Qveen Herby

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Qveen Herby
Birth nameAmy Renee Heidemann
Born (1986-04-29) April 29, 1986 (age 34)
Seward, Nebraska, U.S.
OriginBoston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active2010–present
LabelsCheckbook
Associated actsKarmin

Amy Renee Noonan (née Heidemann), known by her stage name Qveen Herby,[2] is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. She first gained fame as part of the music duo Karmin, with whom she released two studio albums. Following the duo's hiatus in 2017, she began the solo project Qveen Herby, which incorporated R&B and hip hop influences.[3] She released her first solo extended play, EP 1 on June 2, 2017, preceded by the single "Busta Rhymes".

Career[edit]

2010–2016: Music with Karmin[edit]

Heidemann began her musical career as a member of pop duo Karmin, with now-husband Nick Noonan, releasing cover songs on YouTube. The group signed with Epic and released their debut EP, Hello, on May 7, 2012, to mixed reviews from critics; despite this, the EP was a commercial success supplemented by two hit singles: "Brokenhearted" reached the top 20 in the US Billboard Hot 100 charts, and the top 10 in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, while "Hello" reached number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs charts in the United States.[4]

The duo followed Hello up by their debut full-length studio album, Pulses (2014), which saw less commercial success, and was supplemented by the single "Acapella." Following the conclusion of promotion for Pulses, Karmin left Epic Records and began releasing music independently.[5] They released a slew of singles from 2014 to 2016 in anticipation of a second studio album. These included "Sugar", "Yesterday", "Along the Road", "Didn't Know You", and "Come With Me (Pure Imagination)". In 2016, Karmin released the Sugar EP in collaboration with Wild Culture. It features three remixes of "Sugar" and a remix of Riley Pearce's single "Brave". The duo released their second studio album, Leo Rising, on September 9, 2016.

2017–present: Rebranding as Qveen Herby[edit]

In 2017, all of Karmin's social media was rebranded to Qveen Herby and a small preview stating "Karmin Is Dead, Long Live the Qveen." was posted. Noonan formally announced her solo career as well as her debut extended play, EP 1.[3] Although her husband Nick was still involved in the project, Noonan noted that they felt that they could not release the album as Karmin as "There was that much happening sonically." [6] Noonan picked her stage name by combining "Qveen" a nickname given to her in college alongside "Herby" the mascot of the Nebraska Cornhuskers later realizing that "Herby" means "Warrior".[6] The music video for her first single "Busta Rhymes" was released on June 1, 2017, followed by the release of EP 1 a day later. The EP received mixed reviews from critics who questioned Herby's rebranding, citing it as an example of cultural appropriation and "modern blackface".[7] Further criticisms included the musical and visual similarities to alternative artist FKA Twigs.[8][9] Nevertheless, the EP experienced fair success, peaking at #37 on the US Billboard Independent Albums Chart and #13 on the US Heatseekers Albums Chart.[10]

Following the release of EP 1, Herby began work on her upcoming second extended play, EP 2. The first single off the EP, "Love Myself," was released on September 8, 2017.[11] An accompanying music video was released the same day.[12] On October 13, 2017, "Wifey" was released as the second single from EP 2, accompanied by a music video. EP 2 was made available for pre-order on November 17, 2017, and was released on December 1, 2017.

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Charts
US
Indie
[10]
US
Heat
[13]
US R&B/Hip-Hop[14]
EP 1
  • Released: June 2, 2017
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Checkbook Records
37 13 31
EP 2
  • Released: December 1, 2017
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Checkbook Records
EP 3
  • Released: June 8, 2018
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Checkbook Records
EP 4
  • Release: November 2, 2018
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Checkbook Records
EP 5
  • Release: February 8, 2019[15]
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Checkbook Records
36
EP 6
  • Release: May 3, 2019[16]
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Checkbook Records
39
The Vignettes
  • Release: September 4, 2019
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Checkbook Records
EP 7
  • Release: November 5, 2019
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Checkbook Records
Tiny Piano
  • Release: March 4, 2020
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Checkbook Records
EP 8
  • Release: May 26, 2020
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Checkbook Records
To be released

Singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Busta Rhymes" 2017 EP 1
"Love Myself" EP 2
"Wifey"
"Holiday"
"That Bih" 2018 EP 3
"Sade in the 90s"
"All These Hoes"
"Alone" EP 4
"BDE" 2019 EP 5
"Mozart" EP 6
"S.O.S." The Vignettes
"Strange Dreams"
"Mademoiselle"
"Cheap Talk" EP 7
"Vitamins"
"Check" 2020 EP 8

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Rolex (Remix)" 2017 N/A
"Everybody Mad (Remix)"
"No Limit (Remix)" 2018
"LLC (Remix)"

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and director
Title Year Album Director(s) Remarks
"Busta Rhymes" 2017 EP 1 Benjamin Farren & Brandon Douglas
"Rolex (Remix)" N/A Music videos were deleted.
"Love Myself" EP 2 Benjamin Farren
"Wifey"
"Everybody Mad (Remix)" N/A Music videos were deleted.
"Holiday" EP 2 Benjamin Farren
"No Limit (Remix)" 2018 N/A
"That Bih" EP 3 Benjamin Farren
"Sade In The 90s" Nick Noonan
"All These Hoes"
"LLC (Remix)" N/A Music video was deleted.
"Alone" EP 4 Eyes
"BDE" 2019 EP 5 Luckie
"Mozart" (featuring Blimes and Gifted Gab) EP 6
"S.O.S" The Vignettes Nick Noonan
"Strange Dreams"
"Mademoiselle"
"Cheap Talk" EP 7
"Vitamins"
"Check" 2020 EP 8
"Sugar Daddy"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Qveen Herby | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  2. ^ "Karmin now is Qveen Herby". Sindhen App. 2017-05-30. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  3. ^ a b "KARMIN Is Dead! Amy Heidemann Ushers In Her Reign As Qveen Herby". Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  4. ^ "Karmin". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  5. ^ "Exclusive Video Premiere: Karmin Go DIY Video Route for New Single 'Along The Road'". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  6. ^ a b Papadatos, Markos. "Qveen Herby talks new solo music, digital transformation". Digital Journal. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Karmin Went Ratchet And it's Really Weird". BTR Today. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  8. ^ "Qveen Herby". Hipinion. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  9. ^ "Qveen Herby/FKA Karmin". I Love Music. Retrieved 2018-09-10.
  10. ^ a b "Qveen Herby Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  11. ^ "Qveen Herby new video 'Love Myself' is a must see | ELEVATOR". ELEVATOR. 2017-09-08. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  12. ^ "Qveen Herby Drops Off A Crazy Dope New Visual For "Love Myself"". The Next Wave Chicago. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  13. ^ "Qveen Herby Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  14. ^ "Qveen Herby Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  15. ^ "Ep 5 – EP by Qveen Herby on iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  16. ^ "Ep 6 – EP by Qveen Herby on iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved April 22, 2019.