Blonde (duo)

Blonde are an English deep house production duo from Bristol, consisting of Jacob Manson and Adam Englefield.[1] They are signed to Parlophone.[2]

Blonde
OriginBristol, England
GenresDeep house
Years active2014 (2014)–present
Labels
Members
  • Jacob Manson
  • Adam Englefield

Musical careerEdit

Blonde premiered the track "It's You" via Englefield's dance music YouTube channel Eton Messy in July 2013.[3] In May 2014, Blonde released their debut single "Foolish", which features vocals from Ryan Ashley. In July 2014, they released their second single "Higher Ground", which features vocals from Charli Taft. They came to prominence in the UK after BBC Radio 1 playlisted their single "I Loved You", which the station named their track of the day in October 2014[4][5] and was heavily praised by Radio 1 DJ Greg James on his dance anthems programme.[6] "I Loved You", which features reggae and pop singer Melissa Steel, and received favourable coverage in Clash and Heat magazines.[7][8] The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number seven and the Scottish Singles Chart at number ten.

Blonde released a fourth single, "All Cried Out", featuring vocals from Glee actor Alex Newell; it reached number four in the UK.[9] The duo's fifth single, "Feel Good (It's Alright)", features Karen Harding.

When it came into 2016, they collaborated with returning record producer and star to the music industry Craig David on the song "Nothing Like This". It was part of David's collaborative period which included artists such as Big Narstie, Katy B and Kaytranada and is also a single off of his sixth studio album, entitled Following My Intuition.

Blonde also featured as well as co-written Imani Williams's debut single, entitled "Don't Need No Money", alongside rising house record producer and DJ Sigala. Together, they took part in first ever major featured project as independent musicians. Imani got the inspiration of the track after she exploded into the music industry with Sigala on his 2016 single "Say You Do", alongside drum and bass music producer DJ Fresh.

They also co-wrote the Rudimental and Ed Sheeran song Lay It All on Me with Johnny Harris and James Newman. The song was originally conceived in a session between Blonde, Harris and Newman before being pitched to Rudimental. Ed Sheeran was later brought in on the track and re-wrote the break of the song.

DiscographyEdit

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[10]
UK Dance
[10]
AUT
[11]
BEL
(FL)

[12]
GER
[13]
IRE
[14]
SCO
[15]
SWI
[16]
"Foolish"
(featuring Ryan Ashley)
2014 82 Non-album singles
"Higher Ground"
(featuring Charli Taft)
"I Loved You"
(featuring Melissa Steel)
7 5 60 31 25 65 10 56
"All Cried Out"
(featuring Alex Newell)
2015 4 1 59 74 4
"Feel Good (It's Alright)"
(featuring Karen Harding)
76 19 99 50
"Nothing Like This"
(with Craig David)
2016 15 5 94 34
[18]
10 Following My Intuition
"Just for One Night"
(featuring Astrid S)
2017 Non-album single
"Me, Myself & I"
(featuring Bryn Christopher)[19]
2018
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[10]
AUS
[20]
AUT
[21]
IRE
[22]
ITA
[23]
NLD
[24]
NZ
[25]
SCO SWE
[26]
SWI
[27]
"Don't Need No Money"
(Imani featuring Sigala and Blonde)
2016 67 77 49 Non-album single
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Songwriting and production creditsEdit

