Naughty Boy Biography
Most notably, Naughty Boy has produced two top-ten records for UK rappers Chipmunk and Wiley with guest vocals featuring singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé. Naughty Boy and Sandé would form a strong writing and production partnership leading to Sandé landing her own record deal with Virgin and EMI. Sandé went on to be named the Critics Choice for the 2012 BRIT Awards, and release her debut album Our Version of Events (2012), a record which was mostly produced and co-written with Naughty Boy.
Khan would spend 2011 and 2012 working on records for the likes of Leona Lewis, JLS, Cheryl Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Alesha Dixon and Tinie Tempah amongst others. Naughty Boy is also working on his own debut album, due in 2013 titled Hotel Cabana. "Wonder" the first single from the collection features lead vocals from Sandé. The second single from the album, "La La La" features singer Sam Smith. The track was released in May 2013 and debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, ending the four week run at the top of 'Get Lucky' by Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams.
Initially Khan was studying Business and Marketing at London Guildhall University (now London Metropolitan University), but dropped out after his first semester and began working various jobs. Amongst other places, Khan worked at Dominos Pizza and Watford General hospital. It was during this period of his life that he "decided to follow his ambition to write and produce his own music, under the name Naughty Boy Recordings." In the background, Khan was recording songs in his parents' garden shed in Charlock Way. The finances allowed Khan to upscale production from the garden shed in his parents' home in Watford, Hertfordshire to a studio in Ealing, West London. Eventually the aspiring producer got noticed by music executives and was awarded a three-year contract with Sony ATV and a one-album record deal with Virgin Records (EMI Records).
To establish Naughty Boy Recordings, Khan applied to The Princes Trust in 2005, where he was awarded a grant of £5,000 to help start up his business. Speaking to the Watford Observer in 2009 about the opportunity, Khan said "The Prince's Trust has a scheme where they want to help people who they feel can set up their own business. I wanted to make music but I didn't have any equipment. They said they wanted to help me." That same year, Khan appeared on Channel 4's hit day-time gameshow Deal or No Deal, where he won £44,000, further enabling him to purchase equipment and begin recording. The producer now bases his recordings at his studio in Ealing, West London.
2012-present: Hotel Cabana
Khan is currently working on his own debut album titled Hotel Cabana, which is scheduled to be released under his moniker "Naughty Boy" by Virgin Records in 2013. The album's first single "Wonder" features frequent collaborator Sandé on the lead vocals. It was released on 30 September 2012 and also was the leading single from the re-release of Sande's debut album, Our Version of Events, after already appearing on the US version of the album. It peaked at number ten on the UK Singles Chart.
British singer-songwriter Gabrielle also worked with Naughty Boy for Hotel Cabana on a song called "Hollywood", which was initially tipped to be the album's second single. Gabrielle also revealed that fellow British songwriter Ed Sheeran and British rapper Tinie Tempah will also feature on Hotel Cabana. Both Tempah and Sheeran have worked with Naughty Boy on previous records. It is the album's title song, "Hotel Cabana" which features Tempah. A trailer for Hotel Cabana was premiered on Naughty Boy's VEVO account on 20 September 2012. It states Hotel Cabana is "directed by Naughty Boy, starring Emeli Sande, Tinie Tempah, Professor Green, Gabrielle and George The Poet". Of the album, Khan has stated, "I want it to be an album for our time; it has a concept to it, so it’s more like a film in some respects, I view it like I’m not just a producer – I’m a director too".
As producer and songwriter
The producer burst on to the music scene in 2009 by co-writing and producing Chipmunk's hit single "Diamond Rings", featuring a then unknown Emeli Sandé. Khan would once again work with Sandé, this time on Wiley's "Never Be Your Woman" (2010), a cover of White Town's "Your Woman" (1997). Khan and Sandé's affiliation would not end there. They would continue to make music together, resulting in Sandé also getting a record deal with Virgin Records, and subsequently Khan songwriting and producing the majority of Sandé's debut album, Our Version of Events. Naughty Boy was formally introduced and credited as an artist on Sandé's second single "Daddy", though he doesn't actually sing on the track.
Khan has also worked with Alesha Dixon, JLS, Lily Allen, Alexandra Burke and Jennifer Hudson. He also produced records for Professor Green, Cheryl Cole and Tinie Tempah. Khan worked with Sandé to produce and co-write Leona Lewis' 2012 comeback singlee "Trouble" which features Childish Gambino. Khan also wrote "When It Hurts" for Lewis' album Glassheart, in addition to writing "Mountains" with Sandé, for Lewis. However, this song was re-recorded by Sandé and put on her own album Our Version of Events.