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Oh Wonder are a London-based alt-pop duo, consisting of Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht. Since releasing their debut album, they have seen international success with their alt-pop singles. Vander Gucht and West recorded and released one song a month for a year, starting in September 2014.[2] All of the songs were released together as a self-titled debut album on 4 September 2015.[3] On 14 July 2017, the duo released their second album, Ultralife. Both albums were entirely written, recorded, produced and mixed by the duo and have received cross-platform success.

Oh Wonder
Oh Wonder 2016.jpg
Oh Wonder performing in the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, California in 2016
Background information
OriginLondon
Genres
Years active2014–present
Labels
Websiteohwondermusic.com
MembersJosephine Vander Gucht
Anthony West

They played sold out shows in London, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles one week after their debut album release, which marked the beginning of the band's touring career. They have since played 318 headline shows and festivals in 45 countries.[4]

Contents

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

Before the duo was formed, Josephine was a solo artist, first going by her own name and then later under the alias of "LAYLA". Anthony was originally part of the bands Tonight is Goodbye, Futures, and We The Wild.[5] The two first met in High Wycombe on 21 March 2010 when Anthony was in the audience at one of Josephine's solo gigs. A year later Josephine attended one of his shows, talked with him, and they began writing songs and making music together.

Name changeEdit

The duo released their first two songs under the name "Wonder Wonder", but changed it to "Oh Wonder" when they learned of another band with a similar name.[6]

2014–2016: Oh WonderEdit

West and Vander Gucht had an unorthodox approach to releasing their eponymous debut album, Oh Wonder. Over the course of a year, the duo released one new single each month, beginning 1 September 2014.[7], having written, produced and mixed each song in their home studio in South-East London.[8] These monthly installations culminated in the 2015 release of that first album, which also included two previously unreleased songs. The album reached number 26 on the UK Albums Chart, number 16 on the Canadian Albums Chart[citation needed] and number 80 on the US Billboard 200.[9][10]

The album Oh Wonder has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide and has been certified silver in the UK, gold in Canada and platinum in Russia and the Philippines.[citation needed]

Oh Wonder gave their debut live performance for BBC Radio 1 at Maida Vale Studios, after receiving avid support from BBC Introducing and DJs Huw Stephens and Greg James.[11] The band's first TV performance was on Conan, which aired in the US on 20 January 2016. They performed their single "Lose It".[12]

Since their debut album release, Oh Wonder has toured internationally in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Russia, Australia, Canada and the United States. Their performance in Manila was their first show in Asia.[13] They also toured as the opening act on the final installment of the Badlands Tour with Halsey from 21 July to 12 August 2016.[14] Their 2016 debut festival appearances included Bonnaroo,[15] Firefly,[16] and Lollapalooza[17] music festivals in the United States, in addition to Live Out in Monterrey, WayHome Festival in Oro-Medonte, Canada, and Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Ireland.[18]

2016–present: UltralifeEdit

On March 30, 2017, the duo announced that they finished their second studio album which was to be titled Ultralife. The album's lead and title track "Ultralife", was released the day after. As with their previous album, the band has been steadily releasing new singles every two weeks. After "Ultralife" the band released the songs "Lifetimes", "My Friends", "Heavy", and "High On Humans" along with acoustic and piano versions of "Ultralife" and "High On Humans" recorded at Abbey Road Studios.[citation needed]

The band embarked on an Ultralife World Tour in 2017 that saw them play a long run of headline shows in 34 countries across Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America. They also played three shows with Beck on his 2018 North America Tour.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[19]
AUS
[20]
BEL
(Fl)

[21]
BEL
(Wa)

[22]
CAN
[23]
IRE
[24]
NLD
[25]
SWI
[26]
US
[27]
Oh Wonder 26 55 135 19 54 50 87 80
Ultralife
  • Released: 14 July 2017
  • Label: Island, Republic
  • Format: CD, digital download, vinyl
8 37 28 115 17
[29]
38
[30]
48 62 76

