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PrettyMuch
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Years active2016–present
Labels
Associated actsFrench Montana, Rich the Kid, Lil Tjay, CNCO, NCT Dream, Luísa Sonza, Iñigo Pascual
Websiteprettymuch.com
Members
  • Brandon Arreaga
  • Edwin Honoret
  • Austin Porter
  • Nick Mara
  • Zion Kuwonu

PrettyMuch, stylized as PRETTYMUCH, is an American-Canadian pop boy band based in Los Angeles, California. The group consists of Brandon Arreaga, Edwin Honoret, Austin Porter, Nick Mara, and Zion Kuwonu. The boy band was formed by Simon Cowell in 2016.

Career[edit]

2016–2017: Formation and early career[edit]

The members of PrettyMuch were pursuing solo careers until Syco Music founder Simon Cowell and former label president Sonny Takhar merged them into a group.[2][3] Since 2016, the members of PrettyMuch have been based in Los Angeles where they have shared a home since March 18, 2016, in which they have worked on their dancing skills in addition to recording their debut EP.[2][4]

In 2017, PrettyMuch gained attention on social media with their cover songs and dancing videos, including a rendition of Charlie Puth's "Attention" and choreography tributes to Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars.[1][5][6] PrettyMuch's debut single, "Would You Mind", written by Savan Kotecha and Jacob Kasher, was released in July 2017.[6][7] A month later, the group performed the song at the 2017 Teen Choice Awards and sang an a cappella version on the red carpet at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards.[4][1] A music video for the song was then released in September. Directed by Emil Nava, it depicts the members dancing and jumping over each other in empty alleyways, along with scenes from a road trip the group had taken.[8][9] The clip was inspired by boy band videos of the late 1990s and early 2000s, such as Backstreet Boys' "We've Got It Goin' On" and NSYNC's "I Want You Back".[9] The single peaked in the top 40 on Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 charts.[10]

PrettyMuch performed "Would You Mind" on MTV's Total Request Live in October 2017 and released their second single, "Teacher".[11] This single and its video clip have been accused of being very similar to those of Dead Obies' "Where They @".[12] On October 27, 2017, they released their single, "Open Arms". In November 2017, they confirmed via Twitter that they would perform during the final of Series 14 of The X Factor in the United Kingdom, performing their single, "No More".[13] PrettyMuch had their own tour called PRETTYMUCH EVERYWHERE Tour across the United States. The group performed on Good Morning America on January 15. PrettyMuch performed their singles "Open Arms" and "No More" on MTV's Total Request Live on January 17.

2018–present: PrettyMuch an EP, Phases, and INTL:EP[edit]

They released their debut EP, PrettyMuch an EP on April 19, 2018, including their single "10,000 Hours". On June 21, 2018, they released their summer single "Summer On You", written by Ed Sheeran and produced by Steve Mac.[14] They also performed it on the Late Late Show with James Corden. On August 20, 2018, the group performed at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards on the Push Artist Stage.[15] The single peaked in the top 50 on Pop radio.[16] On September 28, 2018, they released their single "Solita" featuring Rich the Kid.[17]

They released their song "Real Friends" on October 17, 2018, to promote their fall tour, the Funktion Tour. Not long after ending their tour, they released a new song "Jello" on December 14, 2018, in which the music video was also released that same day. In the start of 2019, "BLiND" was released on January 25. This was the band's first single since "Would You Mind" that was not performed live prior to the studio version being released. Their second single of 2019, "Phases", was released on April 26. On May 17, PrettyMuch announced their second EP would come out a week later. On May 20, the band released "Gone 2 Long", a previously mentioned song that was written and produced completely by Brandon Arreaga and would be featured on their new EP. The group's second EP, the Phases - EP, was released on May 24, 2019. The EP consists of six songs: two already released songs ("Phases" and "Gone 2 Long"), and four new songs called "Eyes Off You", "Temporary Heart", "4U" and "One Shot".

On July 11, PrettyMuch kicked off their FOMO Tour with opening act Kenzie Ziegler in Dallas, Texas. A week later, on July 19, the band released "Lying", a collaboration with Lil Tjay.[18] After being on the FOMO tour setlist, "Rock Witchu" was released as an official audio.[19] This track was previously released as a behind the scenes, studio version on YouTube titled "Making Music In Our Garage Studio" on April 16,[20] but after the support for the track in concert, it was released officially August 16. This is the second PrettyMuch track that was produced by Brandon Arreaga.

