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Houssein South (born June 3, 1999 (1999-06-03) [age 20]) is a British Pop Singer.[1] He initially gained recognition in 2015, posting song covers onto various online video-sharing applications, garnering more than 1.5 million followers.[2] His debut single '5 Bucks' was self-released in February of 2018 and reached the Top 100 in the UK iTunes charts.

Personal Life

Houssein was born in London, England[3] to Diane Holliday and the late British-Turkish Cypriot businessman Ramadan Güney.[4] He attended Hoe Bridge School, a private academic school until the age of 13, where he obtained 12 Common Entrance Examination|Common Entrance Exams with straight A's and A*'s. He completed his education at home, with 11 GCSEs and 2 A-Levels via online tutoring.

South was six years old when his father bought him a drum kit, and he believes that this sparked his initial interest in music, accompanied by his mothers encouragement for him to join the school choir.[5][6]

Career

South began his career at the age of 9, when he landed a role small role in the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang UK Tour, which lead to him securing a two-year deal with The Sound of Music.[7][8]

Post tours, he quickly grew a massive following on various online video sharing platforms - garnering over 250 million views, and amassing a combined 100 million interactions.

His debut single, '5 Bucks' was released in February of 2018.[9] This single was subsequently followed by a further four singles throughout 2018, that accumulated over one million streams across all major digital streaming platforms. Houssein performed his single 'Tokyo' on CBBC, during 'Saturday Mash-Up!' for BBC Music Day.

South was featured on BBC Music Introducing's Track of the Week, with both 'Tokyo'[10] and 'Walking Away'.

Artistry

South is a self-described Pop singer[11], citing The 1975, Troye Sivan and Ed Sheeran as his main musical influences.[12]

In an interview with CelebMix, Houssein said: "my first proper obsession was Green Day – I listened to every song, watched every documentary, bought every book and went to multiple shows when they came to London. The lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong was a massive inspiration to me – even though our music style is quite different, his stage presence, writing style and just how cool he is, has always been very inspiring."[13]

In reference to Houssein's debut single '5 Bucks', The Sun noted that Houssein was "giving off an early Justin Bieber vibe, complete with his trademark hairdo."[14]

Discography

Singles

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK SCO IRE
"5 Bucks"[15][16]
2018 Non-Album Single
"The Days"[17][18]
Non-Album Single
"Summer Night"[19][20][21]
 
Non-Album Single
"Tokyo"[22]
 
Non-Album Single
"Walking Away"[23]
 
2018 Non-Album Single

Television

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2018 Saturday Mashup

[24]

Himself Episode: S2 E1
2018 Nickelodeon Slimefest

[25]

Himself 2nd Annual (UK)

Tours

  • Sound Of Music UK Tour (West End Musical) (2011-2012)
  • Dusky Grey UK Tour (Support Act) (2018)

References

  1. "Rising Stars: Houssein South", The Media Eye, January 22, 2018. 
  2. "OUR FIRST EVER UK ARTIST, HOUSSEIN, INTERVIEW", Teen Music Insider, October 5, 2016. 
  3. Houssein Guney (en).
  4. "Brookwood Cemetery dispute finally resolved", Get Surrey, October 15, 2012. 
  5. "He was just six when his father bought him a drum kit and his love for performance began since then.", Meaww, March 19, 2018. 
  6. "My parents bought me a drum kit that developed my love for playing instruments.", Pop Dust, October 19, 2018. 
  7. Image of Houssein in The Sound of Music UK Tour.
  8. "Popstar Houssein South on having 6 kids and why his mum's his number one priority", Meaww, March 19, 2018. 
  9. Houssein - 5 Bucks (February 24, 2018).
  10. Tokyo on BBC Music.
  11. "Pop star Houssein South Speaks on his Flourishing Vine Career and What Keeps him up at 3AM", Meaww, March 19, 2018. 
  12. "OUR FIRST EVER UK ARTIST, HOUSSEIN, INTERVIEW", Teen Music Insider, October 5, 2016. 
  13. "Rising star Houssein talks latest single ‘Tokyo’", CelebMix, October 16, 2018. 
  14. "Musical.ly star Houssein reveals new music video for single 5 Bucks", The Sun, February 23, 2018. 
  15. 5 Bucks by houssein (February 16, 2018).
  16. "'5 Bucks' by Houssein is out now!", Nickelodeon, 'The Scoop', February 16, 2018. 
  17. The Days by Houssein (May 4, 2018).
  18. "The video for Houssein's new music video, 'The Days' is out today!", Nickelodeon, 'The Scoop', May 11, 2018. 
  19. Summer Night by Houssein (July 27, 2018).
  20. "Hear Houssein’s massive new single ‘Summer Night’", Stage Door, July 27, 2018. 
  21. "Popular Singer, Houssein releases new single.", GScene, 30 July 2018. 
  22. "EXCLUSIVE: Houssein's New Single ‘Tokyo’ Video Premiere", We The Unicorns, September 26, 2018. 
  23. "Internet Sensation Houssein Sheds Light On Relationships In ‘Walking Away’", United By Pop, November 7, 2018. 
  24. Houssein | Tokyo | LIVE performance (September 29, 2018).
  25. "Nickelodeon UK Assembles 2018 SlimeFest UK Slime Squad; Houssein Added to Performers Line-Up", Sound Books. 
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