Brown at the 2014 ARIA Music Awards
14 February 1985|
|Genres||Dance-pop, electropop, electro house, Eurodance|
|DJ, singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer|
Republic, 2101 (US)
Havana Brown or DJ Havana Brown (born Angelique Meunier; 14 February 1985) is an Australian DJ, recording artist, record producer and dancer. In 2008, Brown signed with Island Records Australia as a DJ for the record company, and began releasing her Crave compilation album series, which featured remixes of songs from other artists. This led to her touring with international artists, including Britney Spears, Rihanna, the Pussycat Dolls, Chris Brown and Enrique Iglesias.
Brown made her debut as a recording artist in 2011, with the single "We Run the Night", which reached number five on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart and was certified triple platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). The single earned Brown two ARIA Music Award nominations for Breakthrough Artist Single and Highest Selling Single. Following this success, Brown signed a US record deal with Universal Republic via producer RedOne's label 2101 Records. A remix of "We Run the Night", featuring American rapper Pitbull, was produced by RedOne and released in the United States. It reached number one on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart and number 26 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The remix was included on Brown's first EP, When the Lights Go Out, which was released in July 2012. Brown was also one of the contestants in the second season of the Australian version of the TV series I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! in 2016, where she came 6th.
Brown was born in Melbourne, Australia to Mauritian parents of French descent from the island of Rodrigues. Before she started to DJ, she was signed to a record label in the United Kingdom with a group called Fishbowl. They were about to release their first single under the label, but the group fell apart and Brown turned to DJing. She then began performing at venues around Melbourne and worked with promotions around Australia.
In 2008, Brown signed to Island Records Australia, after being approached by a boss of the label, who asked her if she was interested in doing a compilation album. She has since been releasing her Crave compilation series through the label. In October 2008, Brown supported Rihanna on the Australian leg of her Good Girl Gone Bad Tour. In May 2009, she served as a support act for the Pussycat Dolls during the Australian leg of their Doll Domination Tour. Brown also supported Britney Spears during the European leg of her 2009 Circus Tour. She earned the same support role for the Australian leg of the tour in November 2009.
In April 2011, Brown was a supporting act for Chris Brown's Australian leg of his F.A.M.E. Tour. On 29 April 2011, Brown released her debut single "We Run the Night", which was written and produced by Cassie Davis and Snob Scrilla of the production duo More Mega. The song peaked at number five on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified triple platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), for selling 210,000 copies. On 4 September 2011, Brown told The Daily Telegraph that she had signed a US recording contract with Universal Republic Records via producer RedOne's label 2101 Records. The official remix of "We Run the Night", featuring additional production by RedOne and a rap verse by American rapper Pitbull, was released in the United States on 27 September 2011. It peaked at number one on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart. Brown's second single "Get It" was released on 9 September 2011, and peaked at number 38 on the ARIA Singles Chart. On 20 April 2012, Brown released a promotional single titled "City of Darkness".
Brown's debut EP When the Lights Go Out was released on 17 July 2012. The Australian version of the EP included five new songs, while the US version included the RedOne remix of "We Run the Night". On 18 July 2012, she appeared as a musical guest on America's Got Talent. In August 2012, Brown became a supporting act, alongside Timomatic and Taio Cruz, for Pitbull's Australian leg of his Planet Pit World Tour. Brown represented Australia at the first ABU TV Song Festival 2012, which took place at the KBS Concert Hall in Seoul, South Korea on 14 October 2012. "Big Banana", featuring R3hab and Prophet of 7Lions, was released as the third single from When the Lights Go Out on 4 December 2012. It was Brown's second single to peak at number one on the US Hot Dance Club Songs chart. It also peaked at number 15 on the US Dance/Electronic Songs chart. In Australia, "Big Banana" peaked at number 18 on the ARIA Singles Chart, and at number 2 on the ARIA Dance Singles Chart. The song was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), denoting sales of 70,000 copies. "Spread a Little Love" was released as the fourth single from the EP but failed to chart.
Brown's debut studio album Flashing Lights was released on 11 October 2013, which debuted at number six on the ARIA Albums Chart. It features collaborations with RedOne, R3hab, Cassie Davis, Snob Scrilla and Afrojack. Flashing Lights also features previously released tracks "We Run the Night", "Big Banana" and "You'll Be Mine". The album was in the process of creation from 2011 when she released "We Run the Night", which sold over one million copies in the United States and charted across the globe. Brown spent 2012 and 2013 primarily based in the U.S. working on the album. The lead single "Flashing Lights" was released on 23 August 2013 and peaked at number 68 on the ARIA Singles Chart. "Flashing Lights" peaked at number one on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart marking her third number one in the US on that chart. The second single "Warrior" was released on 27 September 2013, debuted at number 32 before peaking at number 11 and was certified platinum for sales of over 70,000 copies. On 14 October 2013, Brown performed "Warrior" on season five of The X Factor Australia.
On 27 March 2014, Brown released the single "Whatever We Want", which peaked at number 35 on the ARIA Singles Chart. Brown's next single "Better Not Said" was released on 9 September 2014, and peaked at number 79. In January 2015, she released her eleventh lead single "No Ordinary Love", which is a dance version of Sade's song of the same name.
Brown claimed Janet Jackson as her biggest influence, stating "she's my idol" and "I want to be Janet Jackson! But the DJ-slash-Janet Jackson--I want to be able to put on big shows, I want dancers, I want fireworks, I want it all."
|2011||ARIA Music Awards||Breakthrough Artist - Single ("We Run the Night")||Nominated|
|Highest Selling Single ("We Run the Night")||Nominated|
|Poprepublic.tv IT List Awards||Australian Female Artist||Nominated|
|Favourite DJ of 2011||Won|
|Breakthrough Artist of 2011||Won|
|2012||APRA Music Awards||Dance Work of the Year - "We Run the Night" (Cassie Davis, Sean Mullins)||Nominated|
|ARIA Music Awards||Best Dance Release (When the Lights Go Out)||Nominated|
|Channel [V] Awards||[V] Oz Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|Poprepublic.tv IT List Awards||Favourite Australian Female Artist||Nominated|
|Favourite DJ of 2012||Won|
|2013||Channel [V] Awards||[V] Oz Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|Poprepublic.tv Awards||Favourite DJ or Remixer of 2013||Won|
|Favourite Australian Female Artist||Nominated|
|2014||World Music Awards||World's Best Female Artist||Nominated|
|World's Best Live Act||Nominated|
|World's Best Entertainer of the Year||Nominated|
|World's Best Song ("Warrior")||Nominated|
|MTV Europe Music Awards||Best Australia Act||Nominated|
|ARIA Music Awards||Song of the Year ("Warrior")||Nominated|
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