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
BEL
(Fl)
Tip

[21]
US
Rock

[31]
2014 "Body Gold" Oh Wonder
"Shark"
"Dazzle"
"All We Do"
"The Rain"
2015 "Lose It" 45
"Technicolour Beat"
"Midnight Moon"
"Livewire"
"White Blood"
"Landslide" 103
"Drive" 6
"Heart Hope"
"Without You" 34
"Plans"
2017 "Ultralife" 47 36 Ultralife
"Lifetimes" 48
"My Friends"
"Heavy"
"High On Humans"
"Solo"
"All About You"
"Bigger Than Love"
"Heart Strings"
"Slip Away"
"Overgrown"
"Waste"

As featured artistEdit

List of singles, with showing year released, peak chart positions and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certification Album
US
[32]
US R&B/HH
[33]
US
Rap

[34]
AUS
[35]
CAN
[36]
NZ
[37]
UK
[38]
"The Way Life Goes"
(Lil Uzi Vert featuring Nicki Minaj and Oh Wonder)
2017 24 13 12 85 48 [A] 87 Luv is Rage 2
"Superlove"
(Whethan featuring Oh Wonder)[40]
2018 Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Caroline International Truly Global Label Services : Oh Wonder". Caroline International. Archived from the original on August 17, 2015. Retrieved September 23, 2015.
  2. ^ Donelson, Marcy. "Oh Wonder | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  3. ^ Ryang, James. "Discovery: Oh Wonder". Interview Magazine. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  4. ^ "Oh Wonder on Instagram: "Last show done ☑️ high fives and endless love to everyone that made it to a one of the 318 shows that we've played across 45 countries.…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-10-07.
  5. ^ Hixon, Shalene. "Band Spotlight: Oh Wonder". Cal Times. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  6. ^ "New Noise: Oh Wonder | Wonderland Magazine". Wonderland. 2015-03-03. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  7. ^ ""Oh Wonder" album brings up wonderous emotions". Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  8. ^ Feldberg, Isaac. "Oh Wonder caps off an electric debut tour - The Boston Globe". Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  9. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  10. ^ "Oh Wonder - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  11. ^ "Oh Wonder, Radio 1 Live Music - BBC Radio 1". BBC. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  12. ^ "Conan O'Brien Presents: Team Coco - Timeline | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  13. ^ "GoodVybes makes big waves on its first music fest salvo". entertainment.inquirer.net. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  14. ^ Sherman, Maria. "Halsey Announces Summer Tour with Bad Suns, Oh Wonder". Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  15. ^ "Q&A: Oh Wonder Cool Down Bonnaroo | SPIN". 2016-06-14. Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  16. ^ "Oh Wonder's Firefly Set was a Glittery, Muddy Singalong". Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  17. ^ Fortune, Drew (2016-08-02). "SPIN At Lollapalooza 2016: Portraits Of Frank Turner, Bastille, Dua Lipa, And More | SPIN". Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  18. ^ "Meet Our New Fave Duo, Oh Wonder!". 2016-07-26. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  19. ^ "Oh Wonder" (select "Albums" tab). Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  20. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 24 July 2017. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  21. ^ a b "Discografie Oh Wonder". Belgium (Flanders) Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  22. ^ "Discografie Oh Wonder". Belgium (Wallonia) Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  23. ^ "Oh Wonder - Chart history: Canadian Albums". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  24. ^ "Discography Oh Wonder". irish-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  25. ^ "Discografie Oh Wonder". dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  26. ^ "Discography Oh Wonder". www.swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  27. ^ "Oh Wonder - Chart history: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  28. ^ a b "Silver - BPI". Music Canada. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  29. ^ "On The Charts: July 24, 2017". FYIMusicNews. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  30. ^ "Irish Albums Chart: 21 July 2017". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  31. ^ "Oh Wonder - Chart history". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  32. ^ "Lil Uzi Vert - Chart History: Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  33. ^ "Lil Uzi Vert Album & Song Chart History: Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  34. ^ "Lil Uzi Vert Album & Song Chart History: Hot Rap Songs". Billboard. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  35. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. June 12, 2017. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  36. ^ "Lil Uzi Vert – Chart History: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  37. ^ "Discography Lil Uzi Vert". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  38. ^ "Lil Uzi Vert". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  39. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. September 4, 2017. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  40. ^ Bein, Kat (June 15, 2018). "Whethan Makes 'Superlove' With Oh Wonder, Announces 2018 Tour: Listen". Billboard. Archived from the original on June 17, 2018. Retrieved June 17, 2018.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "The Way Life Goes" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number four on the NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart.[39]

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