Who Is Fancy

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Who Is Fancy
Birth nameJake Hagood
Born (1991-03-29) March 29, 1991 (age 28)
Origin Bentonville, Arkansas
Genres Pop, [1] indie rock
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2015–present
Labels
Website whoisfancymusic.com

Jake Hagood (born March 29, 1991), better known as Who Is Fancy, is an American singer. He co-signed with Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta on Big Machine Label Group and Dr. Luke on Prescription Songs. [1] [2] His single "Goodbye" was released in early 2015, peaking at number 29 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart. [3] Fancy was presented at the iHeartMedia Music Summit, although his identity was kept secret. [3]

Scooter Braun American talent manager and businessman

Scott Samuel "Scooter" Braun is an American entrepreneur, talent manager, investor, philanthropist, and entertainment executive. The founder of entertainment and media company SB Projects, Braun represents Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Martin Garrix, Psy, Carly Rae Jepsen, Dan + Shay, Zac Brown Band, Kanye West, and Tori Kelly among others. He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2016. Braun is also co-founder of the comic-film studio, Mythos Studios, along with Hollywood producer David Maisel.

Scott C. Borchetta is an American record executive and entrepreneur best known for founding Big Machine Label Group and for discovering singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. He started the label in 2005 with 13 employees, as its president/CEO and today it encompasses four imprints: Big Machine Records, BMLG Records, The Valory Music Co. and Nash Icon Records. In 2015, he became the new in-house mentor on American Idol for the program's 14th and 15th seasons.

Dr. Luke American record producer from Rhode Island

Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald, known professionally as Dr. Luke, is an American record producer, songwriter and singer. His professional music career began in the late night television sketch comedy Saturday Night Live as its house band's lead guitarist in 1997 and producing remixes for artists such as Bon Jovi and Gravediggaz. He came into music prominence in 2004 for producing Kelly Clarkson's single "Since U Been Gone" with Swedish record producer Max Martin.

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Early life

Jake Hagood was born March 29, 1991, in Bentonville, Arkansas. He taught himself to play piano at age eleven. He grew up listening to Christian and Country music. [4] After finishing high school in Arkansas, Hagood moved to Nashville, Tennessee to attend Trevecca Nazarene University. [5] The name, "Fancy," was a nickname given to him by coworkers at Forever 21 during this time. [6]

Trevecca Nazarene University

Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU) is a private Christian liberal arts college in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A. Trevecca was founded in 1901. Trevecca's mission is "a Christian community providing education for leadership and service."

While attending university, Hagood wrote original music and performed around the Nashville area. [7] He left the University after being discovered by producers Scooter Braun, Scott Borchetta, and Dr. Luke. [5] Hagood is openly gay. [4]

Homosexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual behavior between members of the same sex or gender. As a sexual orientation, homosexuality is "an enduring pattern of emotional, romantic, and/or sexual attractions" to people of the same sex. It "also refers to a person's sense of identity based on those attractions, related behaviors, and membership in a community of others who share those attractions."

Career

Beginning in January 2015, Hagood, his management team, and his record label, built a viral campaign around the singer and his debut single "Goodbye". The single was released without revealing the person behind the "Fancy" pseudonym. A series of pseudo-music videos and a lyric-only clip were viewed more than 4 million times on YouTube, and with early radio support from stations like New York's Z100, the song reached number 29 on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart, [6] number 48 on the Billboard Digital Songs chart, [8] and number 98 on the Billboard Hot 100. [9] Three music videos for the single were released, featuring three different actors lip-syncing to the song. Each video dealt with themes like gender identity and body positivity. [10] A fourth music video featuring the performer himself in the same setting was filmed but never released. [11]

YouTube video-sharing service owned by Google

YouTube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. Three former PayPal employees—Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim—created the service in February 2005. Google bought the site in November 2006 for US$1.65 billion; YouTube now operates as one of Google's subsidiaries.

The Billboard charts tabulate the relative weekly popularity of songs and albums in the United States and elsewhere. The results are published in Billboard magazine. Billboard biz, the online extension of the Billboard charts, provides additional weekly charts. There are also Year End charts. The charts may be dedicated to specific genre such as R&B, country or rock, or they may cover all genres. The charts can be ranked according to sales, streams or airplay, and for main song charts such as the Hot 100 song chart, all three pools of data are used to compile the charts. For the Billboard 200 album chart, streams and track sales are included in addition to album sales.

The Mainstream Top 40 is a 40-song music chart published weekly by Billboard Magazine which ranks the most popular songs being played on a panel of Top 40 radio stations in the United States. The rankings are based on radio airplay detections as measured by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, a subsidiary of the U.S.' leading marketing research company. Consumer researchers, Nielsen Audio, refers to the format as contemporary hit radio (CHR).

In an interview with USA Today, Hagood said that one of motivations behind the campaign was for people to "know [his] art before they knew [him]". [12] However, the concept met with a mixed response from some of Hagood's friends, including pop singer Meghan Trainor, who says she was vocally against it from the start. "I felt like you're hiding this guy," she told The Canadian Press. "What I loved about (Who is Fancy) was his appearance. He's this bubbly, happy person … he has the confidence, he has everything, and they just — I don't like what they did." [11]

Meghan Trainor American singer-songwriter

Meghan Elizabeth Trainor is an American singer-songwriter. Interested in music from a young age, Trainor wrote, recorded, and produced three independently released albums between 2009 and 2011.

Hagood finally revealed his identity on April 7, 2015, in an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon .

<i>The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon</i> American late-night talk show

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is an American late-night talk show hosted by Jimmy Fallon, on NBC. The show premiered on February 17, 2014, and is produced by Broadway Video and Universal Television. It is the seventh incarnation of NBC's long-running Tonight Show franchise, with Fallon serving as the sixth host. The show also stars sidekick and announcer Steve Higgins and house band The Roots. The Tonight Show is produced by Katie Hockmeyer and executive-produced by Lorne Michaels. The show records from Studio 6B in Rockefeller Center, New York City. This was where The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was filmed until 1972.

To promote his second single "Boys like You", Who Is Fancy performed with collaborators Meghan Trainor and Ariana Grande on Dancing with the Stars on January 23, 2016.

After "Boys Like You" failed to perform on the charts, Hagood parted ways with manager Braun and Republic. In an interview with The Canadian Press, he said that he hoped to relaunch his career in summer 2016. [11]

In 2016, Hagood was featured on Clean//Photograph, a Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran mashup by Nashville singer-songwriter Louisa Wendorff. The mashup received good reviews, and was featured on articles on Billboard, Seventeen etc.

Hagood reflected on his experience with a major label, and how they softened his gay persona: "It was everyone wanting to see me win, and they were like, 'Well, maybe you can't win if you're this (type of person),'" he says. "But maybe I could, you know what I mean?" [11]

Concert tours

Who Is Fancy has opened for both Meghan Trainor's MTrain Tour [13] and Ariana Grande's The Honeymoon Tour. [14]

Discography

Singles

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
TitleYearPeak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[15]
US
Pop

[16]
NLD
[17]
NZ
[18]
POL
[19]
"Goodbye" [20] 20159829Non-album single
"Boys Like You"
(featuring Meghan Trainor and Ariana Grande)
2016 [upper-alpha 1] 892647
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Music videos

Notes

  1. "Boys Like You" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 18 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.

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