Topic (DJ)

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Background information
Birth nameTobias Topic
Born23 March 1992 (1992-03-23) (age 29)
Solingen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • DJ
  • producer
Years active2014–present
Labels
Associated acts

Tobias Topic (born 23 March 1992 in Solingen), also known mononymously as Topic (pronounced: Topik), is a German DJ, producer and musician. His song "Home" was certified platinum in Australia and Germany. [1] [2]

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Biography

He went to a high school in Hessen. At the age of 16, he started using Logic, a digital audio workstation, to produce music with the guidance of a teacher. [3] He started his musical career on social media with the assistance of YouTube musicians who contacted him. [4] [5]

Topic's first release, a house song called "Light It Up", was released at the end of 2014 and reached more than one million views on his YouTube channel. In summer 2015, he released his debut album Miles, which charted on both the German and Austrian charts. Topic also later made the singles charts in both countries with the song "Home" featuring Nico Santos on vocals. He has cited the internet as a source of his success, stating "The Internet has actually brought the world closer together." [6]

In January 2016, he released the song "Home" which features singer Nico Santos. [7]

In September 2016, he signed a record deal with Sony Music/ATV. [8]

In January 2017, he released the single "Break My Habits". [9]

On 26 January 2018, Topic collaborated with American singer Ally Brooke for the single "Perfect". [10] The success of airplay also received attention in the United States, in particular through Brooke's appearance on the TV show Wild 'n Out . For the song, they were nominated for the Teen Choice Award 2018 in the "Electronic / Dance Song" category.

With the track "Sólo Contigo", which was created in collaboration with Juan Magán and German singer Lena Meyer-Landrut, he released a Spanish-language single for the first time in spring 2018. The song "The Less I Know" followed with Alexander Tidebrink, a Swedish singer and songwriter.

On 19 December 2019, "Breaking Me" was released as the sixth single in 2019. It is a collaboration with the Swedish singer A7S and the first chart success for Topic after almost two years. The single reached top 10 positions in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Canada, Australia and Ireland. With "Breaking Me", Topic also reached the British single charts for the first time and got his first number one on the Portuguese singles chart. In the US, he dominated the Dance charts for 3 weeks. In October 2020, the single reached 500 million streams on Spotify [11] and over 1 billion streams overall.

On 28 August 2020, the single "Why Do You Lie to Me" was released. It is the second collaboration of Topic and A7S and features American rapper Lil Baby.

2021: "Your Love (9PM)"

In 2021, Topic remade ATB's number one hit "9 PM (Till I Come)" collaborating with the German producer who had issued the song originally in the 1990s, André 'ATB' Tanneberger. Retitled "Your Love (9PM)", the record also featured A7S (making it their third collaboration) and was released on Positiva Records. The record charted in a number of markets including in Germany and on the UK Official Charts Company Top 75 singles chart (reaching the number 42 position on 5 February 2021). [12] [13] [14] [15]

Discography

Albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
GER
[16]
AUT
[17]
Miles6770

Singles

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positions Certifications Album
GER
[16]
AUS
[18]
AUT
[17]
CAN
[19]
IRE
[20]
NLD
[21]
SWI
[22]
UK
[23]
US
Dance/
Elec.

[24]
"Light It Up"
(with Jona Selle)
2014Miles
"Real Stars"
(with Marco Minella)
2015
"Miles"
(with Krism)
"Home"
(featuring Nico Santos)
121110
"Fly Away"
(with Lili Pistorius)
"Find You"
(with Jake Reese)
20165763Non-album singles
"Break My Habits"20175873
"Perfect"
(with Ally Brooke)
2018987338
"Sólo Contigo" [26]
(with Juan Magán and Lena)
"Breaking Me"
(with A7S)
2019342932433
"Like I Love You"
(with Nico Santos)
2020243254
  • IFPI AUT: Gold [29]
Nico Santos
"Why Do You Lie to Me"
(with A7S featuring Lil Baby) [32]
988617Non-album singles
"Lost"
(with Samra)
378
"Your Love (9PM)"
(with ATB and A7S) [33]
202162288
[34]
136812
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.

Remixes

Awards and nominations

YearOrganizationAwardWorkResultRef.
2016MTV Europe Music AwardsBest German ActHimselfNominated [35]
20161 Live KroneBest SingleHome (with Nico Santos)Nominated [36]
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Electronic/Dance SongPerfect (with Ally Brooke)Nominated [37]
2020LOS40 Music AwardsBest Dance ActHimself [38]
20201 Live KroneBest SingleBreaking Me (with A7S)Nominated [39]
20201 Live KroneBest Dance ActHimselfNominated [40]

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