A Great Big World

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A Great Big World
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Background information
OriginNew York City, New York, U.S[1]
GenresIndie pop
LabelsEpic Records[2]
MembersIan Axel, Chad Vaccarino
 
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A Great Big World
A Great Big World - Couch Low Rez.png
Background information
OriginNew York City, New York, U.S[1]
GenresIndie pop
LabelsEpic Records[2]
MembersIan Axel, Chad Vaccarino

A Great Big World is an American two-member musical group made up of singers and songwriters Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino.[3] The group is known for their single This Is The New Year which was performed by the cast in an episode of Glee.[2] The single reached the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 Chart in May 2013.[4]

History[edit]

A Great Big World was formed by current members Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino while they were attending The Steinhardt Music Program at New York University.[5] Both were music business students and Axel is said to have convinced Vaccarino to write a song together. During college, Vaccarino had a bit part in the Academy Award-winning film Monster. Vaccarino agreed to work with Axel after hearing him sing. They both wrote and performed songs together prior to Axel embarking on a solo career, in which he released an independent album featuring songs that were all co-written by Vaccarino.[5]

The group went on national tour and performed the openers for Ingrid Michaelson, Matthew Morrison (Glee), and Five For Fighting.[5] The group re-branded themselves in 2012 which is when they took the official name A Great Big World. They released a six-song EP after obtaining funding from the crowdsource funding website Kickstarter.[3] In 2013, the group’s song This Is The New Year was performed by the cast in an episode of Glee.[5] The song was also licensed to various television networks and was used as the theme song for MTV’s I Used to Be Fat as well as being featured on The Amazing Race, ESPN, One Tree Hill, and Good Morning America.[3]

In 2013, the group signed with Epic Records and is scheduled to release a three-song EP under the Epic label in May 2013.[6] They have also recently announced a tour that will begin at the same time as their EP release.[7]

Their single "Say Something" was released on September 3, 2013. The song was featured in the final of the US dance competition So You Think You Can Dance in September 10, 2013. The song was also re-recorded featuring Christina Aguilera after she heard the song, and this version was released on November 4, 2013, and that version has so far reached number 1 on the iTunes charts.[8] The following evening, A Great Big World and Aguilera gave the premier live TV performance of the song on the NBC television series The Voice.[9] The song reached No. 1 on the digital song chart with 189,000 copies sold for the week.[10] The video was released on November 19, 2013.[11]

Their album, Is There Anybody Out There is scheduled to be released on January 14, 2014.

On November 12, 2013 it was announced that A Great Big World would be performing at the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak chart positionsSalesAlbum
USCAN
2013"This Is The New Year"
"Say Something"169Is There Anybody Out There

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lovett, Matthew (23 May 2013). "Preview: A Great big World At Rumba". Columbus Alive. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Dukes, Brian (31 May 2013). "A Great Big World Opens With ‘Glee” At Sanford’s Temple Theatre". Fayetteville Observer. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Gibson, Yolanda (7 May 2013). "A Great Big World Is Making Moves This New Year". Examiner. 
  4. ^ Caulfield, Keith (17 May 2013). "Bubbling Under: Passenger’s Worldwide Ride Continues". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d "A Great Big World To Release Three Song EP May 21". Rock Revolt Magazine. 4 May 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "A Great Big World To Release “This Is The New Year” on May 21". Artist Direct. 10 May 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Pikka (2 May 2013). "Great Big World". Annex Magazine. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "A Great Big World feat. Christina Aguilera, 'Say Something'". EW.com. November 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ Kathleen Perricone (November 1, 2013). "Christina Aguilera Duets With A Great Big World on ‘Say Something’". RyanSeacrest.com. 
  10. ^ Keith Caulfield (November 13, 2013). "Eminem Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Celine Dion and Avril Lavigne in Top Five". Billboard. 
  11. ^ Robert Pace (November 19, 2013). "World Premiere: 'Say Something' Music Video". ETonline. 
  12. ^ Keith Caulfield (November 13, 2013). "Eminem Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Celine Dion and Avril Lavigne in Top Five". Billboard. 

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