Robbie Nevil

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Robbie Nevil
Birth nameRobert S. Nevil
Born (1958-10-02) October 2, 1958 (age 62)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresPop, R&B, funk, dance
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, keyboards
Years activeAs performer: 1986–1996
As songwriter/producer: 1983–present
LabelsManhattan Records
WebsiteOfficial website

Robert S. Nevil (born October 2, 1958) is an American pop singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist who had five Billboard Top 40 hits including his songs "C'est la Vie" (#2, 1986), "Dominoes" (#14, 1987), and "Wot's It to Ya" (#10, 1987).[1]

Life and career[edit]

Nevil began playing guitar at age 11 and played in a series of cover bands. He began performing his original music and signed a publishing deal in 1983, writing songs for the Pointer Sisters, El DeBarge, Alison Moyet, and Earth, Wind & Fire.[1]

In 1986, he obtained his first recording contract, signing with Manhattan Records, for whom he recorded his debut album with the producers Alex Sadkin and Phil Thornalley.[1] His debut single "C'est la Vie" reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100,[2] propelling the album into the Top 40 on both the US pop and Billboard R&B chart. His second single "Dominoes" hit #14 on the Hot 100 and #22 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, while the third single "Wot's It to Ya" peaked at #10 on the Hot 100 and Dance Club/Play charts, and #69 on the R&B chart.[2]

Nevil's second album was released in 1988; however, it did not match the success of his debut album.[1] A Place Like This (#118) spawned the Top 40 moderate hit "Back on Holiday" (#34), and a second single, "Somebody Like You", became a minor hit, peaking at #63.

In 1991, Nevil's third album, Day 1, was released to fewer sales.[1] The lead single "Just Like You" became his biggest hit since his debut album, and his fifth and final Top 40 single, peaking at #25 on the Hot 100. Second single "For Your Mind" peaked at #86, ending his chart run in the US.[2]

Nevil turned to writing and producing for other acts such as Babyface, Jessica Simpson, Destiny's Child, and Japanese pop singer Seiko Matsuda. In 2006, he collaborated with Matthew Gerrard on the Smash Mouth album Summer Girl. Gerrard had been writing for Disney for some time and their work led to a partnership working on Disney projects including The Cheetah Girls, High School Musical, and Hannah Montana franchises. Nevil shared ASCAP Awards for his work on High School Musical and Hannah Montana in 2008, 2009, and 2010.[3]

From 2011 on, Nevil has been creating, writing, and producing music for Extreme Music, part of Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Several of his Extreme Music compositions appear on the 2015 Sony compilation album Party Pop.

Robbie Nevil is married with two children. He is the older brother of actor Alex Nevil.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Name Peak chart positions
US
[4]
US R&B
[5]
UK
[6]
SWE
1986 Robbie Nevil (released in the UK as C'est la Vie) 37 32 93 6
1988 A Place Like This 118 30
1991 Day 1
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

  • The Best of Robbie Nevil (1998)
  • Wot's It to Ya: The Best of Robbie Nevil (1999)
  • Party Pop (2015)

Singles[edit]

Year Song Peak chart positions
US Dance
[7]
US R&B
[8]
US Pop
[9]
UK
[6][10]
AUS
[11][12]
CAN
[13]
NZL
[14]
SWE JPN
1986 "C'est la Vie" 1 7 2 3 4 1 2 2
1987 "Dominoes" 22 14 26 38 26 38
"Wot's It to Ya" 10 69 10 43 24 37
1988 "Back on Holiday" 52 34
1989 "Somebody Like You" 63 176
1991 "Just Like You" 25 4 30[15]
"For Your Mind" 93 86
1992 "Partners in Crime" 62
1996 "I'll Be There for You" (duet with Seiko Matsuda) 35
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Demalon, Tom. "Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Robbie Nevil Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography". Music VF. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  3. ^ "Robbie Nevil - Awards". IMDb. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  4. ^ "Robbie Nevil: Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  5. ^ "Robbie Nevil: Chart History - TOP R&B/HIP-HOP ALBUMS". Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 390. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  7. ^ "Robbie Nevil: Chart History - DANCE BLUB SONGS". Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  8. ^ "Robbie Nevil: Chart History - HOT R&B/HIP-HOP SONGS". Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  9. ^ "Robbie Nevil: Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  10. ^ "ROBBIE NEVIL - full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  11. ^ "Robbie Nevil - Australian Charts". Australiancharts.com. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  12. ^ "Bubbling Down Under Week commencing 24 April 1989". April 24, 2020. Retrieved July 24, 2021.
  13. ^ Lwin, Nanda (2000). Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide, (Music Data Canada)
  14. ^ "Robbie Nevil - New Zealand Charts". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
  15. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks – August 31, 1991". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved January 14, 2021.

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