Masked Wolf

Harry Michael (born 1992), known professionally as Masked Wolf, is a Greek-Australian rapper from Sydney, New South Wales.[1] He is best known for his song "Astronaut in the Ocean", which became a "sleeper hit" in 2021, peaking at number 4 on the Australian ARIA Charts and number 6 on the US Billboard Hot 100, having been initially released in June 2019.

Masked Wolf
Birth nameHarry Michael
Born1992 (age 28–29)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2018–present
Labels
Websitewww.maskedwolf.com Edit this at Wikidata

Early lifeEdit

In an interview in 2019, Michael said, "I've always been interested in music and as a young kid, my musical outlet was actually playing instruments like the piano, keyboard, guitar and drums." He is a "huge fan" of American hip hop.[2] He began writing at the age of 13.[3]

CareerEdit

Michael signed to Teamwrk Records and released his debut single "Speed Racer" in December 2018.[4][5] All of his subsequent releases were on the label, up until 2021, when "Astronaut in the Ocean" was re-released.

On 28 January 2021, Michael signed to US-based label Elektra Records, owned by Warner Music Group, in a multi-album deal. Elektra represent Michael's music in all regions except Australia and New Zealand, where he continues to be represented by Teamwrk Records. In a statement, Michael said: "I'm so happy to be a part of the Elektra family, I am really excited to be able to have the opportunity for the world to now hear my music... not only do they develop artists, but they care about each song and that's why I wanted to join them."[6] On 4 June, Michael released the single "Gravity Glidin".[7] The following week, "Gravity Glidin" debuted and peaked at number 40 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart for the chart dated 13 June.[8] On 8 July, Michael released the single "Say So".[9] The following week, "Say So" debuted and peaked at number twenty on the NZ Hot Singles Chart for the chart dated 18 July.[10]

On 21 July 2021, Michael was announced for having the highest listener growth on Spotify in the first half of the year, which saw more than 27 million new listeners.[11]

Michael performed at Splendour in the Grass virtual festival Splendour XR on 24 July 2021.[12]

DiscographyEdit

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

List of singles, with year released, selected chart positions and certifications, and album name shown
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUS
[13]
CAN
[14]
GER
[15]
IRE
[16]
NZ
[17]
NLD
[18]
SWE
[19]
SWI
[20]
UK
[21]
US
[22]
"Speed Racer"[23] 2018 Non-album singles
"Vibin'"[24] 2019
"Numb"[25]
"Astronaut in the Ocean"[26]
"Evil on the Inside"
(with iiiConic)[27]
"Switch"[28] 2020
"Night Rider"[29]
"Star"
(with Yung Gwopp)[30]
"Water Walkin"[31]
"Astronaut in the Ocean"
(re-release)
2021 4 5 4 14
[32]
6 7 16 4 12 6
"Gravity Glidin"[38] [A]
"Say So"[39] [B]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artistEdit

List of singles, with year released and album name shown
Title Year Album
"The Den"
(Joel Fletcher and Restricted featuring Masked Wolf)[40]
2020 Non-album single

