Harry Michael (born February 12, 1991), 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
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Background information
Birth nameHarry Michael
Born (1991-02-12) 12 February 1991 (age 31)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
OriginSydney
GenresHip Hop
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • Songwriter
Instrument(s)Vocals
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, 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] On 24 July, Michael performed at the Splendour in the Grass virtual festival Splendour XR.[12] On 4 September, Michael announced his debut mixtape, Astrononomical, and released the single "Razor's Edge", which features X Ambassadors. Astronomical was released on 10 September.[13]

On 19 November 2021, Masked Wolf released "It's You, Not Me (Sabotage)" with Bebe Rexha; a reimagined version of Rexha's own "Sabotage".[14]

DiscographyEdit

MixtapesEdit

List of mixtapes, with release date and label shown
Title Mixtape details Peak chart positions
CAN
[15]
US
Heat.

[16]
Astronomical 75 2

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
[17]
CAN
[18]
GER
[19]
IRE
[20]
NZ
[21]
NLD
[22]
SWE
[23]
SWI
[24]
UK
[25]
US
[26]
"Speed Racer"[27] 2018 Non-album singles
"Vibin'"[28] 2019
"Numb"[29]
"Astronaut in the Ocean"[30]
"Evil on the Inside"
(with iiiConic)[31]
"Switch"[32] 2020
"Night Rider"[33]
"Star"
(with Yung Gwopp)[34]
"Water Walkin"[35]
"Astronaut in the Ocean"
(re-release)
2021 4 5 4 14
[36]
6 7 16 4 12 6 Astronomical
"Gravity Glidin"[42] [A]
"Say So"[43] [B]
"Bop"[44]
"Razor's Edge"
(featuring X Ambassadors)[13]
"It's You, Not Me (Sabotage)"
(with Bebe Rexha)[14]
[C] Non-album singles
"Just Names (Remix)"
(featuring Smokepurpp)[46]
"Fallout"
(featuring Bring Me the Horizon)[47][48]
2022 [D] [E] [F]
"Jenny, I'm Sorry"
(featuring Alex Gaskarth)[52]
"Madhouse"
(with Mike Posner)[53]
"Mercy"
(with Jauz)[54]
"—" 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)[55]
2020 Non-album single
"Something Beautiful"
(Tom Walker featuring Masked Wolf)[56]
2021 TBA
"Light Year"
(Crooked Colours featuring Jesiah and Masked Wolf)[57]

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]
  3. ^ "It's You, Not Me (Sabotage)" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 31 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[45]
  4. ^ "Fallout" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 40 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[49]
  5. ^ "Fallout" did not enter the UK Singles Chart but peaked at number 29 on the UK Rock & Metal Singles Chart.[50]
  6. ^ "Fallout" did not enter the US Billboard Hot 100 but peaked at number 14 on the Hot Hard Rock Songs chart.[51]

Awards and nominationsEdit

APRA AwardsEdit

The APRA Awards are held in Australia and New Zealand by the Australasian Performing Right Association to recognise songwriting skills, sales and airplay performance by its members annually.

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2022 Tyon Hapy & Harry Michael (Masked Wolf) Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year Nominated [58][59]

ARIA Music AwardsEdit

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual ceremony presented by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), which recognise excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of the music of Australia. They commenced in 1987.

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2021 "Astronaut in the Ocean" Best Artist Nominated [60]
Breakthrough Artist Nominated
Best Hip Hop Release Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Daniele Cernera for "Astronaut in the Ocean" Best Video Nominated

Rolling Stone Australia AwardsEdit

The Rolling Stone Australia Awards are awarded annually in January or February by the Australian edition of Rolling Stone magazine for outstanding contributions to popular culture in the previous year.[61]

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2022 Masked Wolf Best New Artist Nominated [62]
Masked Wolf Rolling Stone Global Award Nominated

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