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Troye Sivan Mellet (born 5 June 1995), better known as Troye Sivan, is a South African-born Australian actor, singer, songwriter, and YouTuber. As an actor, he played young James Howlett in the X-Men film X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), and most recently has starred as the titular character in the Spud film trilogy. Sivan also regularly makes YouTube videos, and as of 26 September 2015, has over 3.6 million subscribers and over 203 million total views.

On 15 August 2014, Sivan released his first major-label EP, entitled TRXYE, which peaked at number 5 on the Billboard 200. The lead single from the EP, "Happy Little Pill", reached number 10 in the Australian charts. On 4 September 2015, Sivan released his second major-label EP, WILD. His debut studio album was announced on 14 October with a release date of 4 December. The album is called Blue Neighbourhood.

His video, "The 'Boyfriend' Tag", with fellow vlogger Tyler Oakley earned them a Teen Choice Award in the "Choice Web Collaboration" category. In October 2014, Time named Sivan as one of the "25 Most Influential Teens of 2014".

Early LifeEdit

Sivan was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on 5 June 1995 to Shaun and Laurelle Mellet, a real estate agent and a homemaker respectively. His family moved to Australia when he was two years old due to rising crime in South Africa. He is Jewish (his father was born to a Jewish family and his mother converted to Judaism). Sivan attended Carmel School until he started distance education in 2009. He has two brothers and one sister. His parents, Shaun and Laurelle, are incredibly supportive of his career. Troye is the third child of the family. The eldest is Steele Mellet, the second child is Sage Mellet and the youngest child of the four is Tyde Levi Mellet.

Sivan is openly gay. He came out to his family on 7 August 2010 and came out publicly via a YouTube video on 7 August 2013. He has a mild form of Marfan syndrome.

Sivan currently lives in Perth, Western Australia with his parents and siblings.

CareerEdit

MusicEdit

Sivan's music career began when he sang at the 2006, 2007, and 2008 Channel Seven Perth Telethon. His 2006 performance included a duet with Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian. In 2006, Sivan made it to the grand finals of StarSearch. His debut EP, Dare to Dream, was released in February 2008. In February 2010, Sivan opened "We Are the World 25 for Haiti (YouTube Edition)", a collaborative music charity video produced by Lisa Lavie to help raise money for the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

On 5 June 2013, Sivan was signed to EMI Australia, a Universal Music Australia label, but kept it a secret until a year later. On 15 August 2014 he released a five-song EP entitled TRXYE, led by its first single "Happy Little Pill", which was released on 25 July 2014. TRXYE debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in over 55 countries. The album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 the following week, scoring Sivan his first Top 10 album. "Happy Little Pill" peaked at number 10 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association for shipments exceeding 35,000 copies. Sivan released his second major-label EP, Wild, on 4 September 2015. The EP was supported by a music video trilogy entitled Blue Neighbourhood, comprising the three songs "Wild", "Fools" and "Talk Me Down" and released from September 2015 to December 2015. Additionally, the EP served as an "introduction" to his album Blue Neighbourhood, which was released on 4 December 2015. Sivan supported his debut studio album Blue Neighbourhood and his EP Wild with his first tour, 2015's Troye Sivan Live. Sivan further supported his debut studio album with 2016's Blue Neighbourhood Tour and Suburbia Tour.

ActingEdit

In 2007, Sivan starred as Oliver Twist in a production of Oliver! at the Regal Theatre. In 2008, Sivan was cast in a West Australian short film, Betrand the Terrible. In February 2008, Sivan was cast as young James Howlett in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Sivan got the part after videos of his telethon performance were posted on YouTube, catching the attention of a Hollywood agent who contacted Sivan and asked him to send in an audition tape. Though Kodi Smit-McPhee was already cast for this role, he was unable to be a part of the film, due to his other film, The Road. In July 2009, he auditioned successfully for the lead role in Spud, a film adaptation of the 2005 novel by South African author John van de Ruit. Filming took place in South Africa from early March to mid-April 2010. The film was released in South Africa on 3 December 2010 and was later nominated for six SAFTAs, including a Best Lead Actor in a Feature Film nomination for Sivan.

