Låpsley

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Låpsley
Låpsley 2015.jpg
Låpsley performing in 2015
Background information
Birth name Holly Lapsley Fletcher
Born (1996-08-07) 7 August 1996 (age 21)
York, England
Origin Southport, Merseyside, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
  • oboe
  • synthesizer
Years active 2013–present
Labels XL
Website musiclapsley.com

Holly Lapsley Fletcher (born 7 August 1996), known by the stage name Låpsley, is an English singer, songwriter, musician and producer.[1] Her debut album Long Way Home was released on 4 March 2016.

Early life[edit]

Låpsley was born in York.[2][3] Her middle name, Lapsley, is her mother's maiden name.[4] She changed "Lapsley" to "Låpsley" by adding the Scandinavian character Å, partly due to her perceived ties with Scandinavia through her Scottish heritage, as well as how it looked when written.[5] She grew up in Southport, Merseyside, where she attended Greenbank High School and sixth form college at Formby High School.[6] [7]

Career[edit]

2013–present[edit]

Having been part of a number of bands in the Merseyside area, Låpsley won the "One to Watch" prize at Merseyside's GIT (Getintothis) Award in April 2014, following over half a million listens of her solo bedroom-recorded Monday EP on Soundcloud.[8] She played the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury Festival in June 2014 having been championed by BBC Radio 1 DJ's Huw Stephens and Zane Lowe.[9] Her track Painter (Valentine) was playlisted by BBC Radio 1 in September 2014 and received daytime airplay.[10]

Låpsley signed with XL Recordings in October 2014. On 30 November 2014, Låpsley was revealed as one of acts on the BBC Sound of...2015 long list. Her Understudy EP was released on 5 January 2015.[11] Her debut album Long Way Home was released on 4 March 2016.[12] She performed at Lollapalooza in July 2016.[13]

In April 2016, she was picked as Elvis Duran's Artist of the Month and was featured on NBC's Today show hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb and broadcast nationally where she performed live her single "Love Is Blind". In 2016, the track "8896" by Låpsley was included in the sound track of American Honey, directed by Andrea Arnold.[14] In the same year, track “Falling Short” was included in season one of Harlan Coben’s “The Five”, during the final scene of episode 3, directed by Mark Tonderai.

Personal life[edit]

Låpsley enjoys yachting and owns a boat called Theodore.[15][16]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
UK
[17]
AUS
[18]
BEL
(FL)

[19]
CAN
[20]
GER NL
[21]
IRL
[22]
SWE
[23]
SWI
[24]
US
[20]
Long Way Home
  • Released: 4 March 2016
  • Label: XL Recordings
  • Format: Digital download, CD
32 75 20 70 83 59 92 54 76 196

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Monday[25]
  • Released: October 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Understudy[26]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[27]
UK
Indie

[28]
BEL
(FL)

[19]
BEL
(WA)

[29]
JPN
[20]
2014 "Station" Long Way Home
"Painter (Valentine)"
"Falling Short" 122 6 [A]
2015 "Brownlow" Understudy
"Hurt Me" 170 9 8 [B] 74 Long Way Home
2016 "Love Is Blind" 43
"Operator (He Doesn't Call Me)" [C]
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director Ref.
"Station" 2014 Mike Brits [31]
"Painter (Valentine)" Harvey Pearson [32]
"Falling Short" Noel Paul [33]
"Brownlow" 2015 Cherise Payne and Låpsley [34]
"Hurt Me" Cherise Payne [35]
"Love Is Blind" 2016 [36]
"Operator (DJ Koze Radio Edit)" [37]
"Bad Stuff Happens in the Bathroom" (with The National) Bento Box Entertainment [38]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organisation Award Result
2014 GIT (Getintothis) One to Watch[8] Won
2015 BBC Sound of...2015[11] Nominated
2016 NME Best New Artist[39] Nominated

Notes[edit]

