Jessie Malakouti

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Eden xo
Born Jessica Eden Malakouti
(1989-03-30) 30 March 1989 (age 25)
Other names
  • Jessie Malakouti
  • Jessie and the Toy Boys
Occupation Singer-songwriter, video director, dancer, creative director, actress, producer
Years active 2006–present
Musical career
Genres Pop, electropop
Labels Epic, Ministry Of Sound, Virgin (current)
Associated acts Shut Up Stella

Jessica Eden Malakouti (born March 30, 1989), better known by her stage name Eden xo[1] (formerly Jessie and the Toy Boys) is an American singer-songwriter and dancer.


1989–2009: Career beginnings with Shut Up Stella[edit]

At age 16, Eden xo emancipated herself from her parents, graduated high school two years early, and moved to Hollywood to pursue her show business dreams.[2]

Soon after arriving in Hollywood, Eden xo started an all girl punk rock band called Shut Up Stella and thus began her professional career in music.

In 2006 Eden xo's all girl punk rock band, Shut Up Stella, signed with Epic Records. Shut Up Stella's music appeared in a variety of media between 2007–2008; "Watch Me Rain" was featured in MTV's "Sweet 16 The Movie" and "Welcome to My Party" appeared in the 2008 films "Girl Positive" and Baby Mama. On March 27, 2008 Shut Up Stella was dropped by Epic and Eden xo decided to go solo.[3]

In 2008 Eden xo's songs "Trash Me" and "Outsider" appeared in episodes of MTV's The Hills.[4][5] The songs were also independently released as music videos and digital downloads by Eden xo herself.

In December 2008 Eden xo signed a publishing deal with EMI and spent two years in London working on dance music with Fred Falke as well as writing for The UK's top pop production house Xenomania.[6]

The result of this time was a single called "Standing Up for The Lonely" [7][8] which was released on British dance label Ministry of Sound. "Standing Up For The Lonely" also appeared in The Annual 2010 (2009,Ministry of Sound) and Dance Nation 2 (2009, Ministry of Sound) compilation albums.[9]

2010–2013: Jessie and the Toy Boys and other projects[edit]

Jessie and the Toy Boys was launched in March 2010 with the first single "Push It" being released in February 2011 which peaked at 7 on the Billboard dance chart. As well as "Push It", on the same day, "Valentine" and "We Own The Night" were also released. These songs were used by The CW Network in their general promos for the network, as well as the station's written "motto" in their station promos.

In June 2011, Jessie and the Toy Boys released an EP titled, Show Me Your Tan Lines, and Eden xo made her network television debut on the Conan O'Brien Show.[10] During this time, Jessie and the Toy Boys was one of the opening acts during Britney Spears' sixth concert tour, the Femme Fatale Tour.[11][12] During this time she recorded her next single, Lets Get Naughty which was released in October 2011 and performed on Femme Fatale Tour. Eden xo was a main stage act alongside Kaskade, Rusko, Steve Aoki, and Avicii on the Identity Festival.[13] Jessie and the Toy Boys' debut album This Is How Rumours Start[14] was due out in early 2012 but has failed to surface. Although there was no album release, Eden xo released a few YouTube videos of unreleased songs during 2012 as well as a music video for On With My Bad Self but the song was later not released.

On May 2013 Eden xo released a music video for what was originally a Toy Boys song "White Girl Wasted" under her own name, Jessie Malakouti.[15] This had sparked rumours that she would no longer be releasing music under the name Jessie and the Toy Boys. On September 27, 2013, Eden xo uploaded a picture via her Facebook page confirming that she had signed a new recording contract with Virgin Records.[16]

2014–present: Eden xo and "Too Cool to Dance"[edit]

On June 2, 2014, Eden xo released her debut single under the name Eden xo titled "Too Cool to Dance".[17] This was Eden xo's first release under Virgin Records. An accompanying "homemade GIF video" was released the same day as the song premiered on iTunes.[18] On July 23, a lyric video to the song was released onto Eden xo's official Vevo channel and an accompanying audio video was released on August 14.[19][20] Throughout August and September, Eden xo released a series of remixes of "Too Cool to Dance" on her SoundCloud page. Eden xo released the official music video for "Too Cool to Dance" on September 17, 2014 on VEVO.[21]

"Too Cool To Dance" was featured in 2014's 4th annual National Dance Day. So You Think You Can Dance producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe choreographed a special routine to the song and encouraged the public to submit their own dance videos performing the routine. [22]


Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
Show Me Your Tan Lines
  • Released: June 14, 2011
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Prospect Park
Too Cool To Dance (Remixes)
  • Released: September 30, 2014
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Virgin Records


As lead artist[edit]

Year Song Peak chart
[23] [24]

2008 "Trash Me" N/A
2009 "Standing Up For The Lonely"
2011 "Push It"
(featuring Yelawolf)
7 Show Me Your Tan Lines
"We Own the Night"
"Let's Get Naughty" 19 This Is How Rumors Start (cancelled)
2012 "On With My Own Self"
2013 "White Girl Wasted"
2014 "Too Cool to Dance" 14 31 TBA

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"It's Your Birthday Bitch!"
(DJ Felli Fel featuring Lil Jon & Jessie Malakouti)
2012 N/A

Songwriting discography[edit]

Title Year Artist Album
"Egoísta" (English version) 2010 Belinda & Pitbull Carpe Diem


Year Title Role Notes
2013 One Life to Live Dusky Recurring role


Opening act


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Pop's Next Big Thing Jessie and the Toy Boys"
  3. ^ "Shut Up Stella Split Up After Being Dropped By Epic",, March 29, 2008.
  4. ^ Songs from the show, episode 407,
  5. ^ Songs from the show, episode 409,
  6. ^ Xenomania's new crop of pop stars, BBC News online, September 11, 2009.
  7. ^ "Listen: Jessie Malakouti - Who's That Man and Jungle Town"
  8. ^ "Jessie Malakouti Stands Up for The Lonely"
  9. ^ "Listen: Jessie Malakouti Who's That Man and Jungle Town"
  10. ^ "Photos From Thursday, 06/09/11". Teamcoco. 2013-09-20. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  11. ^ "Britney Spears To Tour With Nicki Minaj". MTV. 2011-04-12. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  12. ^ "Britney Spears' Official Femme Fatale Tour Lineup and On-Sale Dates". Popdust. April 12, 2011. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  13. ^ Young, Alex (2011-09-10). "Identity Festival 2011". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  14. ^ "Exclusive Q&A: Jessie and the Toy Boys Play Around With ‘This Is How Rumors Start’". 2012-01-10. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  15. ^ "Jessie Malakouti White Girl Wasted Video Premiere"
  16. ^ "EDEN - Jessie Malakouti". Facebook. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
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  21. ^ "Eden xo Drops Bubbly Video for Too Cool To Dance. Watch:"
  22. ^ "Millennium Stage: National Dance Day 2014"
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  24. ^ "Billboard Hot Dance Club Play"
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