Michael Africk

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Michael Africk
Born (1975-08-20) 20 August 1975 (age 42)[1]
Boston
Nationality American
Occupation
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
  • Producer
  • Software entrepreneur
Website www.michaelafrick.com

Michael Africk (born 20 August 1975)[1] is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and software entrepreneur. After signing with Disney's Hollywood Records and releasing a solo album in 1999, he toured with N'Sync and Britney Spears.[2][3][4] He collaborated with Mai Kuraki on several singles, including the platinum Never Gonna Give You Up.[5] Africk also collaborated with her on the album Delicious Way which debuted at number one on the Oricon Albums Chart and had the highest first week sales for a debut album in Japanese music history and sixth overall.[6]

Since 2006, he has founded several mobile software companies, most notably Inmoji in 2014.[7][8]

Career

Musician

Africk sang Someone Like Me, the theme song for Disney's animated film Doug's 1st Movie in 1999.[2] The song was written by and produced by Africk and Billy Squire and featured the Boston Symphony Orchestra.[2][9] In the same year, he released his 11-track self-titled album.[4][10]

Africk was the opening act for N'Sync and Britney Spears, and toured in Japan.[3][11] He composed the music for the Japanese anime series Secret of Cerulean Sand (2002).[12] "What Can I Do", his song for the final credits, features Mai Kuraki.[13]

Africk collaborated with Mai Kuraki for the song Baby Tonight, a single from the album Delicious Way. The album debuted at number one on the Oricon Albums Chart with 2,218,640 units sold, making it the highest first week sales for a debut album in Japanese music history and sixth overall.[6] He collaborated with Kuraki on other songs, including Never Gonna Give You Up from the same album. The song was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ).[5] He composed "Love One Another" with Kuraki for the benefit of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami victims.[14] The song, featuring his vocals, was released on his self-titled album and Kuraki's album Over the Rainbow in 2012.

Software entrepreneur

In 2006, Africk started his tech career when he co-founded XLR8 Mobile. He would go on to found Dijit, Echotag, and Openboard as well.[15]

Africk founded Inmoji with Perry Tell in Boston in May 2014.[8] Inmoji is a software company offering a software development kit to messaging apps and an extension for smartphones that both create clickable icons that enable users to share their favorite brands, products, and experiences directly within the apps without leaving the message.[7] Inmoji raised $2.5 million in seed funding in 2015 and $6.5 million in Series A round in 2016.[16][17] Africk is currently the company CEO.[18] Africk was named one of the 12 Top Tech Leaders To Watch In 2017 by Inc.[19]

Discography

Albums

Year Title Label
1999 Michael Africk[10] Hollywood Records

Singles

Year Title[20] Label
1999 My Heart Belongs To You (Sexified)[21] Hollywood Records
2011 Make It Loud Handcraft Music
No... Yeah (featuring Sammy Adams) Handcraft Music - MusicBall / Souldiggaz
2012 So Beautiful Handcraft Music

Featured artist

Year Title Label Album
2011 "Love One Another"
(Mai Kuraki featuring Michael Africk)[22]
Handcraft Music/Cybersound Music Over the Rainbow

Composer

Year Title[1] Label Album Performer Peak chart position in Japan
2000 "Never Gonna Give You Up" Giza Studio Delicious Way Mai Kuraki Weekly: 2 (Count Down TV),[23] 2 (Oricon)[24]
Yearly: 58 (Count Down TV),[25] 59 (Oricon)[26]
2001 "Never Gonna Give You Up (Never Never Land Mix One)" Start in My Life Mai Kuraki
2005 "Chocolate: Kimi no Santa ni Naritakute" Mainichi Adventure Sparkling Point
"Winter*Swear" Growing of My Heart Mai Kuraki
2011 "Kimi e" Tenshi no Clover Aimi

Music videos

Year Song Album Director
2011 "You Were Right" (live)[27]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Person: Michael Africk". aniDB. 
  2. ^ a b c Hischak, Thomas S.; Robinson, Mark A. (29 July 2009). The Disney Song Encyclopedia. Google Books: Scarecrow Press. p. 180. ISBN 0810869381. 
  3. ^ a b Ralphie Aversa (8 September 2011). "INTERVIEW: Boston's Michael Africk, Known for Touring with N'Sync, Returns With New Single". ralphieaversa.com. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Carol Beggy, Beth Carney (3 May 1999). "Africk's angelic audience". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "GOLD ALBUM 他認定作品 2000年8月度" [Gold Albums, and other certified works. August 2000 Edition] (PDF). The Record (Bulletin) (in Japanese). Chūō, Tokyo: Recording Industry Association of Japan. 489: 8. August 2000. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 17, 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Best Selling Albums for First Week Sales in Japan of all Time". Music TV Program Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved July 15, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Barry Levine (26 February 2015). "Hoping to make clickable brand icons more common in messaging, InMoji nabs $1M". Venture Beat. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Rebecca Strong (7 January 2015). "Inmoji Gets Initial Funding, Launches SDK to Boost Sharing of Brand Content via Messaging". BostInno. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  9. ^ "Entertainment Tuesday". Newspapers.com. The Pantagraph. 11 May 1999. 
  10. ^ a b "Michael Africk - Michael Africk". Discogs. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  11. ^ Carol Beggy, Beth Carney (5 July 1999). "When Michael Meets Sally". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  12. ^ "Patapata hikousen no bouken". IMDb. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  13. ^ "What Can I Do - Michael Africk Ft. Mai Kuraki". YouTube. 3 February 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  14. ^ "Love One Another - Single. Mai Kuraki & Michael Africk". iTunes. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  15. ^ Jon Nastor (21 June 2016). "Driven to Create". Hack The Entrepreneur. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  16. ^ Jeff Engel (11 March 2016). "Inmoji Raises $5M For "Branded Interactive Emojis"". Xconomy. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  17. ^ Sara Castellanos (10 May 2015). "Adtech startup backed by startup evangelist David Chang quietly lands more funding". Boston Business Journal. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  18. ^ "Michael Africk". Crunchbase. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  19. ^ Hendricks, Drew (19 January 2017). "12 Top Tech Leaders To Watch in 2017". Inc. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  20. ^ "Michael Africk Discography of CDs". CD Universe. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  21. ^ Taylor, Chuck (24 July 1999). "Reviews and Previews: Singles". Billboard. Google Books. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  22. ^ "Mai Kuraki And Michael Africk - Love One Another". CD Universe. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  23. ^ "CDTV PowerWeb! Ranking Singles Chart". Count Down TV; published through Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) (in Japanese). June 17, 2000. Archived from the original on June 19, 2006. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  24. ^ "Mai Kuraki – Never Gonna Give You Up". Oricon Style (in Japanese). June 7, 2000. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  25. ^ "CDTV PowerWeb! 2000 Annual Singles Chart". Count Down TV; published through Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) (in Japanese). 2000. Archived from the original on September 16, 2006. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  26. ^ "Oricon Yearly Chart – Singles, Albums, and DVD Releases of 20000". Music TV Program Japan (in Japanese). December 2000. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  27. ^ "Michael Africk (Live) "You Were Right"". YouTube. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 

External links

  • Official website
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