William Singe

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William Singe
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Background information
Birth nameLiam Anthony Singe
Born (1992-07-02) 2 July 1992 (age 26)
Forestville, New South Wales
OriginSydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • producer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • bass
Years active2011–present
LabelsRCA Records
Associated acts
Websitewilliamsinge.com

Liam Anthony "William" Singe (born 2 July 1992) is an Australian YouTuber, singer, songwriter, and producer. He is most notable for his online videos on YouTube and Facebook.

Singe started his career as a member of The Collective, an Australian boy band which was formed during the fourth season of The X Factor Australia in 2012, finishing in third place. The Collective subsequently signed with Sony Music Australia and released seven singles and a self-titled album. They disbanded after Singe left the group in 2015.

In 2014 and 2015, Singe recorded numerous R&B, pop, reggae, hip-hop and rap covers in his bedroom. In less than a year, he accumulated over two million Facebook fans, reached a number one position on Spotify, 20 million Spotify streams, and earned more than 400 million video views and 2.4 million subscribers on YouTube.[1]

Early life[edit]

William Singe was born and raised in Forestville, aka 'Forry', a suburb of northern Sydney. He is of Māori Australian descent.[2]

William began recording music as a child, drawing inspiration from his father, a singer and songwriter from Ngāti Porou, New Zealand.[3][4]

He was a student at St Augustine's College in Brookvale and worked as a bank teller at the Commonwealth Bank in Dee Why.[4][5]

Career[edit]

In 2011, Singe auditioned for The X Factor in season three and made it to the end of the bootcamp stage.[6]

In 2012, he auditioned for the fourth season singing Justin Bieber's "One Less Lonely Girl" (with added rap lyrics that Singe wrote himself) and received positive comments from the judges.[7] He progressed to the super bootcamp stage.[8]

2012–2014: The Collective[edit]

After Singe did not to make it into the top six of the Under-25 Boys category during super bootcamp, the judges decided to put him together with Trent Bell, Julian De Vizio, Zach Russell and Jayden Sierra to form a boy band named The Collective.[9][10] On 20 November 2012, it was announced that The Collective finished in third place.[11]

On 22 November 2012, The Collective signed a recording contract with Sony Music Australia.[12][13] The group's self-titled mini album, The Collective, was released on 14 December 2012.[14] The album debuted at number 11 on the ARIA Albums Chart and was certified gold.[15][16]

In 2013, Singe was featured on fellow X Factor contestant Bella Ferraro's single "Forgot You" which peaked at number 75 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[17][18][19]

On 18 February 2015, Singe announced on Facebook that he had left the group to pursue his solo career.[20] The remaining members of The Collective disbanded that same month to also pursue solo careers.[21][22][23]

2015–present: Solo career[edit]

As a solo performer, Singe recorded cover tracks of contemporary singers, from Justin Bieber and Adele to Drake, Fetty Wap and The Weeknd. He sang in his bedroom and uploaded the videos to Facebook and YouTube. Starting 2015 with 6 cover videos and around 20 thousand followers on his Facebook page, Singe grew to more than two million followers by the end of the year with 44 additional cover videos.[24][25]

Singe announced on 14 October that he signed to Paradigm, a US entertainment agency representing Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Sia and Black Eyed Peas among others.

In September and October, One Direction's Liam Payne and the singer T-Pain reached out via Twitter to connect with Singe, expressing interest to collaborate with him.[25][26][27]

Singe covered Drake's song "Hotline Bling" on 24 September.[28] It became his most popular video to date. In less than a month, the video earned close to 25 million views on YouTube and Facebook,[29] reaching a number one position on Spotify's US Viral 50 chart.[30][31]

Singe co-wrote "What You Want" for and with Samantha Jade, included on her album Nine, which was released in 2015.

Noting Singe's success, Capital Xtra concluded: "YouTube sensation William Singe is a star in his own right, having racked up millions of views across his phenomenal covers of Fetty Wap's '679,' The Weeknd's 'Earned It' and now Drake's 'Hotline Bling.' The 22-year-old Aussie singer-songwriter completely makes the song his own and it sounds incredible."[32] The Fern Events, a South Sydney-based event solutions company, also commented that Singe was "just phenomenal, his perseverance is really paying off."[33]

On 29 July, Singe announced that he had officially signed with RCA Records.[34] His debut solo single was released on 3 February 2017, titled "Rush".

On 5 May 2017, he appeared on the Jonas Blue single "Mama",[35] which became a top 10 hit in many countries, including Australia, UK, New Zealand, Germany, Norway, Denmark and South Africa.

On 13 June 2017, he reached 2 million subscribers on YouTube.

In January 2018, "Mama" was nominated for two Brit Awards. The ceremony would take place the following month.

