Nicholas Furlong (musician)
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|Born||September 16, 1986|
Sacramento, California, U.S.
Nicholas Furlong (born September 16, 1986) is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. 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, 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.
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.
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, 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.
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 featured as a vocalist on the single "Bring You To Life (Transcend)", which peaked at number 44 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Songs chart. 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
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.
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 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, which has since surpassed seven-hundred million views.
2016–present: AttaBoy Music
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. 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. 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. 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. 
As The Dirty Rich
|"Hot American Summer"|
As featured vocalist
(UK and Japan Versions)
|Steve Aoki||"Bring You To Life (Transcend)"|
Production and songwriting credits
|Devin Dawson||"Not On My Watch"|
|Dirty Heads||"Vacation" (AttaBoy Remix)|
|guardin||"all i can see"|
|Jena Rose||"Check Mate"|
|Felly||"Love and Fear"|
|The Hunna||"Cover You"
(feat. Travis Barker)
|Jesse Clegg||"Speed of Light"|
|Kygo||"Say You Will"
(feat. Patrick Droney and Petey)
(feat. Zac Brown)
|No Love For The Middle Child||"Walk Away"
(feat. American Teeth)
|Stray Kids||"We Go"
(feat. Bang Chan, Changbin, & HAN)
|Yung Pinch||"Hanging With Ghosts"
(feat. Goody Grace & Good Charlotte)
|2019||311||"Space and Time"||Songwriter|
|Dinosaur Pile-Up||"Pouring Gasoline"|
|Fever 333||"Burn It"|
|Hero The Band||"Trouble in My Mind"|
|Papa Roach||"The Ending"||Executive producer (album),|
|"Not The Only One"|
|"Who Do You Trust?"|
|"Feel Like Home"|
|"I Suffer Well"|
|"Better Than Life"|
|Stray Kids||"Double Knot"||Songwriter|
|"Double Knot" (Japanese Version)|
|The Used||"Blow Me"
(feat. Jason Aalon Butler)
|Fever 333||"Made An America"||Made An America||Songwriter|
|"Made An America (Remix)"|
(feat. Travis Barker & Vic Mensa)
|Logan Henderson||"Pull Me Deep"|
|"Intro"||Echoes of Departure and The Endless Street of Dreams Pt. I||Executive producer (album),|
|"Bite My Tongue"|
|"Speak of The Devil"|
|"Take It Out On Me"|
|2017||All Time Low||"Dirty Laundry"||Last Young Renegade||Songwriter, producer|
|blink-182||"Good Old Days"||
|The Front Bottoms||"You Used To Say (Holy Fuck)"||Going Grey||Songwriter, producer|
|"Everyone But You"|
|Papa Roach||"Break The Fall"||Executive producer (album),|
(feat. Skylar Grey)
|"Sunrise Trailer Park"|
(feat. Machine Gun Kelly)
|"None of The Above"|
|Steve Aoki||"Back 2 U"
(feat. WALK THE MOON)
|"Can't Go Home"
(feat. Adam Lambert)
|"Feel (The Power of Now)"|
|2015||All Time Low||"Runaways"||Future Hearts||Songwriter|
|"Don't You Go"|
|Disturbed||"Open Your Eyes"|
|Good Charlotte||"Makeshift Love"|
|Jake Miller||"Selfish Girls"|
|ONE OK ROCK||"Paper Planes"
(feat. Kellin Quinn)
|Sleeping With Sirens||"Kick Me"||Songwriter|
|"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)
|2014||Heffron Drive||"Could You Be Home" (RAS Remix)|
|5 Seconds of Summer||"Everything I Didn't Say"||Songwriter|
|2013||Makua Rothman||"Underneath The Halo"||Sound Wave||Songwriter|
|"The Nite B4"|
|Kay||"Next To You"||My Name Is Kay||Songwriter, producer|
(feat. Flinch and Kay)
|2011||Big Time Rush||"Time of Our Life"|
|Stan Walker||"Won't Let You Down"|
|2010||Big Time Rush||"Count On You"
(feat. Jordin Sparks)
|Colbie Caillat||"Brighter Than The Sun"|
|Jordin Sparks||"I Am Woman"||Vocal producer|
|"The World I Knew"|
(Motion Picture Soundtrack)
|Justice Crew||"And Then We Dance"|
|Murphy Lee||"Hit The Floor"
(feat. Nelly, City Spud, Kyjuan & Ali)
Awards and nominations
|2021||Billboard Music Awards||Golden Hour||Dance/Electronic Album||Nominated|
|2019||Kerrang! Awards||"Burn It"||Best Song||Won|
|61st Annual Grammy Awards||"Made An America"||Best Rock Performance||Nominated|
|2018||iHeartRadio Music Awards||"Help"||Rock Song of the Year||Nominated|
|2017||Loudwire Music Awards||Crooked Teeth||Hard Rock Album of the Year||Nominated|
|2015||Alternative Press Music Awards||"Kick Me"||Song of the Year||Won|
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