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Asaf Avidan

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Asaf Avidan Hebrew: אסף אבידן‎; born March 23, 1980 is an Israeli singer-songwriter From 2006 to 2011, he was part of the group Asaf Avidan & the Mojos, independently releasing three studio albums The Reckoning, their debut record, was certified Gold in Israel and became one of the best-selling independent albums there After disbanding in 2011, a 2012 remix of Asaf Avidan & the Mojos' single "Reckoning Song" 2008 by German disc jockey Wankelmut — retitled into One Day / Reckoning Song — attained widespread commercial success throughout Europe It topped the charts in several countries and was certified Gold and Platinum In 2012, Avidan started a solo career, eventually releasing three studio albums to moderate success in European countries

Contents

  • 1 Life and career
    • 11 1980–2006: Early life and career
    • 12 2006–2011: Asaf Avidan & the Mojos
    • 13 2012–present: Solo career
  • 2 Controversy
  • 3 Discography
    • 31 As part of Asaf Avidan & the Mojos
      • 311 Studio albums
      • 312 Singles
    • 32 Solo
      • 321 Albums
      • 322 Extended plays
      • 323 Singles
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Life and career

1980–2006: Early life and career

Asaf Avidan was born on 23 March 1980 in Jerusalem, Israel to diplomats for the Israeli Foreign Office He spent four years of his childhood in Jamaica and also grew up in New York Avidan's grandparents emigrated from Romania to Israel He completed mandatory army service in the Israel Defense Forces, and studied animation at Jerusalem's Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, with his final project short film "Find Love Now" winning an award at the Haifa Film Festival that year Subsequently, Avidan moved to Tel Aviv and worked as an animator In 2006, after breaking up with his long-time girlfriend, he moved back to Jerusalem, desiring to pursue a music career; this resulted in his debut and sole extended play EP Now That You're Leaving 2006

2006–2011: Asaf Avidan & the Mojos

Asaf Avidan & the Mojos
Origin Israel
Genres Indie
Years active 2006–2011
Labels Independent
Associated acts Asaf Avidan
Website wwwasafavidanmusiccom
Past members Asaf Avidan
Ran Nir
Yoni Sheleg
Roi Peled
Hadas Kleinman

In late 2006, while on tour in Israel, Avidan and Ran Nir decided to put together a band, who would consist of Nir on bass guitar, Yoni Sheleg Johnny Snow on drums, Roi Peled on guitar and backing vocals, Hadas Kleinman on cello, and Avidan on lead vocals, guitar and harmonica The group's original name was Asaf Avidan & the Mojo Jive Cats, but it was soon after shortened to Asaf Avidan & the Mojos

Throughout 2006 and 2008, Asaf Avidan & the Mojos rose to major fame in Israel, receiving recording proposals from multiple local labels However, the group released their debut studio album The Reckoning independently in March 2008, founding Telmavar Records with Avidan's brother Roie The album was met with critical and commercial acclaim, reaching Gold status in Israel With over 20,000 copies sold in the territory, The Reckoning became one of the best-selling independently released records It was aided by two singles — "Reckoning Song" and "Weak" — as well as by a tour throughout Europe Later in 2012, a remix of "Reckoning Song" by German disc jokey Wankelmut — retitled into "One Day / Reckoning Song" — would attain widespread commercial success, topping the charts and being certified Gold and Platinum in countries including Germany, Italy and Netherlands The single's attention would lead to The Reckoning entering the record charts in various European regions in 2012

Poor Boy / Lucky Man, the band's second album, was released in Israel in September 2009 to favorable reviews For promotion, the band embarked on a worldwide tour from 2009 to 2011, during which they had appeared and performed on several notable occasions in Germany, France, China and the United States Meanwhile, Asaf Avidan and the Mojos premiered their third and last record Through the Gale in November 2010 They announced that they would take an indefinite creative break; Avidan attributed this to their desire "to experiment with new sounds and different genres that couldn't really do in band because we were about rock, blues, and folk" However, Avidan soon after announced that the group would disband because of his desire to pursue a solo career

2012–present: Solo career

Avidan performing at the French rock festival Eurockéennes de Belfort in 2013

In 2012, Avidan released the single "Different Pulses", followed by the premiere of his debut solo studio album of the same name For promotion, the singer embarked on a European tour where he also performed during the 2013 Sanremo Music Festival in Italy Commercially, Different Pulses attained success, entering record charts in various countries and being awarded a Platinum certification by France's Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique SNEP The singer's follow-up record Gold Shadow 2015 was similarly successful in Europe and reached Gold status in France The album was also aided by several venues, including in Boston, United States The Study on Falling followed in 2017 In the same year, Avidan was featured on the song "Baila Leila" from Bosnian musician Goran Bregović's Three Letters from Sarajevo 2017

