Priyanka Chopra Music Career
Chopra’s main vocal influence was her father, who helped develop her interest in singing. She used her vocal talent early in her pageantry career. Her first recording, the song “Ullathai Killathe” in the Tamil film Thamizhan (2002), was made at the urging of her director and co-star, Vijay (who had noticed her singing on the set). She declined to sing playback for “Tinka Tinka” in her film Karam (2005), preferring to concentrate on her acting career, but later sang the song live on the television programme Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. Chopra recorded an unreleased song for Bluffmaster! (2005). In August 2011, Universal Music Group signed Chopra to a worldwide recording agreement with DesiHits. The deal indicated that her first studio album would be released by Interscope Records in North America and by Island Records elsewhere.
In July 2012, Chopra became the first Bollywood star signed by Creative Artists Agency, an entertainment and sports agency based in Los Angeles. The album was produced by RedOne. Her first single, “In My City”, debuted in the US on 13 September 2012 in a TV spot for the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football; a shortened version of the song was used to open each show of the season. “In My City” features rapper will.i.am; according to Chopra, a co-writer, the song was inspired by her unsettled childhood and her journey from a small-town girl to a celebrity. The song received mixed reviews from critics, and was a commercial success in India; it sold more than 130,000 copies in its first week, topped the Hindi pop chart and was certified triple platinum. In the United States the single was unsuccessful, with 5,000 digital downloads in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, and did not receive radio play. In October 2012, the single won her the Best International Debut award at the People’s Choice Awards India. In December 2012, she received three nominations: Best Female Artist, Best Song and Best Video (for “In My City”) at the World Music Awards. Chopra was also featured on “Erase”, an EDM song produced by the American DJ and producer duo The Chainsmokers.
In July 2013, Chopra released her second single “Exotic” featuring American rapper Pitbull, along with its music video. “Exotic” debuted at number 16 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Songs and number 11 on the Dance/Electronic Digital Songs chart on 27 July 2013 issue. The single also entered at number 74 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart. “Exotic” debuted at number 44 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart and peaked at number 12. Her third single, a cover of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” was released in April 2014. The song peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.
Chopra’s first song as a playback singer in Bollywood was “Chaoro”, a lullaby from Mary Kom (2014). In 2015, she sang the title song, a duet with Farhan Akhtar, for Dil Dhadakne Do. She recorded a promotional song for Ventilator (2016), making her Marathi language playback singing debut with “Baba”. In 2017, Chopra collaborated with the Australian DJ Will Sparks for “Young and Free”, an EDM song which she also wrote.