Willy William

Willy William (born April 14, 1981) is a French-Jamaican DJ, record producer and singer, famous for his club remixes and vocal collaborations with a number of dance music artists. He is most famous for his French hit "Ego" and his Latin hit "Mi Gente", the latter with J Balvin.

Willy William
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Background information
Born (1981-04-14) 14 April 1981 (age 39)[1]
Fréjus, France
GenresElectronic[2]
Occupation(s)
  • DJ
  • record producer
  • singer
Years active2003–present
LabelsScorpio Music, Roton[3]

BeginningsEdit

Born to Jamaican immigrant parents in 1981, in Fréjus, Var, France[4], he was brought up in the small town of Champagné, Pays de la Loire, in northwestern France.

CareerEdit

He came to prominence in 2003 with his work with DJ Flex in the dancefloor hit "B Boyz Shake da Body" and in 2004 as producer of "Tragedie" using the pseudonym "Lord William".[5] He later joined the French music collective Collectif Métissé,[6] also continuing to produce his own materials.

He collaborated with a great number of artists producing their songs and taking part in vocals as featured artists. He charted with collaborative songs with DJ Assad, Keen'V, Ridsa and many others.

In 2016, Willy got his major French hit with "Ego" which was produced and sung by himself. It was the main single from his 2016 album Une seule vie and his biggest French hit as a solo artist.

In 2017, he became an international sensation after the release of "Mi Gente" a collaboration with the superstar Colombian artist J Balvin. The huge international success of the song led to a version that also featured Beyoncé in a new remix. The song received a Latin Billboard Music Award and the music video amassed over 2 billion views and received in 2018 an MTV Video Music Award for Best Latin Video, maintained #1 Spotify Global for 12 consecutive weeks, while topping charts across the world as #1 in a great number of countries.

In 2018, Willy produced and released a dance track called "La La La" and he appeared on "Goodbye", a David Guetta and Jason Derulo song that featured William and Nicki Minaj.

Willy William is a "Latin Grammy" nominated DJ / Producer mainly for "Mi Gente". His song "Ego" made him the #1 most Shazamed French Artist.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Year Album Peak positions Track listing
FRA
[7]
BEL
(Wa)

2016 Une seule vie 12 20
  1. "Te quiero" (radio edit)
  2. "Ego" (radio edit)
  3. "Une seule vie"
  4. "Suis-moi" (featuring Vitaa)
  5. "Le tour du monde" (featuring Natty Rico & Mika V)
  6. "Dangereuse" (featuring Makassy)
  7. "Qui tu es?"
  8. "Tentation"
  9. "Les 6T d'or"
  10. "Tes mots"
  11. "On s'endort" (featuring Keen'V)
  12. "Love"
  13. "Personne n'est parfait" (featuring JMI Sissoko)
  14. "Les souris dansent"
  15. "Dernier jour" (featuring Willy Denzey)
  16. "Si j'étais le même"

SinglesEdit

As lead artistEdit

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
FRA
[7]
AUS
[8]
BEL
(Wa)

[9]
GER
[10]
ITA
[11]
NL SPA
[12]
SWE
[13]
SWI
[14]
UK
[15]
US
[16]
"Te quiero" 2015 24 20*
(Ultratip)
Une seule vie
"Ego" 12 3 39 18 4 75
"On s'endort?"
(feat. Keen'V)
2016 36 10*
(Ultratip)
"Mi Gente"
(with J Balvin)
2017 6 27 7 3 1
[20]
1 1
[21]
4
[22]
4 5 19 Vibras
(J Balvin album)
"Mi Gente (Remix)"
(with J Balvin feat. Beyoncé)
111 1 32 16 51 31
[24]
N/A
"La La La" 2018 Tip**
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
Notes
  • Note 1: Uses combined chart entries for "Mi Gente" and "Mi Gente (remix)"1

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts.
**Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Tipparade charts.

