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The-Dream performing on September 10, 2008 in New York City
Background information
Birth name Terius Youngdell Nash
Born (1977-09-20) September 20, 1977
Rockingham, North Carolina, U.S.
Genres R&B
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, record producer
Years active 2001–present
Labels Radio Killa, Capitol[1] (current), Def Jam (former)
Associated acts Kelly Rowland, Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, Los Da Mystro, Jennifer Lopez, Electrik Red, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Fabolous, Jamie Foxx
Website .comthe-dreammusic

Terius Youngdell Nash (born September 20, 1977), better known by his stage name The-Dream, is an American R&B and pop record producer, singer, and songwriter.[2] He is known for co-writing many successful songs, including "Me Against the Music" (2003) for Britney Spears, "Umbrella" (2007) for Rihanna, "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" (2008) for Beyoncé and "Baby" (2010) for Justin Bieber, as well as for his acclaimed releases as a solo artist.


  • Early life 1
  • Music career 2
    • 2001–07: Beginnings 2.1
    • 2008–10: The Love trilogy 2.2
    • 2011–present: 1977 and IV Play 2.3
    • Production and songwriting 2.4
  • Influence 3
  • Personal life 4
  • Legal issues 5
  • Discography 6
  • Awards and nominations 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Early life

Terius Nash was born on September 20, 1977,[3] in Rockingham, North Carolina. He moved with his mother to Atlanta when he was three years old. After first learning to play trumpet in elementary school, Nash learned how to play the drums and guitar.[4] His mother died in 1992 when Nash was fifteen years old, an event which would inspire him to write songs.[5] He states that the death of his mother gave him a "soft spot" for women, which he credits to his desire to write songs about female empowerment such as Rihanna's "Umbrella".[5] He moved in with his grandfather, a concrete mason who instilled a strong work ethic in young Nash. Of his grandfather, Nash recalls "He came out of a bad time for blacks in the South, but even though we lived in the hood, we had a boat, some cars and a house that was paid for. So I’ve always had a different outlook on life. There’s nothing I can’t do."[6]

Music career

2001–07: Beginnings

Nash met R&B producer Laney Stewart in 2001 and Stewart helped him get a publishing deal after Nash wrote "Everything" for B2K's album Pandemonium!.[4] Under the pen name "The-Dream," Nash began writing lyrics for many popular artists. He co-wrote Britney Spears' hit "Me Against the Music" from her album In the Zone. He spent two years working on Nivea's second album Complicated, which he executive produced, and continued to write and produce with Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, Laney's brother, which led to Rihanna's 2007 hit "Umbrella". "Umbrella" was nominated for Song of the Year at the 2008 Grammy Awards.[7]

2008–10: The Love trilogy

In 2007 Nash signed a record contract with Def Jam Recordings and began working on his debut studio album Love Hate.[7] The album was produced by The-Dream, his production partner Tricky Stewart, and Los da Mystro, and featured Fabolous and Rihanna.[8] The album was written and recorded in eight days with twelve tracks making the final cut. Released December 11, 2007, on The-Dream's Def Jam imprint Radio Killa Records,[9] The album featured the singles "Shawty Is a 10", "Falsetto" and "I Luv Your Girl" and received generally positive reviews from critics, as Rolling Stone called it "one of the most likable R&B records of the year" and said that the singer had "hit a home run."[10] In June 2008, The-Dream was named Best New Artist at the BET Awards.

On March 10, 2009, The-Dream released his second album Love vs. Money.[11] He re-teamed with Tricky Stewart, who produced most of the tracks on the album, and Los da Mystro.[12] The album featured Mariah Carey, Kanye West, and Lil Jon and featured the singled "Rockin' That Shit", "Walkin' on the Moon" and "Sweat It Out".[13] Upon its release, the album received general acclaim from most music critics, based on an aggregate score of 83/100 from Metacritic and it was more commercially successful than its predecessor, debuting at number two on the Billboard 200.[14]

During the making of Love King, he recorded a song with T-Pain and expressed that he would like to make a collaborative album with Kanye West in the future.[15] In January 2010, The-Dream officially stated he was finished recording the album and he called it the best of his three albums.[16] The album was released on June 29, 2010.[17] Before the album's release, the-Dream announced that Love King will be his last solo album.[13][18] Once again produced by The-Dream, Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, and Los da Mystro, the album spawned the singles "Love King" and "Make Up Bag." Despite positive reviews from critics, the album was less commercially successful than Love vs. Money, and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200.

