James Christian Charters (born 18 January 1988 in Camden, London), better known as DJ Ironik, is a British musician, DJ and rapper. His genre of music varies from R&B, grime, pop and hip hop.
DJ Ironik has had three top 10 hits; Stay With Me charted at #5, Tiny Dancer charted at #3 and also I Got Soul A charity single which reached #10 in the UK charts and has also had several top 5 hits in other european countries.Contents [hide]
1.1 Early life
1.2 Music career
2.1 Studio albums
4 External links
"DJ Ironik" (born James Charters) was born in North London, England. He decided on a career in music at an early age. He started his career at the young age of 13 when he worked as a DJ in clubs, initially in his home country but his talent was quickly spotted and he moved around Europe.
His first single, "So Nice", was released in summer of 2007. It achieved popularity on the music channels, including remaining in the top 3 of the viewer request chart on Channel U for 20 weeks, however it had limited success elsewhere.
At the age of 20 he signed with Atlantic/Warner UK/Asylum Records, which is a subsidiary of Warner Music Group.
The first hit was the single "Stay with Me (Everybody's Free)", which went into the charts at number 11 on downloads alone, then number five on its physical release. It equally had success on Channel U, remaining in the request chart top 10 for 26 weeks. The remix to "Stay with Me" features Chipmunk and Asylum label-mate, Wiley.
His second single, "I Wanna Be Your Man" was released in September 2008 and reached number 35 in the UK. His debut album No Point in Wasting Tears was released on Atlantic/Asylum Records on September 29, 2008 and charted at 21 in the UK Chart.
He was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2008 MOBO Awards and Best Newcomer and Best Music Video ("Stay with Me") at the 2008 Urban Music Awards. He was also nominated for Best Male Music in Film at the Screen Nation Film & TV Awards in November 2008, and voted by the public viewers of MTV UK the third favourite artist of the year 2008, coming after Katy Perry and Duffy.
Throughout October and November 2008, Ironik supported German Euro dance group Cascada on their second UK tour - The Perfect Day Tour 2008.
The third single taken from his debut album is "Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer)" which features grime rap artist Chipmunk and Sir Elton John. The song was released in the UK on 26 April. This was followed by the re-release of his album on 11 May 2009.
In May 2009, Ironik told Rob Davies on Utopia FM that he was planning a new album called 'Music Legend'. He chose the name because that is "the imprint" he wants to leave his fans when he finishes his music career. I also said that he would work with Flo Rida as he has already supported the rapper during his UK shows. The album is expected "summer next year" (2010)
In 2009 he was nominated for 'Best UK Act' at the 2009 Mobo Awards.
In Late 2009 he collaborated with UK Rapper A.Y.O. for the song Far Away
Studio albumsYear Name Peak
2008 No Point in Wasting Tears
First studio album
Released on: 29 September 2008
Re-Release: 11 May 2009
Formats: CD, digital download 21
2010 Music Legend
Released : Summer 2010
Formats: CD, digital download
rowspan="4"|2010Year Song UK UK
R&B IRE SWE Album
2008 "Stay with Me" 5 2 8 16 No Point in Wasting Tears
"I Wanna Be Your Man" 35 — — —
2009 "Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer)" (featuring Chipmunk & Elton John) 3 2 17 —
"I Got Soul" (with Young Soul Rebels) 10 — 19 — Charity Single
"Slow Down" TBR TBR TBR TBR Music Legend