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Michael Robert Henrion Posner [1]

(1988-02-12) February 12, 1988 (age 31)
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Record producer
  • Poet
Years active2008–present
Home town Southfield, Michigan, U.S.
Musical career
Associated acts
Website mikeposner.com

Michael Robert Henrion Posner ( /ˈpznər/ POHZ-nər; [3] born February 12, 1988) is an American singer-songwriter, poet, [4] and record producer. [5] Posner released his debut album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff , on August 10, 2010. The album includes the US Billboard Hot 100 top 10 single "Cooler than Me" as well as the top 20 single "Please Don't Go". In 2016 he released his second album, At Night, Alone. A remix of his 2015 single "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" from the album peaked in the top 10 on the charts in 27 countries around the world, including hitting number one in many and the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. He has written songs for a great number of fellow artists. In March 2017, he released his first book of poetry, Tear Drops & Balloons. [6] Posner is also a member of the alternative hip-hop and R&B duo Mansionz with Matthew Musto (aka blackbear). From April 15, 2019, Mike Posner is currently taking a national walk from New Jersey to California. He will most likely reach California a year after he started[ citation needed ]. However, upon getting bitten by a rattlesnake in August 2019, Posner’s walk was put on pause.

<i>31 Minutes to Takeoff</i> 2010 studio album by Mike Posner

31 Minutes to Takeoff is the debut studio album by American singer Mike Posner. It was released on 10 August 2010, by J Records. The album includes the singles "Cooler Than Me", "Please Don't Go" and "Bow Chicka Wow Wow".

<i>Billboard</i> Hot 100 Song chart in U.S

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Early life

Michael Posner was born on February 12, 1988, in Detroit, Michigan. He was raised in Southfield, Michigan, a northern suburb of Detroit. [7] [8] He has a sister who is six years older. [9] His father was Jewish and his mother is Catholic. [10] [11] Posner went to Bingham Farms Elementary School, Berkshire Middle School and graduated from Groves High School, where he ran varsity track and cross-country. He attended Duke University, where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. He graduated with a B.A. in Sociology with a 2.59/4.0 GPA. [7] [8] [12] [13]

Southfield, Michigan City in Michigan, United States

Southfield is a city in Oakland County of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is a northern suburb of Detroit. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 71,739. A part of Metro Detroit's upscale office market, the city's marque is a cluster of five golden skyscrapers – known as the "Golden Triangle" – that form the contemporary 2,200,000 square feet (204,400 m2) Southfield Town Center office complex with a Westin Hotel and a conference center. In addition, a 33-story luxury residential high-rise is separate from the complex. To the west, near the confluence of I-696/Reuther Freeway and M-10/Lodge Freeway, is the American Center.

Duke University Private university in Durham, North Carolina, United States

Duke University is a private research university in Durham, North Carolina. Founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892. In 1924, tobacco and electric power industrialist James Buchanan Duke established The Duke Endowment and the institution changed its name to honor his deceased father, Washington Duke.

Sigma Nu Undergraduate college fraternity founded at the Virginia Military Institute

Sigma Nu (ΣΝ) is an undergraduate college fraternity founded at the Virginia Military Institute on January 1, 1869. The fraternity was founded by James Frank Hopkins, Greenfield Quarles and James McIlvaine Riley shortly after Hopkins witnessed what he considered a hazing ritual by upperclassmen at the Virginia Military Institute. The fraternity's existence remained secret until the founders publicly announced their new society on January 1, 1869. Since its founding, Sigma Nu has more than 279 active and inactive chapters and colonies across the United States and Canada and has initiated more than 227,000 members. Sigma Nu, Kappa Alpha Order and Alpha Tau Omega make up the Lexington Triad.

Posner's father, Jon, was a criminal defense lawyer who died on 11 January 2017; his mother is Roberta Henrion; and his sister, Emily Henrion Posner, is a civil rights attorney. [14]


2008–2010: 31 Minutes to Takeoff

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Posner in 2010.

Posner started out as a record producer, working on some tracks with his hometown friend Big Sean. [9] Posner produced and featured on Big Sean's first mixtape on the song, titled "Yagum". Posner's second mixtape, A Matter of Time (the first mixtape being Reflections of a Lost Teen) started attracting industry attention in 2009. [15] Working with Don Cannon and DJ Benzi, the mixtape was recorded at Duke University in March 2009 under the name, "Mike Posner & the Brain Trust", the Brain Trust referring to Posner's supporters. [16] [17] The release was unusual for being distributed for free through iTunes U, a channel designed for educational audio content. Although Posner was not the only artist to take advantage of this loophole, his release was the most organized and high profile, and attracted the largest response, immediately reaching the number one position on the iTunes U chart. [15] Posner signed a record deal with J Records (RCA/Sony) in July 2009, after his Junior year at Duke University. [18] He chose to return to Duke after signing, and toured on the weekends while at the same time recording for his debut album. [19] [20] [21]

