Songwriter/producer, RedOne, aka The Melody King has earned his first U.S. Grammy Nomination as producer of "Just Dance," the Lady GaGa smash single in the Best Dance Song Category. Reached in a Miami studio where he’s working on a collaboration with Akon and Enrique Iglesias RedOne was elated, "This is such an honor. For a guy from Morocco to come to America and achieve this speaks to the greatness of this country. I promise this is just the beginning. My goal is to keep producing music that gets better and better." RedOne won a Song of the Year Swedish Grammy Award in 2005 for producing, "Step Up" by Scandinavian singer Darin. RedOne is also celebrating the release of Akon's highly anticipated CD Freedom on which he produced several tracks. RedOne produced 7 tracks on Lady Gaga’s debut CD The Fame. "Just Dance" is #5 and rising on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. It peaked at # 1 on the Australian ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart, It also peaked at #1 on the Top 20 Canadian Singles Chart, #11 on the Top 100 Norwegian Airplay chart, #7 on the Denmark Top 40 music chart, #15 on the RIANZ New Zealand Top 40 Singles Chart and # 16 on the Switzerland Top 100 singles chart.
"Poker Face," the second RedOne production from the CD, is also a proven hit. It's already #1 on the RIANZ New Zealand Top 40 Singles Chart and at #3 on the Australian ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart. In the United States The Fame debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Electronic Albums Chart and #17 on the Billboard 200 Chart, with sales of 24,000 copies sold in its first week. The LP was also #1 on the Canadian Album chart.
Having established himself as a top global producer and songwriter, RedOne has kept close ties with the international community that launched him into prominence. Born in Morocco, RedOne rebelled against his aristocratic upbringing and set off to Sweden, ground zero for the thriving pop music scene in the early 90‘s. Inspired by the kinetic energy, a penniless RedOne took odd jobs and slept on a recording studio floor just to stay close to the music. After a short stint in a rock band, he began to refine his producing and songwriting skills and scored a publishing deal with BMG. RedOneE2s sound is a convergence of rhythms of his native Morocco and the Euro-pop that inspired him early on. His career jumped off with successful stints writing and producing CD tracks by Nordic artists such as the wildly popular A*Teens. In 2004, RedOne hit it big with the European smash “Step Up,” winning both Swedish Grammy and Scandinavian Song of the Year awards with frequent co-writer Bilal Hajji. In March of 2006, RedOne produced a "mash-up" of Shakira‘s "Hips Don't Lie" featuring Wyclef Jean which brought him international attention from various artists and record companies.
It's rumored that RedOne was recently in the studio with Michael Jackson along with his production partner Akon to mastermind Jackson's new album due in 2009. He was also one of the producers responsible for the musical success of New Kids On The Block new CD The Block, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. Aside from working with Lady Gaga, RedOne is in the studio non stop and has upcoming releases with some of the most respected artists in the business including Enrique Iglesias whose Greatest Hits LP released November 11th which features the RedOne produced single "Takin' Back My Love" (featuring Ciara). He’s also worked with Brandy (Epic), Lionel Richie (Island), Flypside (Interscope), Menudo (Epic), Varsity (Virgin), and Tami Chynn’s SRC/Universal debut which he co-produced with Akon. He has also garne red praise for his previous work with Robyn, Cheetah Girls, Christina Milian, Tiffany Evans, and 3LW, to name a few.