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Mike Posner

Mike Posner
Posner at the 2012 Pepsi Summerbash at Toyota Park in Chicago, Illinois.
Background information
Birth name Michael Robert Posner
Born (1988-02-12) February 12, 1988
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Origin Southfield, Michigan
Genres Pop, hip hop, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 2007–present
Labels J, RCA
Associated acts Big Sean, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, T. Mills, Nick Jonas
Website .commikeposner

Michael Robert "Mike" Posner (born February 12, 1988) is an American singer, songwriter, and producer.[1] Posner released his debut album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff, on August 10, 2010. The album includes the US Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 single "Cooler Than Me", his second single, "Please Don't Go", as well as his third single, "Bow Chicka Wow Wow". He is also known for co-writing "Boyfriend" by Justin Bieber, "Beneath Your Beautiful" by Labrinth, as well as songs for Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa, Nelly, TI, Snoop Dogg, Nick Jonas, Avicii, Austin Mahone, and more.

Early life

Posner was born in Detroit, Michigan. He was raised in Southfield, Michigan,[2][3] the son of Roberta Henrion, a pharmacist,[4] and Jon Posner, a criminal defense attorney.[5] His father is Jewish and his mother is Catholic.[6][7] Posner attended and graduated from Groves High School, where he ran varsity track and cross-country, and went on to attend Duke University. There Posner became a member of Sigma Nu[8] fraternity and graduated in 2010 with a degree in sociology, with an overall GPA of 3.59.[2][3][9]


2009: Musical beginnings

Posner got his start producing his hometown friend [10]

2010-2011: 31 Minutes to Takeoff

Mike Posner, July 2010.

Posner signed a record deal with Cooler Than Me".

On October 7, 2011, RCA Music Group announced it was disbanding J Records along with Arista Records and Jive Records. With the shutdown, Posner (and all other artists previously signed to these three labels) will release his future material on the RCA Records brand.[16][17]

2011–present: Page 1 EP and Pages

After the release of his debut album, he began work on his second studio album under the title Sky High and released a single "Looks Like Sex" to digital outlets on December 2, 2011.[18][19]

Posner later announced via Twitter that his next upcoming album would be titled Pages and would be released in late Summer or early June 2013.[20] His single "The Way It Used To Be" premiered on digital outlets on June 11, 2013.[21]

In September, it was announced that he had filmed a music video for his new single "Top of the World" which would appear on his upcoming Page 1 EP set for release in October.[22] The song was originally used for a Reebok campaign, and made available as a free download under the title "Tapada World" as a special remix.[23] The song was released on December 17, 2013, featuring Big Sean, and the music video was released on December 19, 2013.

On March 4, 2014, Posner announced his new Unplugged tour. Running seven dates in major U.S. markets, the tour will highlight music new and old from the songwriter and producer's discography, including new material from upcoming album "Pages," while also giving fans a shot at learning new information from him with stories and Q&A sessions breaking up the tunes. The unplugged sets will feature little more than Posner on predominantly acoustic instruments, save for the potential live production on "a song or two" -- much like, he says, how much of his music starts. Posner will begin the tour March 31 at the World Cafe in Philadelphia, before wrapping up April 10 at Los Angeles' The Mint. The string of dates also includes a hometown show in Posner's native Detroit -- his first such show, he says, in around two years.


Concert tours

  • Warped Tour (2010)
  • Up in the Air Tour (2010)
  • Back to School Tour (2011)
  • Summer European Festival Tour (2011)
  • mtvU VMA Tour (2011)
  • The Layover Tour (2011)
  • Unplugged Tour (2014)
Opening act

Writing discography

Artist Album Title Label Role
Big Sean Finally Famous "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" Def Jam Writer
Justin Bieber Believe "Boyfriend" Island Records Producer, Writer
2 Chainz Based on a T.R.U. Story "In Town" Def Jam Producer, Writer, Artist
Wiz Khalifa / Snoop Dogg Mac & Devin Go to High School "French Inhale" Atlantic Records Writer, Artist
Labrinth Electronic Earth "Beneath Your Beautiful" Syco Music / Sony Music Producer, Writer
Nelly / T.I. / Pharrell Williams M.O. "IDGAF" Republic Records Writer
Travis Porter From Day 1 "That Feeling" RCA Records Writer, Artist
Big Time Rush Elevate "Windows Down" Columbia Records Writer
Austin Mahone Extended Play "Say Somethin" Universal Republic Records Writer
Cher Lloyd Sorry I'm Late "Just Be Mine" Epic Records Writer
Maroon 5 V "Sugar" Interscope/222 Writer
Nick Jonas Nick Jonas "Numb" Safehouse/Island Writer
Nick Jonas Nick Jonas "Closer" Safehouse/Island Writer & Featured Artist


  1. ^ For Posner's full name, see "Rapid Fire Questions".  
  2. ^ a b Leahey, Andrew. "Mike Posner Overview - Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  3. ^ a b McCollum, Brian (July 29, 2010). "Groves graduate and was very good friends with me (later mentioned in one of his and pop star Mike Posner heads to the D for the Warped Tour)". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Bringing it all back home
  6. ^ Z (February 16, 2010). "Mike Posner Interview". 
  7. ^ Copeland, Rod (December 6, 2006). "Fly for a White Guy". The Chronicle (Duke). 
  8. ^ "3 Questions with Rising Music Star Mike Posner". Coed. December 8, 2009. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  9. ^ Williams, Nick (April 22, 2010). "Mike Posner’s meteoric rise to stardom". Vox. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Interview With Daniel Weisman (part 2)".  
  11. ^ "Invalid Friend ID". Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  12. ^ "The Music Industry's Leading A&R Site". Crazed Hits. 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  13. ^ Creswell, Julie (August 23, 2000). "Turning Music Into Dollars at Sony/ATV". The New York Times. 
  14. ^ "Watch now: Get to know Mike Posner | The Volume | Time Out New York". 2009-09-29. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  15. ^ "The Brain Child � Mike Posner | The Chronicle". 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  16. ^ Christman, Ed (August 23, 2011). "RCA's New Executive Team Named Under CEO Peter Edge Amid Layoffs (Update)".  
  17. ^ "Unveiling The New Look RCA Records". FMQB. August 23, 2011. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
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External links

  • Official website
  • Recording Institute of Detroit Home Page
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