Flipsyde

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Flipsyde
Origin Oakland, California
Genres Rap rock
Alternative Hip-Hop
R&B
Years active 2003 -present
Associated acts Akon
All Time Low
Website Flipsyde.com
Members Steve Knight
Dave Lopez
The Piper
Past members DJ D-Sharp
Chantelle Paige

Flipsyde is a rap/R&B/rock band from Oakland, California. Flipsyde currently consists of singer/guitarist Steve Knight[disambiguation needed], guitarist Dave Lopez, and rapper The Piper (Jinho Ferreira). Originally they had a fourth member in DJ D-Sharp (Derrick Robinson). They have toured extensively with Fort Minor, The Black Eyed Peas, Snoop Dogg and on the Anger Management Tour. Flipsyde's single, "Someday", was chosen as NBC's theme song for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games held in Torino, Italy, as well as part of the soundtrack for the 2008 film Never Back Down. Their debut album, We the People, also featured three other singles ("Happy Birthday", "Trumpets (Never Be The Same Again)", and "Angel") and received negative reviews from critics.

In 2008, following the departure of D-Sharp and the addition of singer Chantelle Paige to the group, Flipsyde once again had a song of theirs selected as a theme song for the Olympics. This time their song "Champion" was chosen as the theme for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China,[1] as well as the primary song for EA Sports NBA Live 09 video game. They enjoy touring in India, where their first tour took place in 2005 via VH1's Hip Hop Hustle, and have already performed there twice and may be planning a third trip. Later that year it was announced through their MySpace that they had started touring with Akon, promoting their second studio album, State of Survival, produced by Akon under Konvict Muzik.[2] The album was released on varying dates across the world via Kon Live Distribution and Cherrytree Records in 2009, and contrary to earlier reports Akon did not feature vocally on any tracks. During the production of Lady Gaga's first single, "Just Dance", the members of Flipsyde made a cameo in the video with the members displayed sitting around in a screen shot and Chantelle holding a disco ball sitting next to Piper. Steve Knight and Dave Lopez are seen in the lower corners of the screen.

In March 2009, Ferreira ("Piper") was selected to present his original screenplay "Walter's Boys" in the Tribeca All Access Program (TAA) at the Tribeca Film Festival in Lower Manhattan, New York. "Walter's Boys" is about "a clandestine training operation led by an ex-CIA agent recruits urban teens, but faces treacherous consequences from the trainees’ intent to break free with the help of a former mentor." Ferreira describes "Walter's Boys" as "an action thriller inspired by my brother-in-law Sgt. Elijah Warren's service in the Army's 5th Special Forces Group. After he committed suicide I felt compelled to share the story I had created with others."[2] On April 24, it was announced that Ferreira's script won best screenplay at the festival, netting him a $7000 prize as well as an original art piece.[3]

Unfortunately, on September 5, 2009, after months and months of push-backs, Flipsyde was notified that Interscope Records was considering dropping them from the label rather than releasing State of Survival in the United States. Touring plans beyond the month of September were abandoned, and at that time the future of Flipsyde came into question.[4] Piper presumably returned to his screenwriting endeavors and Lopez went on to become part of the experimental Latin band Bang Data, while Paige resumed her solo career.

In early January 2011, Flipsyde announced that they were regrouping but this time with only three members, Paige having chosen to continue pursuing her solo career and no longer tour with the band. A new track was posted by the band entitled "Act Like a Cop Did It" which is strongly influenced by the original style of music the group was known for prior to the addition of Paige, such as in the album We the People. The second single by the band was entitled "Livin' It Up". Their EP entitled The Phoenix[5] has been released as of July 26, 2011.[6]

In June 2012, Flipsyde announced that the new EP entitled Tower of Hollywood will be released on July 31, 2012. It was later pushed back on September 11, 2012.

Piper is collaborating with rock band All Time Low on their song Art of the State to be released later this year.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart position Sales and certifications
US US Heat.
2005 We the People - 43
  • RIAA: —
  • WW Sales: 250,000+[7]
2009 State of Survival - -
  • RIAA: —
  • WW Sales: 50,000

EPs[edit]

Year Title Chart position Sales and certifications
US US Heat.
2011 The Phoenix
  • Released: July 26, 2011
  • Label: Flipsyde Music
  • Format: CD and digital download
- -
  • RIAA: —
  • WW Sales: –
2012 Tower of Hollywood
  • Released: September 11, 2012
  • Label: Flipsyde Music
  • Format: CD and digital download
- -
  • RIAA: —
  • WW Sales: –
2014 Cops and Robbers
  • To be released: TBA
  • Label: Flipsyde Music
  • Format: CD and digital download
- -
  • RIAA: —
  • WW Sales: –

Mixtapes[edit]

Year Title Chart position Sales and certifications
US US Heat.
2005 The Pen and The Sword - -
  • RIAA: —
  • WW Sales: —
2011 Focus
  • Release Date: December 17
  • Label: /
- -
  • RIAA: —
  • WW Sales: —
2012 Ignite
  • Release Date: Januar 24
  • Label: /
- -
  • RIAA: —
  • WW Sales: —
2012 Gift
  • Release Date: February 28
  • Label: /
- -
  • RIAA: —
  • WW Sales: —
2012 Transform
  • Release Date: June 1
  • Label: /
- -
  • RIAA: —
  • WW Sales: —

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
[8]
CAN
FIN
AUT
[9]
SWE
GER
SWI
[10]
PL
[11]
DAN SK
[12]
2005 "Someday" 10 28 10 We the People
2006 "Happy Birthday" 10 3 4 11 3 59
"Trumpets (Never Be The Same Again)" 86
"Angel" 8
2008 "Champion" State of Survival
2009 "When It Was Good" 92 7 42 9 35 31
"A Change"
2011 "Act Like A Cop Did It" The Phoenix
"Livin' It Up"
2012 "One More Trip" Tower of Hollywood
2013 "Believe" Cops and Robbers

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