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OriginLos Angeles, California
Years active2006–present
MembersShana Halligan
Kiran Shahani

Bitter:Sweet is an American trip hop duo with jazz-like influences from Los Angeles, California. The band is composed of Shana Halligan, who provides vocals and lyrics and composes the songs, and Kiran Shahani, who produces and composes the songs.[1]


They have been listed on the Top 10 on the iTunes Store electronic chart and have been placed on radio station KCRW's Top 5 Most Requested CD for the week of March 20, 2006.[2] Additionally, they have been featured on the soundtrack of The Devil Wears Prada, in Episode 2 ("I Am a Tree") of Season 3 of Grey's Anatomy, in Episode 7 ("The Ringer") of Season 1 of Moonlight, in Episode 1 ("Pilot") of Lipstick Jungle, in Episode 17 ("Sleeper") of Season 7 of Smallville, in Episode 13 ("Betrayed") of Season 7 of Law and Order: Criminal Intent, the advertisements for Samantha Who? and Victoria's Secret (featuring the track "Dirty Laundry"), in the movies Because I Said So and Shoot 'Em Up, in a Zune advertisement (and the device itself), and also placed on MSN's list for "Ones to Watch".[3] The song "Dirty Laundry" also appears on a commercial for the show "Greek" in the United Arab Emirates. A snippet of their single, "I Get What I Want," appears at the end of an episode of "Castle" (Season 1, Episode 9).

The band was formed when Halligan answered an ad listed on Craigslist for a singer posted by Rick Torres and Kiran Shahani, who had previously founded the Supreme Beings of Leisure. [citation needed] Their 11-track debut album, The Mating Game, was released April 4, 2006, under Quango Music Group.

In early 2007, Bitter:Sweet's The Mating Game won in The 6th Annual Independent Music Awards for Best Pop/Rock Album.[4] In summer of 2007, Bitter:Sweet released The Remix Game, featuring reworked versions of tracks from The Mating Game by renowned producers such as Thievery Corporation, Fort Knox Five, Jed Smith and Skeewiff. These tracks were previously available only on vinyl, or unreleased.

In early February 2008, it was announced that the duo would release an album of new material called Drama, due for release June 3, 2008.[citation needed] A 30-second preview for their new song "The Bomb", which was used as the theme music for Lipstick Jungle, could be heard on their MySpace page. On September 4, 2008 "The Bomb" was added to the download list for the game Tap Tap Revenge.[5] An instrumental version of "The Bomb" was used in the trailer for Tony Gilroy's Duplicity, starring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen.[6] A slightly modified version of the song was used for the 2010 ad campaign for the Lagoon Amusement Park in Utah. Furthermore, "Dirty Laundry" from the album The Mating Game was used as an intro for the German television series Doctor's Diary which started airing in 2008.

In addition, Shana Halligan recently toured and recorded with Nouvelle Vague and is featured on Serj Tankian's Imperfect Harmonies released in September 2010. She is also featured in Buckethead's "Waiting Hare", alongside Serj Tankian. Halligan is a frequent collaborator with Thievery Corporation having co-written and sung their recent hit, Depth of My Soul.

Following the release of The Break Up in 2010, Shana Halligan embarked on a solo career, starting with the release of her first solo EP Paper Butterfly in November 2011, which peaked on the iTunes charts at #3.[7][8] This was followed in September 2012 by her first full length solo album, Richmond Parade.[9] Her second solo album, Back To Me, was recently released on Plug Research Records Back to Me and heavily supported by KCRW, with Halligan performing live on Morning Becomes Eclectic (Live at KCRW).




  1. ^ "Billboard - Music Charts, News, Photos & Video". Billboard.
  2. ^ "KCRW's most requested CDs for the week of March 20, 2006 screenshot". Bitter:Sweet. Archived from the original on March 12, 2007.
  3. ^ "MSN Ones to Watch screenshot". Bitter:Sweet. Archived from the original on March 12, 2007.
  4. ^ "6th Annual Winners". The Independent Music Awards. Archived from the original on May 1, 2009.
  5. ^ "Tap Tap Thursdays: "The Bomb" by Bitter:Sweet". Tapulous. September 4, 2008. Retrieved May 4, 2009.
  6. ^ "Duplicity trailer". Apple Inc. Retrieved May 4, 2009.
  7. ^ "Shana Halligan | Official Music, Photos, Videos & Show Dates". Archived from the original on May 10, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2013.
  8. ^ "Shana Halligan - Music on Google Play". Archived from the original on April 8, 2016.
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