Wallpaper (band)

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Wallpaper.
Origin Oakland, California
Genres Hip hop, electronic, pop
Years active 2004-present
Labels Boardwalk Records/Epic
Associated acts Facing New York
Website www.thisiswallpaper.com
Members Ricky Reed
Novena Carmel
Arjun Singh
Derek Taylor
Tom Peyton

Wallpaper (stylized as Wallpaper.) is an American hip hop and pop music project, fronted by producer and multi-instrumentalist songwriter Ricky Reed, based in Oakland, California. Wallpaper. is currently signed to Boardwalk Records/Epic Records[1] and recently played at SXSW[2] in Austin, Texas. He gained popularity due to his exaggerated use of Auto-Tune and minimal electronic music while satirizing the lack of feeling in mainstream pop.

History[edit]

In 2004, Ricky Reed started by composing songs on the computer and exaggerating the lyrics in Auto-Tune. As auto-tune became more prevalent in mainstream music, Reed's songs gained popularity.[3] In 2009, in his album debut Doodoo Face (Eenie Meenie), Wallpaper. He moved on from past satire lyrics to legitimate songwriting and masterful production. Strains of Daft Punk rattled through the seething, bass-dripping “Celebrity.” Brian Eno could be heard in the quiet electro of “Fine GF.” For “Gettin’ Drip,” he recorded his own chipmunk soul sample, while “Frk Scn” featured a distinct Ghanaian rhythm called “Ewe” that Reed beat out by hand.

In December 2010, Wallpaper. released "#STUPiDFACEDD," a song critics describe as nothing you hear everyday and that it is also very entertaining to listen to.[4] In January 2011, Wallpaper. went on tour with The Dance Party and K.Flay. In April 2011, Wallpaper released "#STUPiDFACEDD" official video. His first Red Carpet appearance was at the MTV Movie Awards 2011 in Los Angeles, California where he started promoting his recently released music video. In August 2011, his song "#STUPiDFACEDD" was being played at radio stations all over the nation by popular demand on Likeit.fm and because of this, he started touring with the band Awolnation. After this tour ended, he got an invitation from Gym Class Heroes and The Dirty Heads to go on tour for a couple of months closing the tour at The Grove in Anaheim, California.

Wallpaper.'s new single "FUCKING BEST SONG EVERRR" was premiered on MTV's Liquid Television where critics described it as "It was just one of those nights. One wrong turn and next thing you know, you’re in the desert practicing a little botany, doing a little dancing."[5] On December 31, 2011, he played a special concert with Kreayshawn, Roach Gigz, Starting Six and DJ Amen at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, California. It peaked on the Pop Songs at number 36.

Wallpaper. performed at Coachella 2012 on April 13 and April 20. Even though he was a late addition to the festival, they managed to fill the Mojave tent with fans that followed Ricky Reed's moves. However, the set's best moment came with the unreleased "Trouble" that according to Spin Magazine sounded like something Britney Spears would have recorded back in her boa constrictor-era.[6] Novena Carmel also performed along with Wallpaper. and a trio of tight-as-a-fist percussionists.[7]

Wallpaper. also performed six times at[8] in March 2011, March 12 at the Say Media Party, March 14 at the Billboard Magazine Showcase and the Idolator's 'Pray for Pop' at Pure Volume House, March 15 at MTV Woodies Festival, March 16 at the Hard Rock Music Lounge, and on March 17 at the Nylon/DUB Frequency Party. His success at SXSW led Wallpaper. to perform "#STUPiDFACEDD" at Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[9] On May 10, 2012, Wallpaper. performed on Last Call with Carson Daly Tonight.[10]

Ricky Reed's biggest performance so far has been at KIIS-FM's 2012 Wango Tango. Also, on May 20, 2012, he performed at the Bamboozle festival in New Jersey along with bands like Bon Jovi, Brand New and The Gaslight Anthem.[11] His last performance was at the Nylon Music Issue Release Party where artists like Leah LaBelle and Quadron also attended.[12]

In 2013, the group produced Far East Movement's single "The Illest". Ricky Reed also produced the worldwide hit "Talk Dirty" by Jason Derulo, as well as Derulo's "Wiggle."

