Unfinished Business (Nathan Sykes album)

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Released11 November 2016
Recorded2014–16
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Length44:11
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Singles from Unfinished Business
  1. "Kiss Me Quick"
    Released: 21 May 2015
  2. "Over and Over Again"
    Released: 18 October 2015
  3. "Give It Up"
    Released: 29 April 2016
  4. "Famous"
    Released: 30 September 2016
  5. "There's Only One of You"
    Released: 29 December 2016
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Unfinished Business is the debut studio album by English singer Nathan Sykes. It was released on 11 November 2016, by Global Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings. The album features two guest appearances from American singer Ariana Grande, and American rapper G-Eazy.

Nathan Sykes singer from England

Nathan James Sykes is an English singer, songwriter and record producer. He is best known for being the youngest member of the British boy band The Wanted. In 2013, Sykes appeared with his bandmates in the E! channel reality television series The Wanted Life. After the band's hiatus in 2014, Sykes embarked on a solo career. His debut single, "Kiss Me Quick" was released in July 2015. It reached number-one on the US Dance Club Songs chart.

Def Jam Recordings American record label

Def Jam Recordings is an American record label focused predominantly on hip hop and urban music, owned by Universal Music Group. In the UK, the label takes on the name Def Jam UK and is operated through Virgin EMI Records, while in Japan, it is known as Def Jam Japan, operating through Universal Music Japan. The label distributes releases of various record labels, including Kanye West's GOOD Music, and Listen Up Forever Records, headed by producer, Ronny J. Current artists include Justin Bieber, Logic, Big Sean, Kanye West, Nas, 2 Chainz, Teyana Taylor, YG, Dave East, Jeezy, Jeremih, Q-Tip, Valee, Pusha T, Vince Staples, Fabolous, Desiigner and Jhené Aiko.

In show business, a guest appearance is the participation of an outsider performer in an event such as a music record or concert, show, etc., when the performer does not belong to the regular cast, band or other performing group. In music, such an outside performer is often referred to as a guest artist. In performance art, the terms guest role or guest star are also common, the latter term specifically indicating the guest appearance of a celebrity. The latter is often also credited as special guest star or special musical guest star by some production companies.

Contents

Background

In 2014, the concept for the album came about when the British-based dance-pop band The Wanted began parted ways with each other on a hiatus, while Nathan himself decided that he wanted to pursue a solo career. In March 2015, Sykes debuted as a solo artist and released his first music video for the track, called "More Than You'll Ever Know" on his Vevo account. [2] [3] Sykes went on his first solo tour on 8 April 2015, which included six sold-out shows in the United Kingdom. Sykes announced via the app Periscope that his debut single from his album would be called "Kiss Me Quick". [4] The single was released on 5 July 2015. [5] On 21 May 2015, Sykes released a music video for his debut single, "Kiss Me Quick" on his Vevo account. [6] The song peaked at number 14 on the UK Singles Chart.

Dance-pop is a pop and dance subgenre that originated in the early 1980s. It is generally uptempo music intended for nightclubs with the intention of being danceable but also suitable for contemporary hit radio. Developing from a combination of electronic dance music and pop music, with influences of disco, post-disco and synth-pop, it is generally characterised by strong beats with easy, uncomplicated song structures which are generally more similar to pop music than the more free-form dance genre, with an emphasis on melody as well as catchy tunes. The genre, on the whole, tends to be producer-driven, despite some notable exceptions.

The Wanted English-Irish boy band

The Wanted was a British-Irish boy band consisting of members Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes. They formed in 2009 and were signed worldwide to Universal Music subsidiaries Island Records and Mercury Records, and managed by Scooter Braun.

A music video is a short film that integrates a song with imagery, and is produced for promotional or artistic purposes. Modern music videos are primarily made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings. There are also cases where songs are used in tie-in marketing campaigns that allow them to become more than just a song. Tie-ins and merchandising can be used for toys or for food or other products. Although the origins of the music video date back to musical short films that first appeared in the 1920s, they again came into prominence in the 1980s when the channel MTV based their format around the medium. Prior to the 1980s, these kinds of videos were described by various terms including "illustrated song", "filmed insert", "promotional (promo) film", "promotional clip", "promotional video", "song video", "song clip" or "film clip".

In October 2015, Sykes announced that his second single from the album would be called "Over and Over Again". The music video for the song was released in the UK on 28 October 2015. It was released worldwide on 20 November 2015. In March 2016, it was announced that Sykes would support the girl group Little Mix on their Get Weird Tour. Sykes announced that his third single from the album would be called "Give It Up", and would be released on 13 May 2016. [7] The music video for "Give It Up" was released on 27 April 2016, and was later banned from television after numerous scenes were deemed unsuitable for most audiences. On 26 July 2016, Sykes announced that his debut studio album would be called Unfinished Business, and would be released on 4 November 2016. However, on 12 October 2016, Sykes announced that the album would be released one week later than originally planned on 11 November 2016.