Sivan appeared in the West Australian season of Samuel Beckett's absurdist play Waiting for Godot which opened on 28 May 2010. Sivan shared the role of "Boy" with Craig Hyde-Smith, alternating nights. In June 2012, Sivan returned to South Africa to film Spud 2: The Madness Continues, which was released in South Africa on 21 June 2013. Sivan also starred in the third film in the series, Spud 3: Learning to Fly, released on 28 November 2014.

YouTubeEdit

In September 2012, Sivan began creating video blogs on the video sharing site YouTube, after having only sung on the site since 2007. At the time of posting his first vlog, Sivan had accumulated 27,000 subscribers in his five years since joining YouTube on 1 October 2007. As of April 2016, Sivan has over 4 million subscribers and over 243 million total views across his YouTube videos. His YouTube channel is the third most subscribed channel in Australia, after HowToBasic and Planet Dolan.

One of Sivan's most notable works on YouTube is a video he made with fellow YouTuber Tyler Oakley. Titled "The 'Boyfriend' Tag", the video earned them a Teen Choice Award in the "Choice Web Collaboration" category.

ArtistryEdit

Sivan's favourite artists include Amy Winehouse, Taylor Swift and Lorde. MTV Artists also cites Michael Jackson and Frank Ocean as additional influences of his.

Sivan's music has been described as "layered electropop with constant tinges of EDM", as well as "youthful", "dreamy", and "mature". His baritone voice has been described as a "coffee-and-cream voice" as well as "sultry", "wounded" and "breathless". His work has been compared to that of Lorde and Taylor Swift.

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine Young James Howlett
2010 Betrand the Terrible Ace Short film
2010 Spud John "Spud" Milton
2013 Spud 2: The Madness Continues John "Spud" Milton
2014 Spud 3: Learning to Fly John "Spud" Milton

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Notes
2006–08 Channel Seven Perth Telethon Opening act
2007 Star Search Finalist
2015 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Musical guest
2016 The Ellen DeGeneres Show Musical guest
2016 The Late Late Show with James Corden Musical guest

TheatreEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Oliver! Oliver Twist Regal Theatre
2010 Waiting for Godot Boy His Majesty's Theatre

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Release details Peak chart positions Certifications
ARIA Charts (AUS)
[1]
Canadian Albums Chart
Tracklisten (DEN)
GfK Entertainment (GER)
[2]
Irish Albums Chart
[3]
Single Top 100 (NLD)
[4]
Official New Zealand Music Chart
[5]
Sverigetopplistan (SWE)
[6]
UK Albums Chart
[7]
Billboard 200 (US)
Blue Neighbourhood
  • Release date: 4 December 2015
  • Label: EMI, Capitol Records
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
6 11 19 73 30 25 9 10 43 7
  • ARIA: Gold[8]

Extended playsEdit

List of EPs, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Release details Peak chart positions Sales
ARIA Charts (AUS)
[1]
Canadian Albums Chart
Hitlisten (DEN)
[9]
Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (FRA)
[10]
GfK Entertainment (GER)
[11]
Irish Albums Chart
[12]
Official New Zealand Music Chart
[5]
Sverigetopplistan (SWE)
[6]
UK Albums Chart
[7]
Billboard 200
Dare to Dream
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: Digital download
June Haverly
  • Released: 22 June 2012[13]
  • Label: Independent
  • Formats: Digital download
TRXYE
  • Released: 15 August 2014
  • Label: EMI
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2 177 2 5
WILD
  • Released: 4 September 2015
  • Label: EMI
  • Formats: CD, digital download
1 6 7 96 37 5 3 11 5 5
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

