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Saltwives are a songwriting and production duo[1], made up of Alex Oriet[2] and David Phelan[3] [4]. Songs the pair have written and produced have amassed over 5 billion streams. Their credits include eight tracks from Zayn Malik|Zayn's debut album Mind of Mine (“Like I Would,” “Wrong (Zayn song)|Wrong” feat. Kehlani, “She Doesn’t Love Me,” among others) and they co-wrote and co-produced Zayn and Sia (musician)|Sia’s single “Dusk Till Dawn (Zayn song)|Dusk Till Dawn[5]Dusk Till Dawn (Zayn song)|,[6]” which has over one billion YouTube views. As of September 2017, "Dusk Till Dawn" had sold around 58,000 digital copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan.[7] The track sold 28,561 downloads in the UK during its first week[8]. By 5 October 2017, the song had sold around 65,000 copies in the United States.[9] In Europe, "Dusk Till Dawn" topped the European Border Breakers chart on the week ending 27 October 2017, and held onto the number-one spot for months; it eventually dropped to number two in the week ending 26 January 2018.[10]

Saltwives also co-wrote and co-produced Kygo and Miguel (singer)|Miguel’s US top 10 hit “Remind Me To Forget”[11] which lead to the duo's nomination for a IHeartRadio Music Awards|iHeart Radio Music Award in 2019”.[12] The same year Saltwives also received a BMI award.[13]

Saltwives were hired by Walt Disney Pictures|Disney Pictures to produce the end credit single for Aladdin (2019 film)|Aladdin starring Will Smith. The single “A Whole New World,” which featured the vocals of Zayn Malik|Zayn and Zhavia Ward charted in the Top 40 Spotify Global Charts and was Number 1 on the U.S. iTunes charts.[14] Malik's English vocals were also used for two English-Spanish language|Spanish versions of the song, "Un mundo ideal". The Spanish parts, produced by Saltwives, were sung for the Latin America|Latin American market by American singer Becky G and for the Spain|Spanish market by Spanish singer Aitana (singer)|Aitana.[15]

Saltwives are also credited on songs with Iggy Azalea (including the single “Trouble (Iggy Azalea song)|Trouble”), Charles Hamilton (rapper)|Charles Hamilton ( “New York Raining” feat. Rita Ora), Clean Bandit, Becky G and Bebe Rexha|BeBe Rexha.[16] Saltwives have upcoming projects with artists such as Anne-Marie (singer)|Anne Marie, SG Lewis and JP Cooper.

Early Career

Alex first started his career in production with One Direction[17], recording vocals for their album Midnight Memories while on tour. David and Alex met while working on beats together at Wendyhouse studio. This lead to them first coming together under the secret alias Mind of Mine|"XYZ"[18][19] before changing their name to Saltwives. Under the alias XYZ the pair Mind of Mine|wrote and produced several tracks on Zayn's album Mind of Mine. Alex went by the name Mind of Mine|Jay Emerson and David as Mind of Mine|Salvador Waviest [20][21] to protect their identity during the recording process.

Awards and nominations

BMI Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2019 Saltwives "Remind Me To Forget" (Kygo ft. Miguel) Won

iHeartRadio Music Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2019 "Remind Me To Forget" (Kygo ft. Miguel) Best Dance Record Nominated


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  3. "David Phelan | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  4. "Alexander Oriet & David Phelan". Genius. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  5. "Zayn and Sia replace Dua Lipa as European Border Breakers No.1". Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  6. Ghosh, Rhea. "Saltwives' Crafted "Dusk Till Dawn" by Zayn ft. Sia is #1 in Europe". Retrieved 2020-05-26.
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  8. "Official Charts Analysis: Post Malone secures second week atop singles chart". Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  9. "Wayback Machine" (PDF). 2017-10-09. Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  10. "Liam Payne and Rita Ora replace Zayn and Sia at European Border Breakers No.1". Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  11. "Remind Me to Forget - Wikipedia". Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  12. "A&R Worldwide Newsletter Vol. DCXXXIII". Retrieved 2019-11-18.
  13. "Alex Oriet and David Phelan of Saltwives attend BMI Awards 2019 at..." Getty Images. Retrieved 2020-01-21.
  14. "A&R Worldwide Newsletter Vol. DCXXXIII". Retrieved 2019-11-21.
  15. "Zayn and Becky G Release Spanish Version of 'Aladdin' Theme: Listen". Billboard. 2019-05-17. Retrieved 2020-07-02.
  16. "Music Business Worldwide".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. "ZAYN | Sophomore Album "Icarus Falls" | OUT - Page 214 « Kanye West Forum". Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  18. "Who is the mysterious producer behind Zayn's solo debut?". Genius. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  19. "ZAYN | Sophomore Album "Icarus Falls" | OUT - Page 214 « Kanye West Forum". Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  20. "Like I Would", Wikipedia, 2020-04-17, retrieved 2020-05-26
  21. "Who is the mysterious producer behind Zayn's solo debut?". Genius. Retrieved 2020-05-26.

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