Why Don't We

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Why Don't We
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Why Don't We at B69 Jingle Bash 2018 in Chicago, Illinois
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresPop
Occupation(s)Singers
Years active2016–present
LabelsAtlantic
Websitewhydontwemusic.com
Members
  • Jonah Marais
  • Corbyn Besson
  • Daniel Seavey
  • Jack Avery
  • Zach Herron

Why Don't We (commonly abbreviated WDW) is an American boy group formed on September 27, 2016. The band consists of Zach(Zachary) Dean Herron, Jack Robert Avery, Daniel James Seavey, Corbyn Matthew Besson, and Jonah Marais Roth Frantzich.

Career[edit]

2016–2017: EP releases[edit]

The band originally formed on September 27, 2016,[1] after having all met in Los Angeles, California, a year prior.[2][3][4] On October 7, 2016, the group released their debut single "Taking You," a track from their debut EP, Only the Beginning, which was released on November 25 of the same year.[5] They embarked on their first headlining tour, the "Taking You Tour", the next year. Their second EP, Something Different, was released on April 21, 2017.[6][7] Following the release of their second EP, they embarked on the "Something Different Tour," their second headlining tour.[8] The group's third EP, Why Don't We Just, was released on June 2, 2017.[9] In September 2017, the band signed with Atlantic Records.[10] That same month, Invitation, their fourth EP, was released.[11] On November 23, 2017, they released their fifth EP, A Why Don't We Christmas.[12] In 2018, in support of the Invitation EP, they headlined the "Invitation Tour".[13] Additionally the band has appeared in several vlogs of YouTuber Logan Paul.[14] Paul has directed three music videos for the band, one involving their collaboration "Help Me Help You".

2018–present: 8 Letters and upcoming second studio album[edit]

On August 31, 2018, they released their first album, 8 Letters.[15] In March 2019, they embarked on the 8 Letters Tour.[16] The band is currently working on another studio album, set for release in 2020, and released numerous singles during 2019 such as "Big Plans", "Cold In LA", "I Don't Belong In This Club", "Don't Change", "Unbelievable", "Come to Brazil", "I Still Do", "What Am I", "Mad at You" and "With You This Christmas".

Members[edit]

Jack Avery[edit]

Jack Robert Avery (born July 1, 1999) was born in Burbank, California, but raised in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania.[17][18][19] Avery released a solo single called "Liar" in 2016 and was part of the meet-and-greet tour "Impact", which Zach Herron and Corbyn Besson were also a part of.[20] He also starred in a short film called Fearless Five.[21] On April 22, 2019, Avery's girlfriend, Gabriela Gonzalez, gave birth to their daughter, Lavender May Avery.[22]

Corbyn Besson[edit]

Corbyn Matthew Besson (born November 25, 1998) was born in Dallas, Texas,[23] and raised in Virginia.[24] Besson's cousins are Dutch girl group O'G3NE.[25] Before Why Don't We, he had a following on YouNow and released a solo single called "The Only One" to iTunes in 2014.[26] Besson has been in a relationship with YouTuber Christina Marie since 2016.[27] Besson was also a part of the Impact tour along with Zach Herron and Jack Avery.

Zach Herron[edit]

Zachary Dean Herron, the youngest member of the group (born May 27, 2001), was raised in Dallas, Texas.[23] Growing up, he sang in choir. Before Why Don't We, Herron covered songs on YouTube. His cover of Stitches by Shawn Mendes went viral. He was part of the meet-and-greet tour "Impact" which Jack Avery and Corbyn Besson were also a part of.[28]

Jonah Marais[edit]

Jonah Marais Roth Frantzich (born June 16, 1998), the oldest member of the group, grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota.[29][30] Before Why Don't We, Marais had a following on YouNow. He has also released an album, When the Daylight's Gone, in 2016 and went on the 2014 DigiTour.[31]

Daniel Seavey[edit]

Daniel James Seavey (born April 2, 1999) grew up in Vancouver, Washington.[32][33] He can play over 20 instruments by ear.[34] As a child, his father would take him to Portland, Oregon to do street performances on the city's art walks.[35] In 2015, Seavey competed on season 14 of American Idol and finished in ninth place. He accomplished this at age 15, making him the youngest finalist of the season.[36]

Discography[edit]

Why Don't We discography
Studio albums1
Music videos16
EPs6
Singles21
Promotional singles2

Why Don't We have released one studio album, six extended plays, sixteen music videos, and twenty-one singles (including one as featured artist), and two promotional singles.

Albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected details and chart positions
Title Details Peaks Sales
US
[37]
AUS
[38]
BEL
(FL)

[39]
CAN
[40]
NLD
[41]
NOR
[42]
UK
[43]
8 Letters 9 10 21 15 17 38 25

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected details, chart positions
Title Details Peaks
US
[37]
US
Heat.

[46]
NZ
Heat.

