Her recording debut was in 2000 as the singer for 1 plus 1. Their single "Cherry Bomb" from the Elektra Records album of the same title reached the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in 2001, as well as the Top 50 in the Dance chart.
Despite the initial promise of success, Richardson expressed displeasure with the marketing direction for 1 plus 1, and the act was recreated as alternative rock band MNQNN (pronounced "mannequin"). This music, differing greatly from the prior 1 plus 1 work, prompted Elektra to release them from their recording contract. MNQNN played rock clubs for a couple of years before the band went on an indefinite hiatus in June 2003.
In 2004, Richardson returned to major label recording, after Sydelink introduced her to record producer Stuart Price (also known as Jacques Lu Cont) under the name 'Juliet'. The album resulting from this project, Random Order, was released in August 2005; reviews of advance copies have been well received by critics. The advance single, "Avalon", reached the top 5 on the European Dance chart in May 2005, and number one on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in March 2005. "Avalon" was popular at the 2005 'Miami Winter Music Conference'. The song also reached the Top 30 of the UK Singles Chart in April 2005. She scored a second number one on the US dance chart in August with "Ride the Pain".
In August 2005, Richardson released her debut album on Virgin Records. Recorded with the help of record producer Stuart Price of Les Rythmes Digitales, Zoot Woman and Madonna's Confessions On A Dancefloor fame, the album drew comparisons to a young Annie Lennox or Madonna thanks to her coolly emotional delivery with a sultry sexual charge. Richardson collaborated with other producers on the album, Guy Sigsworth on the song "New Shoes" and Jacknife Lee on "Ride The Pain". UK radio DJ Pete Tong supported "Avalon" on his show. Overall the album mixed old school electro and funk with modern day pop sensibilities.
Juliet is currently a yoga teacher in Chicago, Illinois. On August 10, 2011, she married pro basketball player Kyle Korver.
- Random Order (August 2005) · UK/US release · Virgin Records · CD & Digital Download
- Album Features
UPC: 724359706627 Artist: Juliet Format: CD Release Year: 2005 Record Label: Virgin Genre: Electronic
Track Listing 1. Au 2. Avalon 3. Nu Taboo 4. Ride the Pain 5. Never Land 6. Puppet 7. On the Dance Floor 8. Waiting 9. New Shoes 10. Would You Mind 11. Untied 12. Pot of Gold
Details Playing Time: 47 min. Producer: Guy Sigsworth, Stuart Price Distributor: EMI Music Distribution Recording Type: Studio Recording Mode: Stereo SPAR Code: n/a
Album Notes Personnel: Juliet (vocals); Lee Groves (programming).Random Order sees former 1 Plus 1 member Juliet shake off the shackles of her sugar-coated pop past, with production by Stuart Price (aka Jacques Lu Cont of Les Rhythmes Digitales). As such, the album mixes old-school electro and funk with modern-day pop sensibilities. The single "Avalon" became the toast of the 2005 Miami Winter Music Conference.
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