SinglesEdit

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Song Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
ARIA Charts(AUS)
[1]
Canadian Hot 100
[16]
Tracklisten (DEN)
[9]
GfK Entertainment'(GER)
[2]
Irish Singles Chart
[3]
Single Top 100 (NLD)
[4]
Official New Zealand Music Chart
[5]
Sverigetopplistan (SWE)
[6]
UK Singles Chart
[7]
Billboard Hot 100
[17]
"Happy Little Pill" 2014 10 50 11 87 11 85 2 86 92
  • Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA): Gold
TRXYE
"WILD" 2015 16 72 62 29 62 [18]
  • ARIA: Platinum[19]
Wild
"YOUTH" 17 47 22 62 78 23 74 96 23
  • ARIA: Platinum[20]
  • Swedish Recording Industry Association (IFPI SWE): Gold[21]
  • RIAA: Gold[22]
  • Recorded Music NZ (RMNZ): Platinum
Blue Neighbourhood
"TALK ME DOWN" 2016 36 - [23]}} 118
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

As featured artistEdit

Song Year Peak
chart
positions
Album
ARIA Charts (AUS)
[1]
"Papercut"
(Zedd featuring Troye Sivan)
2015 93 True Colors

Promotional singlesEdit

Song Year Album
"The Fault in Our Stars"[24] 2013 TRXYE

Other charted songsEdit

Song Year Peak
chart
positions
Album
ARIA Charts (AUS)
[1]
"Fools" 2015 85 Wild

TriviaEdit

  • Troye is 5'8".
  • Mac and cheese is one of Troye's favorite foods.
  • Troye moved from South Africa to Australia when he was two and he began his YouTube channel at the age of 12.
  • Troye has released one studio album and four EPs.
  • He has a dog named Jagga.
  • He recorded his own charity single that was inspired by the film The Fault In Our Stars.
  • He has over 4.4 million subscribers on YouTube.
  • He played a young Wolverine in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
  • Troye signed to EMI Australia way back in 2013 but kept it a secret.
  • Troye came out in a YouTube video four years ago, which has accumulated 7.6 million views.
  • Tyler and Troye's video collab The Boyfriend Tag won an actual Teen Choice Award.


GalleryEdit

The image gallery for Troye Sivan may be viewed here.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Discography Troye Sivan" at [4]
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Discography Troye Sivan" at German Charts Portal
  3. 3.0 3.1 Peak positions for singles in Ireland:
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Discografie Troye Sivan" at Dutch Charts Portal
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Discography Troye Sivan" at charts.org.nz
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Discography Troye Sivan" at Hung Medien
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Chart History - Troye Sivan" at Official Charts Company
  8. "ARIA Albums: Beyoncé Is No 1 But Prince Is Everywhere" at Noise11
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Discography Troye Sivan" at Danish Charts Portal
  10. "Discographie Troye Sivan" at lescharts.com
  11. "German Charts > Troye Sivan" at GfK Entertainment
  12. "Irish Music Charts Archive - TOP 100 ARTIST ALBUM, WEEK ENDING 10 September 2015" at GFK Chart-Track
  13. "The June Haverly – Single by Troye Sivan" at iTunes Store (Australia)
  14. "Troye Sivan Talks 'Wild' Chart Success, Upcoming Music Plans: 'It's a Little Insane, To Be Honest" at Billboard
  15. "Upcoming Releases" at daily double.com Hits Daily Double
  16. "Troye Sivan" at Billboard
  17. Peak positions for singles in the US:
  18. "Pentatonix's "Can't Sleep Love" Debuts on Bubbling Under Hot 100" at Headline Planet
  19. "ARIA Singles: Justin Bieber 'Love Yourself' Spends 6th Week at No 1" at Noise11
  20. "ARIA Singles: Gnash 'I Hate U, I Love U' Spends Second Week at No 1" at Noise11
  21. "Search Troye Sivan" at Sverigetopplistan
  22. "Gold & Platinum" at RIAA
  23. "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart" at Recorded Music NZ
  24. "The Fault In Our Stars (MMXIV) at Troye Sivan

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