ARTIST PROFILE

Tinie Tempah

Name: Tinie Tempah

Birthday: November 7, 1988

Fav Dish: Pizza

Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu (born 7 November 1988), better known by his stage name Tinie Tempah, is a Nigerian and English rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He has been signed to Parlophone Records since 2009, a subsidiary of Warner Music Group. He created his own record and fashion label Disturbing London (DL Records) in 2007 along with his cousin, Dumi Oburota.

After releasing a couple of mixtapes, he released his long-awaited debut album, Disc-Overy, in October 2010. Preceded by two British number-one singles; “Pass Out” and “Written in the Stars”, the album charted at number one and was certified Platinum the next year. In February 2011, he won two Brit Awards for Best British Breakthrough Act and Best British Single

tTempah released his debut single “Pass Out” through Parlophone on 28 February 2010. It entered the UK Singles Chart at number 1, having sold just over 92,000 copies in its first week, and sold sufficiently well to stay at the top spot for a second week. Tempah toured with Chipmunk in February 2010, going on to support Rihanna for four dates in May on her 10-date UK tour with Tinchy Stryder and Pixie Lott.Tempah performed at Radio 1 Big Weekend in Bangor on 22 May 2010 on the in New Music We Trust stage. He also toured with Mr Hudson in May 2010, as well as performing at many summer balls at various universities around the United Kingdom.

Tempah’s second single “Frisky” was released on 6 June 2010, entering the UK Singles Chart at number 2. “Frisky” would later be used for a 2013 Bacardi commercial advertising their new pineapple flavor. Tinie Tempah played a host of festival dates throughout the summer, including the Summertime Ball at Wembley Stadium on 6 June 2010, at Wakestock in Abersoch on 3 July 2010, both T4 on the Beach and the Wireless Festival in London’s Hyde Park on 4 July, and V Festival on 21 and 22 August 2010. He also had the honour of performing his first single “Pass Out” on 25 June 2010 at Glastonbury on the Pyramid stage with Snoop Dogg.

Tempah released his third single “Written in the Stars” on 19 September 2010. This again charted at number 1 in the UK Singles Chart, selling over 115,000 copies in its first week (his biggest-selling single to date), and charting in a number of other countries. “Written in the Stars” would go on to be used for a WrestleMania XXVII countdown promo during the WWE PPV Royal Rumble on 30 January 2011, and was later confirmed by WWE that it would be the official theme for Wrestlemania XXVII. It is also the theme song for the 2011 MLB Post Season, and was used as the entrance song for the New York Giants before Super Bowl XLVI.

Tempah teamed up with Swedish House Mafia for his fourth single “Miami 2 Ibiza”, which was released on 1 October 2010. This reached a peak of number 4 in the UK Singles Chart and gave him his first number 1 in the Netherlands Mega Single Top 100 chart. Tempah’s long-awaited debut album Disc-Overy was then released on 4 October 2010, featuring all his previous charted singles. On 11 October 2010, he kicked off his first UK tour which was supported by Chiddy Bang. In the same month, he was awarded his first 2 MOBO Awards. Tempah also featured on the Tinchy Stryder single “Game Over”, which was released on 15 November 2010 and reached number 22 on the UK Singles Chart.

On 25 December, Tempah released his fifth single “Invincible” featuring Kelly Rowland, which peaked at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart. “Wonderman”, featuring Ellie Goulding, was released and was the sixth official single. Tempah joined Usher on the European leg of his OMG Tour in January 2011.

Tempah was nominated for 4 Brit Awards making him the most nominated artist at the awards, and on 15 February 2011 he won his first ever Brit Award, for Best British Breakthrough Act, as well as a Brit for Best British Single.

On 7 March 2011, Tempah expressed his desire for his next album to go triple platinum. “I reckon in 2011, towards the end of it, I’m going to do an arena tour and sell it out then I reckon I’m going to release another album, and fingers crossed it can go platinum again, and double platinum, and triple. Let’s just sell a million.” In early 2011, Tinie Tempah announced a UK Arena tour, featuring support acts Nero, Labrinth and Chase & Status (After Party DJ Set).

In 2011, Labrinth revealed that Tempah would be releasing “Pass Out” in the United States, featuring a well recognised artist in the American rap game. He also served as a front act with Big Sean among others on Lupe Fiasco’s Generation Lasers Tour. On 28 November 2011, Tinie Tempah hosted an episode of the TV show Never Mind the Buzzcocks. In the same month, Tinie Tempah would release two tracks, “Like It or Love It” which featured both Wretch 32 and J. Cole, and “Lucky Cunt” which featured Big Sean. On 16 December, Tempah released a 9-track mixtape/EP titled Happy Birthday, which went on to win best EP of 2011 at the Official Mixtape Awards 2012. In early 2012 Tempah featured with Eric Turner and Lupe Fiasco on a track called “Angels and Stars”.

On 21 June 2015, Tempah released the first single from his upcoming third studio album, “Not Letting Go”, which features fellow British artist Jess Glynne. To promote the single, he performed it with Sasha Keable on The Graham Norton Show on 19 June as Jess Glynne was unavailable due to her having vocal surgery shortly before. The single charted at number 1 in the UK on 28 June 2015, gifting Tempah his sixth number one single. However, on the week of 23 October 2015, Tempah earned his seventh UK number one single with “Turn the Music Louder (Rumble)”, a song by KDA, which also features English singer-songwriter Katy B. In December 2015, Tempah released the mixtape Junk Food, with collaborations from a large number of British artists.

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