Foxes (singer)

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Foxes in 2014 at Sommarkrysset
Background information
Birth name Louisa Rose Allen
Born (1989-04-29) 29 April 1989 (age 25)
Southampton, Hampshire, England
Genres Pop, electronic, synthpop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician, record producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, drums
Years active 2011–present

Louisa Rose Allen (born 29 April 1989), better known by her stage name Foxes, is an English singer and songwriter.[3]

She is best known in the United States for her featured vocals on Zedd's 2013 single "Clarity", which peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and won a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording. Her debut album, Glorious, was released in the United Kingdom in 2014 and features the top 20 singles "Youth", "Let Go for Tonight" and "Holding Onto Heaven".

Early life[edit]

Allen was born in Southampton, Hampshire. On her website, she explained the origin of her stage name. Her mother had described a "haunting and beautiful" dream in which foxes ran down their street, howling. Allen, who had been attempting to find a suitable stage name, settled on "Foxes". She found the name fitting because it reflected her music: she had titled her first song “Like Foxes Do" and many of her subsequent songs were about animals.[4] She considered training to be a beauty therapist in her hometown of Southampton but moved to London when she was 18, following her sister and brother, and attended the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance.[5]

Music career[edit]

Allen began doing gigs as Foxes in London in 2011.[6] She released her debut single, "Youth", in early 2012 on Neon Gold Records,[7] and was subsequently signed to Sign of the Times, a Simon Fuller-owned UK imprint of Sony Music Entertainment.[8] An EP, Warrior (produced by Samuel Dixon), followed later that year,[9] and "Youth" and its B-side, "Home", were featured in Gossip Girl.[10][11] Paste described Warrior as "a beautifully ethereal EP that warrants all sorts of comparisons, but equally manages to stand on its own two feet."[12] Later in 2012, Foxes toured with Marina and the Diamonds and released a second single, "Echo".[13]

She describes her music as "experimental pop".[14]

Foxes rose to prominence in mid 2013 when she was featured on dance producer Zedd's single "Clarity", after Zedd heard "Youth" and invited her to sing on the track via Skype.[15] It charted in numerous countries, including at number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Hot Dance Club Songs.[16] The song reached double platinum in Australia, platinum in the United States and Canada, and gold in New Zealand,[17][18] later winning the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording. During 2013, Foxes also featured on Fall Out Boy's song "Just One Yesterday" from their album Save Rock and Roll, on the Rudimental single "Right Here" (a top 20 hit in the UK), and on the Sub Focus track "Until the End" (from his album Torus).

Following the release of the single "Beauty Queen" in May 2013,[19] RCA Records re-released Foxes' single "Youth" in August 2013;[20] a remix EP was issued in October 2013 concurrent to the song's use in a high profile Debenhams advertising campaign.[21][22] "Youth" reached number 12 on the UK Singles Chart. The track "Holding onto Heaven" was available as a free download from the UK iTunes Store in December 2013.[23]

Foxes described her debut album, Glorious, as having a "dark streak… as well as a pop element that runs through it."[24] Ahead of its release, a newly recorded version of "Let Go for Tonight" was released as a single in February 2014, charting in the United Kingdom at number seven[25] and becoming her most successful single to date in her home country. Glorious was released in May 2014 following the single "Holding onto Heaven" (number 14), and debuted at number five on the UK Albums Chart.

The BBC announced in May 2014 that Foxes would feature in an episode from the eighth series of Doctor Who where she performed "Don't Stop Me Now" in the episode, Mummy on the Orient Express.[26] A complete video of this performance, containing clips from 'Mummy on the Orient Express' and other episodes from the eighth series, was released on YouTube in October 2014.[27]


Main article: Foxes discography

Studio albums[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

  • Warrior (2012)



Year Title Role Notes
2014 Doctor Who Singer "Mummy on the Orient Express"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Result
2013 2013 Video Music Awards Artist to Watch – "Clarity" (with Zedd) Nominated
2014 56th Grammy Awards[28] Best Dance Recording – "Clarity" (with Zedd) Won
2014 Billboard Music Awards Top Dance/Electronic Song – "Clarity" (with Zedd) Nominated
2014 Radio Disney Music Awards Best Musical Collaboration – "Clarity" (with Zedd) Nominated


  1. ^ "Artists | BMG Music Rights Management". 16 June 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Foxes | The Official RCA Records Site". Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Lester, Paul (2011) "New Band of the Day: Foxes (No 1,142)",, 4 November 2011. Retrieved 4 May 2013
  4. ^ "I Am Foxes." Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  5. ^ [1].
  6. ^ Churchward, Sally. "Former Southampton pupil is taking the states by storm". Southern Daily Echo. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "GOLD030: FOXES " Neon Gold Records". Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Foxes signs to Sony". Complete Music Update. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Blake, Jimmy (2012) "Neu: Foxes: ‘It Feels A Bit Like A Dream!’", This Is Fake DIY, 15 June 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2013
  10. ^ Hurwitz, Gabrielle (2012) "Lucky Listens: Louisa Rose Allen of Foxes", Lucky, 2 July 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2013
  11. ^ Tadgell, Luke (2012) "Foxes: In Demand!",, 1 May 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2013
  12. ^ King, Katie. "Foxes: Warrior :: Music :: Reviews :: Paste". Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Foxes Talks New EP, Touring, And Working with Zedd | Life+Times". 22 October 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "Popping Up: Foxes « Music News, Reviews, and Gossip on". Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  15. ^ "Foxes: 'I Don't Want To Be That 'Featured' Artist'". Billboard. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "Zedd Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100". Billboard Hot 100. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
  17. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Singles". 19 October 2013. 
  18. ^ "Zedd's Clarity Goes Platinum". 7 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "Foxes Releases New Track 'Beauty Queen' Released May 13th 2013". Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "iTunes – Music – Youth – Single by Foxes". 21 August 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  21. ^ "iTunes – Music – Youth – EP by Foxes". Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  22. ^ "Shop the TV Ad: Autumn/Winter ‘13 | Debenhams Blog". Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  23. ^ "Foxes". Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  24. ^ "Foxes Signs To RCA Records, Announces 'Youth' EP". Billboard. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  25. ^ "Top 40 Chart Archive". UK Chart Co. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  26. ^ "Foxes to appear in new series of Doctor Who". BBC. 29 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014. 
  27. ^ "Foxes performs 'Don't Stop Me Now' on board the Orient Express - Doctor Who: Series 8 (2014) - BBC". BBC. 11 October 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  28. ^ "Grammy Awards 2014 Nominations, Dance Genre". 

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