Silk Sonic is an American R&B superduo composed of singer Bruno Mars and rapper and singer Anderson .Paak. The duo released its debut single, "Leave the Door Open", in March 2021, and its debut album, An Evening with Silk Sonic, in November 2021.

Silk Sonic
Bruno Mars (left) and Anderson .Paak (right)
Bruno Mars (left) and Anderson .Paak (right)
Background information
OriginUnited States
Genres
Years active2021–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitesilksonic.com
Members

HistoryEdit

2017–present: Beginnings, breakthrough, and An Evening with Silk SonicEdit

 
Silk Sonic logo

In 2017, Anderson .Paak was the opening act for Bruno Mars on the European leg of the 24K Magic World Tour.[1] In April, Mars and .Paak worked together at Abbey Road Studios in London with Nile Rodgers and Guy Lawrence for Chic's album It's About Time, and worked on music while on tour that appeared on Paak's album Ventura.[2][3] The duo was formed in 2017 by Mars and .Paak "as a joke the two friends hatched on the road".[4]

On February 26, 2021, Mars announced that he and .Paak had formed a band, saying, "[Silk Sonic] locked in and made an album."[5] In a press release, they said Bootsy Collins named the band after he heard the album.[6] "Leave the Door Open", the band's debut album's lead single, was released on March 5, along with the intro song, hosted by Collins.[7] The band made its television debut at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards performing the single, alongside a tribute to Little Richard consisting of "Long Tall Sally" and "Good Golly, Miss Molly".[8]

"Leave the Door Open" was performed again at the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards, with a similar aesthetic.[9] The duo won Best Group at the BET Awards 2021.[10] At the same ceremony, it performed "Leave the Door Open" again, alongside teasers of its forthcoming releases.[11]

On July 28, Mars announced that Silk Sonic would host a "Summertime Jam" two days later.[12] This event turned out to mark the release of another single, "Skate", which was released on July 30 alongside an accompanying video.[13]

On October 8, Mars's 36th birthday, the band announced that the album's release had been pushed ahead to November 12.[14]

On November 1, Silk Sonic announced that its third single, "Smokin Out the Window", would release on the 5th, a week before the album's launch. On November 12, An Evening with Silk Sonic was released. On November 21, "Smokin' Out the Window" was performed as the opening act of the American Music Awards of 2021, where the duo also won Favorite Song – R&B.[15]

On January 19, 2022, it was announced that the duo will host a residency concert series at the Park MGM in Las Vegas.[16]

Musical styleEdit

Silk Sonic's musical style has been described as R&B,[17] soul,[18] funk,[19] pop,[20] smooth soul,[21] and funk-pop.[22] Its sound has also been described as disco-inspired.[23] Of An Evening with Silk Sonic's sound, The Ringer wrote, "though styled as a 1960s to '70s retro endeavor, Silk Sonic isn't a work of nostalgia but rather a fusion: funk, rap, and R&B as they've sounded in heavy rotation as recently as the 2000s."[20] Sputnikmusic called the album "rich and authentic, existing at the irresistible intersection between 70s funk nostalgia and the luxuries of a modern day studio. As a result, An Evening With Silk Sonic lives up to its billing as a true experience: it’s sexy, ever-so-smooth, and radiates confidence and charisma."[24]

Band membersEdit

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected details and chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions
US
[25]
AUS
[26]
CAN
[27]
IRE
[28]
NLD
[29]
NZ
[30]
SWI
[31]
UK
[32]
An Evening with Silk Sonic 2 4 3 5 4 3
[33]
5 9

SinglesEdit

List of singles, with year released, selected chart positions, certifications, and album name shown
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[34]
AUS
[26]
CAN
[35]
FRA
[36]
IRE
[28]
NLD
[29]
NZ
[30]
SWI
[31]
UK
[32]
WW
[37]
"Leave the Door Open" 2021 1 10 9 26 18 13 1 23 20 2 An Evening with Silk Sonic
"Skate" 14 32 19 166 48 61 12 74 45 18
"Smokin Out the Window" 5 8 10 150 11 31 4 92 12 12
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singlesEdit

List of promotional singles, with year released, selected chart positions, and album name shown
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Bub.

[44]
NZ
Hot

[45]
WW
[37]
"Silk Sonic Intro"[46] 2021 14 34 176 An Evening with Silk Sonic

Other charted songsEdit

List of other charted songs, with year released, selected chart positions, and album name shown
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[34]
CAN
[35]
IRE
[28]
NLD
[29]
NZ
Hot

[47]
UK
[32]
WW
[37]
"Fly as Me" 2021 81 93 51 75 9 49 92 An Evening with Silk Sonic
"After Last Night"
(with Thundercat and Bootsy Collins)
68 92 8 78
"Put on a Smile" 78 10 103
"777" [A] 132
"Blast Off" 73 95 74
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Organization Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
American Music Awards 2021 Favorite Music Video Silk Sonic Nominated [48]
Favorite Duo or Group – Pop Nominated
Favorite Song – R&B "Leave the Door Open" Won
BET Awards 2021 Best Group Silk Sonic Won [49]
Video of the Year "Leave the Door Open" Nominated
Viewer's Choice Award Nominated
Grammy Awards 2022 Record of the Year Pending [50]
Song of the Year Pending
Best R&B Performance Pending
Best R&B Song Pending
MTV Europe Music Awards 2021 Best Group Silk Sonic Nominated [51]
Best Collaboration "Leave the Door Open" Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards 2021 Best Group Silk Sonic Nominated [52]
Song of the Year "Leave the Door Open" Nominated
Best R&B Won
Best Editing Won
Soul Train Music Awards 2021
Song of the Year Won
The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award Won
Video of the Year Won

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "777" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number four on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[44]

ReferencesEdit

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