His initials being E.G., English MC/vocalist Elliot Gleave performed under the name Example. Gleave got his feet wet as an MC while attending Royal Holloway, where he met Joseph Gardner (aka Rusher) and recorded a concept album in the audio booth of the universityâ€™s film department. â€œA Pointless Song,â€� one of the tracks recorded there, became Exampleâ€™s first release, a 2004 single on his All the Chats label. A handful of successive 12â€� singles, as well as an answer song to Lily Allen's â€œSmileâ€� -- â€œVile,â€� issued on The Beats, the label run by the Streets' Mike Skinner -- gained the attention of several BBC DJs. What We Made, Exampleâ€™s debut album, followed on The Beats in 2007 but failed to make much of a commercial impact. A deal with Ministry of Sound's Data label and an overt focus on reaching the clubs, however, fostered chart success. Released in 2009, â€œWatch the Sun Come Up,â€� produced by the Fearless, peaked in the Top 20 of the U.K. pop chart, while both â€œWonâ€™t Go Quietlyâ€� (also produced by the Fearless) and â€œKickstartsâ€� (Sub Focus) reached the Top Ten and topped the dance chart. The full-length Wonâ€™t Go Quietly was released in June 2010 and featured the pre-album hits, as well as productions from MJ Cole, Calvin Harris, Chase & Status, and BjÃ¶rn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John). ~ Andy KellmanPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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