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Crafting a pop-meets-hip-hop sound they call "swag-pop," Karmin is the project of singer/rapper Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan. Heidemann grew up in a small Nebraska town and discovered her voice in sixth grade, while Noonan became an award-winning trombone player and avid classic rock fan while growing up in Maine. The pair met in 2006 at Boston's Berklee College of Music, where Heidemann studied songwriting, performance, and business, and Noonan was on his way to becoming a professional trombonist, playing with the likes of Paul Simon and Herbie Hancock. While the pair -- who became a couple -- worked on music for school assignments together, it didn't occur to them to collaborate professionally until they graduated. Taking their name from combining "carmen," the Latin word for "sing," and "karma," Karmin's debut release, Inside Out, arrived in 2010 and featured a largely acoustic sound, with Noonan playing a wooden box because the duo couldn't afford a drum kit. They also posted their songs on YouTube, but realizing that it was unlikely that people would search out their original songs, Noonan and Heidemann began covering Top 40 hits and became an Internet sensation in the process. In April 2011, Karmin posted a cover of Chris Brown's "Look at Me Now" on their YouTube channel, drawing the attention of Ryan Seacrest, Diplo, ?uestlove, and the Game, among others; covers of Lil Wayne's "6 Foot 7" and Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" soon followed, all of which displayed Heidemann's rapping skills as well as her vocal chops. Around this time, Karmin's original song "Take It Away" was used in commercials for the 2011 NBA Finals. That June, Epic Records signed Karmin, who began working on their debut album. The duo, now based in Los Angeles, worked with producer Jon Jon Traxx on a set of songs including "Take It Away" as well as "Brokenhearted" and "I Told You So," which Karmin performed on Saturday Night Live in February 2012. Hello was released in May 2012. In 2013, Karmin returned with the single "Acapella," which became a hit in Australia and New Zealand but only peaked at 72 in the U.S. Over the next year, the duo worked on their full-length major-label debut, Pulses, which saw release in March 2014. After finishing their tour that year, Karmin left Epic Records in order to have more creative freedom. The duo began working on their second album, Leo Rising, a collection of songs inspired by the zodiac. Several singles and an EP, Sugar, preceded Leo Rising's release in September 2016. Karmin also shot videos for each of the album's songs. ~ Heather Phares.
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  1.   Song
  2.   Brokenhearted
  3.   Hello
  4.   Acapella
  5.   Mine
  6.   Hold It Against Me
  7.   Born This Way
  8.   Walking on the Moon
  9.   Sleigh Ride
  10.   I Told You So
  11.   Taylor Swift - Mine (Cover)
  12.   Look at Me Now
  13.   Bitch Better Have My Money
  14.   I Want It All
  15.   Forget You
  16.   Easy Money
  17.   Save Me Now
  18.   What Do You Mean?
  19.   Sugar
  20.   Didn't Know You
  21.   Puppet
  22.   6 Foot 7 Foot
  23.   Stuck Like Glue
  24.   Love Is Louder
  25.   I Got You
  26.   Blame It On My Heart
  27.   Everything
  28.   Come With Me
  29.   Can't Feel My Face
  30.   Along The Road
  31.   Yesterday
  32.   What's in It for Me?
  33.   Try Me On
  34.   Tidal Wave
  35.   Katy Perry – Teenage Dream (Cover)
  36.   Maroon 5 - Misery (Cover)
  37.   I'm Just Sayin'
  38.   Crash Your Party
  39.   Firework
  40.   Jar of Hearts
  41.   Your Love
  42.   Big Girls Don't Cry
  43.   No Suitcase
  44.   Dance With You
  45.   Riverbend
  46.   Baby It's Cold Outside
  47.   Hate to Love You
  48.   Gasoline
  49.   Drifter
  50.   Night Like This
  51.   Geronimo Intro
  52.   Rihanna – Only Girl (In the World) [Cover]
  53.   Sugarland - Stuck Like Glue (Cover)
  54.   Coming Up Strong
  55.   I Need a Doctor
  56.   Just a Kiss
  57.   King of Anything
  58.   King of Wishful Thinking
  59.   Less Than Perfect
  60.   Misery
  61.   Teenage Dream
  62.   What's My Name?
  63.   Written in the Stars
  64.   Set Fire to the Rain
  65.   Can't Live
  66.   Panda
  67.   Neon Love
  68.   Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)
  69.   Circle the Drain
  70.   DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love
  71.   Grenade
  72.   Only Girl
  73.   Price Tag
  74.   Whip My Hair
  75.   Too Many Fish
  76.   Sara Bareilles - King of Anything (Cover)
  77.   Take It Away
  78.   Pulses