[47]
Only the Beginning
  • Released: November 25, 2016
  • Label: Signature
  • Format: Digital download
5
Something Different
  • Released: April 21, 2017
  • Label: Signature
  • Format: Digital download
6
Why Don't We Just
  • Released: June 2, 2017[9]
  • Label: Signature
  • Format: Digital download
2
Invitation[48]
  • Released: September 26, 2017
  • Label: Signature
  • Format: Digital download
113 2 7
A Why Don't We Christmas[49]
  • Released: November 23, 2017
  • Label: Signature
  • Format: Digital download
1
Spotify Singles[50]
  • Released: October 24, 2018
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
Bub.

[51]
US
Pop

[52]
AUS
[53]
CAN
[54]
MLY
[55][56]
NZ
[57]
SGP
[58]
SWE
[59]
"Taking You" 2016 Only the Beginning
"Nobody Gotta Know"
"Just to See You Smile"
"Free"
"You and Me at Christmas" A Why Don't We Christmas
"Something Different" 2017 22 33 Something Different
"Why Don't We Just" Why Don't We Just
"These Girls" 4 82 Non-album single
"Trust Fund Baby"[A][60] 2018 20 30 8 Letters
"Hooked" 22 [B]
"Talk"[62] 18
"8 Letters"[63] 14 24 5 3
"Big Plans"[66] 2019 19 15 TBA
"Cold in LA"[67]
"I Don't Belong in This Club"
(with Macklemore)[68]
80 25 87
"Unbelievable"[69] [C]
"Come to Brazil" [D]
"I Still Do"[72] [E] [F]
"What Am I"[75] 20 22 [G] [H] 20
"Mad at You"[78] [I]
"With You This Christmas"[80]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
Bub.

[51]
AUS
[81]
"Help Me Help You"
(Logan Paul featuring Why Don't We)
2017 5 90 Non-album single

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"The Fall of Jake Paul"
(Logan Paul featuring Why Don't We)
2017 Non-album promotional single
"Don't Change" 2019 UglyDolls (soundtrack)

Music videos[edit]

Song Year Other artist(s) Director(s) Ref
"Taking You"
2016
None
Steven Taylor
[82]
"Nobody Gotta Know"
2017
Logan Paul
[83]
"Something Different"
[84]
"Help Me Help You"
Logan Paul
[14]
"The Fall of Jake Paul"
Sebastian A. Guerra
[85]
"These Girls"
None
Eli Sokhn & Logan Paul
[86]
"Trust Fund Baby"
2018
Jason Koenig
[87]
"Hooked"
Eli Sokhn
[88]
"Talk"
[89]
"8 Letters"
[90]
"Big Plans"
2019
Henry Lipatov
[91]
"Cold in LA"
David Loeffler & Henry Lipatov
[92]
"I Don't Belong in This Club"
Macklemore
Jason Koenig
[93]
"Don't Change"
None
David Loeffler & Henry Lipatov
[94]
"Unbelievable"
[95]
"What Am I"
[96]

Awards and nominations[edit]

iHeartRadio MMVAs[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2018 Themselves Fan Fave New Artist Nominated [97]

BreakTudo Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2018 Themselves International New Artist [98] Won
2019 Themselves Artist On The Rise Nominated [99]

iHeartRadio Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2018 Themselves Best Boy Band Nominated [100]
2019 Limelights Best Fan Army [101]
2019 Zack Caspary Favorite Tour Photographer [102]

MTV Europe Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2018 Themselves Best Push Nominated [103]

MTV Video Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2018 Themselves Push Artist of the Year Nominated [104]
2019 Themselves Best Group Nominated

Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2018 Themselves Favorite Musical YouTube Creator Nominated [105]
2019 Favorite Social Music Star [106]

Radio Disney Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2018 Themselves Best New Artist Nominated [107]
"These Girls" Best Song to Lip Sync to [108]

Teen Choice Awards[edit]

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2018 Themselves Choice Music Group Nominated [109]
"Trust Fund Baby" Choice Song: Group [110]
2019 Themselves Choice Music Group Won [111]
Themselves Choice Summer Group Nominated [112]
"8 Letters" Choice Song: Group [113]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Trust Fund Baby" only appears on the deluxe edition of 8 Letters.
  2. ^ "Hooked" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart or Hot Singles Chart, but peaked at number eight on the NZ Heatseeker Singles Chart.[61]
  3. ^ "Unbelievable" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 26 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[70]
  4. ^ "Come to Brazil" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 17 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[71]
  5. ^ "I Still Do" did not enter the ARIA Singles Chart, but peaked at number 39 on the ARIA Digital Track Chart.[73]
  6. ^ "I Still Do" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 29 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[74]
  7. ^ "What Am I" did not enter the ARIA Singles Chart, but peaked at number 20 on the ARIA Digital Track Chart.[76]
  8. ^ "What Am I" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 14 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[77]
  9. ^ "Mad at You" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 40 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[79]

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