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|Number of songs: 2 | Total weeks on charts: 20 |
Appearing in a total number of: 9 charts | Total period running: 34 days
Elyar Afshari (born 15 July 1995), better known by his stage name Elyar Fox, is a British pop singer, musician and songwriter. His debut single "Do It All Over Again" was released in January 2014, peaking at number 5 in the UK Singles Chart. His fans are called "Foxers".
Born in Ealing, London as Elyar Afshari to an English mother and an Azerbaijani father, and brought up in Greenford, London, he was educated at Costons Primary School then Queensmead School. He has one older brother.
"In 2005 I got a guitar and I started to just play, and then I started to write songs," Fox stated in an interview regarding the beginning of his career. Whilst still at school he fronted the band 'Just Me Again', and performed for the first time at The Garage in Islington in 2009. After completing his GCSEs, Fox and his bandmates took a year off studies to focus on music. They supported You Me at Six on their British tour, including a performance at The O2 Arena.
At the age of 16 he decided to go solo, and changed his name to Elyar Fox. He began posting videos of song covers to YouTube under the name eldoode, generating attention from people including Ryan Seacrest. With the addition of his Vevo channel, Fox has gained over 20 million views (as of April 2014). In 2012 he signed with Polydor. He spent a year in the studio, but as Polydor were not interested in releasing, he left them and soon after was signed by RCA.
On 28 October 2013 Fox supported boyband Union J at a free gig in London’s Westfield shopping centre. He went on to support Union J on their tour from December 2013 to January 2014. Fox came second in MTV's Brand New for 2014, having performed at the launch at London's Drury Club.
Capital FM previewed his debut single, "Do It All Over Again", in November 2013, and premiered the single's official video in December. Fox was a surprise guest at the Jingle Bell Ball in December 2013 where he performed his debut single in front of 16,000 people. On 12 January 2014, the official release date for "Do It All Over Again", Fox was a guest on The Matt Edmondson Show on BBC Radio 1. He performed a live acoustic version of "Do It All Over Again" on BBC's Blue Peter on 16 January 2014, and a recorded duet with presenter Barney Harwood singing One Direction's "Story of My Life." Fox performed "Do It All Over Again" live on CBBC's Sam & Mark's Big Friday Wind-Up on 24 January 2014. The single peaked at number 5 on the UK Singles Chart and number 83 on the Irish Singles Chart.
Fox's second single, 'A Billion Girls', was announced on 14 February 2014. Released on 13 April 2014, it was first played on Capital FM on 20 February 2014. A lyric video was released on Vevo on 7 March 2014, followed on the same channel by the full video on 25 March 2014.
Fox was the opening support act for The Wanted on their 'Word of Mouth' tour from 1 March to 14 April 2014. He will be a supporting act for McBusted at an open-air concert in Hyde Park, London on 6 July 2014.
For his debut album he has co-written tracks with writers and producers such as Wayne Hector (Westlife, The Wanted), Dr Luke (Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Kesha), Karen Poole (Kylie Minogue, Janet Jackson), Lucas Secon (Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Olly Murs, Gym Class Heroes) and Cutfather (One Direction). The album is due to be released in the summer of 2014.
Sources: Last.fm, Wikipedia
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