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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. ~ Heather Phares.
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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Brokenhearted
  3.   Acapella
  4.   Hello
  5.   I Told You So
  6.   Sleigh Ride
  7.   Walking on the Moon
  8.   Maroon 5 - Misery (Cover)
  9.   Taylor Swift - Mine (Cover)
  10.   Rihanna – Only Girl (In the World) [Cover]
  11.   Katy Perry – Teenage Dream (Cover)
  12.   Crash Your Party
  13.   Didn't Know You
  14.   I Want It All
  15.   Jar of Hearts
  16.   Set Fire To the Rain
  17.   Geronimo Intro
  18.   Try Me On
  19.   Look At Me Now
  20.   Tidal Wave
  21.   Your Love
  22.   Drifter
  23.   Whip My Hair
  24.   Misery
  25.   6 Foot 7 Foot
  26.   Mine
  27.   Stuck Like Glue
  28.   Gasoline
  29.   Less Than Perfect
  30.   Neon Love
  31.   Pulses
  32.   Forget You
  33.   King of Anything
  34.   Written In the Stars
  35.   Hate to Love You
  36.   Puppet
  37.   Take It Away
  38.   Tonight (I'm Lovin' You)
  39.   DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love
  40.   Firework
  41.   Price Tag
  42.   What's My Name?
  43.   Teenage Dream
  44.   What's in It for Me?
  45.   Sugarland - Stuck Like Glue (Cover)
  46.   I'm Just Sayin'
  47.   Too Many Fish
  48.   Born This Way
  49.   Circle the Drain
  50.   Hold It Against Me
  51.   I Need a Doctor
  52.   Only Girl
  53.   King of Wishful Thinking
  54.   Night Like This
  55.   Coming Up Strong
  56.   Grenade
  57.   Sara Bareilles - King of Anything (Cover)
  58.   Just a Kiss
  59.   Sugar
  60.   Yesterday
  61.   Along The Road

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