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MS MR at Austin City Limits in 2013
Background information
Origin New York, United States
Genres Indie pop, alternative rock, dream pop, dark wave
Years active 2011–present
Columbia Records
Members Lizzy Plapinger (MS)
Max Hershenow (MR)

MS MR (pronounced Miz Mister) are a New York-based American duo consisting of vocalist Lizzy Plapinger and producer Max Hershenow. The duo are signed to IAMSOUND[1] Kitsuné and Columbia Records.[2] Plapinger is also known for her work as co-founder of the New York City/London-based Independent record label Neon Gold Records.[3]


MS MR performing at Michalsky StyleNite of Berlin Fashion Week in August 2013

After both members graduated from Vassar College in 2010, MS MR released two singles, "Hurricane" and "Fantasy". The music video for their debut single "Hurricane" was released on April 26, 2012, with the single released on iTunes on July 10, 2012. It earned positive reviews for its "vintage" sound.[4] The single charted at number 38 in Germany.[5]

"Hurricane" went on to be included on their debut EP, Candy Bar Creep Show, alongside the songs "Bones", "Dark Doo Wop" and "Ash Tree Lane". The EP was released on September 14, 2012.[6]

The music video for their second single "Fantasy" was released on February 4, 2013. The song was later released onto iTunes on March 8, 2013 and became a single of the week.

Their debut album Secondhand Rapture was released on May 10, 2013, and included all four songs from the prior EP.

MS MR's sound has been compared to Florence and the Machine,[7] Lana Del Rey and Kavinsky.[4] Despite growing up in London, Plapinger has no trace of an English accent; her parents are American and she attended an international school.[8]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Alt.
US Heat.
US Rock
Secondhand Rapture 116 24 2 35 22 126 36 51 65

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Heat.
Candy Bar Creep Show
  • Released: September 14, 2012
  • Label: IAMSOUND Records
  • Formats: CD, vinyl, digital download
Fantasy EP (Remix)
  • Released: November 7, 2013
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Formats: vinyl, digital download
Secondhand ^2: The Remix EP


Song Year Peak chart positions Album
US Alt.
"Hurricane" 2012 31 38 Candy Bar Creep Show
"Fantasy" 2013 77 48 Secondhand Rapture
"Hurricane" (re-release) 8
"Think of You" 37
"No Trace"[20]
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

Song Year Peak chart positions Album
"Dark Doo Wop" 2012 Secondhand Rapture
"Bones" 158
"—" denotes single that did not chart or were not released.

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director(s)
"Ash Tree Lane (Demo)" 2011
"Hurricane" 2012
"Bones" (Lyric video)
"Dark Doo Wop"
"Ash Tree Lane"
"Fantasy" 2013 Austin Peters
"Hurricane" Luke Gilford
"Think of You" Brthr


Title Year Original artist
"Pilgrim" (MS MR Remix) 2013
"You (Ha Ha Ha)" (MS MR Remix) Charli XCX
"Dragon" (MS MR Remix) Fallulah
"Only Love Can Hurt Like This" (MS MR Remix) [21] 2014 Paloma Faith
"Coffee" (MS MR Remix) Sylvan Esso
"Hearts Like Ours" (MS MR Remix) The Naked and Famous
"Head Up High" (MS MR Remix) 2015 Oh Land


  1. ^ "MS MR". IAMSOUND Records. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ Columbia Records - Artists' listings
  3. ^ "MS MR | Idol Magazine". Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Gilfillan, Anna (June 5, 2012). "The Ripe | New Music – MS MR – Hurricane". The Ripe. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ MS MR page
  6. ^ St. Asaph, Katherine (October 5, 2012). "MS MR: Candy Bar Creep Show | Album Reviews". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  7. ^ Reese, Nathan (May 22, 2012). "This Is Our Jam: MS MR, "Hurricane"". Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "MS MR - Chart history: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  10. ^ "MS MR - Chart history: Top Alternative Albums". Billboard. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "MS MR - Chart history: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  12. ^ "MS MR - Chart history: Top Rock Albums". Billboard. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  13. ^ "MS MR – Secondhand Rapture". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "MS MR Discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  15. ^ "MS MR, Secondhand Rapture". Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  16. ^ "MS MR – Secondhand Rapture". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  17. ^ "MS MR". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  18. ^ Pandora: ARIA Australian Top 100 Official Singles Charts for 4 March 2013
  19. ^ "MS MR, Hurricane". Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  20. ^ Next single:
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