Controversy

In a March 2015 interview conducted by French newspaper Le Monde, Avidan stated: "I don't really feel Israeli As Israelis, what unites us is the fear We are always the persecuted, and that is why I am no longer interested in living in Israel, to not feel that fear" The singer's statement sparked controversy and received widespread commentary and media attention in Israel, prompting Avidan to respond by saying: "In every interview I gave from the first second I always said I am not an Israeli artist, but an artist from Israel I am not coming to represent Israel I am not a politician I am not a diplomat And as a son to diplomats I never wanted to be one"

Discography

As part of Asaf Avidan & the Mojos

Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
AUT
BEL
Fl
BEL
Wal
FRA
GER
ITA
SWI
The Reckoning
  • Label: Telmavar, Columbia
  • Released: 2008 Israel /
    2012 Europe
  • Formats: CD, digital download
31 91 93 26 23 70 33
  • ISR: +20,000
  • IFPI ISR: Gold
Poor Boy / Lucky Man
  • Label: Telmavar, Columbia
  • Released: 2009 Israel /
    2011 France
  • Formats: CD, digital download
108
Through the Gale
  • Label: Telmavar
  • Released: 2010 Israel
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Title Year Album
"Reckoning Song"
Only in Israel
2008 Non-album
singles
"Weak"
Only in Israel

Solo

Albums

Studio albums
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
BEL
Fl
BEL
Wal
FRA
GER
ITA
SWI
Different Pulses
  • Label: Telmavar, Columbia, Polydor, Universal
  • Released: 2012 Israel /
    2013 Europe
  • Format: CD, digital download
82 24 5 10 39
  • SNEP: Platinum
Gold Shadow
  • Label: Telmavar, Columbia, Polydor, Universal
  • Released: 12 January 2015
  • Format: CD, digital download
102 24 3 75 54 12
  • SNEP: Gold
The Study on Falling
  • Label: Telmavar
  • Released: 3 November 2017
  • Format: CD, digital download
39 11 18
Title Album details
Avidan in a Box
  • Label: Telmavar / Columbia
  • Released: 2012 Israel /
    2013 Europe
  • Format: CD, digital download

Extended plays

Title Album details
Now That You're Leaving
  • Label: Telmavar
  • Released: 2006 Israel
  • Format: CD, digital download

Singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUT
BEL
Fl
FRA
GER
ITA
NLD
SWE
SWI
UK
"One Day / Reckoning Song"
Wankelmut Remix
2012 1 1 2 1 1 1 8 1 30
  • BEA: Platinum
  • BVMI: Platinum
  • FIMI: 4x Platinum
  • GLF: 3x Platinum
  • IFPI AUT: Platinum
  • IFPI SWI: 3x Platinum
  • SNEP: Platinum
The Reckoning
re-release
"Different Pulses" 88 44 Different Pulses
"Love It or Leave It" 2013 122 103
"Over My Head" 2014 107 Gold Shadow
"Gold Shadow" 2015 114
"My Old Pain" 2017 36 The Study on Falling
^ "אסף אבידן חושף פרויקט חדש של ביצועים אקוסטיים - חדשות מוזיקה - מדור מוזיקה" Retrieved 8 January 2017 
  • ^ a b c "אלבום זהב לאסף אבידן והמוג'וז - וואלה! תרבות" in Hebrew Walla! Retrieved 31 March 2018 
  • ^ a b c "Discography Asaf Avidan & the Mojos" Italian Charts Retrieved 31 March 2018 
  • ^ Reed, James February 20, 2014 "Israeli singer Asaf Avidan raises his profile" The Boston Globe 
  • ^ Charts in France: L'explosif Asaf Avidan signe chez Polydor chartsinfrancenet, 4 June 2012 in French
  • ^ Motz, Jason October 13, 2015 "Asaf Avidan 'Different Pulses'" Vivascene 
  • ^ JON PARELES 23 February 2014 "Stories and Explanations Rooted in the Personal" New York Times 
  • ^ a b c d e "French album certifications – Asaf Avidan" in French Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique Retrieved 31 March 2018 
  • ^ Kastritis, Thanasi "Back With A Bang: Asaf Avidan" Sound of Boston Retrieved 13 February 2015 
  • ^ Binet, Stéphanie 14 March 2015 "Asaf Avidan, rockeur traqué, de la crête aux pieds" Retrieved 8 January 2017 – via Le Monde 
  • ^ a b "אסף אבידן: "לא מרגיש ישראלי"" 14 March 2015 Retrieved 8 January 2017 – via Ynet 
  • ^ "Asaf Avidan in France: I do not feel Israeli" nrgcoil 14 March 2015 Retrieved 7 January 2017 
  • ^ http://wwwomemocoil/allnews-2/%D7%90%D7%A1%D7%A3-%D7%90%D7%91%D7%99%D7%93%D7%9F-%D7%9C%D7%90-%D7%9E%D7%A8%D7%92%D7%99%D7%A9-%D7%99%D7%A9%D7%A8%D7%90%D7%9C%D7%99
  • ^ "News60" Archived from the original on 4 March 2016 Retrieved 8 January 2017 
  • ^ http://wwwnewsflashcoil/news/%D7%90%D7%A1%D7%A3-%D7%90%D7%91%D7%99%D7%93%D7%9F-%D7%9C%D7%90-%D7%9E%D7%A8%D7%92%D7%99%D7%A9-%D7%99%D7%A9%D7%A8%D7%90%D7%9C%D7%99
  • ^ Auteur-compositeur-interprète, Asaf Avidan 17 March 2015 "Asaf Avidan : "Je ne suis pas israélien, je suis d'Israël"" Retrieved 8 January 2017 – via Le Monde 
  • ^ "אבידן מגיב: 'לא אמן ישראלי, אני אמן מישראל'" 14 March 2015 Retrieved 8 January 2017 – via Ynet 
  • ^ "Discographie Asaf Avidan & the Mojos" in German Austrian Charts Retrieved 31 March 2018 
  • ^ "Discografie Asaf Avidan & the Mojos" in Dutch Ultratop Retrieved 31 March 2018 
  • ^ "Discographie Asaf Avidan & the Mojos" in French Ultratop Retrieved 31 March 2018 
  • ^ "Discographie Asaf Avidan & the Mojos" in French Les Charts Retrieved 31 March 2018 
  • ^ "Asaf Avidan & the Mojos – The Reckoning" in German Offizielle Deutsche Charts Retrieved 31 March 2018 
  • ^ "Asaf Avidan & the Mojos – The Reckoning" in German Swiss Charts Retrieved 31 March 2018 
  • ^ a b "Discografie Asaf Avidan" in Dutch Ultratop Retrieved 31 March 2018 
  • ^ "Discographie Asaf Avidan" in French Ultratop Retrieved 31 March 2018 
  • ^ a b "Discographie Asaf Avidan" in French Les Charts Retrieved 31 March 2018 
  • ^ "Asaf Avidan – Gold Shadow" in German Offizielle Deutsche Charts Retrieved 31 March 2018 
  • ^ "Discography Asaf Avidan" Italian Charts Retrieved 31 March 2018 
  • ^ "Discography Asaf Avidan" Swiss Charts Retrieved 31 March 2018 
  • ^ "Discographie Asaf Avidan" in German Austrian Charts Retrieved 1 April 2018 
  • ^ "Asaf Avidan – One Day / Reckoning Song Wankelmut Remix" in German Offizielle Deutsche Charts Retrieved 1 April 2018 
  • ^ "Discography Asaf Avidan & the Mojos" Dutch Charts Retrieved 1 April 2018 
  • ^ "Discography Asaf Avidan" Swedish Charts Retrieved 1 April 2018 
  • ^ "Discographie Asaf Avidan" in German Swiss Hitparade Retrieved 1 April 2018 
  • ^ "Asaf Avidan & the Mojos" Official Charts Company Retrieved 1 April 2018 
  • ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2012" Ultratop Hung Medien Retrieved 1 April 2018 
  • ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank Asaf Avidan" in German Bundesverband Musikindustrie Retrieved 1 April 2018 
  • ^ "Italian single certifications – Asaf Avidan" in Italian Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana Retrieved 1 April 2018 
  • ^ "Austrian certifications – Asaf Avidan" in German IFPI Austria Retrieved 1 April 2018  Enter Asaf Avidan in the field Interpret Click Suchen
  • ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards Asaf Avidan" IFPI Switzerland Hung Medien Retrieved 1 April 2018 
  • External links

    • Official website
    • Official Soundcloud profile
    • Asaf Avidan on Facebook
    • Asaf Avidan's channel on Vimeo
    • Asaf Avidan's channel on YouTube

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