Iyaz

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Iyaz
Birth nameKeidran Jones
Born(1987-04-15) 15 April 1987 (age 25)
OriginTortola, British Virgin Islands
GenresR&B, reggae
OccupationsSinger, Songwriter, Dancer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2009–present
LabelsBeluga Heights, Time Is Money, TM3 Records
Associated actsJ. R. Rotem, Sean Kingston, Big Time Rush, Charice, Demi Lovato, Mann (rapper)
Websiteiyazmusic.com
 
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Iyaz
Birth nameKeidran Jones
Born(1987-04-15) 15 April 1987 (age 25)
OriginTortola, British Virgin Islands
GenresR&B, reggae
OccupationsSinger, Songwriter, Dancer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2009–present
LabelsBeluga Heights, Time Is Money, TM3 Records
Associated actsJ. R. Rotem, Sean Kingston, Big Time Rush, Charice, Demi Lovato, Mann (rapper)
Websiteiyazmusic.com

Keidran Jones (born 15 April 1987), better known by his stage name Iyaz, is a singer from the British Virgin Islands signed with the record label Beluga Heights Records. He is known for his singles "Replay", "Solo" and "Pretty Girls". He released his debut album Replay in 2009.

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Life and career

Iyaz was born in 1987 to a musical family. He grew up in Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.[1] Iyaz studied digital recording at [[New England Institute of Technology and recorded music]]. Island Girls found radio success in the Caribbean.[2]Sean Kingston found Iyaz through his MySpace page in 2008[3] and later signed him a recording contract with Time Is Money/Beluga Heights. Michael Nguyen introduced him to producer J. R. Rotem. He released "Replay" in 2010, which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #1 in many other territories, including the United Kingdom.[1] His second single "Solo" was released in February 2010, and peaked at #32 on the Hot 100. He also took part in recording the Haiti charity single, "We Are the World 25 for Haiti". His debut album, Replay was released in 2010, and he was also featured on Charice's single "Pyramid". In an interview with HitQuarters, producer and Beluga Heights head J. R. Rotem described Iyaz's creative perfectionism:

"Whereas others might work on several songs in one day, he might sit there and work on one song for days. The end result that he gets is usually an absolute gem, so heartfelt and genuine."[4]

Iyaz also appeared on the fourth season of Hannah Montana, Hannah Montana Forever and made a song with Miley Cyrus called "Gonna Get This", which is featured on the Hannah Montana Forever soundtrack album. He is also featured in the upcoming film 21 Coconuts. Iyaz is now working on his second album but no release date or title has yet been confirmed. He has released a song together with Travie McCoy, titled "Pretty Girls". He was featured in Big Time Rush's song "If I Ruled the World". In 2011, he recorded a track titled "You're My Only Shorty" for Demi Lovato. The official studio version with Iyaz appeared on Lovato's album Unbroken.

Discography

List of albums, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
UK
[5]
BEL
[6]
GRE
[7]
NE
[8]
SWI
[9]
Replay2668186135

Singles

TitleYearPeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
UK
[5]
US
[10]
AUS
[11]
CAN
[12]
FRA
[13]
GER
[14]
AUT
[15]
IRE
[16]
NL
[17]
NZ
[18]
"Replay"20091215773282
  • AUS: 3× Platinum[19]
  • GER: Gold
  • ITA: Platinum
  • NZ: Platinum
  • UK: Gold
  • US: 3× Platinum[20]
Replay
"Solo"201033248542528263535
"So Big"4046
"Pretty Girls"
(featuring Travie McCoy)
201143TBA

As featured artist

TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
USAUSCANUS DanceUK
"Pyramid"
(Charice featuring Iyaz)
2010564541117Charice
"Break My Bank"
(New Boyz featuring Iyaz)
68Too Cool to Care
"The Mack"
(Mann featuring Iyaz and Snoop Dogg)
20116828Mann's World
"Gonna Get This"
(Hannah Montana featuring Iyaz)
66Hannah Montana Forever
"You're My Only Shorty"
(Demi Lovato featuring Iyaz)
Unbroken
"Fight for You"
(Stevie Hoang featuring Iyaz)
Unsigned
(Stevie Hoang album)
"If I Ruled The World"
(Big Time Rush featuring Iyaz)
Elevate

Filmography

YearTV showRoleNotes
2010Hannah Montana ForeverHimselfPerformed with Miley Cyrus
2011So Random!HimselfMusical Guest performing with Mann
2011Silent LibraryHimselfPlayed with New Boyz

Awards and nominations

YearAward showNominationResult
2011MTV Video Music Awards JapanBest Reggae Video — "Replay"Won
BMI Pop Music Awards50 Most Performed Songs of the Year — "Replay"Won

References

  1. ^ a b Lipshutz, Jason (6 November 2009). "Young island-pop singer Iyaz hits "Replay"". Billboard. Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/musicNews/idUSTRE5A601820091107. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Artists | Replay - Big Top 40 Music moms". Bigtop40.com. http://www.bigtop40.com/artists/h-j/iyaz/replay/. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  4. ^ "Interview With JR Rotem". HitQuarters. 4 April 2010. http://www.hitquarters.com/index.php3?page=intrview/opar/intrview_JR_Rotem_Interview.html. Retrieved 8 April 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Iyaz". chartstats.com. http://www.chartstats.com/artistinfo.php?id=12477. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  6. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Iyaz&titel=Replay&cat=a
  7. ^ "greekcharts.com - Greek charts portal". Hung Medien. http://greekcharts.com/search.asp?search=Iyaz&cat=a. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "dutchcharts.nl - Dutch charts portal". Hung Medien. http://dutchcharts.nl/search.asp?search=Iyaz&cat=a. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community". Hung Medien. http://www.hitparade.ch/search.asp?search=Iyaz&cat=a. Retrieved 18 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "Iyaz Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/iyaz/chart-history/1137198. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  11. ^ "australian-charts.com - Australian charts portal". Hung Medien. http://www.australian-charts.com/search.asp?search=Iyaz&cat=s. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  12. ^ "Iyaz Album & Song Chart History - Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/iyaz/chart-history/1137198?f=793&g=Singles. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  13. ^ "lescharts.com - French charts portal". Hung Medien. http://lescharts.com/search.asp?search=Iyaz&cat=s. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  14. ^ "German Charts - Singles". Hung Medien. http://www.musicline.de/de/chartverfolgung_summary/artist/Iyaz/single. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "austraiancharts.com - Austria Top 40". Hung Medien. http://austriancharts.at/search.asp?search=Iyaz&cat=s. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  16. ^ "irishcharts.com - Discography". Hung Medien. http://irish-charts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=Iyaz. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  17. ^ "dutchcharts.nl - Dutch charts portal". Hung Medien. http://dutchcharts.nl/search.asp?search=Iyaz&cat=s. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  18. ^ "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". Hung Medien. http://charts.org.nz/search.asp?search=Iyaz&cat=s. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  19. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2010 Singles". ARIA Charts. http://www.aria.com.au/pages/httpwww.aria.com.auaccreds2010.htm. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  20. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - January 5, 2011: "Replay" certified awards". Recording Industry Association of America. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH_RESULTS&artist=Iyaz&title=Replay&format=SINGLE&go=Search&perPage=50. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 
  21. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - January 5, 2011: "Solo" certified awards". Recording Industry Association of America. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH_RESULTS&artist=Iyaz&title=Solo&format=SINGLE&go=Search&perPage=50. Retrieved 5 January 2011. 

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