Karmin is an American pop duo consisting of Amy Renee Noonan and Nick Noonan.[1] Starting as a novelty act that released covers on YouTube, they signed in 2011 with Epic Records. In May 2012, Karmin released their debut EP Hello, which spawned the singles "Brokenhearted" and "Hello" and received mixed reviews. Rolling Stone named Karmin's lead singer Amy as the winner of "Women Who Rock" 2012 contests.[2] In March 2014, the duo released their debut album, Pulses. The album's lead single, "Acapella", charted in the top 10 in Australia and New Zealand, and went Gold in the United States. They left Epic Records in the middle of 2014 and have since released music independently. Their second album Leo Rising was released on September 9, 2016.[3]

In 2017, the duo took a break on Karmin to focus on another project, Qveen Herby, Amy Noonan's new alter ego. The project moves away from pop in favor of more of an R&B and hip-hop/rap sounds.

Karmin 2015
Karmin in 2015
Background information
OriginBoston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Years active2010–present

Life and career

Early life and career beginnings

Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan met while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, from which they graduated in 2008.[4] Heidemann is a graduate of Seward High School in Nebraska. Noonan graduated from Old Town High School in Maine, where he was a member of the concert band and jazz ensemble. The duo has also been a couple since September 2005 and in March 2016 confirmed that they had married. That month, Amy changed her Twitter name from "Amy Heidemann" to "Amy Noonan".[5]

The duo's popularity grew from an appearance on the daytime talk show as well as exposure on YouTube, achieving more than 320 million views between two channels.[6] The name of the band is a homophone made from the Latin word carmen meaning "song" (also a Spanish female name), and the word karma, making the name Karmin.[7]

Music career

Karmin signed with Epic Records,[8][9] and in late June 2012 entered the studio to record their debut studio EP, Hello,[10] which was released on May 7 via digital download.

On February 26, 2013, the duo released a studio cover of Drake's song "Started from the Bottom" as a promotional single; a week later they also released a mash-up studio cover for "Karate Chop/Sweet Dreams" by Future also as a promotional single. They released the single digitally for free download. The single "Acapella" was released in July and debuted at number 98 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and two weeks later peaked at number 72.[11]

On October 28, 2013, they announced their 2014 Pulses tour,[12] and released the full-length album Pulses on March 25, 2014; Rolling Stone gave it 1–1/2 stars.[13]

Karmin at the Leo Rising showcase
Performing at the Leo Rising showcase.

2014–2016: Split from Epic Records and Leo Rising

In 2014, after the release of their debut album Pulses and the attendant tour, Karmin left Epic Records. In an interview with Billboard, Heidemann said: "We were hungry to try a more musically honest approach. We wanted to be a little bit nerdier than we think they had hoped".[14] Six months after the release of Pulses, in September 2014, Karmin released a single with rapper George Watsky titled "No Flex Zone (Remix)", inspired by the song "No Flex Zone" by Rae Sremmurd. It was produced by Nick Noonan. Later that year, Karmin began work on their second album, Leo Rising.[3] Two digital singles were released in 2014: "Sugar" on October 8, followed by "Yesterday" on October 24, 2014. Another single "Along the Road" was released on March 25, 2015 and was slated to be the lead single off the project, was later relegated as a promotional release.

In 2016, Wild Culture released the Sugar EP in collaboration with Karmin. It features three remixes of "Sugar" and a remix of Riley Pearce's single "Brave". The album Leo Rising was released on September 9, 2016.

2017–present: Qveen Herby

At the beginning of 2017, Amy Noonan revealed in a livestream that a Leo Rising tour would not be held in 2017, and if there was one it would be in 2018.[15] She also revealed that alongside the launch of a new website, new music was in the works.[16]

In 2017, all of Karmin's social media was rebranded to Qveen Herby and a small preview stating "Karmin Is Dead, Long Live the Queen." was posted. Noonan soon formally announced her solo career and launched the new website "Qveenherby.com".[17] The music video for Qveen Herby's first single "Busta Rhymes" was released on June 1, 2017, followed by the release of EP 1[18] a day later. The EP received positive reviews from critics, who praised Herby's rebranding as an artist and the exploration of R&B and hip hop music.[19] The EP also experienced fair success, peaking at #37 on the US Billboard Independent Albums Chart and #13 on the US Heatseekers Albums Chart.[20]


