The Madden Brothers

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The Madden Brothers
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Background information
Origin Waldorf, Maryland,USA
Years active 2011 (2011)–present
Labels Capitol[1]
Associated acts Good Charlotte
Members Joel Madden
Benji Madden

The Madden Brothers are an American pop rock duo made up of brothers Joel Madden and Benji Madden, both of whom are also founding members of the rock band Good Charlotte.[2]


Twin brothers Joel and Benji Madden formed The Madden Brothers officially in 2014 as a side project separate from Good Charlotte, but have origins dating back to 2011.[3] While with Good Charlotte, Joel was mainly the lead vocalist with Benji being lead guitar and backup vocalist.[4] They released a total of five studio albums, two live albums, two extended plays, twenty singles, seventeen music videos and three music DVDs. All of their studio albums received certification including The Young and the Hopeless, which was certified 3× Platinum in the United States and reached number 1 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[5] During their time with Good Charlotte, the brothers saw the sale of over ten million albums worldwide.[6]

Joel and Benji had been working on The Madden Brothers project since 2011 when they began working on different ways of music.[7] They released a free mixtape a short time later in October 2011.[8] Titled Before — Volume One, it included collaborations with artists such as Casey Veggies, Wiz Khalifa, Machine Gun Kelly, Rockie Fresh, and The Cool Kids and was said to be made simply for the fun of music.[9]

The Madden Brothers began working with producer Pharrell Williams and planned to release an album in late 2012.[7] The plans fell through for the album release but both continued to work on the project.[6] The Madden Brothers finally released their first single in June 2014. Titled "We Are Done", the song was placed in regular rotation in major markets and became a top 40 track on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles and Alternative Radio charts.[2] It is a song about standing up for yourself according to Benji, made to inspire people to speak up for themselves.[10] The song is from the album Greetings from California, produced by Eric Valentine and Joe Chiccarelli, which was released on September 16, 2014.[3]

The Madden Brothers were coaches on the inaugural season of The Voice Kids Australia as well as Benji joining Joel as a coach on season 4 of The Voice Australia.

Band members[edit]

Current Members


The Madden Brothers performing as Good Charlotte in Berlin, August 2011.

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
Greetings from California 1 2


Title Album details
Before — Volume One
  • Released: November 11, 2011
  • Label: LosMaddens
  • Format: Digital download


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Let the World Be Still" 2012 non-album single
"We Are Done" 2014 1 1 Greetings from California
"Dear Jane" 57
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Songwriting discography[edit]

Year Artist Album Song Co-written with
2003 Good Charlotte The Young and the Hopeless "The Anthem" John Feldmann
"Girls & Boys"
"Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous"
Mest Mest "Until I Met You"
"Jaded (These Years)" Tony Lovato
2004 Good Charlotte The Chronicles of Life and Death "I Just Wanna Live" John Feldmann
2005 Hilary Duff Most Wanted "Wake Up" John Feldmann, Hilary Duff
"Beat of My Heart"
"Break My Heart"
2006 Good Charlotte Good Morning Revival "Keep Your Hands off My Girl"
2007 "Dance Floor Anthem" Don Gilmore
2008 Kerli Love Is Dead "Beautiful Day" Kõiv, Jason "Jay E" Epperson
Three 6 Mafia Last 2 Walk "My Own Way" Paul Beauregard, Jordan Houston, Jason "Jay E" Epperson
2009 Matisyahu Light "Darkness into Light" Jason "Jay E" Epperson, Matthew Miller
Sean Kingston Tomorrow "Shoulda Let U Go" Noel "Detail" Fisher, Justin Franks, Kisean Anderson, LaMar Seymour, LaNelle Seymour
2011 Shannon Noll A Million Suns "Switch Me On" Shannon Noll, Lindsay Rimes
2013 Hudson Lights Hudson Lights "Beautiful Day" Andy Grammer
2014 5 Seconds of Summer 5 Seconds of Summer "Amnesia" Louis Biancaniello, Michael Biancaniello
TJR Come Back Down "Come Back Down" TJR
Kalin and Myles Chase Dreams "No Ordinary Girl" Kalin Jurie White, Myles Blake Parrish
2015 5 Seconds of Summer Sounds Good Feels Good "She's Kinda Hot" Michael Clifford, Ashton Irwin, John Feldmann
"Money" Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin, John Feldmann
"Hey Everybody" Calum Hood, Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Roger Taylor, Andy Taylor, Stefan Johnson, Jordan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Clarence Coffee Jr.
"Permanent Vacation" Michael Clifford, Luke Hemmings, Michael Green
"Broken Home" John Feldmann, Calum Hood, Michael Clifford, Luke Hemmings

Production discography[edit]

Year Artist Album
2005 Shakira Oral Fixation, Vol. 2
Hilary Duff Most Wanted
2008 Kerli Love Is Dead
Three 6 Mafia Last 2 Walk
Young Dre the Truth Bigga Than Life
2009 Matisyahu Light
2014 Kalin and Myles Chase Dreams


  1. ^ Bogosian, Dan (September 25, 2013). "Madden Brothers Sign To Capitol Records". Under The Gun Review. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Mendizabal, Amaya (June 13, 2014). "Tomorrow's Hits: Good Charlotte's Madden Brothers Return with Pharrell". Billboard. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Van Boom, Daniel (May 22, 2014). "Twinning is winning! Benji and Joel Madden break away from Good Charlotte and announce their new band". The Daily Mail. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ Pous, Terri (January 3, 2013). "Double Vision: Top 10 Famous Twins - Joel and Benji Madden". Time Magazine. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ Eger, Marcus (29 March 2012). "Cinematic Melodies - Last Night by Good Charlotte". The Examiner. 
  6. ^ a b Brown, Jonathan (June 18, 2014). "The Madden Brothers Are Done With Good Charlotte for Now". The Liberty Voice. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Baltin, Steve (June 19, 2014). "Benji and Joel Madden Introduce New Band the Madden Brothers". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Good Charlotte announce plans to go on hiatus". NME. September 1, 2011. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  9. ^ Moore, Jacob (November 11, 2011). "Mixtape Premiere: The Madden Brothers Before Volume One". Complex. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ Mann, Tom (June 2, 2014). "Joel and Benji Madden's new single is not what you would expect". Faster Louder. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Discography The Madden Brothers". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Discography The Madden Brothers". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  13. ^ "We Are Done – Single by The Madden Brothers". iTunes Store (Australia). Apple. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  14. ^ Peak positions for singles in Australia:
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 
  16. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. September 8, 2014. Retrieved September 12, 2014. 

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