2011–present: 1977 and IV Play

On the Love King track "Sex Intelligent (Remix)," The-Dream sang that he would release a follow-up album titled Love Affair on June 7, 2011.[19] On that intended release date, The-Dream released a medley of two new songs titled Body Work / Fuck My Brains Out as a free download[20] followed by an album titled 1977 on August 31, 2011, also as a free download. Def Jam Recordings released 1977 commercially on December 18, 2012 with a modified tracklist and the new title Terius Nash: 1977.[21] Love Affair was delayed repeatedly and the name was changed to The Love, IV,[19] Love IV: Diary of a Madman,[22] Love IV MMXII, and finally IV Play. In the nearly three years between Love King and IV Play, The-Dream released the singles "Roc" and "Dope Bitch", which were not included on the final tracklist for IV Play.

IV Play was released on May 28, 2013. The album features guest appearances from Jay-Z, Big Sean, Pusha T, Beyoncé, 2 Chainz, Kelly Rowland, Gary Clark Jr. and Fabolous and the singles "Slow It Down"[23] and "IV Play."[24] On January 8, 2014, he revealed that he had left Def Jam Recordings and was now independent.[25] However, as of 2014, he was listed as being on the artist roster of major label Capitol Records.

Production and songwriting

In addition to his work with Nivea and Rihanna, Nash has written and produced songs for many other notable R&B, hip hop, and pop artists, including J. Holiday, Usher, Yung Joc, Jesse McCartney, Mariah Carey, Ciara, Brandy, Diddy, Mary J. Blige, and Beyoncé. In 2009, The-Dream and Tricky Stewart co-wrote and produced the album How to Be a Lady: Volume 1 by the R&B girl group Electrik Red.

The-Dream has also been a featured artist on singles by artists such as Plies, LL Cool J, Dear Jayne, Gym Class Heroes, Sterling Simms, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Jamie Foxx, and Snoop Dogg.

In early 2009, The-Dream began working with Christina Milian on her fourth studio album Elope,[26] which led to her signing a joint-deal with Radio Killa Records.[27] The-Dream said that when he was building his label, he went looking for Milian because he believed she was a talented singer.[28] The singer confirmed that her second single would be a duet with The-Dream called "Supersonic".[29] Elope was never released and the material she recorded with The-Dream was scrapped after her marriage to Nash ended.[30]

In 2010, The-Dream received backlash for his cover of Aaliyah's song "One in a Million". Upon the release of the song, fans of Aaliyah bombarded radio shows and blog sites with distaste for The-Dream's rendition.[31]


John Calvert of The Quietus writes that The-Dream's "stadium-R&B reinvented the genre as a mythological epic", citing it as an influence on Frank Ocean's 2012 song "Pyramids".[32] Allmusic editor Andy Kellman writes that, with Carlos McKinney and Tricky Stewart, The-Dream "seized possession of [...] the belt for the electronic pop-R&B division, once held by innovators Leon Sylvers III, Kashif and Morrie Brown, Prince, Jam & Lewis, Teddy Riley, Timbaland and Missy Elliott, and the Neptunes".[33]

Personal life

After dating for six months, Nash married his girlfriend Nivea in 2004. Together they had three children, daughter Navy Talia (on May 10, 2005) and twin sons London and Christian (April 19, 2006). Nivea filed for legal separation on December 10, 2007. Nash said that although he was in love with Nivea, his lack of experience in a family growing up meant he was "not taught how much more than love [it takes] to run a relationship. Like, 'cause love isn't just where it's gonna end. It can't start and stop with love. There has to be a certain amount of knowledge and patience that's acquired in order to keep it going and keep it straight, and I found out the hard way."[34] Their divorce was finalized on June 15, 2008.

