16) September 16, 1986 (age 34)
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • rapper
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active2010–present
LabelsAttaBoy Music
Associated acts

Nicholas Furlong (born September 16, 1986) is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer.[1][2] His work crosses several musical genres, ranging from dance, rock, and pop, to rap and hip-hop. He is best known for writing and singing vocals on "The Nights" by Avicii.

Furlong was initially mentored by songwriter and producer Ryan Tedder,[3] while signed to his publishing company Patriot Games Publishing during the years of 2010-2011. Since 2012, he has gone on to work with a wide range of musicians from different genres, including Kygo, 5 Seconds of Summer, All Time Low, WALK THE MOON, Steve Aoki, blink-182, Papa Roach, and Fever 333.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Furlong was born in Sacramento, California to Jennifer and Michael Furlong and raised in Carson City, Nevada. He is of English and Irish descent. A self-taught musician, he began writing and producing music at the age of 16. 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 in 2004–2005. At the age of 21, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a songwriter and producer.[6]

Career[edit]

2010–2013: Career breakthrough[edit]

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, where he worked with artists like 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 second album Elevate. The band shot a live music video for the song during the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, which premiered after the show.[7]

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."[8] Later that year, Furlong began collaborating with Steve Aoki, co-writing the single "Singularity". They would collaborate again in 2013, when Furlong wrote and featured as a vocalist on the single "Bring You To Life (Transcend)", which peaked at number 44 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Songs chart.[9] Furlong performed the song 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[edit]

Furlong worked with 5 Seconds of Summer in 2014 for their debut self-titled album, co-writing "Everything I Didn't Say", "Social Casualty", and "Independence Day". Despite not being released as a single, "Everything I Didn't Say" debuted at number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was also featured on the band's live album LiveSOS. Later that year, Furlong 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 23 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 song 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.[10]

Avicii single: "The Nights"[edit]

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.[11] It has accumulated more than seven-hundred and 50 million streams on Spotify. Furlong was also responsible for the idea of using friend Rory Kramer's footage as the official music video,[12] which has since surpassed seven-hundred million views.[13]

2016–present: AttaBoy Music[edit]

In 2016, 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 Mainstream Rock Singles chart, making it the band's third number one Rock single in their career.[14][15] The album's second single "American Dreams" reached number three on the charts. Furlong simultaneously 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 No. 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 album California.[16] On October 13, 2017, The Front Bottoms released Going Grey, produced and executive produced by Furlong.

Furlong worked with the politically charged rap rock trio The Fever 333 in 2018, writing singles "Made an America", which was nominated for a Grammy Award for best rock performance, and "Burn It", which won best song at the 2019 Kerrang! Awards. 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. In 2019 Furlong was credited as a co-writer on several songs from 311's album Voyager. He also launched his own joint venture publishing company AttaBoy Music with Reach Global Publishing.

In 2020, Furlong worked as a producer and co-writer on the songs "Someday", a collaboration between Kygo and country artist Zac Brown, and "Supremacy" by The Fever 333, which was co-produced with John Feldmann and Travis Barker and interpolates the song "Rapture" by Blondie, listing Debbie Harry and Chris Stein as co-writers.[17] In addition, he also co-wrote and produced "Hanging with Ghosts" by Yung Pinch featuring Good Charlotte and Goody Grace.

Furlong revealed his own project, The Dirty Rich, on September 14, 2020. The first single, titled "Hot American Summer", was released on September 28, 2020 via Furlong's independent record label AttaBoy Music. [18]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

As The Dirty Rich[edit]

Year Title Album Credit
2020
"Hot American Summer"
Hot American Summer – Single
Vocals, songwriter, producer, all instruments

As featured vocalist[edit]

Year Artist Title Album Credits [19]
2014
Avicii "The Nights"
The Days / Nights EP
-
Stories
(UK and Japan Versions)

Vocals, songwriter, producer
2013
Steve Aoki "Bring You To Life (Transcend)"
Bring You To Life (Transcend) – Single
Vocals, songwriter

Production and songwriting credits[edit]

