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Benjamin Levin (born March 8, 1988), professionally known as Benny Blanco, is a rapper, songwriter, record producer, musician, remixer and record label owner. He has written, co-written and produced songs for artists, including Ed Sheeran ("Don't" and "Castle on the Hill"), Justin Bieber ("Love Yourself"), Major Lazer ("Cold Water"), Maroon 5 ("Moves like Jagger", "Don't Wanna Know", "Payphone", "Maps", "Animals"), Katy Perry ("Teenage Dream", "California Gurls"), Rihanna ("Diamonds"), Kesha ("Tik Tok"), Taio Cruz ("Dynamite"), Wiz Khalifa ("Work Hard, Play Hard"), Gym Class Heroes ("Stereo Hearts"), Tory Lanez ("Luv") and many more.

Blanco has received five BMI Songwriter of the Year Awards and is a recipient of the Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is responsible for selling over 100 million albums worldwide.[1]

Life and career

Career beginnings

Blanco, a Virginia native,[2] began by making beats in his bedroom and his first serious exposure to music came in 1994 with the cassette singles: Nas's "The World Is Yours" and "I Swear" by All-4-One. Blanco's rapping earned the attention of The Source and executives at Columbia Records. Levin eventually secured an apprenticeship with producer Disco D.[3]

In 2007, Blanco and Spank Rock collaborated on Bangers & Cash, a collaborative EP. Blanco went on to work with Amanda Blank and Santigold.

2008–present

Blanco was mentored by songwriter and producer Dr. Luke.

He worked on several tracks on Maroon 5's album Overexposed, including the lead single "Payphone", featuring Wiz Khalifa.

On June 13, 2013, Blanco was awarded with the Hal David Starlight Award at the 44th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony, awarded to young artists who have already made an impression on the music industry. In his acceptance speech, he joked, saying, "They picked the wrong person, I'm in a room with people I should probably be serving food to."

Record labels

In 2014, Blanco started two imprint labels under Interscope Records. He founded Mad Love Records, signing the band Rixton in conjunction with their manager Scooter Braun's School Boy Records,[4] as well as Ryn Weaver, and Tory Lanez.[5] His second label, Friends Keep Secrets, was started for Blanco to sign and develop passion project artists in an indie-spirited manner. FKS's current roster includes Cashmere Cat, BenZel (Blanco's own artist project with Two Inch Punch), and Jessie Ware.

Discography[6]