Nash began dating

External links

  1. ^ "Capitol Records: Artists". Capitol Records. Retrieved 2014-12-08. 
  2. ^ Cummings, Ray (September 7, 2011). "The-Dream drops free album under Terius Nash moniker".  
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  4. ^ a b Cordor, Cyril. "The-Dream : Biography".  
  5. ^ a b Raftery, Brian (2010-07-04). "Rhythm and Blues". NY Mag. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  6. ^ Maerz, Melissa (2009-03-09). "Terius Nash's high art is ghetto-friendly (Pg. 3)". Taipei Times. New York Times News Service. Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  7. ^ a b "The-Dream Biography". Def Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  8. ^ "What Dreams are Made of". The Pop Culture Junkie. 2007-09-03. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  9. ^ "Umbrella' Writer The-Dream Preps Solo Debut". Billboard. 2007-08-07. Retrieved 2007-09-28. 
  10. ^ "The-Dream – LoveHate". 2007-12-11. Retrieved 2007-12-19. 
  11. ^ The-Dream 'Love vs. Money' Album Listening. Rap-Up.'.' Retrieved January 30, 2009.
  12. ^ Crosley, Hillary. The Dream's New Album Bumped To March. Billboard. Retrieved on 2010-02-17.
  13. ^ a b "The-Dream Spreads The 'Love' On New Album". Billboard. 2008-10-10. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  14. ^ (2009): ReviewsLove vs. Money. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2009-09-29.
  15. ^ The-Dream Talks about his Upcoming Collabo Album with Kanye West in which contains the hit walking on the moon.. Retrieved January 26, 2009.
  16. ^ "The-Dream Calls New Album ‘Best’ Yet". Rap-Up. 2010-01-16. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  17. ^ "Check Out The-Dream's Official Love King Album Cover!". The-Dream Music. 2010-05-20. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  18. ^ "The-Dream Announces "Love King" Will Be Last Album". Billboard. 2009. Retrieved 2009. 
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  24. ^ "IV Play – Single by The-Dream". iTunes Store (United States). Apple. Retrieved April 10, 2013. 
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  26. ^ "Elope"Christina Milian Changes Album Title to .  
  27. ^ Washington, Jessica. "Christina Milian Signs with The-Dream's Radio Killa Records".  
  28. ^ Miller, Brian (March 9, 2009). "The-Dream Defends His Girl Christina Milian". Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  29. ^ San Miguel, Celia (March 27, 2009). """Christina Milian: "I'm Not Thirsty For Attention!.  
  30. ^ "Christina Milian Reveals Producers on New Album". The Boombox. Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  31. ^ Powell, Shelby (May 21, 2010). "And The Beat Goes On:Stans Don't Need Dreams, They Need Meds".  
  32. ^ Calvert, John (July 3, 2012). "The Future's Bright: Frank Ocean's Channel Orange Track-by-Track".  
  33. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Love King – The-Dream".  
  34. ^ Osorio, Kim (2009-04-03). "The Dream Talks About His Relationship". music. Black Entertainment Television. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  35. ^ Johnson, Chris (September 12, 2009). "Pregnant Christina Milian's shotgun wedding to music producer boyfriend The-Dream".  
  36. ^ "Christina Milian & The-Dream Celebrate Engagement".  
  37. ^ Rosario, Mariela (2009-08-18). "Christina Milian & The Dream Getting Married Any Minute Now". Latina. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  38. ^ Morris, Davina (2009-04-17). "Living the dream". Voice Online. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
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  40. ^ Michaud, Sarah (2010-03-01). "Christina Milian Welcomes a Daughter – Babies, Christina Milian". Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  41. ^ "Exclusive: Christina Milian, The-Dream Separate". 
  42. ^ "The-Dream Confirms Split with Christina Milian After Racy Photos Surface". 
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Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2007 Mobo Awards Best Songwriter "Bed" (songwriter) Nominated
2008 American Music Awards T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist The-Dream Nominated
BET Awards Best New Artist Won
Grammy Awards Song of the Year "Umbrella" (as songwriter) Nominated
Ozone Awards Best R&B Artist The-Dream Nominated
2009 BET Awards Best Male R&B Artist Nominated
BET Hip-Hop Awards Viewer's Choice "Throw It in the Bag" with Fabolous Won
2010 Grammy Awards Song of the Year "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" (as songwriter) Won
Best R&B Song Won
Album of the Year I Am... Sasha Fierce (as producer) Nominated
2011 Song of the Year "All of the Lights" (as songwriter) Nominated
Best Rap Song Won
2012 Best Rap/Sung Collaboration "No Church in the Wild" Won
2014 "Holy Grail" (as songwriter) Won
Best Rap Song Nominated
2015 Album of the Year Beyoncé (as producer) Pending

Awards and nominations

Studio albums


Nash was arrested in June 2013 in Newport Beach, California for an alleged domestic violence incident but Nam declined to press charges.[48]

Nash was arrested on May 7, 2014 on charges of felony assault and strangulation, reckless endangerment and child endangerment against his then-pregnant girlfriend Lydia Nam for his alleged actions on April 4, 2013 while they were staying at the Plaza Hotel in New York.[47][48][49]

Legal issues

[46][45][44] Nash married Lalonne Martinez (or LaLone Martinez) in July 2014.[43] Their divorce was finalized on October 23, 2011.[42] after photos surfaced of Nash vacationing with his assistant.[41] The couple announced their separation on July 12, 2010[40] Violet Madison on February 26, 2010.[39]

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