Year Artist Title Album Credits
2021 Atreyu "Stay"
Baptize
Songwriter
Betcha TBA
TBA
Songwriter, producer
Devin Dawson "Not On My Watch"
The Pink Slip – EP
Songwriter
Dirty Heads "Vacation" (AttaBoy Remix)
Vacation – AttaBoy Remix
Producer
Fever 333 TBA
TBA
Songwriter, producer
Forester "The Flood"
The Flood – Single
Songwriter
guardin "all i can see"
all i can see – single
Songwriter, producer
Jena Rose "Check Mate"
Check Mate – Single
Songwriter
Jesse Clegg TBA
TBA
Songwriter, producer
Papa Roach TBA
TBA
Executive producer (album),
songwriter, producer
Parson James TBA
TBA
Songwriter, producer
2020 Betcha "July"
July – Single
Songwriter, producer
Felly "Love and Fear"
Mariposa
Songwriter, producer
Fever 333 "Supremacy"
Wrong Generation
Songwriter, producer
Hogland "Scars"
(feat. Wiktoria)
Scars – Single
Songwriter, producer
The Hunna "Cover You"
(feat. Travis Barker)
I'd Rather Die Than Let You In
Songwriter
Jesse Clegg "Speed of Light"
Speed of Light – Single
Songwriter, producer
Kygo "Say You Will"
(feat. Patrick Droney and Petey)
Golden Hour
Songwriter
"Someday"
(feat. Zac Brown)
Songwriter, producer
No Love For The Middle Child "Walk Away"
(feat. American Teeth)
Walk Away – EP
Songwriter
Stray Kids "We Go"
(feat. Bang Chan, Changbin, & HAN)
In Life (Repackage)
Songwriter
Yung Pinch "Hanging With Ghosts"
(feat. Goody Grace & Good Charlotte)
Back 2 The Beach
Songwriter, producer
2019 311 "Space and Time"
Voyager
Songwriter
"What The?!"
"Dodging Raindrops"
"Lucid Dreams"
Dinosaur Pile-Up "Pouring Gasoline"
Celebrity Mansions
Songwriter
Fever 333 "Burn It"
Strength in Numb333rs
Songwriter
Hero The Band "Trouble in My Mind"
Back To Myself – EP
Songwriter, producer
New Politics "Suspension"
An Invitation to an Alternate Reality
Songwriter
Papa Roach "The Ending"
Who Do You Trust?
Executive producer (album),
songwriter, producer
"Renegade Music"
"Not The Only One"
"Who Do You Trust?"
"Elevate"
"Come Around"
"Feel Like Home"
"Problems"
"I Suffer Well"
"Maniac"
"Better Than Life"
Stray Kids "Double Knot"
Clé: Levanter
Songwriter
"Double Knot" (Japanese Version)
SKZ2020
The Used "Blow Me"
(feat. Jason Aalon Butler)
Heartwork
Songwriter
2018 Basement "Slip Away"
Beside Myself
Songwriter, producer
Fever 333 "Made An America" Made An America Songwriter
"POV"
"Made An America (Remix)"
(feat. Travis Barker & Vic Mensa)
Logan Henderson "Pull Me Deep"
Pull Me Deep – Single
Songwriter
"Intro" Echoes of Departure and The Endless Street of Dreams Pt. I Executive producer (album),
songwriter, producer
"Sleepwalker"
"Bite My Tongue"
"Speak of The Devil"
"Take It Out On Me"
"Evergreen"
"Generations"
2017 All Time Low "Dirty Laundry" Last Young Renegade Songwriter, producer
"Nice2KnoU"
"Nightmares"
"Afterglow"
blink-182 "Good Old Days"
California
(Deluxe Edition)
Songwriter
The Front Bottoms "You Used To Say (Holy Fuck)" Going Grey Songwriter, producer
"Peace Sign"
"Vacation Town"
"Grand Finale"
"Trampoline"
"Far Drive"
"Everyone But You"
"Ocean"
Krewella "Dead AF"
Songwriter, producer
Onyx "Problem Child"
Silicon Valley: The Soundtrack
Songwriter, producer
Papa Roach "Break The Fall"
Crooked Teeth
Executive producer (album),
songwriter, producer
"Crooked Teeth"
"My Medication"
"American Dreams"
"Periscope"
(feat. Skylar Grey)
"Help"
"Sunrise Trailer Park"
(feat. Machine Gun Kelly)
"Traumatic
"None of The Above"
2016 Krewella "Marching On"
Ammunition EP
Songwriter
Steve Aoki "Back 2 U"
(feat. WALK THE MOON)
Back 2 U – Single
Songwriter, producer
"Can't Go Home"
(feat. Adam Lambert)
Can't Go Home – Single
Vocal producer
"Feel (The Power of Now)"
Feel (The Power of Now) – Single
Songwriter
2015 All Time Low "Runaways" Future Hearts Songwriter
"Don't You Go"
Disturbed "Open Your Eyes"
Immortalized
Songwriter
Good Charlotte "Makeshift Love"
Youth Authority
Songwriter
Jake Miller "Selfish Girls"
Rumors
Songwriter
ListenBee "Save Me"
Save Me – Single
Songwriter
ONE OK ROCK "Paper Planes"
(feat. Kellin Quinn)
35XXXV
Songwriter
Sleeping With Sirens "Kick Me"
Madness
Songwriter
"Better Off Dead"
"November"
Steve Aoki "Light Years"
(feat. Rivers Cuomo)
Neon Future II
Songwriter, additional vocals
Timeflies "Burn It Down"
Just For Fun
Songwriter
Waka Flocka Flame "Game On"
(feat. Good Charlotte)
Pixels
(Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Songwriter, producer
2014 Heffron Drive "Could You Be Home" (RAS Remix)
Happy Mistakes
Producer
Issues "Disappear"
Diamond Dreams
Producer
5 Seconds of Summer "Everything I Didn't Say"
5 Seconds of Summer
Songwriter
"Social Casualty"
"Independence Day"
2013 Makua Rothman "Underneath The Halo" Sound Wave Songwriter
"The Nite B4"
Kay "Next To You" My Name Is Kay Songwriter, producer
"It's Over"
2012 Diplo "No Problem"
(feat. Flinch and Kay)
Express Yourself EP
Songwriter
Steve Aoki "Singularity"
(feat. Kay)
It's The End of The World As We Know It EP
Songwriter, vocal producer
2011 Big Time Rush "Time of Our Life"
Elevate
Songwriter
Stan Walker "Won't Let You Down"
Let The Music Play
Songwriter, producer
The Wanted "Satellite"
The Wanted
Vocal producer
2010 Big Time Rush "Count On You"
(feat. Jordin Sparks)
BTR
Songwriter
Burnham "Automatic"
Almost Famous – EP
Co-writer
Chingy "Superhero"
Superhero – Single
Songwriter, vocals
Colbie Caillat "Brighter Than The Sun"
All of You
Vocal producer
Jordin Sparks "I Am Woman"
I Am Woman – Single
Vocal producer
"The World I Knew"
African Cats
(Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Justice Crew "And Then We Dance"
And Then We Dance – Single
Songwriter, producer
Murphy Lee "Hit The Floor"
(feat. Nelly, City Spud, Kyjuan & Ali)
You See Me
Songwriter, lead vocals

