Nicholas Furlong (musician)

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Nicholas Furlong
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Background information
Birth name Nicholas Furlong
Born (1986-09-16) September 16, 1986 (age 31)
Origin Carson City, Nevada
United States
Genres Rock, alternative rock, rap rock, rap, hip-hop, nu metal, dance, electronica, pop, indie pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, producer, executive producer
Years active 2010–present
Labels AttaBoy Music
Associated acts Avicii, WALK THE MOON, Steve Aoki, All Time Low, blink-182, Papa Roach, Diplo, Krewella, 5 Seconds of Summer, Timeflies, Sleeping With Sirens, Big Time Rush

Nicholas Furlong (born September 16, 1986) is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer.[1][2] His work is noted to cross many musical genres, ranging from rock, dance, and pop, to hip-hop. Furlong has had many chart successes, both in America and internationally. He has worked with many acts including Avicii, WALK THE MOON, Steve Aoki, All Time Low, blink-182, 5 Seconds of Summer, Timeflies, Krewella, Papa Roach, Good Charlotte, Skylar Grey, Machine Gun Kelly, Diplo, Onyx, Waka Flocka Flame, Logan Henderson, The Front Bottoms, and Black Veil Brides.

Early life[edit]

Furlong was raised in Carson City, Nevada. 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.[3]

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, of OneRepublic . Alongside Tedder, Furlong worked with many artists including Colbie Caillat, Jordin Sparks, Leona Lewis, and The Wanted.[4] 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.[5]

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."[6] 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.[7] 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[edit]

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.[8]

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.[9] 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 three-hundred million views.[10]

2016-Current: AttaBoy Music[edit]

In 2016, Furlong founded his own production / publishing 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.[11][12] 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.[13] 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.[14][15] On October 13, 2017, The Front Bottoms released Going Grey, produced and executive produced by Furlong.

Credits[edit]

Year Artist Title Album Credits[16]
2018
311 TBA
TBA
Co-writer
All Time Low TBA
TBA
Co-producer / co-writer
Black Veil Brides "Our Legacy"
Vale
Co-writer
THE FEVER 333 TBA
TBA
Co-writer
From Ashes To New TBA
TBA
Co-producer / co-writer
Logan Henderson TBA
TBA
Executive producer (album)
Co-producer / co-writer
KoЯn TBA
TBA
Co-writer
Papa Roach TBA
TBA
Executive producer (album)
Co-producer / co-writer
2017
All Time Low "Dirty Laundry"
Last Young Renegade
Co-producer / co-writer
"Nice2KnoU"
"Nightmares"
"Afterglow"
blink-182 "Good Old Days"
California
(Deluxe Edition)
Co-writer
The Front Bottoms "You Used To Say (Holy Fuck)"
Going Grey
Producer
"Peace Sign"
"Vacation Town"
"Grand Finale"
"Trampoline"
"Far Drive"
"Everyone But You"
"Ocean"
Krewella "Dead AF"
Co-producer / co-writer
Logan Henderson "Speak Of The Devil"
Producer / co-writer
"Bite My Tongue"
Co-producer / co-writer
"Sleepwalker"
Onyx "Problem Child"
Silicon Valley: The Soundtrack
Co-producer / co-writer
Papa Roach "Break The Fall"
Crooked Teeth
Executive producer (album)
Co-producer / co-writer
"Crooked Teeth"
"My Medication"
"American Dreams"
"Periscope"
(feat. Skylar Grey)
"Help"
"Sunrise Trailer Park"
(feat. Machine Gun Kelly)
"Traumatic
"None of The Above"
Sam F. "Freak Out"
(feat. RAS)
Freak Out - Single
Lead vocals / co-writer
2016
Krewella "Marching On"
Ammunition EP
Co-writer
Steve Aoki "Back 2 U"
(feat. WALK THE MOON)
Writer / co-producer
"Can't Go Home"
(feat. Adam Lambert)
Vocal producer
2015
All Time Low "Runaways"
Future Hearts
Co-writer
"Don't You Go"
Avicii "The Nights"
The Days / Nights EP
-
Stories
(UK and Japan Versions)

Lead vocals / co-writer
Good Charlotte "Makeshift Love"
Youth Authority
Co-writer
Jake Miller "Selfish Girls"
Rumors
Co-writer
ListenBee "Save Me"
Co-writer
ONE OK ROCK "Paper Planes"
(feat. Kellin Quinn)
35XXXV
Co-writer
Sleeping With Sirens "Kick Me"
Madness
Co-writer
"Better Off Dead"
"November"
Steve Aoki "Light Years"
(feat. Rivers Cuomo)
Neon Future II
Writer / additional vocals
Timeflies "Burn It Down"
Just For Fun
Co-writer
Waka Flocka Flame "Game On"
(feat. Good Charlotte)
Pixels
(Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Co-producer / co-writer
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
Co-writer
"Social Casualty"
"Independence Day"
2013
Makua Rothman "Underneath The Halo"
Sound Wave
Co-writer
"The Nite B4"
Kay "Next To You"
My Name Is Kay
Co-producer / co-writer
"Bus Stop"
(feat. Ryan Tedder)
"It's Over"
Steve Aoki "Bring You To Life (Transcend)"
Lead vocals / writer
2012
Diplo "No Problem"
(feat. Flinch and Kay)
Express Yourself EP
Co-writer
Steve Aoki "Singularity"
(feat. Kay)
Co-writer / vocal producer
2011
Big Time Rush "Time of Our Life"
Elevate
Co-writer
Stan Walker "Won't Let You Down"
Let The Music Play
Co-producer / co-writer
The Wanted "Satellite"
The Wanted (EP)
Vocal producer
2010
Big Time Rush "Count On You"
(feat. Jordin Sparks)
BTR
Co-writer
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)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Alternative Press Music Awards[edit]

Year Title Category Result
2015 "Kick Me" Song of the Year Won[17]

iHeartRadio Music Awards[edit]

Year Title Category Result
2018 "Help" Rock Song of the Year Nominated[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nicholas "Ras" Furlong - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Kobalt Music". Kobalt. Archived from the original on September 24, 2010. Retrieved September 21, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Douglas High graduate finds music success". The Record Courier. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Patriot Records". patriotrecords.com. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Big Time Rush - Time Our Lives Music Video - 2012 Kids Choice Awards". perezhilton.com. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Singer, Songwriter and Producer Nick "RAS" Furlong Has Hustle and Flow [Interview]". EDMTunes. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 
  7. ^ Music News Desk. "Steve Aoki to Release New Single 'Bring You To Life (Transcend)' on 10/15". broadwayworld.com. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Interview: Avicii Collaborator RAS Says Rock's Comeback 'Already Happening'". variancemagazine.com. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 
  9. ^ List of UK Dance Chart number-one singles of 2015
  10. ^ "See It First: Avicii's Euphoric New Video, 'The Nights'". yahoo.com. 15 December 2014. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Papa Roach Unleash Catchy, Cathartic New Song 'Help'". Loudwire. 
  12. ^ "Papa Roach - Chart history - Billboard". www.billboard.com. 
  13. ^ "Logan Henderson Premieres Solo Video 'Sleepwalker,' Talks His New 'Dark Grunge Pop' Sound: Exclusive". 
  14. ^ California (Blink-182 album)
  15. ^ "California (Deluxe Edition) by blink-182 on Apple Music". iTunes. 
  16. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/nicholas-furlong-mn0002744034
  17. ^ "Here are the winners of the 2015 APMAs - News - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. 
  18. ^ "Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran Lead iHeartRadio Music Awards Nominees". Variety. 

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