Anne-Marie Nicholson, who goes by the name Anne-Marie, is currently on tour with Ed Sheeran, but you might have already heard the British pop songstress. Her song “2002” is a tour through everything that was hot in pop music 16 years ago: NSync, Jay-Z, Nelly, and Britney Spears. “2002” should give those artists a credit, since their lyrics appear in the refrain:
Oops, I got 99 problems singing bye, bye, bye
Hold up, if you wanna go and take a ride with me
Better hit me, baby, one more time, uh
Paint a picture for you and me
On the days when we were young, uh
Singing at the top of both our lungs
Written with Sheeran, the song has earned over 166 million streams on Spotify, certifying Anne-Marie as an artist to watch.
Anne-Marie is already a superstar in the UK, thanks to her debut LP, Speak Your Mind. The single “Alarm” peaked at #2 and was certified Platinum in the UK. It has been streamed over 65 million times on YouTube. In 2016, Anne-Marie lent vocals to Clean Bandit’s “Rockabye” with SEan Paul. The song spent nine straight weeks at number one, also taking the highly coveted Christmas number one slot in the UK. She also scored a big hit with Marshmello, with the song “Friends” charting in the top five.
Anne-Marie’s music is decidedly breezy pop fare, but there’s some substance behind the pop facade. Anne-Marie started in music theater, appearing in a West End production of “Les Misérables” when she was only 5. She also appeared in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Whistle Down the Wind” with Jessie J. Anne-Marie was an international karate champion who now uses that discipline and mental energy to focus on her music career. Her 2015 debut EP is titled Karate.
Anne-Marie’s music career started when she cut her 2013 demo, “Summer Girl,” for Elton John’s Rocket label. Before releasing Karate, she collaborated with Raized By Wolves ,Magnetic Man, and Gorgon City, and she even spent time with Rudimental, a UK bass and drum band. References to 1990’s and early aughts life abound in Anne-Marie’s music and style. She favors the baggy and bright clothes of the late 90’s. The song “Perfect” refers to her sister’s crush on Eminem. She says “Our whole family would listen to Eminem every day. It is my goal to get [my family] to a show and to meet him one day. I always say he’s one of my big influences.” Anne-Marie hopes to collaborate with the very-now Kendrick Lamar and the very-20 years ago Alanis Morissette.
In addition to opening for Sheeran’s North American tour, Anne-Marie is simultaneously headlining her own tour. Fans can catch her in America this fall.
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