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Title Category Result
2021 Billboard Music Awards Golden Hour Dance/Electronic Album Nominated[20]
2019 Kerrang! Awards "Burn It" Best Song Won[21]
61st Annual Grammy Awards "Made An America" Best Rock Performance Nominated[22]
2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards "Help" Rock Song of the Year Nominated[23]
2017 Loudwire Music Awards Crooked Teeth Hard Rock Album of the Year Nominated[24]
2015 Alternative Press Music Awards "Kick Me" Song of the Year Won[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nicholas Furlong - Credits - AllMusic". All Access.
  2. ^ "Nicholas Furlong - Discography". Discogs.
  3. ^ "An Interview with Songwriter, Producer, and Singer Nick Furlong". All Access.
  4. ^ "Nick Furlong: The Papa Roach and Fever 333 Collaborator Talks Songwriting". Beasley Music Media Group.
  5. ^ "Nicholas Furlong, Goldfinger's John Feldmann And Fever333 On The Art Of Collaboration". Forbes.
  6. ^ "Douglas High Graduate Finds Music Success". The Record Courier.
  7. ^ "Big Time Rush – Time Our Lives Music Video – 2012 Kids Choice Awards". PerezHilton.com.
  8. ^ "Singer, Songwriter and Producer Nick "RAS" Furlong Has Hustle and Flow". EDMTunes.
  9. ^ "Steve Aoki to Release New Single 'Bring You To Life (Transcend)' on 10/15". Broadway World Music.
  10. ^ "Interview: Avicii Collaborator RAS Says Rock's Comeback 'Already Happening'". Variance Magazine. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  11. ^ List of UK Dance Chart number-one singles of 2015
  12. ^ "See It First: Avicii's Euphoric New Video, 'The Nights'". Yahoo!. December 15, 2014. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  13. ^ "Avicii Most Viewed YouTube Videos". Social Blade. December 27, 2018. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  14. ^ "Papa Roach Unleash Catchy, Cathartic New Song 'Help'". Loudwire.
  15. ^ "Papa Roach – Chart History – Billboard". Billboard.
  16. ^ "Good Old Days - blink-182 - Song Info". All Access.
  17. ^ "FEVER 333's 'SUPREMACY' sample of Blondie's 'Rapture'". WhoSampled.com.
  18. ^ "Nick Furlong Unveils New Project". Broadway World Music.
  19. ^ "Spotify - Written by Nick Furlong". Spotify.
  20. ^ "Billboard Music Awards 2021 Finalists Full List". Billboard.com.
  21. ^ "Kerrang! Awards 2019: Here's The Full List of Winners". Kerrang!.
  22. ^ Campbell, Rachel. "Grammy Awards 2019 Winners Announced—See The Full List". Alternative Press. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  23. ^ "iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominees". Variety.
  24. ^ "2017 Loudwire Music Awards Nominees Revealed". Loudwire.
  25. ^ "Here Are the Winners of the 2015 APMAs". Alternative Press.

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