Studio albums

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales
US Heat
US Indie
Karmin Covers, Vol. 1
  • Released: May 23, 2011
  • Label: Karmin Music / The Complex Music Group
  • Format: Digital download
  • Released: March 25, 2014
  • Label: Epic
  • Format: CD, digital download
32 46
Leo Rising
  • Released: September 9, 2016
  • Label: RED Associated Labels
  • Format: CD, digital download
"—" denotes a recording that failed to chart, was ineligible for the chart, or was not released.

Extended plays

Title Details Peak chart positions
Inside Out[26]
  • Released: May 10, 2010
  • Label: Karmin Music
  • Format: CD, digital download
The Winslow Sessions[27]
  • Released: February 16, 2011
  • Label: Karmin Music
  • Format: Digital download
  • Released: May 4, 2012
  • Label: Epic
  • Format: CD, digital download
"—" denotes a recording that failed to chart, was ineligible for the chart, or was not released.


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US Dance
US Pop
"Take It Away" 2011 The Winslow Sessions
"Crash Your Party" 36 88 N/A
"Brokenhearted" 2012 16 1 10 9 61 19 40 5 6 Hello
"Hello" 62 1 16 72 72 21
"Acapella" 2013 72 34 4 30 64 9 Pulses
"I Want It All" 2014 39
"Sugar" Leo Rising
"Yesterday" N/A
"Along the Road" 2015 Leo Rising
"Didn't Know You"
"Come with Me (Pure Imagination)" 2016
"Riverbend" N/A
"Blame It on My Heart" Leo Rising
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist

Song Year Peak chart positions Album

"Bang It Out"
(Breathe Carolina featuring Karmin)
2014 44 Savages
"Young in Love"
(Borgeous featuring Karmin)[42]
2016 13
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles

Title Year Album
"Pulses" 2014 Pulses
"No Flex Zone"
(with Watsky)

Other appearances

Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Song for You" 2013 Big Time Rush 24/Seven
"Flex" 2016 Futuristic As Seen on the Internet

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated work Award Nomination Result
2011 Karmin American Music Award New Media Honoree Won
2012 MTV O Music Awards Web Born Star Won[43]
Teen Choice Awards Breakout Group Won
Web Star Nominated
PopRepublic It List Awards Breakthrough Artist Won
Best Intl Group Nominated
"Brokenhearted" Best Single Won
Hello Best Album Nominated
2014 Karmin World Music Awards World's Best Group Nominated
World's Best Live Act
"Acapella" World's Best Song
World's Best Video
2016 Amy Heidemann She Rocks Awards 2016 Mad Skills Award Won


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External links

Acapella (Karmin song)

"Acapella" is a song by American music duo Karmin. It was released on July 9, 2013 by Epic Records as the lead single from their debut studio album, Pulses (2014). The single was written by group members Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan, as well as Sam Hollander and Boys Like Girls frontman, Martin Johnson, who produced the single.

Along the Road (song)

"Along the Road'" is a single by independent recording pop duo Karmin, released on March 24, 2015.

Brokenhearted (Karmin song)

"Brokenhearted" is a song by American pop duo Karmin. It was released as the lead single from their debut EP, Hello (2012). It was written by band members Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan, Claude Kelly, Benny Blanco, Emily Wright, Henry Walter, John Hill and Richard Head, and produced by Benny Blanco, Cirkut and Emily Wright. The song is about a woman who begs her lover not to "leave [her] broken hearted tonight." The single debuted at number 84 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and peaked at number 16 on the chart in its twelfth week.

Internationally, the single was a huge success, peaking within the top ten of the charts in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Come with Me (Pure Imagination)

"Come with Me (Pure Imagination)" is a song by American music duo Karmin. It was released via Checkbook records on February 19, 2016 as the fourth single from their second studio album based on the zodiac "Leo Rising".The song is a cover remix of Pure Imagination, specifically written for the 1971 American movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, by British composers Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley, and sung by Gene Wilder, who played the title character. The 2016 song was written by Amy Heidemann, Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley, and Nick Noonan, and produced by the latter. It is the Leo track from Leo Rising.

