British rap sensation Tinie Tempah has had 1.2 million copies of Disc-Overy sold worldwide, 4 million single sales, 12 major awards (including two BRITS, three MOBOs, one Ivor Novello and a BET), 2 No.1 singles (Pass Out, Written In The Stars) and 2 Top 5’s (Miami 2 Ibiza, Frisky). Tinie is also the first British rapper to sell over 1 million singles in the US after Written In The Stars went to No.12 in the Billboard charts. The single was also chosen as the official theme for Wrestlemania XXVII. Having supported Rihanna, Coldplay, Jay-Z and Chase & Status, Tinie announced a headline Arena tour in 2011, culminating in a sold-out shows at London’s O2 and Wembley Arena.
In the last two years, Tinie has collaborated with, Wiz Khalifa, Soulja Boy, Wretch 32, Emeli Sandé, Ellie Goulding, Swedish House Mafia, Kelly Rowland, J. Cole, and, of course, Labrinth, whose single Earthquake, Ft. Tinie, recently went to No.1, making it Tinie’s third chart-topper. His free-to-download Happy Birthday EP, released just before Christmas, racked up hundreds of thousands of downloads in just hours.
What makes Tinie’s success even more spectacular is his global reach; a first for a British rapper, Tinie’s name is known throughout the world, with fans from New Zealand, South Africa, Japan and, crucially, America. US X-Factor, David Letterman and Jay Leno have all booked the boy from Plumstead, while US rappers have showered praise on his lyrical skills and fans have snapped up his singles. From national to international waters, Tinie has become one of the UK’s most successful musical exports. His second album, due later this year, is currently in progress. Muted collaborations include Adele and Gary Barlow, and Tinie recently confirmed he has been working with Pharrell Williams, Usher and The Script.
Amongst the sales and success, the accolades and adoration, Tinie remains one of the most likeable pop stars you might wish to meet. Part of his success could be put down to his intelligent, witty, down to earth manner that has won him fans from Damon Albarn to Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z to Chris Martin.