In February 2019 during an interview with Hollywire, Edwin Honoret hinted at an upcoming collaboration, stating that it might be "the first time two boy bands have been on a song together."[21] In April 2019, it was confirmed that PrettyMuch would be collaborating on a song with Latin-American boy band CNCO with both boy bands giving confirmation.[22][23] On October 19, 2019, both PrettyMuch and CNCO confirmed on their social media pages that their song, "Me Necesita", would be released on October 23.[24][25] On November 22, PrettyMuch released INTL:EP, which features "Me Necesita" alongside three other songs, with guest vocals from Luísa Sonza, NCT Dream, and Iñigo Pascual.[26]

Discography[edit]

PrettyMuch discography
Music videos15
EPs3
Singles18

PrettyMuch have released three extended plays, eighteen singles, and fifteen music videos.

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays
Title Album details
PrettyMuch an EP
Phases - EP
  • Release date: May 24, 2019
  • Label: Syco
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
INTL:EP
  • Release date: November 22, 2019
  • Label: Syco
  • Format: Digital download, streaming

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US Pop [27] NZ
Hot

[28]
UK
[29]
"Would You Mind" 2017 40 100 Non-album singles
"Teacher"
"Open Arms"
"No More"
(featuring French Montana)
77
"Hello" 2018 PrettyMuch an EP
"10,000 Hours"
"Healthy"
"On My Way"
"Summer On You" 49 Non-album singles
"Solita"
(featuring Rich the Kid)
"Real Friends"
"Jello"[30] 34
"Blind" 2019
"Phases" 26 Phases EP
"Gone 2 Long"
"Lying"
(featuring Lil Tjay)[31]
19 Non-album singles
"Rock Witchu"[32]
"Me Necesita"
(with CNCO)[33]
INTL:EP
"Up to You"
(with NCT Dream)

Music videos[edit]

  • "Would You Mind" (2017)
  • "Teacher" (2017)
  • "Open Arms" (2017)
  • "No More" (2017) with French Montana
  • "10,000 Hours" (2018)
  • "Hello" (2018)
  • "Summer On You" (2018)
  • "Jello" (2018)
  • "Blind" (2019)
  • "Phases" (2019)
  • "Gone 2 Long (Choir Version)" (2019)
  • "Lying" (2019) with Lil Tjay
  • "Me Necesita" (2019) with CNCO
  • "The Weekend" (2019) with Luísa Sonza
  • "Love" (2019) with Iñigo Pascual

Members[edit]

Brandon Arreaga[edit]

Brandon Michael Lee Arreaga (born December 14, 1999) grew up in Corinth, Texas. He began doing acting and modeling jobs at around eleven years old, and used money earned from the jobs to get equipment for a home studio.[34] Arreaga would rent the studio out to other local musicians.[35] He was the last member to join the group, as he did not initially get involved because his parents thought the scouting was fake.[36] He has listed Boyz II Men and Bobby Brown as his musical influences. As of 2019, Arreaga has been dating Maggie Lindemann, another singer from Texas.[37]

Edwin Honoret[edit]

Edwin Joel Honoret (born February 12, 1999) is from The Bronx, New York.[35]

Nick Mara[edit]

Nicholas Carter Mara (born November 8, 1997) was born in New York, but grew up in Englishtown, New Jersey. He began dancing at around nine years old, and was formerly in the dance crew ICONic Boyz, which was featured in the sixth season of America's Best Dance Crew. Mara describes his musical interest as "Bad Boy-era type music", being inspired by artists such as Notorious B.I.G.[38]

Austin Porter[edit]

Austin Dale Porter (born August 14, 1997) grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. Prior to the audition, Porter had a solo career, having made an unreleased rap EP.[35] He is inspired by a variety of different genres including lo-fi hip-hop and jazz. He has listed Elton John, James Taylor, Chicago and The Beatles as some of his musical influences.[39]

Zion Kuwonu[edit]