Record producer Individual who oversees and manages the recording of an artists music

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Big Sean American rapper from Michigan

Sean Michael Leonard Anderson, known professionally as Big Sean,, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. Sean signed with Kanye West's GOOD Music in 2007, Def Jam Recordings in 2008 and Roc Nation in 2014. After releasing a number of mixtapes, Sean released his debut studio album, Finally Famous, in 2011, which peaked at #3 on The US Billboard 200, and went Platinum. He released his second studio album, Hall of Fame, in 2013, that peaked at #3 on The Billboard 200, and went Gold. Sean's next albums, Dark Sky Paradise (2015) and I Decided (2017), both peaked atop the US Billboard 200 charts and received Platinum status.

Don Cannon American record producer and DJ from Pennsylvania

Donald Earl Cannon, is an American record producer and DJ. Cannon has produced for artists including Lil Uzi Vert, 50 Cent, Logic, Jeezy and others.

Posner's third mixtape One Foot Out the Door was released in October 2009. The mixtape was accompanied by a web series of the same name which aired bi-weekly from September to December. Posner's debut album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff was released in August 2010. The first single, "Cooler Than Me" has reached at number 6 on the US Billboard Hot 100. He performed at music festival Bonnaroo and on the 2010s Warped Tour. The second and third singles, "Please Don't Go" and "Bow Chicka Wow Wow" reached the top 20 and 30 on the Hot 100 respectively. The latter was released with an added verse by rapper Lil Wayne. Posner won a 2011's ASCAP Award from the publishing organization for "Cooler Than Me". On October 7, 2011, RCA Music Group announced it was disbanding J Records along with Arista Records and Jive Records. With the shutdown, Posner (and all other artists previously signed to these three labels) will release his future material on the RCA Records brand. [22] [23] [24]

Warped Tour music festival

The Vans Warped Tour was a traveling rock tour that had toured the United States annually each summer since 1995. It was the largest traveling music festival in the United States, and is the longest-running touring music festival in North America. The first Warped Tour took place in 1995, and the skateboard shoe manufacturer Vans became the main sponsor of the tour starting with the second tour in 1996, when it became known as "The Vans Warped Tour". Although Vans continued to be the main sponsor and lended its name to the festival, other sponsors also participated with stages or other aspects of the festival sometimes being named after them.

Please Dont Go (Mike Posner song) Mike Posner song

"Please Don't Go" is a song by American recording artist Mike Posner, released as the second single from his debut album 31 Minutes to Takeoff (2010). Posner co-wrote and co-produced the song with Benny Blanco, and J Records released the single to contemporary hit radio in the United States on June 9, 2010. The song peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Posner his second top 40 hit on that chart. It also peaked at numbers 9, 18 and 30 on the Mainstream Top 40, Rhythmic and Adult Top 40 charts respectively. It managed to peak within the top 40 in countries like Austria, Canada, Germany and New Zealand. A remix of the song features American rapper, Waka Flocka Flame.

Bow Chicka Wow Wow 2011 single by Lil Wayne and Mike Posner

"Bow Chicka Wow Wow" is a song by American recording artist Mike Posner from his debut album 31 Minutes to Takeoff (2010). The song was co-written by Posner, and produced by Cisse Methods and production teams The Smeezingtons.

2011–2014: The Layover and cancelled albums

After the release of his debut album, he began working on his second studio album under the title Sky High and released the single "Looks Like Sex" to digital outlets on December 2, 2011. [25] [26] As a prelude to the release of the album, Posner released his third mixtape, The Layover. However, with the success of his first album, Posner began to feel uncomfortable with being in the spotlight and struggled with depression. He took a break from making music to write and produce songs for other artists. [9] Posner later announced via Twitter that his next upcoming album would be titled Pages and would be released in early June or late Summer 2013. [27] His single "The Way It Used To Be" premiered on digital outlets on June 11, 2013. [28] In September 2013, it was announced that he had filmed a music video for his new single "Top of the World" which would appear on his upcoming Page 1 EP, set for release in October. [29] The song was originally used for a Reebok campaign, and made available as a free download under the title "Tapada World" as a special remix. [30] The song was released on December 17, 2013, featuring Big Sean, and the music video on December 19.

Reebok is an English footwear and apparel company, and a subsidiary of German sporting goods giant Adidas since 2005. Reebok produces and distributes fitness, running and CrossFit sportswear including clothing and footwear. It is the official footwear and apparel sponsor for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), CrossFit, and Spartan Race.