Little Mix British four-piece girl group

Little Mix are a British girl group formed in 2011 during the eighth series of the UK version of The X Factor. They were the first group to win the competition, and following their victory, they signed with Simon Cowell's record label Syco Music and released a cover of Damien Rice's "Cannonball" as their winner's single. The members are Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Jesy Nelson.

The Get Weird Tour Little Mix concert tour

The Get Weird Tour was the third concert tour and the first worldwide tour by British girl group Little Mix, in support of their third studio album, Get Weird, announced in July 2015. It began on 13 March 2016 in Cardiff, Wales and ended on 27 August 2016 in Newmarket, England. The group performed at sold out shows across Europe, Oceania and Asia with a total of 60 shows selling approximately 377,682 tickets. It grossed a total of 22.1 million dollars, becoming the 8th highest grossing girl group tour in history, after being pushed back down by their 2017 The Glory Days Tour ranked as the 5th highest in history.

Give It Up (Nathan Sykes song) song by Nathan Sykes

"Give It Up" is a song by English singer Nathan Sykes, featuring vocals from American rapper G-Eazy. The song was released in the United Kingdom on 29 April 2016 as the third single from his debut studio album Unfinished Business (2016). The song peaked at number 56 on the UK Singles Chart.

Track listing

Unfinished Business– Standard edition [8]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Good Things Come to Those Who Wait"Sjolie3:38
2."Kiss Me Quick"

Lorne Alistair Tennant, better known as Ali Tennant, is a British singer, songwriter and vocal producer/mentor from London, England signed to BMG Chrysalis.

LDN Noise is a songwriting and record producing duo, consisting of members Greg Bonnick and Hayden Chapman, currently based in London, United Kingdom. They are best known for producing hits for other artists, such as Nathan Sykes, Nick Jonas, Chris Brown and K-pop artists, such as EXO and Red Velvet.

3:07
3."Money"
James Abrahart

James "JHart" Abrahart is a British multi-platinum selling, Grammy nominated singer, songwriter, record producer and arranger, based in Los Angeles. Signed by Mike Caren to Artist Publishing Group in 2013, he has worked with a number of popular artists, including Usher, Justin Bieber, Camila Cabello, Kygo, Chris Brown, Little Mix, Martin Garrix, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony, Keith Urban, Trey Songz, Kelsea Ballerini and Kevin Gates, amongst others. His output has amassed over $8 million in sales.

Harmony Samuels British musician

Harmony David Samuels is an English record producer, composer and songwriter. He has produced a multitude of hits for artists such as Brandy, Jennifer Lopez, Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, Chip, Michelle Williams, Fantasia, Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole, Ne-Yo and more.

Carmen Reece is a British singer, songwriter and musician based in Los Angeles, California. An accomplished pianist and flautist from childhood, Reece penned her first song aged 11 and has since worked and written for world-renowned artists such as Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, Destiny’s Child, Jennifer Lopez, Nathan Sykes, Ciara and Craig David, among others.

Samuels3:18
4."Freedom"
  • Sykes
  • Chapman
  • Tennant
  • Bonnick
LDN Noise2:51
5."Twist"
  • Samuels
  • Riley
4:01
6."I Can't Be Mad"
4:07
7."There's Only One of You"
  • Sykes
  • Tim Woodcock
Woodcock3:54
8."Famous"
  • Sykes
  • Samuels
  • Major Johnson Finley
  • Reece
  • Edgar "JV" Etienne
Samuels4:10
9."Give It Up" (featuring G-Eazy)
G-Eazy American rapper and record producer

Gerald Earl Gillum, known professionally as G-Eazy, is an American rapper and philanthropist from Oakland, California. His first major-label album, These Things Happen, was released on June 23, 2014 and peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard 200. His second studio album, When It's Dark Out, was released on December 4, 2015. It featured the single "Me, Myself & I", which reached the top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100. His third and most recent studio album, The Beautiful & Damned, was released on December 15, 2017.

Matthew Burnett Canadian record producer

Matthew Raymond Burnett, is a multi-platinum selling Canadian hip hop and R&B producer from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Burnett has worked with a number of major recording artists including: Eminem, Drake, Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Bun B, Big Sean, Meek Mill, Tyga, Marsha Ambrosius, Nicki Minaj and Childish Gambino. Matthew Burnett has been the recipient of two Grammy Award nominations and two Juno Award nominations for some of his work.

  • Bell
  • Burnett
3:27
10."More Than You'll Ever Know"
  • Sykes
  • Riley
  • Scribz Riley
  • Kurtis McKenzie
  • John Mills
Riley3:25
11."Over and Over Again"
  • Sykes
  • Samuels
  • Reece
  • Finley
  • Samuels
  • Sykes
4:07
12."I'll Remember You"
  • Sykes
  • Courtney Harrel
  • Dernst Emile II
  • Abrahart
Dernst Emile II4:06
Total length:44:11

Charts

Chart (2016)Peak
position
Scottish Albums (OCC) [11] 19
UK Albums (OCC) [12] 11
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard) [13] 2

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