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

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