  • A ^ "Falling Short" did not enter the Ultratop 50 Flandres singles chart, but peaked at number 3 on the Ultratip chart, which acts as an indicator chart for new releases in Belgium.[40]
  • B ^ "Hurt Me" did not enter the Ultratop 50 Wallonie singles chart, but peaked at number 20 on the Ultratip chart, which acts as an indicator chart for new releases in Belgium.[29]
  • C ^ "Operator (He Doesn't Call Me)" did not enter the Ultratop 50 Flandres singles chart, but peaked at number 32 on the Ultratip chart, which acts as an indicator chart for new releases in Belgium.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A New Beat: Liverpool's Låpsley in profile". The Skinny. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Holly Lapsley Fletcher". Check Company. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Holly Lapsley Fletcher". Genes Reunited. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Låpsley Will Make You Feel Like a Shy Teen". New York. 20 March 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "Låpsley Asserts Her Independence on 'Long Way Home'". Exclaim!. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  6. ^ http://www.champnews.com/newsdetail.aspx?ID=GN4_ART_104950
  7. ^ "Welcome back to Holly Fletcher "Lapsley"". Greenbank High. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Liverpool music prize The GIT Award reveals Lapsley as One To Watch winner". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Glastonbury 2014 Acts – Låpsley". BBC. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "BBC Introducing – On the playlist: Låpsley". BBC. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Lapsley signs to XL Recordings and announces new EP". Gigwise. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Låpsley reveals details of debut album plus new single 'Love Is Blind'". The Edge. 19 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "Lineup By Day". Lollapalooza. Archived from the original on 29 March 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  14. ^ Skinner, Craig (10 April 2016). "Listen to the Soundtrack To Andrea Arnold's American Honey". Flickreel.com. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  15. ^ "holly låpsley fletcher delayed her dreams of being the next david attenborough to make music". i-D Vice. 13 March 2015. 
  16. ^ Brennan, Collin (26 January 2016). "CoSign: Låpsley". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  17. ^ "UK Chart – Lapsley". UK Charts. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  18. ^ Ryan, Gavin (12 March 2016). "ARIA Albums: The Cat Empire Debuts at No 1". Noise11. Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  19. ^ a b c "Låpsley – Hurt Me" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  20. ^ a b c "Billboard – Lapsley". Billboard. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  21. ^ Steffen Hung. "Låpsley – Long Way Home". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  22. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". Chart-track.co.uk. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  23. ^ "swedishcharts.com – Låpsley – Long Way Home". Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  24. ^ Steffen Hung. "Låpsley – Long Way Home". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  25. ^ "Låpsley Monday EP". hillydilly.com. 30 November 2013. 
  26. ^ "Lapsley Understudy". xlrecordings.com. 20 January 2015. 
  27. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in the United Kingdom:
  28. ^ Peak chart positions for singles on the UK Indie Singles Chart:
  29. ^ a b "Låpsley – Wallonie" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 10 November 2016. 
  30. ^ "Gold & Platinum – 2016". ultratop.be. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  31. ^ "Video: Låpsley – "Station"". Pigeons & Planes. 12 January 2014. 
  32. ^ "Liverpool musician Låpsley reveals new video for Painter (Valentine)". Liverpool Echo. 15 July 2014. 
  33. ^ "Låpsley premieres Falling Short video". Getintothis. 9 December 2014. 
  34. ^ "Låpsley – "Brownlow" Video". Stereogum. 4 March 2015. 
  35. ^ "Låpsley – "Hurt Me" Video". Stereogum. 22 September 2015. 
  36. ^ "Låpsley – "Love Is Blind" Video". Stereogum. 4 March 2016. 
  37. ^ "Låpsley – "Operator (DJ Koze Radio Edit)" Video". YouTube. 22 August 2016. 
  38. ^ "Behind Bob's Burgers – Bad Stuff Happens in the Bathroom – The National and Låpsley Music Video". YouTube. 14 June 2016. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  39. ^ "NME Awards 2016 nominations". Mirror. 4 December 2015. 
  40. ^ "Låpsley – Falling Short". Ultratop. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 

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