Caleb Zion Kuwonu (born June 29, 1999) is from Ottawa, Canada. He was inspired to become a singer after watching Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, and lists Justin Bieber as one of his musical inspirations, among other artists such as PartyNextDoor, One Direction, and Michael Jackson.[36][38] Kuwonu was noticed by Sony Music after he began posting song covers on Vine in order to gain popularity at school. He has noted that he only had around 150 followers at the time.[35]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Nominated
2018 iHeart Radio Music Awards[40] Best Boyband PRETTYMUCH Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards[41] Push Artist of the Year Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards[42] Best Push Nominated
Best Group Nominated
2019 Teen Choice Awards[43] Choice Music Group Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards[44] Best Group Nominated

Tours[edit]

Headlining

Opening act

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Angermiller, Michele Amabile (July 28, 2017). "PrettyMuch, Simon Cowell's Latest Boy Band Discovery, Poised to Pop". Variety. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  3. ^ Horowitz, Steven J. (August 24, 2017). "Meet the Next Wave of Boy Bands: PRETTYMUCH, Why Don't We and CNCO". Billboard. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
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  12. ^ Plante, Stéphane. "[VIDÉO] Dead Obies plagié par un boys band américain?". Le Journal de Montréal (in French). Retrieved 2018-04-21.
  13. ^ "'Twitter'". Twitter. November 29, 2017. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  14. ^ Mele, Sofia (June 21, 2018). "PRETTYMUCH Drops Sunny Ed Sheeran-Penned Single 'Summer on You': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
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  16. ^ Cantor, Brian. "Songs By Marshmello & Bastille, Panic! At The Disco, PRETTYMUCH Join Pop Radio's Top 50". Headline Planet. Retrieved 2019-11-22.
  17. ^ Spanos, Brittany (September 28, 2018). "Hear PrettyMuch's Feisty New Song 'Solita'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
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  20. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMeeHuztano
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  22. ^ Tonight, Entertainment (2019-04-25). "The boys of @CNCOmusic dropped serious details on their upcoming collab with @PRETTYMUCH at the Latin #Billboards2019 and we cannot wait for this !!!!pic.twitter.com/jAO701NiOq". @etnow. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  23. ^ "🔥🔥🔥 on Instagram: "• What do you guys think? One of the greatest boyband collabs to come? 🔥👇🏽 • @prettymuch @cncomusic @therealnickmara @zionkuwonu…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  24. ^ "PRETTYMUCH on Instagram: "the time has FINALLY come! our collaboration with @cncomusic 'Me Necesita' is coming on 10.23.19 and it's going to be EPIC! #MeNecesita…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  25. ^ "CNCO on Instagram: "#MeNecesita x @prettymuch COMING 10/23 🔥 Let's get it!!"". Instagram. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  26. ^ Spanos, Brittany. "PrettyMuch Discuss Guest-Filled 'Intl:EP,' Ambitious 2020 Plans". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2019-11-22.
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  31. ^ @PRETTYMUCH (July 10, 2019). "NEW SINGLE. LYING. FT @liltjay 😈 07/19" (Tweet). Retrieved July 11, 2019 – via Twitter.
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  33. ^ "Watch Prettymuch & CNCO Team Up For an Epic Boy Band Battle in 'Me Necesita' Video". Billboard. October 23, 2019.
  34. ^ "interview | prettymuch", Schön!. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  35. ^ a b c d PRETTYMUCH talks Would You Mind, One Direction and French Montana, Zach Sang Show.
  36. ^ a b "PRETTYMUCH On Boy Band Life & Debut Single “Would You Mind”: Interview", Idolator. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  37. ^ ☆ BRANDON ARREAGA ☆ on Instagram: "u are actually the most beautiful thing I think I’ve ever seen in my life no cap...". Instagram. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  38. ^ a b Prettymuch Gets Real About Musical Influences and Being in a Boy Band, Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2019-11-04.
  39. ^ PRETTYMUCH talks new single 'Summer on You,' Ed Sheeran, Beyonce, Digital Journal.
  40. ^ "2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards: See The Full List Of Nominees & Winners". iHeartRadio. 2018-03-10. Retrieved 2018-07-16.
  41. ^ "2018 VMAs Winners: See the Complete List". The Hollywood Reporter. July 16, 2018.
  42. ^ "Camila Cabello, Ariana Grande, Post Malone Lead 2018 MTV EMA Nominees". Billboard. October 4, 2018.
  43. ^ "Teen Choice Awards: Full List of Winners", The Hollywood Reporter, accessed August 16, 2019
  44. ^ 2019 VMAs Reveal Three New Fan-Voted Categories, Pre-Show Performers, August 19, 2019

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