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Gravity Glidin" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number forty on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[8]
  2. ^ "Say So" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number twenty on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Oglos, Peter (30 April 2021). "Meet the Greek-Australian rapper "Masked Wolf", topping international charts". The Greek Herald. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  2. ^ Davies, Hayden (2019). "Meet Masked Wolf and his high-energy new single, Vibin". Pilerats. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Premiere: Stream Masked Wolf & iiiConic's new single "Evil on the Inside"". Scenestr. 25 October 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  4. ^ Dally-Watkins, Charlie (13 March 2019). "Sydney's Masked Wolf stands out from the hip hop pack on new single "Vibin'"". Good Intent. Archived from the original on 13 March 2019. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  5. ^ van der Staay, Jarrod (19 December 2018). "Video Premiere: Masked Wolf – Speed Racer". Off the Clef. Archived from the original on 20 September 2020. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  6. ^ Triscari, Caleb (28 January 2021). "Masked Wolf inks multi-album deal with US label Elektra Records". The Music Network. Archived from the original on 28 January 2021. Retrieved 29 May 2021.
  7. ^ Brereton, Greta (4 June 2021). "Check out Masked Wolf's punchy new single 'Gravity Glidin'". NME Australia. Archived from the original on 3 June 2021. Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  8. ^ a b "Hot Singles Chart for week of 13 June 2021". Recorded Music NZ. 13 June 2021. Archived from the original on 15 June 2021. Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  9. ^ Brereton, Greta (8 July 2021). "Listen to Masked Wolf's upbeat but serious new single 'Say So'". NME Australia. Archived from the original on 9 July 2021. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
  10. ^ a b "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart for week of 18 July 2021". Recorded Music NZ. 18 July 2021. Archived from the original on 16 July 2021. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
  11. ^ Will Brewster (21 July 2021). "Masked Wolf ranked #1 for Spotify monthly listener growth in first half of 2021". The Music Network. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  12. ^ Will Brewster (2 June 2021). "Splendour In The Grass announces virtual festival as uncertainty continues about event's November return". The Music Network. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  13. ^ "ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart for week of 12 April 2021". Australian Recording Industry Association. 12 April 2021. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  14. ^ "Billboard Canadian Hot 100 Chart: April 17, 2021". Billboard. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  15. ^ "Discographie von Masked Wolf". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 19 March 2021.
  16. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 12 March 2021.
  17. ^ Peak chart positions in New Zealand:
  18. ^ "Discografie Masked Wolf". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  19. ^ "Veckolista Singlar, vecka 15". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 16 April 2021.
  20. ^ "Discographie Masked Wolf". hitparade.ch (in German). Retrieved 10 April 2021.
  21. ^ "Masked Wolf | Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  22. ^ Trust, Gary (19 May 2021). "Silk Sonic – Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak – returns to No. 1 on Hot 100 with 'Leave the Door Open". Billboard. Retrieved 19 May 2021.
  23. ^ "Speed Racer – Single by Masked Wolf on Apple Music". Apple Music. 7 December 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  24. ^ "Vibin' – Single by Masked Wolf on Apple Music". Apple Music. 8 February 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  25. ^ "Numb – Single by Masked Wolf on Apple Music". Apple Music. 12 April 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  26. ^ "Astronaut in the Ocean – Single by Masked Wolf on Apple Music". Apple Music. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  27. ^ "Evil on the Inside – Single by Masked Wolf & iiiConic on Apple Music". Apple Music. 25 October 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  28. ^ "Switch – Single by Masked Wolf on Apple Music". Apple Music. 21 February 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  29. ^ "Night Rider – Single by Masked Wolf on Apple Music". Apple Music. 1 May 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  30. ^ "Star – Single by Masked Wolf & Yung Gwopp on Apple Music". Apple Music. 21 August 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  31. ^ "Water Walkin – Single by Masked Wolf on Apple Music". Apple Music. 21 August 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  32. ^ "Top 100 Singles, Week Ending 9 April 2021". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 April 2021.
  33. ^ "ARIA Australian Artist Singles Chart" (PDF). ARIA Charts. Retrieved 4 July 2021.
  34. ^ "British certifications – Masked Wolf". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 10 July 2021. Type Masked Wolf in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  35. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Masked Wolf)" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  36. ^ "American certifications – Masked Wolf". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  37. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Masked Wolf – Astronaut in the Ocean". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  38. ^ "Gravity Glidin – Single by Masked Wolf on Apple Music". Apple Music. 4 June 2021. Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  39. ^ "Say So – Single by Masked Wolf on Apple Music". Apple Music. 8 July 2021. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  40. ^ "The Den (feat. Masked Wolf) — Single by Joel Fletcher and Restricted on Apple Music". Apple Music. 28 August 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2021.

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