Declan McKenna

Declan McKenna



Declan Benedict McKenna[1] (born 24 December 1998) is an English singer, songwriter and musician. He initially gained recognition for winning the Glastonbury Festival's Emerging Talent Competition in 2015. McKenna self-released the song "Brazil", a protest song criticising FIFA and the 2014 FIFA World Cup held in Brazil, as his debut single in December 2014. It gained recognition after its re-release in August 2015. It reached number one on Sirius XM Radio's Alt Nation Alt 18 Countdown for 23 January 2016 and held that spot for three weeks. The song also reached number 16 on the U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs chart, number 45 in Japan and number 135 in France. His popularity attracted the attention of many major music labels; he eventually signed to Columbia Records in 2016.

McKenna continued to write and record music for his debut studio album during 2016. During this time, he also performed concerts and appeared at festivals. He released What Do You Think About the Car? through Columbia on 21 July 2017. Songs that appear on the album that were released as singles prior to the album’s release include "Paracetamol", "Isombard" and "The Kids Don't Wanna Come Home", which peaked at number 84 on Belgium's Ultratop Flanders chart. Also during 2017, he made appearances at the Coachella and Lollapalooza festivals.



What Do You Think About the Car?
What Do You Think About the Car?
Humongous is a song by musical artist Declan McKenna, released on June 9, 2017.
The Kids Don't Wanna Come Home
The Kids Don't Wanna Come Home is a song by musical artist Declan McKenna, released on January 13, 2017.
Paracetamol is an album by musical artist Declan McKenna, released on December 4, 2015.

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Spotify - Albums & Singles11


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Britain’s Declan McKenna to perform at Amityville Music Hall
  –  February 16, 2018
Declan McKenna plans to keep experimenting. The 19-year-old British singer-songwriter made a splash last year on both sides of the Atlantic with his debut album, “What Do You Think About the Car?” (Columbia), but says his sound is already evolving.
Tuned In: Declan McKenna, and more
  –  February 16, 2018
19-year-old English singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, making his debut appearance at the Iron Horse in Northampton on Wednesday at 7 p.m. It’s one of those promising situations where a celebrated UK star-on-the-rise comes to these shores with ...
Concert Review: Declan McKenna at Jammin’ Java
  –  February 16, 2018
British singer-songwriter Declan McKenna made everyone feel like his valentine with his Feb. 14 show at Jammin’ Java in Vienna, Va. “I’m here to steal your hearts this Valentine’s Day. And I’ve got more crappy lines like that prepared,” McKenna ...
Idris Elba to play DJ set at Kendal Calling
  –  February 8, 2018
Scene frontrunners James, Shed Seven, and Ocean Colour Scene, will be joined by the likes of The Sherlocks, White Lies, The Wailers, Declan McKenna, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Lucy Spraggan, The Amazons, Tom Grennan, Slow Readers Club, Peter Hook & The Light ...
The Libertines talk headlining Kendal Calling 2018, their ‘Albion Rooms’ hotel and their next album
  –  February 8, 2018
Also on the bill are the likes of Hacienda Classical, James, Ocean Colour Scene, Shed Seven, The Sherlocks, White Lies, Idris Elba, Fun Lovin’ Criminal, Declan McKenna, Marmozets, Tom Grennan, Pale Waves, Peter Hook & The Light, Yonaka and many more.
Kendal Calling 2018 line-up so far
  –  February 7, 2018
James, Ocean Colour Scene, Shed Seven, The Sherlocks, White Lies, The Wailers, Declan McKenna, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Lucy Spraggan, Slow Readers Club, The Amazons, Peter Hook & The Light, Tom Grennan, The Lancashire Hotpots, Marmozets, Pale Waves ...
Kendal Calling’s huge line up features Catfish And The Bottlemen, The Libertines and Idris Elba
  –  February 7, 2018
See you in the fields!’ The festival takes place between 26-29 July with an epic line up looking like this: James, Shed Seven, Ocean Colour Scene, The Sherlocks, White Lies, The Wailers, Declan Mckenna, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Lucy Spraggan, The Amazons ...
Declan McKenna talks Britrock, reaching radio, making it in America and more
  –  February 6, 2018
Whatever fame and fortune awaits Declan McKenna on what should be a very long career, he can say it all started in St. Petersburg. Okay, not all of it. By the time McKenna made his U.S. debut at Jannus Live in 2016, he was already a British alt-rock ...
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Feb. 8
  –  February 6, 2018
8 p.m., Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $38-$48. (727) 791-7400. Declan McKenna: The 19-year-old Brit is one accomplished teenage rock artist, having played Glastonbury twice as well as Coachella and released a polished album in 2017 ...
Stormzy, Foo Fighters and Rag'n'Bone Man win big at BBC Music Awards
  –  December 9, 2017
Other major winners included Rag'n'Bone Man's Human being named British Album of the Year, and singer-songwriter Declan McKenna emerging as BBC Music Introducing Artist of the Year. To nobody's surprise, Foo Fighters' triumphant headlining set on the ...
Declan McKenna named BBC Music Introducing's artist of the year
  –  December 6, 2017
The up-and-coming music star has scored another accolade. Singer-songwriter and musician Declan McKenna has said he is “eternally grateful” to have been crowned BBC Music Introducing artist of the year. The 18-year-old’s accolade is the first of this ...
Declan McKenna wins BBC Music Introducing prize
  –  December 6, 2017
With songs about police brutality and transgender conversion therapy, Declan McKenna has emerged as one of the UK's most interesting new songwriters. Now the 18-year-old, who began writing songs at school, has been named BBC Music Introducing's artist of ...


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