Title Year Artist(s) Album Contributed
Member(s)
Credits Written with Produced with
"Real"[28] 2015 Brayton Bowman The Update EP Jacob Manson Co-writer/Producer Brayton Bowman, Uzoechi Emenike, Ryan Campbell MNEK
"Lay It All on Me"
(featuring Ed Sheeran)[29]
Rudimental We the Generation Jacob Manson, Adam Englefield Co-writer Amir Izadkhah, Piers Aggett, Kesi Dryden, James Newman, Edward Sheeran, Gavin Slate, Leon "DJ Locksmith" Rolle, Lasse Petersen, Maxwell McElligott, Jonathan Harris, James Luke Wood -
"Don't Need No Money"
(featuring Sigala & Blonde)[30]
2016 Imani Williams Non-album single Jacob Manson Featured artist/Co-writer/Producer Imani Williams, Bruce Fielder, Patrizia Helander, Hampus Lindvall Sigala, TROSS
"Don't Ask"[31] 2017 Matt Terry Trouble Co-writer Matthew Terry, Duck Blackwell, Andrew Jackson -
"Somebody Like Me"
(featuring AJ Tracey)
2018 Craig David The Time is Now Jacob Manson Co-writer/Producer Craig David, Che Grant -
"Answerphone"[32]
(with Ella Eyre featuring
Yxng Bane)
Banx & Ranx Non-album single Jacob Manson Co-writer Zacharie Raymond, Yannick Rastogi, Ella McMahon, Shakka Philip, Guystone Menga -
"Used to Love You" Anne-Marie Speak Your Mind Producer - Fraser T Smith, LostBoy, Jennifer Decilveo
"Hooked"[33] Why Don't We 8 Letters Co-writer/Producer Philip Plested -
"Just My Type"[34] The Vamps Night & Day (Day Edition) Connor Ball, Tristan Evans, James McVey, Bradford Simpson, Alexander James, Iain Farquharson, James Abrahart, Philip Plested, Tobias Tripp, Dale Anthoni -
"Talk Later"[35] Connor Ball, Tristan Evans, James McVey, Bradford Simpson, Richard Boardman, Pablo Bowman, Sarah Blanchard Bradford Simpson
"Loyal"[36] Paloma Faith The Architect: Zeitgeist
Edition
Paloma Faith, Jamie Miller, Max Wolfgang Chris Loco
"Getaway"[28] Syn Cole Non-album single Co-writer Rene Pais, Nicholas Gale, Gina Kushka, Edward Drewett -
"Lotta Love" 2019 Jack & Jack A Good Friend Is Nice Co-writer/Producer Andrew Jackson, Adam Argyle Jussifer
"I Don't Belong in This Club"
(with Macklemore)
Why Don't We TBA Zak Zilesnick, Maxwell Wolfgang, Benjamin Haggerty -
"The Road" Leo Kalyan Non-album single Kashif Siddiqui, Uzoechi Emenike Leo Kalyan
"Brixton" Jelani Blackman Jelani Blackman -
"Too Hot" Jason Derulo Jason Desreuloux -
"Long Way to Go" Four of Diamonds Amy Allen, Scott Friedman -
"F It Up" Jason Derulo 2Sides (Side 1) Jason Desreuloux, Johnny Mitchell, Rosina Russell -
"Talk About Us"
(featuring Stefflon Don)
Jason Desreuloux, Johnny Mitchell, Rosina Russell, Stephanie Allen -
"Modern Anxiety" Josef Salvat TBA Producer - Josef Salvat, Rich Cooper, Banx & Ranx
"Alone" - Josef Salvat, Rich Cooper

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ New Noise Blonde, Wonderland Magazine, Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  2. ^ Blonde sign with Parlophone, Parlophone.co.uk, retrieved 21 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Blonde - "It's You"". Hillyfilly.com.
  4. ^ BBC Radio One Twitter feed, retrieved 22 November 2014.
  5. ^ BBC Radio 1 playlist, BBC, retrieved 22 November 2014.
  6. ^ BBC Radio One's Dance Anthems Friday 17 October Music Playlist, BBC, retrieved 21 November 2014.
  7. ^ Blonde's Bonfire Night Bangers, Clash Magazine, retrieved 21 November 2014,
  8. ^ Sarah's Shiny New Thing : Blonde - I Loved You, Heat Magazine. Retrieved 21 November 2014
  9. ^ "OMI's Cheerleader tops Official Singles Chart for a second week". Officialcharts.com.
  10. ^ a b c Peaks in the UK:
  11. ^ Austriancharts.at – Blonde feat. Melissa Steel – I Loved You Archived 23 March 2015 at the Wayback Machine Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  12. ^ Ultratop.be – Blonde feat. Melissa Steel – I Loved You Ultratop 50. Retrieved 11 February 2015.
  13. ^ Officialcharts.de – Blonde feat. Melissa Steel – I Loved You GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  14. ^ [1][dead link]
  15. ^ Archive Chart: 2014-12-13 Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved 7 December 2014.
  16. ^ Swisscharts.com – Blonde feat. Melissa Steel – I Loved You Archived 19 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  17. ^ a b c "BRIT Certified - bpi". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  18. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". Chart-track.co.uk.
  19. ^ "Me, Myself & I (feat. Bryn Christopher) – Single by Blonde on iTunes". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  20. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Sigala". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Archived from the original on 15 March 2016.
  21. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Sigala". Austrian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Archived from the original on 17 November 2015.
  22. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Sigala". Irish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Archived from the original on 24 June 2016.
  23. ^ Hung, Steffen. "italiancharts.com - Italian charts portal".
  24. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Sigala". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Archived from the original on 24 February 2016.
  25. ^ Hung, Steffen. "charts.nz - New Zealand charts portal".
  26. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Sigala". Swedish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  27. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Sigala". Swiss Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Archived from the original on 2 October 2015.
  28. ^ a b "GEMA - Members - Repertoire Search". Online.gema.de.
  29. ^ "Lay It All on Me (feat. Ed Sheeran)". YouTube. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  30. ^ "Don't Need No Money". YouTube. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  31. ^ "Don't Ask". YouTube. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  32. ^ "Answerphone (feat. Yxng Bane)". YouTube. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  33. ^ "Hooked". YouTube. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  34. ^ "Just My Type". YouTube. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  35. ^ "Talk Later". YouTube. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  36. ^ "Loyal". YouTube. Retrieved 5 February 2020.