Conor Maynard

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Conor Paul Maynard
Born(1992-11-21) November 21, 1992 (age 19)
Brighton, England
GenresPop, R&B
OccupationsSinger
Years active2008–present
LabelsParlophone (2011–present)[1]
Websiteconor-maynard.com
 
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Conor Paul Maynard
Born(1992-11-21) November 21, 1992 (age 19)
Brighton, England
GenresPop, R&B
OccupationsSinger
Years active2008–present
LabelsParlophone (2011–present)[1]
Websiteconor-maynard.com

Conor Maynard (born 21 November 1992) is a British singer from Brighton who is currently signed to EMI subsidiary, Parlophone[1]. Maynard rose to success in 2012 when he was nominated for, and subsequently won, MTV's Brand New for 2012 award.[2] His debut single, "Can't Say No", was released in the United Kingdom on 16 April 2012.[3]

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Career

2008–2011: Early career and YouTube

On May 20, 2006, Maynard signed up to online video site YouTube and uploaded his very first cover track "Breathe" by British musician Lee Carr.[4] on December 1, 2008. Throughout 2009-present, Maynard uploaded cover versions of songs with rapper and close friend, Anthony "Anth" Melo who resides in Virginia. Together they have covered a variety of popular artists, including: Chris Brown ("Crawl"), Taio Cruz ("Dynamite"), Rihanna ("Only Girl"). Maynard was brought to label attention when American singer/songwriter Ne-Yo watched a cover version of his track "Beautiful Monster" - who contacted the musician soon afterwards.[5]

2011–2012: MTV Award and "Can't Say No"

In November 2011, Maynard received a nomination for MTV's Brand New for 2012 award, competing alongside Delilah, Michael Kiwanuka, Lana Del Rey and Lianne La Havas.[6] It was announced on January 31, 2012 that Maynard had been crowned winner of the award, having received approximately 48% of the public vote.[2] February 2012 saw the reveal that Maynard had been signed to label EMI subsidiary, Parlophone in late 2011 and that work would begin in the coming months on his debut studio album, Contrast.[1] Maynard released the music video for his debut single "Can't Say No" on March 1, 2012,[7] which by April 2012 had already surpassed three million views. The single was met with positive reviews, with Lewis Corner (of Digital Spy) describing it as "playful, fun and immediately leaves you wanting another go",[8] whilst others compared Maynard to Canadian singer Justin Bieber; both vocally and career-wise. However Conor disputes this claim, saying "I'm not like Justin Bieber", but recognises that they both gained popularity from YouTube. [9]

The musician's debut single, "Can't Say No", was released in the United Kingdom on April 15, 2012 - debuting at number two on the UK Singles Chart for the week ending April 28 with 74,792 copies sold.[10] The track also saw chart success in Ireland and Scotland, where it peaked at number thirteen and number three respectively.[11][12] On May 1, Maynard released the album track "Drowning" as a free download (instant grat) for any fans who pre-ordered the upcoming studio album, Contrast.[13] On May 5, he performed his debut single Can't Say No at the 7th annual edition of the TRL Awards in Italy.[14] On June the 9th 2012 Maynard performed his debut single at the Capital (radio network) Summertime Ball[15] in front of a 80,000 strong crowd. He was announced as an extra artist on May 25th along with three others.In June the video for second single 'Vegas girl' premiered on VEVO. British singer Rita Ora revealed in an interview with MTV that she will feature on Maynard's album.

Discography

Albums

TitleAlbum details
Contrast

Singles

TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
UK
[10]
AUS
[16]
BEL
(Vl)

[17]
GER
[18]
IRE
[11]
NZ
[19]
SCO
[12]
"Can't Say No"2012238356313213Contrast
"Vegas Girl"22 July

Promotional singles

YearSingleAlbum
2012"Drowning"[13]Contrast

References

  1. ^ a b c "Brighton artist Conor Maynard could be UK answer to Justin Bieber". The Sun. 2012-02-01. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/bizarre/3382903/Brighton-artist-Conor-Maynard-17-could-be-UK-answer-to-Justin-Bieber.html. 
  2. ^ a b "Connor Maynard voted 'Brand New' for 2012". MTV. 2012-01-31. http://www.mtv.co.uk/news/brand-new-for-2012/344686-conor-maynard-voted-brand-new-for-2012-winner. 
  3. ^ "Conor Maynard - 'Can't Say No' - Digital EP". Amazon (UK). 2012-04-16. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cant-Say-No/dp/B0070AL2PA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333657219&sr=8-1. 
  4. ^ "YouTube User: skillzaisherebooya". YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/user/skillzaisherebooya. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  5. ^ "The Student Magazine Interview Conor Maynard". The Student Magazine. http://www.thestudentmagazine.co.uk/dailynews/conormaynardinterview.php. Retrieved 2012-05-03. 
  6. ^ "Lana Del Rey and Delilah makes MTV's Brand New for 2012 list". Digital Spy. 2011-12-02. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a354099/lana-del-rey-delilah-charli-xcx-make-mtv-brand-new-artist-2012-list.html. 
  7. ^ "Conor Maynard - 'Can't Say No' - Music Video". YouTube. 2012-03-01. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehSJ3e8_NgU&ob=av2e. 
  8. ^ "Conor Maynard - 'Can't Say No' - Single Review". Digital Spy. 2012-03-03. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/singlesreviews/a374593/conor-maynard-cant-say-no-single-review.html. 
  9. ^ "Conor Maynard, "I'm not like Justin Bieber"". Digital Spy. 2012-03-12. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a370623/conor-maynard-im-not-like-justin-bieber.html. 
  10. ^ a b "Chart Archive > Week Ending: April 28, 2012". The Official Charts Company. http://www.officialcharts.com/archive-chart/_/1/2012-04-28/. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  11. ^ a b "Irish Chart Track > Week Ending: April 26, 2012". http://www.chart-track.co.uk/index.jsp?c=p%2Fmusicvideo%2Fmusic%2Farchive%2Findex_test.jsp&ct=240001&arch=t&lyr=2012&year=2012&week=16. Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  12. ^ a b "Chart Archive > Week Ending: April 28, 2012". The Official Charts Company. http://www.officialcharts.com/archive-chart/_/22/2012-04-28/. Retrieved 2012-05-11. 
  13. ^ a b "Conor Maynard releases new album track, 'Drowning'". Entertainment Wise. 2012-05-01. http://www.entertainmentwise.com/news/74841/LISTEN-Conor-Maynard-Releases-New-Album-Track-Drowning. 
  14. ^ "Conor Maynard – Can’t Say No @ TRL Awards 2012". MTV. 2012-05-05. http://trlawards.mtv.it/video/conor-maynard-cant-say-no-trl-awards-2012/. 
  15. ^ http://www.capitalfm.com/artists/conor-maynard/photos/summertime-ball-2012/ Conor Maynard Live At The Summertime Ball 2012 - Pictures
  16. ^ "Conor Maynard - Australian Charts". australian-charts.com/ Hung Medien. http://australian-charts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Conor+Maynard. 
  17. ^ "Conor Maynard - Belgium (Flanders) Charts". ultratop.be/nl/ Hung Medien. http://www.ultratop.be/nl/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Conor+Maynard. 
  18. ^ "Hitlist Germany > Week Ending: May 7, 2012". MTV. http://www.mtv.de/charts/5-hitlist-germany-top-100. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  19. ^ "Conor Maynard - New Zealand Charts". charts.org.nz/ Hung Medien. http://www.charts.org.nz/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Conor+Maynard. 

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