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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.   Born This Way
  6.   Mine
  7.   Hold It Against Me
  8.   I Told You So
  9.   Sleigh Ride
  10.   Walking on the Moon
  11.   Bitch Better Have My Money
  12.   Maroon 5 - Misery (Cover)
  13.   I Want It All
  14.   Rihanna – Only Girl (In the World) [Cover]
  15.   Taylor Swift - Mine (Cover)
  16.   Panda
  17.   Look At Me Now
  18.   Jar of Hearts
  19.   I Got You
  20.   Save Me Now
  21.   Tidal Wave
  22.   Drifter
  23.   Pulses
  24.   DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love
  25.   Set Fire To the Rain
  26.   No Suitcase
  27.   What Do You Mean?
  28.   Yesterday
  29.   Gasoline
  30.   Sara Bareilles - King of Anything (Cover)
  31.   Crash Your Party
  32.   Your Love
  33.   Love Is Louder
  34.   Easy Money
  35.   Blame It On My Heart
  36.   Can't Live
  37.   Come With Me
  38.   Along The Road
  39.   Sugar
  40.   Didn't Know You
  41.   Night Like This
  42.   Geronimo Intro
  43.   Take It Away
  44.   Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)
  45.   6 Foot 7 Foot
  46.   Forget You
  47.   Grenade
  48.   King of Anything
  49.   Price Tag
  50.   Stuck Like Glue
  51.   What's My Name?
  52.   Whip My Hair
  53.   I Need a Doctor
  54.   Only Girl
  55.   Riverbend
  56.   Baby It's Cold Outside
  57.   Can't Feel My Face
  58.   What's in It for Me?
  59.   Hate to Love You
  60.   Puppet
  61.   Circle the Drain
  62.   Just a Kiss
  63.   Less Than Perfect
  64.   Written In the Stars
  65.   Everything
  66.   Try Me On
  67.   Neon Love
  68.   Sugarland - Stuck Like Glue (Cover)
  69.   Katy Perry – Teenage Dream (Cover)
  70.   I'm Just Sayin'
  71.   Too Many Fish
  72.   Firework
  73.   Misery
  74.   Dance With You
  75.   Coming Up Strong
  76.   Teenage Dream
  77.   King of Wishful Thinking