Republic Records

New York, NY (November 30, 2018) – With a powerhouse voice, lyrical vulnerability, and wisdom beyond his years, 16-year-old KIAN (key-ahn) emerged as one of Australia’s hottest new acts in 2018 with millions of streams and radio airplay success. Now signed to Republic Records, he has his sights set on the U.S. To celebrate the news, he officially re-releases his new single “Waiting” today.

Get it HERE.

"Waiting" is the best way to get to know this rapidly rising talent. Earlier this year, he won the “Unearthed High Competition” in Australia hosted by international tastemaker radio station triple j. In the aftermath of his big win, the station added the single into regular rotation and named it “Best New Music.” Within a few months, it racked up 12 million Spotify streams and counting, soared to #1 on the Spotify “Hot Hits Australia” Playlist, went Top 20 on Apple Music, and vaulted to #3 on the national ARIA Singles Chart.

Driven by delicately plucked acoustic guitar and a steady beat, the song highlights his emotionally charged lyrics and soulful delivery as he blurs the lines between pop, alternative, and R&B. His voice takes center stage on an impossibly catchy hook, emanating raw power.

Be on the lookout for new music from KIAN in 2019.


Kian was first introduced to music at the age of two, when he hit the road with his dad, creating music in remote Indigenous communities throughout the continent. This bohemian lifestyle proved immensely inspiring as he grew up around creatives of all kinds immersed in art and music. In Beswick Community [NT], he met Baker Boy and developed a fast friendship and faster musical partnership. Their chemistry powered the anthem “Cloud 9” in May 2017. KIAN made his introduction as a solo artist on “Too Far Gone” with Vince the Kid in 2018 before taking over airwaves with “Waiting.” Not only did triple j proclaim the track “Best New Music,” but it also impressively amassed 12 million streams since its release.

Re-releasing “Waiting” via Republic Records, he’s primed for a massive breakout now.


A division of Universal Music Group, the world's leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Sabbath, Florence + the Machine, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Jacquees, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (The Weeknd, Belly, NAV), Young Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Roc Nation (Jaden Smith, Justine Skye, The Dream), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records, and Universal Music Latin Entertainment. In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels' STAR, The Four), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.

November 30, 2018 10:23am ET by Republic Records  


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