Crash Your Party

"Crash Your Party" is the debut single from the musical duo Karmin. It was written by the duo, with Heather Bright, Kelly Sheehan and Harr and Jackson, with the latter two serving as producers. By late 2011, the song got moderate responses from radio stations. The song was first promoted by radio on October 20, 2011, and was then available for digital download on October 24.

Didn't Know You

"Didn't Know You" is a song by American music duo Karmin. It was released via P.I.C records on June 2, 2015. It is the second single from their sophomore album Leo Rising which was released in September 2016. The song was written by members Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan, and was produced by band member Nick Noonan.

Hello (Karmin EP)

Hello is an extended play (EP) by pop musical duo Karmin. It was released on May 4, 2012 through Epic Records and distributed through Sony Music Entertainment.

Hello (Karmin song)

"Hello" is a song by American pop recording duo Karmin. The song is the second official single from their debut EP of the same name, Hello. It was written by band members Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan, along with production team Stargate, Autumn Rowe and collaborator Claude Kelly. The song began playing on mainstream radio stations July 31, 2012. Hello was the group's second song to top the Hot Dance Club Songs chart after Brokenhearted.

I Told You So (Karmin song)

"I Told You So" is a song by American recording duo Karmin, taken from their debut EP Hello. It was written by band members Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan, as well as Elite and producer John "Jon Jon Traxx" Webb, Jr. The song features a primary hip hop influence, as well as elements of rock, electronica and ska. The song debuted live on Saturday Night Live on February 11, 2012. Heidemann and Noonan first performed a live acoustic snippet of the song on Elvis Duran and the Morning Show prior to their SNL appearance. "I Told You So" is said to pay homage to Chris Brown's "Look at Me Now", a song they covered on YouTube that brought them to fame.

I Want It All (Karmin song)

"I Want It All" is a song by American music duo Karmin. It was released on January 28, 2014, as the second single from their debut studio album, Pulses (2014). The single was written by group members Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan, and songwriter Ester Dean.

Karmin, Kościan County

Karmin [ˈkarmin] is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Śmigiel, within Kościan County, Greater Poland Voivodeship, in west-central Poland. It lies approximately 10 kilometres (6 mi) east of Śmigiel, 12 km (7 mi) south of Kościan, and 50 km (31 mi) south of the regional capital Poznań.

Karmin, Pleszew County

Karmin [ˈkarmin] is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Dobrzyca, within Pleszew County, Greater Poland Voivodeship, in west-central Poland. It lies approximately 7 kilometres (4 mi) south-east of Dobrzyca, 9 km (6 mi) south-west of Pleszew, and 82 km (51 mi) south-east of the regional capital Poznań.

Karmin, Szamotuły County

Karmin [ˈkarmin] is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Pniewy, within Szamotuły County, Greater Poland Voivodeship, in west-central Poland.

Leo Rising

Leo Rising is the second studio album by American pop duo Karmin, released exclusively on Apple Music on September 9, 2016, before being released to all other platforms on September 23, 2016. It is the follow-up to their 2014 major label debut Pulses. Preceding the album's release, five singles were released to promote the album: "Along the Road", "Didn't Know You", "Come with Me (Pure Imagination)", "Sugar", and "Blame It on My Heart".

Mati Karmin

Mati Karmin (born 26 February 1959 in Tartu) is one of Estonia's most renowned contemporary sculptors. His career as an artist is characterised by an intense and remarkably versatile activity.

Like many of his contemporaries, the representatives of so-called 1980s generation in the Estonian art, Karmin received professional training in the Estonian Academy of Art, which was thorough, yet traditional, not to say conservative according to the international criteria. During his studies, Estonian sculpture was predominantly figurative and employed traditional materials like stone and bronze.

