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BoyWithUke
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BoyWithUke IDGAF Album Cover
Born (2002-08-25) August 25, 2002 (age 20)
Massachusetts
NationalityAmerican
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, producer
Years active2020–present

BoyWithUke (born August 25, 2002) is a pseudonymous American alt-pop singer, musician and internet personality. He rose to popularity on the online platform TikTok with his most viral single "Toxic" (2021) and with his second most viral single "IDGAF". He has become one of the most popular faceless artists on the platform. He is currently signed to Republic Records.

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Career

2020–2021: Beginnings on TikTok and "Toxic"

BoyWithUke began uploading to TikTok in 2020 after being introduced to the platform by his brother. His content at first didn't garnish any momentum on the platform, but later in 2021, several of his videos (including Minute-Long Songs) started to perform well.[1]

In September 2021, BoyWithUke released his extended play Faded, which features the single "Toxic". "Toxic" went viral on TikTok and was featured in over sixty-nine thousand videos on the platform. It was streamed around half a billon times.[2][3] The single reached No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Airplay charts after being on the charts for thirty-one consecutive weeks, which was the sixth-longest rise to No. 1 in Alternative Airplay's history. "Toxic" nographic Industry]] (BPI) and gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[4] Later it was taken out of the album "Faded" and placed in a different Album called "Toxic".

2021–2022: Republic Records and Serotonin Dreams

In late 2021, BoyWithUke signed a deal with record label Republic Records.[5] In 2022, he released the single "IDGAF", featuring Blackbear, from his album Serotonin Dreams.[6] He released his debut major-label album, Serotonin Dreams, under Republic Records.[5] It debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Alternative Airplay and Billboard 200 charts and features "Toxic" as its lead single.[2][7] After the album's release, BoyWithUke was listed as one of the top ten Billboard Emerging Artists.[7]

As of February 2022, he has three and a half million followers on TikTok and almost two hundred thousand streams in the United States, according to MRC Data.[1]

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TikTok

TikTok

TikTok, deployed in China as Douyin, is a short-form video hosting service owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. It hosts user-submitted videos, which can range in duration from 15 seconds to 10 minutes.

Extended play

Extended play

An extended play record, usually referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single but fewer than an album or LP record. Contemporary EPs generally contain four or five tracks, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP originally referred to specific types of records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well.

Billboard (magazine)

Billboard (magazine)

Billboard is an American music and entertainment magazine published weekly by Penske Media Corporation. The magazine provides music charts, news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style related to the music industry. Its music charts include the Hot 100, the 200, and the Global 200, tracking the most popular albums and songs in different genres of music. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.

Alternative Airplay

Alternative Airplay

Alternative Airplay is a music chart in the United States that has appeared in Billboard magazine since September 10, 1988. It ranks the 40 most-played songs on alternative and modern rock radio stations. Introduced as Modern Rock Tracks, the chart served as a companion to the Mainstream Rock chart, and its creation was prompted by the explosion of alternative music on American radio in the late 1980s. During the first several years of the chart, it regularly featured music that did not receive commercial radio airplay anywhere but on a few modern rock and college rock radio stations. This included many electronic and post-punk artists. Gradually, as alternative rock became more mainstream, alternative and mainstream rock radio stations began playing many of the same songs. By the late 2000s, the genres became more fully differentiated with only limited crossover. The Alternative Airplay chart features more alternative rock, indie pop, and pop punk artists while the Mainstream Rock chart leans towards more guitar-tinged blues rock, hard rock, and heavy metal.

Recording Industry Association of America

Recording Industry Association of America

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is a trade organization that represents the music recording industry in the United States. Its members consist of record labels and distributors that the RIAA says "create, manufacture, and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legally sold recorded music in the United States". RIAA is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Republic Records

Republic Records

Republic Records is a New York City–based American record label owned by Universal Music Group (UMG). It was founded by Avery Lipman and Monte Lipman as an independent label in 1995, and was acquired by UMG in 2000. Republic was initially an imprint of the Universal/Motown Records Group, and was renamed Universal Republic Records after a reorganization in 2006 before going back to its original name in 2012.

Blackbear (musician)

Blackbear (musician)

Matthew Tyler Musto, professionally known as Blackbear, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He has released six studio albums, six EPs, one mixtape and two collaborative albums. Musto is also a member of the alternative hip hop duo Mansionz with singer-songwriter Mike Posner.

Billboard 200

Billboard 200

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine and is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 list in May 1967, and acquired its current name in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–1972), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–1984), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–1985) and Billboard Top Pop Albums (1985–1992).

United States

United States

The United States of America, commonly known as the United States or America, is a country primarily located in North America. It consists of 50 states, a federal district, five major unincorporated territories, nine Minor Outlying Islands, and 326 Indian reservations. The United States is also in free association with three Pacific Island sovereign states: the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. It is the world's third-largest country by both land and total area. It shares land borders with Canada to its north and with Mexico to its south. It has maritime borders with the Bahamas, Cuba, Russia, and other nations. With a population of over 333 million, it is the most populous country in the Americas and the third most populous in the world. The national capital is Washington, D.C. and the most populous city and financial center is New York City.

Artistry

BoyWithUke wears an opaque face shield with two large LED lights in order to ensure his anonymity.[1] His music is centered around the ukulele but also incorporates other instruments such as the piano.[3] He self-composes his music on GarageBand from his iPad, a free digital audio workstation for Apple devices.[5]

BoyWithUke's music has been described as "alternative" and "alt-pop". His famous artworks besides these include "Two Moons", "Long Drives", "Loafers" and "Sick of U" (ft. Oliver Tree). His less known songs include collab with mxmtoons "Prairies", "She Said No", "Contigo", and few from Fever Dreams including "Psycho", "Out of Tune".

Despite his lower popularity on YouTube, he has a very strong and positive audience and fans.

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Light-emitting diode

Light-emitting diode

A light-emitting diode (LED) is a semiconductor device that emits light when current flows through it. Electrons in the semiconductor recombine with electron holes, releasing energy in the form of photons. The color of the light is determined by the energy required for electrons to cross the band gap of the semiconductor. White light is obtained by using multiple semiconductors or a layer of light-emitting phosphor on the semiconductor device.

Ukulele

Ukulele

The ukulele, also called uke, is a member of the lute family of instruments of Portuguese origin and popularized in Hawaii. It generally employs four nylon strings.

Piano

Piano

The piano is a stringed keyboard instrument in which the strings are struck by wooden hammers that are coated with a softer material. It is played using a keyboard, which is a row of keys that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands to cause the hammers to strike the strings. It was invented in Italy by Bartolomeo Cristofori around the year 1700.

GarageBand

GarageBand

GarageBand is a line of digital audio workstations developed by Apple Inc. for macOS, iPadOS, and iOS devices that allows users to create music or podcasts. GarageBand is developed by Apple for macOS, and was once part of the iLife software suite, along with iMovie and iDVD. Its music and podcast creation system enables users to create multiple tracks with pre-made MIDI keyboards, pre-made loops, an array of various instrumental effects, and voice recordings.

Digital audio workstation

Digital audio workstation

A digital audio workstation (DAW) is an electronic device or application software used for recording, editing and producing audio files. DAWs come in a wide variety of configurations from a single software program on a laptop, to an integrated stand-alone unit, all the way to a highly complex configuration of numerous components controlled by a central computer. Regardless of configuration, modern DAWs have a central interface that allows the user to alter and mix multiple recordings and tracks into a final produced piece.

Apple Inc.

Apple Inc.

Apple Inc. is an American multinational technology company headquartered in Cupertino, California, United States. Apple is the largest technology company by revenue and, as of June 2022, is the world's biggest company by market capitalization, the fourth-largest personal computer vendor by unit sales and second-largest mobile phone manufacturer. It is one of the Big Five American information technology companies, alongside Alphabet (Google), Amazon, Meta (Facebook), and Microsoft.

Oliver Tree

Oliver Tree

Oliver Tree Nickell is an American singer, record producer, and comedian. Born in Santa Cruz, California, Tree signed to Atlantic Records in 2017 after his song "When I'm Down" went viral and released his debut studio album Ugly Is Beautiful in 2020. He achieved international success with his songs "Life Goes On" in 2021, and "Miss You" in 2022. He released his second studio album Cowboy Tears on February 18, 2022.

Mxmtoon

Mxmtoon

Maia, known professionally as mxmtoon, is an American singer-songwriter and YouTuber. Her music is characterized by emotionally transparent, confessional lyrics, and often employs the ukulele. She released her first EP, Plum Blossom, in 2018; her debut album, The Masquerade, was released in September 2019. This was followed by the twin EPs Dawn and Dusk in 2020, and second studio album Rising, which was released on May 20, 2022.

Personal life

BoyWithUke keeps most of his personal life private. He has revealed that he lives in Massachusetts. BoyWithUke stated that he was forced into classical music from the age of four, but later dropped it. This was followed with him resuming music through writing music in high school.[1][8] According to many references, his name is probably Charley Yang.[9]

BoyWithUke revealed that he kept and still keeps his identity hidden because he wants people to pay attention to the music and talent and not his looks.[1] From the lyrics, most people assume that he has a very strong emotion and sense of audience reaction. He seems to make his own trend on the platform with 3M subscribers on YouTube and his music differs a lot from the other popular artists. He has also done few concerts in places in the US.

In many of his songs, he used the name 'Tobi' including Psycho, Out of Tune and Sick of U Album Cover. He once said that he doesn't have many voices in his head. If he had, he would choose Tobi as a good name.[10]

Discography

Albums

  • Melatonin Dreams (22 January 2021)
  • Fever Dreams (4 June 2021)
  • Serotonin Dreams (6 May 2022)

EPs

  • Trouvaille (5 March 2021)
  • Faded (10 September 2021)[3]
  • New One Coming Soon

Singles

  • "Small Fry" (April 2, 2021)
  • "Toxic" (October 29, 2021)[3]
  • "Long Drives" (January 21, 2022)
  • "IDGAF" (March 18, 2022)[11]
  • "Sick of U" (September 30, 2022)
  • “Rockstar” (February 10, 2023)

Source: "BoyWithUke", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 26th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BoyWithUke.

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References
  1. ^ a b c d e Olivier, Bobby (February 18, 2022). "Meet BoyWithUke, TikTok's Masked Singer Waking Up to Alt-Pop Stardom". Billboard. Retrieved September 14, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b Rutherford, Kevin (June 28, 2022). "BoyWithUke Notches First No. 1 on a Billboard Songs Chart With 'Toxic'". Billboard. Retrieved September 16, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ a b c d Driever, Natalie (November 26, 2021). "BOYWITHUKE - "TOXIC"". 1LIVE (in German). Westdeutscher Rundfunk. Retrieved September 16, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "American single certifications – BoyWithUke – TOXIC". Recording Industry Association of America. August 22, 2022. Retrieved September 24, 2022.
  5. ^ a b c Billboard Staff (May 13, 2022). "21 UNDER 21: SEE WHO MADE THE 2022 LIST". Billboard. Retrieved September 14, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Mier, Tomás (March 30, 2022). "Machine Gun Kelly Sings From a Cat Lady's Bedroom in 'Make Up Sex' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 23, 2022. Meanwhile, Blackbear recently joined BoyWithUke on "IDGAF" earlier this year.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ a b Zellner, Xander (May 17, 2022). "Nate Smith Rules Emerging Artists Chart, Thanks to 'Whiskey on You' Single". Billboard. Retrieved September 23, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Ones To Watch". Ones to Watch. Retrieved 2022-10-16.
  9. ^ User, Reddit. "Let me Down". {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  10. ^ User, Reddit. "Who is Tobi? r/BoyWithAUke". {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  11. ^ "Ones To Watch". Ones to Watch. Retrieved 2022-10-16.

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