Title Year Album Songwriter Producer
"Send Some Shooters" 2007 Hell Rell – Eat with Me or Eat a Box of Bullets
YesY
"Shake That" Spank Rock – Bangers & Cash
YesY
YesY
"B-O-O-T-A-Y"
YesY
YesY
"Pu$$y"
YesY
YesY
"Bitch!"
YesY
YesY
"Loose"
YesY
YesY
"Circus" 2008 Britney Spears – Circus
YesY
YesY
"Shattered Glass"
YesY
YesY
"Lace and Leather"
YesY
YesY
"Broken Pieces" Lil Mama – Voice of the Young People
YesY
"Hot n Cold" Katy Perry – One of the Boys
YesY
YesY
"I Kissed a Girl"
YesY
YesY
"Don't Ask Why" Vanessa Hudgens – Identified
YesY
"Amazed"
YesY
"Set It Off"
YesY
"Identified"
YesY
"Watch You Go" 2009 Jordin Sparks – Battlefield
YesY
YesY
"Tell Me What Your Name Is" Ciara – Fantasy Ride
YesY
YesY
"Dollhouse" Priscilla Renea – Jukebox
YesY
YesY
"Touch Me" Flo Rida – R.O.O.T.S.
YesY
YesY
"Don't Trust Me" 3OH!3 – Want
YesY
YesY
"Rich Man"
YesY
YesY
"So Human" Lady Sovereign – Jigsaw
YesY
YesY
"Pennies"
YesY
YesY
"Stupid Love Letter" Friday Night Boys – Off the Deep End
YesY
YesY
"Dynamite" 2010 Taio Cruz – Rokstarr
YesY
YesY
"Eenie Meenie" Justin Bieber and Sean Kingston – My World 2.0
YesY
YesY
"Blah Blah Blah" Ke$ha – Animal
YesY
YesY
"Tik Tok"
YesY
YesY
"Party at a Rich Dude's House"
YesY
YesY
"Dancing With Tears in My Eyes"
YesY
YesY
"Blind"
YesY
YesY
"Your Love Is My Drug"
YesY
YesY
"Somebody to Love (Remix)" Justin Bieber and Usher – Versus
YesY
YesY
"California Gurls" Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
YesY
YesY
"Teenage Dream"
YesY
YesY
"My First Kiss" 3OH!3 – Streets of Gold
YesY
YesY
"Streets of Gold"
YesY
YesY
"Double Vision"
YesY
YesY
"Please Don't Go" Mike Posner – 31 Minutes to Takeoff
YesY
YesY
"Cheated"
YesY
YesY
"We R Who We R" Ke$ha – Cannibal
YesY
YesY
"Sleazy"
YesY
YesY
"Blow"
YesY
YesY
"Grow A Pear"
YesY
YesY
"Who Dat Girl" Flo Rida – Only One Flo
YesY
YesY
"Get Over U" 2011 Neon Hitch – Non-album singles
YesY
YesY
"Bad Dog"
YesY
YesY
"Silly Girl"
YesY
YesY
"(Drop Dead) Beautiful" Britney Spears – Femme Fatale
YesY
YesY
"Gasoline"
YesY
YesY
"No Sleep" Wiz Khalifa – Rolling Papers
YesY
YesY
"Stereo Hearts" Gym Class Heroes – The Papercut Chronicles II
YesY
YesY
"Ass Back Home"
YesY
YesY
"Moves Like Jagger" Maroon 5 – Hands All Over
YesY
YesY
"Come N Go" Pitbull – Planet Pit
YesY
YesY
"She Doesn't Mind" Sean Paul – Tomahawk Technique
YesY
YesY
"Fuck U Betta" 2012 Neon Hitch – Non-album singles
YesY
YesY
"Gold"
YesY
YesY
"Heart Attack" Trey Songz – Chapter 5
YesY
YesY
"Masquerade" Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
YesY
YesY
"Payphone" Maroon 5 – Overexposed
YesY
YesY
"Beautiful Goodbye"
YesY
YesY
"Work Hard, Play Hard" Wiz Khalifa – O.N.I.F.C.
YesY
YesY
"Naked Love" Adam Lambert – Trespassing
YesY
YesY
"Seasons" Rome – Dedication EP
YesY
YesY
"Oz of Love"
YesY
YesY
"Die Young" Kesha – Warrior
YesY
YesY
"C'Mon"
YesY
YesY
"Thinking of You"
YesY
YesY
"Crazy Kids"
YesY
YesY
"Supernatural"
YesY
YesY
"Last Goodbye"
YesY
YesY
"Diamonds" Rihanna – Unapologetic
YesY
YesY
"Turn Around" Conor Maynard – Contrast
YesY
YesY
"Blow" Ke$ha – Deconstructed
YesY
YesY
"Die Young"
YesY
YesY
"Supernatural"
YesY
"Natalie" Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox
YesY
YesY
"If I Lose Myself" 2013 OneRepublic – Native
YesY
YesY
"Something I Need"
YesY
YesY
"Fall Down" Will.i.am – #willpower
YesY
YesY
"Thunder" Jessie J – Alive
YesY
YesY
"Other Side of Love"[7] Sean Paul – Full Frequency
YesY
YesY
"Shame"[8] Keith Urban – Fuse
YesY
YesY
"This Moment" Katy Perry – Prism
YesY
YesY
"It Takes Two"
YesY
YesY
"Cannonball" Lea Michele – Louder
YesY
YesY
"Make a Move" Gavin DeGraw – Make a Move
YesY
YesY
"Top of the World" Mike Posner – Pages
YesY
YesY
"Losing Sleep" John Newman – Tribute
YesY
YesY
"Just Another Night" 2014 Icona Pop – This Is... Icona Pop
YesY
YesY
"We All Want the Same Thing" Rixton – Let the Road
YesY
YesY
"Hotel Ceiling"
YesY
YesY
"Me and My Broken Heart"
YesY
YesY
"Appreciated"
YesY
YesY
"Maps" Maroon 5 – V
YesY
YesY
"Animals"
YesY
YesY
"Leaving California"
YesY
YesY
"My Heart Is Open"
YesY
YesY
"Shoot Love"
YesY
"Black Widow" Iggy Azalea – The New Classic
YesY
YesY
"Don't Ed Sheeran – x
YesY
YesY
"Why Try" Ariana Grande – My Everything
YesY
YesY
"Be My Baby"
YesY
YesY
"Wait on Me" Rixton – Let the Road
YesY
YesY
"Tough Love" Jessie Ware – Tough Love
YesY
YesY
"You and I Forever"
YesY
YesY
"Say You Love Me"
YesY
YesY
"Kind of... Sometimes... Maybe"
YesY
YesY
"Champagne Kisses"
YesY
YesY
"Baby Don't Lie" Gwen Stefani – Non-album single
YesY
YesY
"Caught in the Middle" Charli XCX – Sucker
YesY
YesY
"The Fool" 2015 Ryn Weaver – The Fool
YesY
YesY
"Lifted Up (1985)" Passion Pit – Kindred
YesY
YesY
"Whole Life Story"
YesY
YesY
"All I Want"
YesY
YesY
"Until We Can't (Let's Go)"
YesY
YesY
"Kill Em with Kindness" Selena Gomez – Revival
YesY
YesY
"Same Old Love"
YesY
YesY
"When Love Hurts" JoJo – III.
YesY
YesY
"R.I.P. 2 My Youth" The Neighbourhood – Wiped Out!
YesY
YesY
"Fire and the Flood" Vance Joy – Dream Your Life Away
YesY
YesY
"Straight Into Your Arms"
YesY
YesY
"...goingtohell" Miguel – Wildheart
YesY
YesY
"Love Yourself" Justin Bieber – Purpose
YesY
YesY
"Sitting Pretty" featuring Wiz Khalifa Ty Dolla $ign – Free TC
YesY
YesY
"Say It" 2016 Tory Lanez – I Told You
YesY
YesY
"Luv"
YesY
YesY
"Friends" featuring Bon Iver and Kanye West Francis and the Lights
YesY
"Cold Water" featuring Justin Bieber and MØ Major Lazer – Music is the Weapon
YesY
YesY
"See Her Out (That's Just Life)" Francis and the Lights – Farewell, Starlite!
YesY
YesY
"Comeback"
"Can't Stay Party"
"I Want You to Shake"
"May I Have This Dance"
"My City's Gone" featuring Kanye West
"Running Man / Gospel OP1"
"It's Alright to Cry"
"Friends" featuring Bon Iver and Kanye West
"Thank You"
"True Colors" The Weeknd – Starboy
YesY
YesY
"Attention"
"Don't Wanna Know ft Kendrick Lamar" Maroon 5
YesY
YesY
"Trust Nobody" featuring Selena Gomez and Tory Lanez[9][10] Cashmere Cat – Wild Love
YesY
YesY
"Throw Myself a Party" featuring 2 Chainz, Starrah and Tory Lanez[11][12]
YesY
YesY
"Castle on the Hill" 2017 Ed Sheeran – ÷ (also executive producer)
YesY
YesY
"Dive"
"Barcelona"
"Happier"
"Supermarket Flowers"
"Nancy Mulligan"
"Bibia Ye Ye Ye"
"New Man"
"Issues" Julia Michaels – TBA YesY YesY