Featured inEdit

Internationally

Year Single Peak positions Album
FRA
[7]
AUS
BEL
(Fl)

BEL
(Wa)

GER
ITA
NED
SPA
SWE
SWI
2018 "Goodbye"
(Jason Derulo and David Guetta
featuring Nicki Minaj and Willy William)
93 33 20 15 47 92 16 33 16 50 David Guetta album
7
2019 "Highway"[26]
(Cheat Codes featuring Sofía Reyes and Willy William)
Tip** [A] Non-album single

Francophone markets

Year Single Peak positions Album
FRA
[7]
BEL
(Wa)

2010 "C'Show"
(Les Jumo feat. Willy William)
2013 "Je n'ai pas eu le temps"
(Ridsa feat. Willy William & Ryan Stevenson)
76 Ridsa EP
Es tu fiesta (EP)
"Es tu fiesta"
(Ridsa feat. Willy William)
12 2*
(Ultratip)
"Li tourner"
(DJ Assad feat. Alain Ramanisum & Willy William)
12 2*
(Ultratip)
2014 "Alalila (Le Sega)"
(DJ Assad feat. Denis Azor, Mario Ramsamy & Willy William)
76 14*
(Ultratip)
"A l'Italienne"
(Les Jumo featuring Willy William & Frédéric François)
"Me Gusta"
(Dj R'AN featuring José de Rico, Willy William & Anna Torres)
"La demoiselle"
(Miky Uno featuring Willy William)
2015 "Englishman in New York"
(Cris Cab feat. Tefa & Moox, Willy William)
16 26 Non-album single
2016 "Keep My Cool"
(Madcon feat. Willy William)
8*
(Ultratip)
Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts.
**Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Tipparade charts.

Other songsEdit

Year Title Peak positions Album
FRA
[7]
BEL
(Wa)

2016 "Tes mots" Une seule vie
"Paris"
(feat. Cris Cab)
106
"R.Q.T"
"Qui tu est" Tip**
2017 "Voodoo Song"
(remake based on "Ego")
13*
(Ultratip)

*Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts.
**Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Tipparade charts.

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Highway" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number five on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[27]

SourcesEdit

  1. ^ "Willy William". All Music. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  2. ^ "J Balvin's Fast-Rising "Mi Gente" Is A Challenge To The US-Centric Pop World". BuzzFeed. 10 August 2017.
  3. ^ Willy William ne aduce primul hit din 2016
  4. ^ Buchanan, John D. "Willy William – Biography". AllMusic. RhythmOne. Archived from the original on 25 September 2017. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  5. ^ South Indies Crew: Willy William biography
  6. ^ Skyrock website: Collectif Metissé page
  7. ^ a b c d e Peak chart positions in France:
  8. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 4 September 2017. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Willy William discography". ultratop.be/fr/. Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Discographie von Willy William". offiziellecharts.de. GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Willy William discography". italiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  12. ^ "Discography Willy William". spanishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Discography Willy William". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Discographie Willy William". Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  15. ^ "J Balvin/Willy William". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  16. ^ "J Balvin & Willy William – Chart history: The Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  17. ^ a b "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank". Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  18. ^ a b c "Willy William - Certificazioni" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  19. ^ "Polish single certifications – Willy William – Ego". Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  20. ^ "Classifica settimanale WK 38" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  21. ^ "Top 100 Canciones — Semana 29: del 14.07.2017 al 20.07.2017" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  22. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  23. ^ a b "J Balvin & Willy William – Mi Gente". elportaldemusica.es. Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  24. ^ Trust, Gary (9 October 2017). "J Balvin, Willy William & Beyonce Blast to No. 3 on Hot 100 With 'Mi Gente,' Cardi B No. 1 for Third Week". Billboard. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  25. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 16 October 2017. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  26. ^ Roiz, Jessica (23 August 2019). "Cheat Codes team up With Sofia Reyes & Willy William for bilingual track 'Highway': Listen". Billboard. Archived from the original on 28 August 2019. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  27. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker, vecka 35". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved August 30, 2019.

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