Karmin, on the other hand, has been creating almost all his independent work in a rapidly charging art scene, which is characterised by the denial of traditions, the disputation of values, and blurring of borders between the art forms as well as art and its surrounding space. The notion of sculpture itself has undergone an especially radical transformation. Karmin has reacted to the changing situation perhaps in more dynamic, yet also controversial manner than the majority of Estonian artists. Vibrant creativity, with a very professional plastic thinking and perfect material perception at its heart, has allowed him to act as a traditionalist as well an innovator, achieving outstanding results in both areas.Besides traditional materials, primarily bronze, Karmin has taken inspiration from unconventional solutions and employed innovative materials right from the beginning of his career. Early on, he caught attention with one of his first exhibited sculptures, “Military Fox” (1981), cleverly formed of corroded scrap metal details. Scrap metal has frequently emerged as an important material and source of inspiration also in the later work of Karmin. Up to mid-1990s, he used scrap metal basically within the borders of the traditional notion of sculpture. By that we think of figures and decorative forms that communicate with space, like the conventional free sculpture, and that are meant to be placed on a platform. Having previously only tentatively touched the borders of the classical notion of sculpture, Karmin in 1994 surprised the public with an epochal conceptual installation “My Father”, taking as the material the career and extensive collection of weeds of his father who was an agricultural researcher. Within the same period falls also the display of impressive construction site cabins of corroded metal on the green area in front of The Tallinn Art Hall Gallery during the group exhibition of innovative sculptors.

One of the most grandiose manifestations of the exploring line of Karmin’s work is the underwater mine furniture project that began five years ago. On the northern coast of Estonia - especially the islands - there were numerous heaps of corroded mine shells, which are basically spheres with holes, spires and shackles. Karmin got inspired by these mines and started to collect them. The ambiguity of large scale corroded mine shells intrigued the artist. The shape of the mine is perfect and uniform, while still clearly bearing the stamp of its initial destructive function. Being marked by its belonging to the past, it is closely connected to the complicated recent history that Karmin has always been fascinated with.

Karmin’s entire work has relied on various contradictions. He entered the Estonian sculpture scene as an innovator and the continuity of that trait in his creative biography persists, however the notion of classical sculpture and the classical material for sculpture – bronze – is still very important to him and he has time and again returned to it whether in free sculpture or monumental sculpture.Mine furniture, despite its unprecedented novelty, brings together the two directions in the artist’s work. It can be clearly sensed how the artist has enjoyed playing with materials and forms, having developed both its meanings and looks, creating a versatile series, based on contradictions and contrasts.

Karmin uses mines as modules. The entire furniture series is composed of only two existing basic forms of mines – the hemisphere and the cylinder. He has created utility articles of diverse forms, resulting in armchairs, writing desks, beds, toilets, cupboards, bathtubs, swings, fireplaces, and more. He has added to the scrap metal hand-treated copper details, metal mesh, leather upholstery and granite and glass surfaces, thus consciously increasing the semantic contradiction of objects.

At the end of the mine project, the artist created a mobile sculpture out of a Soviet military truck. His vehicle has instead of a rocket a gigantic phallus of mine shells towering above, with four clocks at its top, showing time in four geographic places of the world – Moscow, London, Paris and New York.

Monroe Karmin

Monroe William ("Bud") Karmin (September 2, 1929 – January 15, 1999) was an American journalist. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1967 when working as an investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal. He also worked at different times for The Chicago Daily News, The Chicago Sun-Times, and Newsday.

Nowy Karmin

Nowy Karmin [ˈnɔvɨ ˈkarmin] is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Dobrzyca, within Pleszew County, Greater Poland Voivodeship, in west-central Poland. It lies approximately 6 kilometres (4 mi) south-east of Dobrzyca, 10 km (6 mi) south-west of Pleszew, and 82 km (51 mi) south-east of the regional capital Poznań.

Pulses (album)

Pulses is the debut full-length studio album by American musical duo Karmin, released on March 25, 2014, by Epic Records.

Qveen Herby

Amy Renee Noonan (née Heidemann), known by her stage name Qveen Herby, is an American singer, songwriter, and rapper. She first gained fame as part of the music duo Karmin, with whom she released two studio albums. Following the duo's hiatus in 2017, she began the solo project Qveen Herby, which incorporated R&B and hip hop influences. She released her first solo extended play, EP 1 on June 2, 2017, preceded by the single "Busta Rhymes".

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