Oh Wonder

Oh Wonder are an English, 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. On February 12th 2020 they released their third album, No One Else Can Wear Your Crown. All three albums were written, recorded, produced and mixed by the duo and have received cross-platform success.

Oh Wonder
Oh Wonder performing in the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, California in 2016
Oh Wonder performing in the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, California in 2016
Background information
OriginLondon, United Kingdom
Genres
Years active2014–present
Labels
Websiteohwondermusic.com
Members
  • Josephine 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]

HistoryEdit

Formation and early yearsEdit

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.

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 nearly 1 million copies worldwide and has been certified gold in the UK, Canada, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Denmark 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] Oh Wonder enjoyed success in Thailand where it has garnered much social media fame which they even filmed the music video in Chinatown, Bangkok as a gift for Thai fans. 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]

2016–2018: UltralifeEdit

On 30 March 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 released new singles every two weeks in the run-up to the album. 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.

2019-present: No One Else Can Wear Your CrownEdit

On 5 September 2019 the duo released "Hallelujah", the first single of their upcoming album, followed by "Better Now" on 25 October and "I Wish I Never Met You" on 14 November. The same day they announced via Twitter their album titled No One Else Can Wear Your Crown[19] , released on 7 November. This was followed by a Christmas single, and finally "Happy" on 3 January, and one day before the release In And Out Of Love.

The pair were to embark on a tour to support their album throughout Europe and North America in March 2020, however the latter part of the tour, including the entirety of the North American segment, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[20]

Whilst subject to the 2020 UK "stay at home" restrictions related to the novel coronavirus, Oh Wonder released a series of new tracks under the name "Home Tapes".[21][22][23]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, details and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[24]
AUS
[25]
BEL
(Fl)

[26]
BEL
(Wa)

[27]
CAN
[28]
IRE
[29]
NLD
[30]
SWI
[31]
US
[32]
Oh Wonder 26 55 135 19 54 50 87 80
Ultralife
  • Released: 14 July 2017[35]
  • Label: Island, Republic
  • Format: CD, digital download, vinyl
8 37 28 115 17 38 48 62 76
No One Else Can Wear Your Crown
  • Released: 7 February 2020[36]
  • Label: Island
  • Format: CD, digital download, vinyl, streaming
8 84 86

EPEdit

  • Home Tapes (2020)

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

List of singles as a lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
BEL
(Fl)
Tip

[26]
US
Rock

[37]
"Body Gold" 2014 Oh Wonder
"Shark"
"Dazzle"
"All We Do"
"The Rain"
"Lose It" 2015 45
"Technicolour Beat"
"Midnight Moon"
"Livewire"
"White Blood"
"Landslide" 103
"Drive" 6
"Heart Hope"
"Without You" 34
"Plans"
"Ultralife" 2017 47 36 Ultralife
"Lifetimes" 48
"My Friends"
"Heavy"
"High On Humans"
"Solo"
"All About You"
"Bigger Than Love"
"Heart Strings"
"Slip Away"
"Overgrown"
"Waste"
"Hallelujah"[38] 2019 42 No One Else Can Wear Your Crown
"Better Now"[39]
"I Wish I Never Met You"[40]
"This Christmas"[41] Non-album single
"Happy"[42] 2020 46 No One Else Can Wear Your Crown
"In And Out Of Love"
"Lonely Star"[43] Home Tapes
"Keep On Dancing"[44]
"I Like It When You Love Me"[45]

As featured artistEdit

List of singles as a featured artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[46]
AUS
[47]
CAN
[48]
NZ Heat.
[49]
US
[50]
US
Dance

[51]
US R&B/HH
[52]
"The Way Life Goes"
(Lil Uzi Vert featuring Oh Wonder or also Nicki Minaj)
2017 87 85 48 4 24 13 Luv Is Rage 2
"Superlove"[54]
(Whethan featuring Oh Wonder)
2018 48 Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Featured appearancesEdit

Year Title Album
2020 "How Would I Know"
(Kygo and Oh Wonder)
Golden Hour

Songwriting and production creditsEdit

Title Year Artist Album Contributed
Member(s)
Songwriter Producer
Primary Secondary Additional Vocal
"Fly" 2015 Meadowlark Postcards Anthony West  Y
"Wide Eyes"  Y
"Hello Hello" 2016 Lewis Watson Midnight Anthony West
Josephine Vander Gucht
 Y  Y
"Deep the Water"  Y  Y
"Forever"  Y  Y
"Give Me Life"  Y  Y
"Slumber"  Y  Y
"Slow Fade" 2019 Ruth B TBA  Y  Y
"Personal Best" Maisie Peters It's Your Bed Babe,
It's Your Funeral EP
 Y  Y
"Nothing Like You"
(with Droeloe featuring Hana)
Gryffin Gravity  Y

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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