THEY.

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THEY.
THEY. performing.jpg
THEY. performing in November 2016
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, US
Genres
Years active 2015–present
Labels
Associated acts Bryson Tiller
Website unofficialthey.com
Members
  • Dante Jones
  • Drew Love

THEY. is an American R&B duo consisting of Dante Jones and Drew Love from Los Angeles, California signed to Mind of a Genius Records.[3][4] The duo started their career in 2015, releasing debut extended play, Nü Religion, which received critical acclaim. In the same year THEY. released the commercially successful single "Working for It" in collaboration with Zhu and Skrillex. In 2016, the duo started touring with singer Bryson Tiller. In February 2017, the duo released their debut studio album, Nü Religion: Hyena.

Career[edit]

2015: Formation and Nü Religion[edit]

Dante Jones was born in Denver, Colorado, while Drew Love was born in Washington, D.C..[5] The duo was formed in Los Angeles, California in 2015.[6] On October 13, 2015, the duo released their debut extended play, Nü Religion, through Mind of a Genius Records and Warner Bros. Records.[7] The project, which includes three songs in its track listing, received favorable reviews from music critics.[8][2][9] Additionally, the duo began gaining support from record producer Timbaland.[10] While talking about the project in an interview with The Fader magazine, Drew said; "Nü Religion is a new way of thinking. As individuals the way we have approached life and the art of music has always been left of center; even from youth. It's been all about finding a way to incorporate that into a cohesive musical project that we are proud of and that people enjoy. We think we've done that."[11] On October 22, 2015, "Working for It", a collaboration single by THEY., Zhu and Skrillex, was released.[12] The song peaked at number 30 in Australia and number 71 in the United Kingdom.[13][14] The song appeared in Zhu's EP, Genesis Series and debut studio album, Generationwhy.[15][16]

2016–present: Nü Religion: Hyena[edit]

In early 2016, the duo joined singer Bryson Tiller as opening act for his Trapsoul Tour.[17] In summer 2016, the duo released the singles, "Say When" and "Deep End",[18][19] both of which managed to enter the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart.[20] On August 8, 2016, THEY. was named "New band of the week" by The Guardian newspaper.[4] In October 2016, the duo was included in Complex magazine's "Best New Musicians in 2016 Across America" list.[3] On February 24, 2017, the duo released their debut studio album, Nü Religion: Hyena.[21]

Influences[edit]

The duo is influenced by artists like Taking Back Sunday, New Edition, Babyface and Kurt Cobain.[11]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected details
Title Details
Nü Religion: Hyena[21]

EPs[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected details
Title Details
Nü Religion[7]
  • Released: October 13, 2015
  • Label: Mind of a Genius, Warner Bros.
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUS
[13]
FRA
[22]
UK
[14]
"Working for It"[12]
(with Zhu and Skrillex)
2015 30 122 71 Genesis Series / Generationwhy
"Say When"[18] 2016 Nü Religion: Hyena
"Deep End"[19]
"What You Want"[24]
"U-Rite"[25] 2017
"Closure"[26]
(Drew Love with Vancouver Sleep Clinic)
2018 Therapy Phase 01
"Somebody"[27]
(Drew Love with The Chainsmokers)
96 87 Sick Boy
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
NZ
Heat.

[28]
"Love Is Gone"
(G-Eazy featuring Drew Love)
2017 10 The Beautiful & Damned

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"g2g ttyl"[29] 2017 Blackbear Cybersex
"Love Is Gone"[30] G-Eazy The Beautiful & Damned

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THEY. Talk The 1975 & Blurring The Line Between Rock, R&B & Rap". MTV. September 15, 2016. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "This New Duo Out of L.A. Just Got a Major Co-Sign By Ebro". BET. October 14, 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Best New Musicians - THEY. - Los Angeles - R&B". Complex. October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "New band of the week: THEY. (No 114) – meditative rock for the Drake generation". The Guardian. August 8, 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Break Presents: They". XXL. July 8, 2016. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  6. ^ "THEY. – Nü Religion [EP Stream]". OnSMASH. October 14, 2015. Retrieved October 9, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Nü Religion - Single by THEY". iTunes. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Thank Us Later: Stream THEY's 'Nü Religion' EP". Vibe. October 19, 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Stream They.'s Debut EP". XXL. October 15, 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  10. ^ "We Now Know Why Timbaland Passed On Bryson Tiller: He Found "THEY."". LifeDaily. October 16, 2015. Retrieved October 9, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "Stream THEY.'s Debut EP, Nu Religion". The Fader. October 13, 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "Hear Zhu and Skrillex's Edgy Collaboration, 'Working for It'". Rolling Stone. October 22, 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "Discography Skrillex". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "Skrillex – Official Charts Company" (select "Singles" tab). Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Genesis Series - EP by ZHU". iTunes. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Zhu: Generationwhy Album Review". Pitchfork. August 9, 2016. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Bryson Tiller Announces "Trap Soul" Tour". HotNewHipHop. December 16, 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  18. ^ a b "Say When - Single by THEY". iTunes. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  19. ^ a b "Deep End - Single by THEY". iTunes. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  20. ^ "They. - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved October 9, 2016. 
  21. ^ a b "Nü Religion: Hyena by THEY". iTunes. Retrieved February 6, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Discographie Skrillex". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  23. ^ "ARIA Singles: Flume 'Never Be Like You' Is No 1". Noise11. February 13, 2016. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  24. ^ "What You Want - Single by THEY". iTunes. Retrieved November 13, 2016. 
  25. ^ "U-RITE - Single by THEY". iTunes. Retrieved February 6, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Closure - Single by Vancouver Sleep Clinic & Drew Love". iTunes. Retrieved April 26, 2018. 
  27. ^ "Somebody - Single by The Chainsmokers & Drew Love". iTunes. Retrieved April 21, 2018. 
  28. ^ "NZ Heatseeker Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. December 25, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2018. 
  29. ^ "cybersex by blackbear". iTunes. Retrieved November 21, 2017. 
  30. ^ "G-Eazy Grabs Drew Love Of THEY. For "Love Is Gone"". HotNewHipHop. December 12, 2017. Retrieved April 21, 2018. 

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