|Birth name Arjun Coomaraswamy|
Genres R&B, Pop
|Name Arjun Coomaraswamy|
Years active 2011 – present
Movies Marine Drive
|Born 23 September 1990 (age 25)Sri Lanka (1990-09-23) |
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, producer, instrumentalist, actor
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Drum
Associated acts The Blaze Brothers, Anirudh Ravichander, Charles Bosco, Sourav Ray (Master-B), S.Dubey (Justin Blaze).
Role Singer-songwriter · arjunofficial.com
Similar People Tulsi Kumar, Samira Koppikar, Arijit Singh, Surveen Chawla, Tony Kakkar
Arjun Coomaraswamy, known by his stage name Arjun, is a British singer-songwriter, record producer and actor born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is a multi-instrumentalist, and plays the guitar, piano, bass, drums and flute, in addition to singing and beat-boxing. He gained fame through his online musical performances. He is signed with T-Series. He is currently the most viewed UK Asian artist on YouTube, with over 250 million views. On social media he has over 1,500,000 Facebook fans, 291,000 Instagram followers, and 81,000 Twitter followers.
Arjun Coomaraswamy studied Architecture. He rose to attention by following an R&B cover version of "Why This Kolaveri Di" which was uploaded on YouTube in December 2011 has received 12.8 million views.
Arjun became known for his fusion of contemporary Western and Eastern sounds, combining R&B with elements of South Asian music. This formula has made him a big hit with Asian youth across the globe
Arjun was nominated for ‘Best Newcomer‘ at the ‘Brit Asia Music Awards 2011’. In December 2011, Arjun’s R&B Remix ("How could you do this to me?") of the Tamil cult hit ‘Why This Kolaveri Di’ attracted over 3 million YouTube views in one month and now stands at nearly 13 million views. The song became a viral sensation and was later featured on TV channels around the world, including CNN, NDTV and Star News. A few months later, two of Arjun’s singles made it into the first ever ‘Asian Beats Chart’ on mainstream UK television, selected by a panel of Asian media figures and TV officials. His song ‘Stargazer’ was voted the number 2 song by an Asian artist in 2011 (No.1 was A.R Rahman’s group ‘Super Heavy’, which included Mick Jagger & Joss Stone.)
In January 2012, Arjun was chosen as one of MTV’s Top 20 Unsigned Acts for 2012, out of thousands of contestants. Arjun won Best Urban Act at the 2012 UK Asian Music Awards. Arjun is playing the role of Luke Lewis in new online drama "Steffi". He was later chosen by Anirudh Ravichander to perform a song in the movie Vanakkam Chennai and subsequently sang and composed other songs for South Indian movies.
In August 2012, Arjun was selected to sing the official theme song for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2012 alongside Bathiya and Santhush. He also produced music for the Sri Lankan Premier League, performing at the opening ceremony of the tournament held at Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo in August 2012. In October 2012, Arjun won ‘Best Urban Act’ (in association with the MOBOs) at the UK Asian Music Awards 2012. He received the award from MOBOs founder Kanya King and Choice FM’s DJ Kojo. He also performed as a headline act at the Award Ceremony, held at Wembley Arena.
In September 2014 he performed at Diwali in Time Square, New York, to a crowd of over 200,000. The same year, Arjun signed a record deal with T-Series, India’s biggest music label. ‘I’ll Be Waiting’, his first single with T-Series album charted at #1 on the iTunes India Chart. Arjun again won Eastern Eye Artist of the Year in 2014.
In June 2015 Arjun supported Arijit Singh in Dubai, and in August performed at Vestival in Amsterdam alongside Chris Brown, Tyga and French Montana.
In April 2016 he released the song “Suit” with Guru Randhawa which went on to win ‘Club Song of the Year’ at the PTC Awards in 2017 and was nominated for three other awards. It was also voted ‘Punjabi Song of the Year’ on BBC Asian Network. It was later featured in the Bollywood movie ‘Hindi Medium’ starring Irrfan Khan (released May 2017).
Between 2012 and 2017 Arjun has toured extensively, performing on every continent, performing alongside the likes of Arijit Singh, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Chris Brown and Tyga.