Single peaks

The following singles peaked inside the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100, Hot 100 Airplay (Radio Songs) and/or the UK Singles Chart.

  • 2008: "I Kissed a Girl" (Katy Perry) number one
  • 2008: "Hot n Cold" (Katy Perry) number one
  • 2008: "Circus" (Britney Spears)
  • 2009: "Don't Trust Me" (3OH!3) number one
  • 2009: "Tik Tok" (Ke$ha) number one
  • 2010: "Eenie Meenie" (Sean Kingston and Justin Bieber)
  • 2010: "Blah Blah Blah" (Ke$ha)
  • 2010: "Your Love Is My Drug" (Ke$ha) number one
  • 2010: "My First Kiss" (3OH!3 and Ke$ha)
  • 2010: "California Gurls" (Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg) number one
  • 2010: "Please Don't Go" (Mike Posner)
  • 2010: "Dynamite" (Taio Cruz) number one
  • 2010: "Teenage Dream" (Katy Perry) number one
  • 2010: "We R Who We R" (Ke$ha) number one
  • 2011: "Blow" (Ke$ha)
  • 2011: "No Sleep" (Wiz Khalifa)
  • 2011: "Stereo Hearts" (Gym Class Heroes and Adam Levine) number one
  • 2011: "Ass Back Home" (Gym Class Heroes)
  • 2011: "Moves Like Jagger" (Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera) number one}
  • 2012: "Payphone" (Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa) number one
  • 2012: "Work Hard, Play Hard" (Wiz Khalifa)
  • 2012: "Heart Attack" (Trey Songz)
  • 2012: "Die Young" (Ke$ha) number one
  • 2012: "Diamonds" (Rihanna) number one
  • 2013: "Cannonball" (Lea Michele)
  • 2014: "Me and My Broken Heart" (Rixton) number one
  • 2014: "Maps" (Maroon 5) number one
  • 2014: "Animals" (Maroon 5) number one
  • 2014: "Black Widow" (Iggy Azalea) number one
  • 2014: "Don't" (Ed Sheeran) number one
  • 2015: "Fire and the Flood" (Vance Joy) number one
  • 2015: "Same Old Love" (Selena Gomez)number one
  • 2015: "Love Yourself" (Justin Bieber) number one
  • 2016: "Cold Water" (Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MØ) number one
  • 2016: "Luv" (Tory Lanez) number one
  • 2017: "Don't Wanna Know ft. Kendrick Lamar" (Maroon 5) number one

