If you’re like me who has a huge tendency to get earworms (i.e. a song that lodges itself in your brain) and you’re also into reggae music, then you’ve probably heard their song Rude and it is probably one of your most recent earworms alongside a bunch of others.
For some reason, the first time I heard this song, I instantly loved it. Who could resist the cool reggae rhythm, the nice voice, the easy-to-relate to story and lyrics of the song, right? I for one, couldn’t! (The fact that the vocalist is really cute, has long hair and curly locks became a bonus shortly after seeing their video..)
I’ve never featured a new band and often stick to older bands who’ve already made their respective marks in the industry but I just couldn’t let this band pass.
Here’s a fresher band for some fresher music courtesy of Magic! (No, this isn’t a play on words, the band is really called MAGIC!)
Magic! (stylized as MAGIC!) is a Canadian reggae fusion band, composed of songwriter and record producer Nasri on lead vocals and Mark Pellizzer, Alex Tanas and Ben Spivak. In 2013, they released their debut single, “Rude“, from their debut album Don’t Kill the Magic. The band is signed to Sony Music Entertainment and is also partnered with Latium Entertainment in addition to RCA Records in the USA.
All members of the band are originally from the Toronto area’s. The lead singer of MAGIC!, Nasri, had worked with and written songs for different pop acts prior to the start of the band, mainly alongside Adam Messinger, together known as The Messengers. He met Mark Pellizzer in the studio and within a week they wrote the song “Don’t Judge Me” for Chris Brown. Nasri described the chemistry between himself and Pellizzer as “different than writing chemistry, it was more artistic.” A few weeks later, while Mark was playing a reggae tune on the guitar, Nasri suggested starting a band like “modern-day Police.”
2013–14: Don’t Kill the Magic
They released their debut single “Rude” on 12 October 2013, the song peaked at number six on the Canadian Hot 100, and also proved a great international success, topping the charts in the United States and the United Kingdom and peaking within the top ten of the charts in Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden. “Don’t Kill the Magic” was released as the second single from the album on 4 April 2014, peaking at number twenty two on the Canadian Hot 100 and fifty three in Australia. The band released their debut album Don’t Kill the Magic on 30 June 2014. The album peaked to number 5 on the Canadian Albums Chart and number 6 on the Billboard 200.
In popular culture.
Magic! is featured on Shakira‘s “Cut Me Deep”, a track from her self-titled album released in March 2014. They are also featured on One Love, One Rhythm, the official 2014 FIFA World Cup album, with the track “This Is Our Time (Agora é a Nossa Hora)”.
- Nasri – lead vocals, guitar
- Mark Pellizzer – guitar, backing vocals
- Ben Spivak – bass, backing vocals
- Alex Tanas – drums, backing vocals
Without further ado, let the MAGIC! begin!!! (this is definitely a play on words…)
Let your hair down
No way no
How do you want to be remembered
One Man One Woman
Don’t kill the magic
Cheers to the band’s early success and a toast to hopefully more beautiful songs coming from them… let not the music industry kill the magic that is MAGIC! 🙂
Thanks for chillin’ with me today and hope you enjoyed our magical presentation… sorry but I just can’t help but stuff this post with the words magic for some reason.. hehehe…
Nmed 10/07/14 @ 1:33pm