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