Carl Falk

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Carl Falk
Birth nameCarl Anthony Falk
Born (1980-08-17) August 17, 1980 (age 40)
Stockholm, Sweden
  • Songwriter
  • record producer
  • singer
Years active2002–present
Associated acts

Carl Anthony Falk-Gramer (née Falk; born 17 August 1980 in Stockholm), is a Swedish songwriter, record producer and musician and has worked with artists such as Demi Lovato, One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, Nicki Minaj, Ellie Goulding, Madonna, Avicii, Ariana Grande, Charlie Puth, Jason Derulo, Westlife and Iggy Azalea.



As a student Falk attended the Adolf Fredrik's Music School in Stockholm. He then joined "The Location" in 2002, a new production and publishing-company formed by former Cheiron-members Kristian Lundin, Andreas Carlsson and Jake Schulz, leasing the former Cheiron Studios.

Falk left "The Location" in 2007 and re-located to Los Angeles in April 2010 to team up with Rami Yacoub and Steve Angello (Swedish House Mafia). Back in Sweden Carl and Rami started their production company and studio – Kinglet Studios.[ citation needed ]

Since 2010 he has co-written and co-produced hits like "What Makes You Beautiful", "One Thing", "Live While We're Young", "Kiss You" by One Direction and "Starships" and "Pound The Alarm" by Nicki Minaj.[ citation needed ] In 2012 Carl was listed as No. 4 on Music Week Top 100 Songwriters of the year[ citation needed ] based on the UK's 100 biggest selling singles of the year. The same year "Starships" also made US Billboard history, by both debuting in and spending a total of 21 consecutive weeks in the US Top Ten, passing The Black Eyed Peas's single "I Gotta Feeling".[ citation needed ] As of February 2013, it has sold 7.2 million digital downloads worldwide.[ citation needed ] Subsequently, he received two ASCAP awards for most performed songs of 2012: "Starships" and "What Makes You Beautiful".[ citation needed ]

Falk worked with Demi Lovato writing "Shouldn't Come Back" and "Really Don't Care" for her 2013 album "Demi". He also worked on "Rest Of Our Life" for Jason Derulo and "Red Lights" for Tiesto. Falk reached further success in 2014 when he worked with David Guetta on the hit single "One Last Time" for Ariana Grande, reaching no.13 on the Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

In 2015 Falk wrote songs like "Broken Arrows" and "Sunset Jesus" for Avicii, "Rest Your Love" for The Vamps, "Your Type" for Carly Rae Jepsen, "Lost & Found" for Ellie Goulding and "Devil Pray" For Madonna.

His favourite instrument is the guitar as he tries to "always have guitar on my songs, almost like a trademark". [1] Carl can also play multiple other instruments like bass, piano, violin and drums, which he started to learn from an early age on during his childhood. [2] In 2013 Falk won the STIM Platinum guitar prize. [3]

Songwriting Discography

2003 Westlife Turnaround Obvious
2005 Westlife Face to Face Amazing
2009 Westlife Where We Are Leaving
2011 Nick Carter I'm Taking Off Burning Up
One Direction Up All Night What Makes You Beautiful
One Thing
I Wish
2012 Take Me Home Live While We're Young
Kiss You
Last First Kiss
Heart Attack
Back For You
Change My Mind
Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded Starships
Pound The Alarm
2013 Demi Lovato Demi Shouldn't Come Back
Really Don't Care
Jason Derulo Tattoos Rest Of Our Life
Tiësto A Town Called Paradise Red Lights
One Direction Midnight Memories Happily
2014 Ariana Grande My Everything One Last Time
2015 Avicii Stories Broken Arrows
Sunset Jesus
The Vamps Wake Up Rest Your Love
Carly Rae Jepsen Emotion Your Type
Ellie Goulding Delirium Lost and Found
Madonna Rebel Heart Devil Pray
2016 Carly Rae Jepsen Emotion Remixed + First Time
2017 Avicii Avīci (01) Without You (feat. Sandro Cavazza)
2019 Tim Bad Reputation (feat. Joe Janiak)
Ain't a Thing (featuring Bonn)
Fades Away (featuring Noonie Bao)
2019 joan Non-album singlesDrive All Night
One More Touch
Ease Your Mind


Falk has won two Ascap Pop Music Awards with the songs "Starships" and "What Makes You Beautiful", amongst many other of awards and nominations. Falk received two nominations both in 2012 and in 2013 in the Swedish Music Publishers Awards (SMFF). Both years for Songwriter Of The Year and International Achievement. [4] [5] He was also nominated for the 2013 Swedish Music Export Award, [6]

YearAwardRecipient/Nominated workCategoryResult
20114Music Video Honours What Makes You Beautiful Best VideoWon
2012 Brit Awards Best Single Of The Year
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Love Song
MTV Video Music Awards Best Pop Video
MTV Video Music AwardsMost Share-worthy Video
Telehit Awards Song Of The Public
Nickelodeon Mexican Kids Choice AwardsFavourite Song
Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards ArgentinaFavourite Song
MuchMusic Video Awards Most Streaming Video Of The YearNominated
Myx AwardsFavourite International Video
BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards One Thing Best British SingleWon
MuchMusic Video AwardsInternational Video Of The Year -GroupNominated
MTV Video Music Awards Starships Best Female VideoWon
Much Music Video AwardsInternational Video Of The YearNominated
Q AwardsBest Video
Soul Train AwardsBest Dance Performance
Teen Choice AwardsChoice R&B/Hip-hop Song
4Music Video HonoursBest Video
Pound The Alarm
UK Music Video Awards Live While We're Young People's ChoiceWon
2013 Bravo Otto Best International Song Of The Year
Radio Disney Music Awards Song Of The YearNominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Music: Single - GroupWon
MTV Video Music Awards Japan What Makes You Beautiful Best Group VideoNominated
Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards Favourite SongWon
People's Choice Awards Favourite Song
Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards Australia One Thing Aussie's Favourite Song
Myx Music Awards Favourite International Video
Neox Fan Awards Kiss You Best Song Of The YearNominated
Billboard Music Awards Starships Top Dance SongWon
BMI Pop Awards-
BMI Urban Awards-
MTV Platinum Video Plays Awards-
BMI London Awards-
Ascap Pop Music Awards -
What Makes You Beautiful -
BMI London Awards Pound The Alarm -

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  1. "ASCAP interview, August 9th, 2012". Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  2. "Chatting It Up With: Carl Falk, August 9th, 2012". Retrieved 17 June 2013.