About Post Malone
Austin Richard Post , known professionally as Post Malone, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. Malone has gained acclaim for blending a range of genres including hip hop, R&B, pop, trap, rap rock, and cloud rap. Malone is known for his introspective songwriting and variegated vocal styles on his music. He first attained recognition in 2015 following the release of his debut single "White Iverson". He subsequently signed a recording contract with Republic Records. His stage name is derived from his last name and from a rap name generator.
Malone's debut album Stoney featured the hit single "Congratulations", and set the record for most weeks on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, with 77. His second album, Beerbongs & Bentleys , debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and broke several streaming records upon release. Featuring the US Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles "Rockstar" and "Psycho", it was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2018 Grammy Awards. In 2018, Malone collaborated with American singer-rapper Swae Lee on the song "Sunflower" for the soundtrack to the film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100. His third album, Hollywood's Bleeding, explored indie pop and was released in late 2019. It became his second number-one album on the Billboard 200 and featured the Hot 100 number-one single "Circles", which spent a record 39 weeks in the top ten on the Hot 100.
Malone has sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists. His accolades include three American Music Awards, 10 Billboard Music Awards, and an MTV Video Music Award. Additionally, he has received six Grammy Award nominations during his career. In August 2020, Malone became the first ever solo artist to top both the US Billboard Rap Airplay and Adult Contemporary charts as a lead artist when "Circles" reached number one on the latter, with "Rockstar" having reached number one on the former in 2017. Additionally, having reached the top spot in its 41st week on the chart, "Circles" holds the record for the longest climb to number one on the US Adult Contemporary airplay chart among songs by solo artists. Malone also received a Diamond certification by the Recording Industry Association of America in the United States for "Congratulations".
Malone was born on July 4, 1995, in Syracuse, New York. He was raised by his father, Rich Post, and his stepmother, Jodie. His father had been a DJ in his youth and introduced Malone to many different genres of music including hip hop, country, and rock. When Malone was nine years old, he and his family moved to Grapevine, Texas, after his father became the manager of concessions for the Dallas Cowboys. Malone began to play the guitar and auditioned for the American band Crown the Empire in 2010, but was rejected after his guitar strings broke during the audition. He credited his initial interest in learning guitar to the popular video game Guitar Hero.
Malone has always had a love for alternative rock music, and appeared for a DJ set at Emo Nite in Los Angeles in June 2017, playing songs by American alt-rock band My Chemical Romance at the event. According to Malone, his first foray into professional music began when he was in a heavy metal band. Soon after, he says he transitioned to softer rock as well as hip hop, before beginning to experiment on FL Studio.
According to Malone, he chose "Post Malone" as his stage name when he was 14 or 15. The name was rumored to be a reference to the professional basketball player Karl Malone, but Malone later explained that "Post" is his last name, and he used a "rap name generator" to get "Malone". At 16, using audio editor Audacity, Malone created his first mixtape, Young and After Them Riches. He showed it to some of his classmates at Grapevine High School. He was voted "Most Likely to Become Famous" by his classmates as a senior in high school. He worked at a Chicken Express as a teenager.
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