Awards and nominations

  • Grammy Awards
    • 2017: Producer of the Year: Non-Classical (Nominated)
    • 2017: Best R&B Song: "Luv" – Tory Lanez (Nominated)
    • 2017: Album of the Year: Purpose – Justin Bieber (Nominated)
    • 2017: Song of the Year: "Love Yourself" – Justin Bieber (Nominated)
    • 2014: Album of the Year – x – Ed Sheeran (Nominated)
    • 2014: Best Pop Vocal Album – x – Ed Sheeran (Nominated)
    • 2013: Best Urban Contemporary Album – Unapologetic – Rihanna (Won)
    • 2013: Best Pop Vocal Album – Unorthodox Jukebox – Bruno Mars (Won)
    • 2013: Best R&B Song of the Year – "Heart Attack" – Trey Songz (Nominated)
    • 2013: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – "Payphone" – Maroon 5 (Nominated)
    • 2013: Best Pop Vocal Album – Overexposed – Maroon 5 (Nominated)
    • 2012: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – "Moves Like Jagger" – Maroon 5 (Nominated)
    • 2011: Album of the Year – Teenage Dream – Katy Perry (Nominated)
  • Songwriters Hall of Fame
    • 2013: Hal David Starlight Award (Won)
  • BMI Awards
    • 2014: Songwriter of the Year (Won)
    • 2013: Urban Songwriter of the Year (Won)
    • 2012: Most Performed Pop Song – "Moves Like Jagger" – Maroon 5 (Won)
    • 2012: Songwriter of the Year (Won)
    • 2011: Songwriter of the Year (Won)

References

  1. "BMI Pop Awards: Pink, Benny Blanco and more give songwriting advice". http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-bmi-pop-awards-20150513-story.html. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  2. McVeigh, Alex (January 26, 2014). "Reston Native Benny Blanco Wins Grammy For Work on Rihanna Album". patch.com. http://patch.com/virginia/reston/reston-native-benny-blanco-wins-grammy-for-work-on-rihanna-album. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 
  3. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2010/05/15/music-us-blanco-idUKTRE64E08D20100515
  4. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/school-boygiant-little-manmad-loveinterscope-records-sign-uk-newcomers-rixton-248523691.html
  5. http://www.thefader.com/2015/07/31/tory-lanez-say-it-premiere
  6. http://www.artistdirect.com/artist/credits/benny-blanco/667531
  7. http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-juice/1566281/sean-paul-other-side-of-love-exclusive-song-premiere
  8. "Keith Urban Lights The 'Fuse' This Fall". http://www.musicrow.com/2013/08/keith-urban-lights-the-fuse-this-fall/. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  9. http://repertoire.bmi.com/title.asp?blnWriter=True&blnPublisher=True&blnArtist=True&keyID=22911009&ShowNbr=0&ShowSeqNbr=0&querytype=WorkID
  10. http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/dance/7526488/cashmere-cat-selena-gomez-tory-lanez-trust-nobody
  11. http://repertoire.bmi.com/title.asp?blnWriter=True&blnPublisher=True&blnArtist=True&keyID=21676296&ShowNbr=0&ShowSeqNbr=0&querytype=WorkID
  12. http://pigeonsandplanes.com/music/2016/12/cashmere-cat-starrah-2-chainz-tory-lanez-throw-myself-a-party

External links

  • Benny Blanco on Myspace

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