Concert tours[edit]

In January 2016, Singe embarked on The Introduction Tour across Australia, Asia, the United States and Europe. In February, March and April 2017, Will toured the United States with Alex Aiono on the "Changes Tour". [36][37][38][39][40]

Discography[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
AUS
"Rush" 2017 TBA
"Please"[41] 2018 TBA

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[42]
AUS
[43]
AUT
[44]
DEN
[45]
GER
[46]
NLD
[47]
NOR
[48]
NZ
[49]
SWE
[50]
US
[51]
"Forgot You"
(Bella Ferraro featuring Will Singe)
2013 75 Non-album single
"Mama"
(Jonas Blue featuring William Singe)
2017 4 7 5 5
[52]
5 5 9 8
[53]
6 [A] Blue

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Mama" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 1 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, which acts as an extension to the Hot 100.[54]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Payne, Ogden. "How William Singe Went From Boy Band To A Viral Solo Sensation". Forbes. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  2. ^ Singe, Will (30 December 2012). "@WillSinge Status". Twitter. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Sydney's William Singe Signed with US Agent Paradigm". The Fern Events. 22 October 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b Bennett, Rod (16 November 2012). "Manly's Margi Coen speaks of coaching The Collective's Will Singe to X Factor stardom". Manly Daily. News Community Media. Archived from the original on 18 November 2012.
  5. ^ Bennett, Rod (31 October 2012). "Forestville's Will Singe and The Collective safe for another week on the X-Factor". Manly Daily. News Community Media. Archived from the original on 17 November 2012.
  6. ^ Byrnes, Holly (13 September 2012). "Next stop, the live shows for X Factor's Top 12". The Daily Telegraph. News Limited. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
  7. ^ Lewdon, Courtney (22 August 2012). "The X Factor Australia Season Four – The Third Auditions". Throng. Throng Media. Archived from the original on 17 November 2012.
  8. ^ "The Collective". The X Factor Australia. Yahoo!7. Archived from the original on 16 November 2012.
  9. ^ Lewdon, Courtney (12 September 2012). "The X Factor Australia Season Four – The 2012 Top Twelve Decided!". Throng. Throng Media. Archived from the original on 17 November 2012.
  10. ^ Knox, David (14 September 2012). "X-tra smiles for a hit show". TV Tonight. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  11. ^ "Samantha Jade wins The X Factor Australia". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  12. ^ McCabe, Kathy (22 November 2012). "X Factor winner Samantha Jade's single What You've Done to Me iTunes number one". The Australian. News Limited. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
  13. ^ "Fans turn out for The Collective". The Sunday Times. News Limited. 27 July 2013. Archived from the original on 29 July 2013.
  14. ^ "The Collective – CD". Sanity. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
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  16. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2013 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 21 February 2013.
  17. ^ "iTunes – Music – Forgot You (feat. Will Singe) – Single by Bella Ferraro". iTunes Store (Australia). Apple. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  18. ^ Ryan, Gavin (26 October 2013). "ARIA Singles: It Is Still About Katy Perry". Noise11. Noise Network. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  19. ^ "X Factor Australia Alum Bella Ferraro Releasing New Single Forgot You!". Aria Charts. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  20. ^ "William Singe – Its been an incredible ride and I love my brothers..." Facebook. 18 February 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  21. ^ Banter with Ollie Geale Welcomes Julian De Vizio. YouTube. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  22. ^ Jack & Jayden Sierra Radio Interview on 2RDJ. YouTube. 28 April 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  23. ^ Trent Bell Radio Interview with Jase from The Stars of Tomorrow. YouTube. 27 September 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
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  25. ^ a b Jonathon Moran (7 December 2015). "The Collective band member Will Singe goes solo: 'Now I can do what I've always wanted'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  26. ^ "T-Pain keen to collab with William Singe". Mai. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  27. ^ "Liam Payne wants to work with producer Will Singe". Sugarscape. 8 October 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  28. ^ "This Cover Of Drake's 'Hotline Bling' Will Give You Chills". Capital Xtra. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  29. ^ Shenequa Golding (13 October 2015). "YouTube Star William Singe's "Hotline Bling" Cover Might Give Everyone Else's A Run For Their Money". Vibe. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  30. ^ "United States Viral 50". Spotify. 1 November 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  31. ^ "Snapshot of #1 on United States Viral 50". Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  32. ^ "10 Covers Of Drake's 'Hotline Bling' That Are As Good As The Original". Capital Xtra. 16 October 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  33. ^ "Sydney's William Singe Signed With US Agent Paradigm". The Fern Events. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  34. ^ "Facebook Famous Singer/Songwriter William Singe Signs A Record Deal With RCA". Forbes. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  35. ^ Mastrogiannis, Nicole (6 July 2017). "INTERVIEW: Jonas Blue on 'Mama', New Collaborations & His Live Show". iHeartRadio. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
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  53. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 7 August 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
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