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Lauv
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Lauv at the Radio Regenbogen Awards in 2018
Born
Ari Staprans Leff

(1994-08-08) August 8, 1994 (age 24)[1]
Alma materNew York University
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active2015–present
Musical career
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • drums
  • viola
LabelsAWAL
Websitelauvsongs.com

Ari Staprans Leff (born August 8, 1994), known by his stage name Lauv, is an American singer, songwriter and record producer. His debut EP, titled Lost in the Light,[2] was released in 2015.[3][4] He is best known for his singles "I Like Me Better" and "The Other", and his single with DJ Snake, "A Different Way".

Early life[edit]

Leff was born on August 8, 1994, in San Francisco, California. As a child, he was interested in music and took piano and viola lessons before learning how to play the guitar at the age of 11.[4] During his time in high school, he played in several bands and studied jazz before moving on to electronic music.[4]

Leff graduated from New York University, majoring in music technology.[4]

Career[edit]

2014–2016: Beginnings and debut[edit]

During his college years, Leff strayed from his intensely personal song-writing style and focused on writing and producing for other artists. But during his sophomore year, he stumbled upon an illuminating interview with Paul Simon, in which Simon described his song-writing approach as a process of uncovering his innermost buried feelings. The interview helped Leff to get in touch with the way he used to write.

Shortly thereafter, Leff adopted the stage name Lauv, Latvian for 'lion' (lauva), in a nod to his mother's heritage. His first name, Ari, means 'lion' in Hebrew, and to his zodiac sign is Leo.[5]

While recovering from a break-up in 2014, he revealed his feelings through co-writing "The Other" with Michael Matosic.[6] The song is a fusion of rhythm and blues and indie-pop with influence from jazz guitar. He felt that the song was special to him and did not want to give it up to another artist,[5] so he released the song under his own stage name. The song gained blog attention and went viral, peaking at number three on blog aggregator Hype Machine,[7] and hitting the Global Top 100 on Spotify.[8]

After graduating, Leff signed to the publishing company Prescription Songs.[8]

In 2015, Leff released his debut EP, Lost in the Light, which featured "The Other".[2]

Then, apart from releasing a single titled "Question" featuring Travis Mills, Leff worked on writing and producing songs for other artists. Most notably, he co-wrote and co-produced "No Promises" for Cheat Codes and Demi Lovato.[5]

2017–2018: "I Like Me Better", touring with Ed Sheeran and first world tour[edit]

On May 19, 2017, Leff released the single "I Like Me Better",[9] an up-tempo track which achieved more popularity. The song was inspired by his relationship that started two months after he had first moved to New York City to further his studies.[5]

In the same year, he headed his own 'Late Nights, Deep Talks' tour, in which he performed in eight cities across the United States. The tour began on May 23 in Los Angeles and concluded on June 7 in New York City. On July 9, he also performed at Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[9]

It was announced on September 4, 2017, that Leff would be joining Ed Sheeran as the supporting act on his Divide Tour in Asia.[10] Several of Ed Sheeran's Asia tour dates had to be cancelled or rescheduled as a result of injuries he sustained from a bicycle accident, but Leff proceeded with promotional tours in cities such as Manila, Philippines[11], officially kicking off the Divide tour with Ed Sheeran in Singapore on November 11, 2017.

Leff embarked on his first world tour 'I Met You When I Was 18' in the first half of 2018. The tour began on January 18 in Seattle, Washington and concluded on April 29 in Oslo, Norway. Artists Jeremy Zucker and Ashe joined him as supporting acts in most of the North American tour dates.[12] During the tour, he had a box named "My Blue Thoughts", in which he told fans to write down anything they wanted to and put it inside. In August 30, 2018, Leff released his single "Superhero", a song inspired from one of the notes written from the box.[13]

In June 2018, Leff was ranked as number one on Billboard's Emerging Artists chart, dated June 9. As of September 29, he had been at the top spot of the chart for a total of 13 weeks.[14]

He released the single "There's No Way", a collaboration with Julia Michaels, on September 27, 2018.[15]

2019-present: Asian tour and ~how i'm feeling~ Tour[edit]