On March 4, 2014, Posner announced his Unplugged tour. Running seven dates in the major US markets, the tour highlighted music new and old from Posner's discography, including some new material from Pages, while also giving fans a shot at learning new information from him through the stories and Q&A sessions interspersed with the tunes. The unplugged sets featured little more than Posner on predominantly acoustic instruments, save for the potential live production on "a song or two"—much like, he says, how much of his music starts. Posner began the tour on March 31 at the World Cafe in Philadelphia, wrapping up on April 10 at Los Angeles' The Mint. The string of dates also included a hometown show in Posner's native Detroit, his first such show, he says, in around two years. In an interview with Billboard, Mike revealed that he had signed with Island Records and that Pages would be replaced with another project. He also stated that he would like to let the world hear his recordings from Sky High and Pages. [31]

2015–present: At Night, Alone, Mansionz, and A Real Good Kid

On April 15, 2015, Posner released a stripped-down single, "I Took a Pill in Ibiza", on his Vevo account. [32] The song was shared in an exclusive EP titled The Truth that Posner made available to fans through his email sign up list. He later confirmed that the EP would be made available to purchase from online retailers on June 22. In addition, Posner stated that his second studio album would be released after the EP.

"I Took a Pill in Ibiza" was then remixed by Norwegian production duo SeeB, whose version of the song has gathered over one billion streams on Spotify [33] and a charting position of two on the Global Top 50 Chart and five on the USA Top 50 Chart. [34] The SeeB remix topped the charts in the Netherlands, Ireland, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the Dance/Mix Show Airplay of American Billboard , and peaked within the top ten of the charts in Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. [35] [36]

On December 18, 2015, a remix EP of The Truth was released. It featured SeeB's version of "I Took a Pill in Ibiza", as well as a remix by JordanXL of the single "Be As You Are". Then, on March 17, 2016, Mike Posner announced his second album, At Night, Alone. , which was released on May 6, 2016 and featured both originals and remixes of "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" and "Be As You Are". David Jeffries of AllMusic noted an improvement for Posner in the album, writing "this might not yet be the ultimate showcase for his talents, but At Night, Alone is both a welcome return and a significant step forward." On February 17, 2017, Posner announced that the third single from the album would be a remix by American electronic duo Grey of Posner's song "In the Arms of a Stranger".

2017 also saw Posner exploring new ground. Not only did he release a book of poetry, Teardrops and Balloons, [37] on March 17, but he also put out a new collaboration with American singer blackbear under the name Mansionz. A soulful hip hop project with spoken word influence, the song was a collaboration with rapper Spark Master Tape titled "Stfu". [38] Mansionz is currently signed to Island Records [39] and has released three singles, "Stfu" (featuring Spark Master Tape), "Rich White Girls", and "Dennis Rodman" (featuring Dennis Rodman). [40] [41] The duo's self-titled debut full-length album was released on March 24, 2017 and featured appearances from Soren Bryce, G-Eazy, Cyhi The Prynce, Snooze God, Spark Master Tape, and Dennis Rodman.

Mike Posner was featured on Nick Jonas' 2017 single "Remember I Told You", the second collaboration between Posner and Jonas. The track also featured English singer Anne-Marie. On January 22, 2018, Posner announced a poetry album entitled I was born in detroit on a very, very, very, very, very, very, very cold day, which was released on January 26, 2018. [42] In September 2018, Posner released "Song About You", the lead single from his third studio album, A Real Good Kid . A Real Good Kid was released on January 18, 2019. [43]

In January 2019, Posner announced his intention, on Instagram, to hike across the United States, set to start in Asbury Park, New Jersey on March 1st, 2019 and ending in Venice Beach, California, but due to a foot injury, the hike started on April 15th, 2019. [44] In August 2019, Posner was bitten by a rattlesnake during the walk and was hospitalised in Colorado, delaying the walk for "quite a few weeks". [45]

Songwriting and composition

Posner has also written for other artists. His co-writing credits include "Sugar" by Maroon 5, "Boyfriend" by Justin Bieber, and "Beneath Your Beautiful" by Labrinth, as well as songs for Talib Kweli, Pharrell Williams, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, Nelly, TI, Snoop Dogg, Nick Jonas, Avicii, Austin Mahone, and more [ citation needed ].

Personal life

On January 4th, 2019, Posner tweeted that starting on March 1, 2019 he would begin a walk across America, indicating that the journey would take "most of my 31st year." Posner subsequently received a significant amount of press and fandom surrounding the walk, including an interview on CBS This Morning. [46] On April 15, 2019 Posner set out from Asbury Park, New Jersey to begin the 3,000+ mile trip across the country. His intention is to complete the journey in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, CA. On August 7, he was bitten by a rattlesnake in Colorado and airlifted to a local hospital. [47]


Concert tours


2016 MTV Video Music Award Best Electronic Video "I Took a Pill in Ibiza"Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Song Nominated
2017 Grammy Awards Song of the Year Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Dance Song of the Year Nominated [48]
Best Music VideoNominated

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