"#STUPiDFACEDD" was used in the trailer for the American action comedy film 22 Jump Street (2014).

Online campaigns[edit]

Wallpaper. as launched several online campaigns, including the "Ricky Reed is Real" campaign, "Fucking Best Song Ever," and "Puke My Brains Out," in promotion of newly released singles. Images of Reed and fans have been posted on several Social Networking sites like Twitter and Instagram with the tags "Fucking Best Weekend Ever, "Best Song Ever," etc. have been posted in promotion of music.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Heat[13]
Doodoo Face
Ricky Reed is Real 10

EPs[edit]

Album Title Album details
Wallpaper. - EP
  • Released: April 1, 2006[16]
  • Label: Five One, Inc.
  • Formats: Digital download
T Rex - EP
  • Released: April 29, 2008[17]
  • Label: eenie meenie records
  • Formats: Digital download
T REX RMXd - EP
  • Released: December 23, 2008[18]
  • Label: eenie meenie records
  • Formats: Digital download
#STUPiDFACEDD - EP
  • Released: August 2, 2011[19]
  • Label: Epic Records
  • Formats: Digital download

Singles[edit]

List of singles by title, year and peak chart positions, and album
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US US Dance
[20]
US Pop
[21]
"I Got Soul, I'm So Wasted" 2009 Doodoo Face
"#STUPiDFACEDD" 2011 #STUPiDFACEDD - EP
"Fucking Best Song Everrr" 2012 8 36
"Good 4 It" 2013 18 Ricky Reed is Real
"Hesher" 2014
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Valentine" 2010 Doodoo Face
"21 Jump Street (Main Theme)" 2012 Non-album single
"Drunken Hearts" 2013 Ricky Reed is Real

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Epic Records Artists | The Official Epic Records Site". Epicrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  2. ^ "Welcome to SXSW 2013 | SXSW 2013". Sxsw.com. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  3. ^ "Wallpaper". Schedule.sxsw.com. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  4. ^ "#STUPidFACEDD – Wallpaper". The Kollection. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  5. ^ "“F******* Best Song Everrr” by Wallpaper. – Liquid Television". Liquidtelevision.com. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  6. ^ "Coachella 2012: Kendrick Lamar, Wallpaper., and 5 More Acts We Missed Last Friday | SPIN | Coachella | Festival Coverage". SPIN. 2012-04-21. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  7. ^ "Coachella 2012: Wallpaper’s noon-hour dance party". Buzzbands.la. 2012-04-14. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  8. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_by_Southwest%7CSXSW
  9. ^ Port, Ian S. (2012-03-01). "Here Is Video of Wallpaper. Performing "Best Song Everrr" on Jimmy Kimmel Live - San Francisco - Music - All Shook Down". Blogs.sfweekly.com. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  10. ^ Mlynar, Phillip (2012-02-10). "The Park on Drinking Baileys with Wallpaper., Appearing on Carson Daly's TV Show, and What Song They'd Play for Mitt Romney - San Francisco - Music - All Shook Down". Blogs.sfweekly.com. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  11. ^ "The Bamboozle Festival". 2012.thebamboozle.com. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  12. ^ "NYLON Music Issue Launch: Party Snaps | StyleCaster News". News.stylecaster.com. 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  13. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/wallpaper-mn0001633504/awards
  14. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/doodoo-face/id324960318
  15. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ricky-reed-is-real/id659738602
  16. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wallpaper-ep/id136039381
  17. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/t-rex-ep/id278155594
  18. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/t-rex-rmxd-ep/id299028604
  19. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stupidfacedd-single/id512642516
  20. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/wallpaper-mn0001633504/awards
  21. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/wallpaper-mn0001633504/awards