He released the single "I'm So Tired..." on January 24, 2019, in collaboration with Troye Sivan.[16]

In November 2018, Lauv announced his first headlining tour starting the next year in Asia, including India, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia and Japan. It will begin on May 13 in Mumbai, India and will conclude on May 30 in Tokyo.[17]

In April 2019, Leff announced dates for touring his debut album. The ~how i'm feeling~ Tour will begin in the same year on October 5 in Washington, D.C. and will conclude in Perth, Australia on November 26. It will travel throughout the United States, Europe, and Oceania. Special guests include bülow (singer), Chelsea Cutler, and Carlie Hanson.[18][19]

Awards and nominations[edit]

2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards

Year Award Result
2019 Best New Pop Artist Nominated

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions
US
[20]
AUS
[21]
BEL
(FL)

[22]
CAN
[23]
2018 I Met You When I Was 18 (The Playlist)[24] 50 64 77 40

EPs[edit]

Year Title
2015 Lost in the Light[2]
2017 Lauv (Japan)[25]
2019 Blurry Bodies[26]

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[27]
AUS
[28]
AUT
[29]
CAN
[30]
DEN
[31]
GER
[32]
NZ
[33]
SWE
[34]
SWI
[35]
UK
[36]
"The Other"[37] 2016 Lauv (EP)[25] and I Met You When I Was 18. (The Playlist)
"I Like Me Better" 2017 27 8 5 62 27 7 13 25 23 58
"Easy Love"[25] [A] [B]
"Paris in the Rain" I Met You When I Was 18 (The Playlist)
"Superhero"[48] 2018 [C] [D] Non-album single
"There's No Way"
(featuring Julia Michaels)
37 [E] 94 86
"I'm So Tired..."
(with Troye Sivan)
2019 86 11
[52]
22 57 42 9
[53]
37
[54]
51 8
"Drugs & the Internet" TBA
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Bub.

[27]
AUS
[28]
CAN
[30]
NZ
[33]
SWE
[34]
SWI
[35]
UK
[36]
"A Different Way"
(DJ Snake featuring Lauv)
2017 23 59 78 [F] 65 63 85 Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Notes

  1. ^ "Easy Love" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number five on the NZ Heatseeker Singles Chart.[46]
  2. ^ "Easy Love" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number 12 on the Swedish Heatseekers Chart.[47]
  3. ^ "Superhero" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 19 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[49]
  4. ^ "Superhero" did not enter the Swedish Singellista Chart, but peaked at number two on the Swedish Heatseeker Chart.[50]
  5. ^ "There's No Way" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 10 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[51]
  6. ^ "A Different Way" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number five on the NZ Heatseeker Singles Chart.[56]

Writing credits[edit]

Year Title Artist(s)
2015 "Faking It" Olivia Noelle
2016 "Broken" Tritonal featuring Adam Lambert
"No Party" Daniel Skye
"Plastic" Laura Roy
"Because of Me" Billy Gilman
2017 "All My Love"[57] Cash Cash featuring Conor Maynard
"Boys"[58] Charli XCX
"No Promises" Cheat Codes featuring Demi Lovato
"Sorry for Myself" CADE
"Made of Gold" Olivia Noelle
"How Was I" Jessica Jarrell
"Idea of You" Arty featuring Eric Nam
"Beg" Jack & Jack
"Cross Your Mind" Wingtip featuring morgxn
2018 "High for Me" Olivia Noelle featuring Kid Ink
"Fuck Around & Fall in Luv" Olivia Noelle
"High for Me"

Tours[edit]

Headlining

  • Late Nights, Deep Talks Tour (2017)
  • I Met You When I Was 18. World Tour (2018)
  • Asia Tour (2019)
  • ~how i'm feeling~ Tour (2019)

Supporting

References[edit]

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  5. ^ a b c d Mastrogiannis, Nicole (10 July 2017). "INTERVIEW: LAUV Reveals The Touching Inspiration Behind 'I Like Me Better'". iHeartRadio. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Spotify". play.spotify.com. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
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  58. ^ LAUV (26 July 2017). "Boys - Charli XCX".

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