Multi-platinum produer Benny Blanco unveils his first ever release as an artist, “Eastside” with Halsey and Khalid, today, out now on his own Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope Records. Watch the Jake Schreier-directed video for the track here.
Born and raised in Reston, VA, benny blanco is an American record producer, songwriter, musician and recipient of the 2013 Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is also a five-time BMI Songwriter of the Year award winner, 2017 iHeartRadio Producer of the Year award winner, and four-time Grammy winner.
As a producer and songwriter, blanco is responsible for more than 100 million album sales worldwide due to his work with artists including Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Kesha, Sia, The Weeknd, Selena Gomez, Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West and many more. He is also the founder of two labels in collaboration with Interscope Records, Mad Love Records and Friends Keep Secrets.
Every once in a while, a woman comes along and flips everything upside down. When it comes to pop music, Zara Larsson is that woman. The 20-year-old Swedish singer and songwriter quietly ascended to the forefront of modern pop with undeniable talent, uncompromising attitude, and unbelievable songcraft. As a result, she made history. Her RIAA gold-certified 2017 full-length, So Good, holds the distinction of being “the second most-streamed debut on Spotify by a female artist ever,” eclipsing 5 billion streams. Among a bevy of smashes, “Ain’t My Fault” went gold, “Lush Life” went platinum and “Never Forget You” with MNEK went triple-platinum. Among numerous accolades, she has won favorite Swedish Star at the Nickelodeon Kid’s choice awards 2016, 2017 and 2018! She also landed best newcomer and worldwide act at the 2016 MTV EMA’s. She notably took the stage at the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Concert to perform “Symphony” alongside Clean Bandit. Meanwhile, she achieved four Swedish Grammi Awards, (2018) namely “Best Song,” “Best Album,” and “Artist of the Year” Snagged spot’s on TIME Magazine’s “30 Most Influential Teens of 2016,” Billboard’s “21 Under 21” of 2017, Maxim’s Hot 100 of 2018. Additionally, she has received nominations at the Teen Choice Awards, MTV VMAs, and more. Click here to hear Ruin My Life by Zara Larsson