Producer Shahid Khan, aka Naughty Boy, pursued music seriously after he dropped out of university and worked a number of unsatisfying jobs.
His first major work was his songwriting and production for Chipmunk's "Diamond Rings," a playful ska-rooted single that featured a pre-fame Emeli Sandé and reached the Top Ten in his native U.K. in 2009. The next year was bigger, highlighted by productions for Professor Green, Tinie Tempah, and Wiley (the Top Ten "Never Be Your Woman"), all of which involved Sandé. Khan then worked extensively on Sandé's breakthrough 2012 album Our Version of Events. That October, he released the solo single "Wonder," with Sandé returning the favor as the song's lead vocalist and co-songwriter. "La La La," featuring Sam Smith, was released in May 2013 and topped the U.K. chart, which set the stage for the August release of Hotel Cabana, Khan's guest-loaded debut album for Virgin. It peaked at number two on the U.K. chart. An expanded edition for the U.S. arrived the following May. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi