Låpsley

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Låpsley
Låpsley performing in 2015
Låpsley performing in 2015
Background information
Birth nameHolly Lapsley Fletcher
Born (1996-08-07) 7 August 1996 (age 24)
York, England
OriginSouthport, Merseyside, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
  • oboe
  • synthesizer
Years active2013–present
LabelsXL
Websitemusiclapsley.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 a member of several 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, 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 (TV series), during the final scene of episode 4, directed by Mark Tonderai.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Låpsley enjoys yachting and owns a boat called Theodore.[15][16] On 28 June 2020, she came out as bisexual in an Instagram post.[17]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
UK
[18]
AUS
[19]
BEL
(FL)

[20]
CAN
[21]
GER NL
[22]
IRL
[23]
SWE
[24]
SWI
[25]
US
[21]
Long Way Home
  • Released: 4 March 2016
  • Label: XL
  • Format: Digital download, CD
32 75 20 70 83 59 92 54 76 196
Through Water
  • Released: 20 March 2020
  • Label: XL
193

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Monday[26]
  • Released: 18 March 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Understudy[27]
These Elements[28]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[29]
UK
Indie

[30]
BEL
(FL)

[20]
BEL
(WA)

[31]
CAN
DL

[32]
JPN
[21]
2014 "Station" [A] [B] Long Way Home
"Painter (Valentine)" [C]
"Falling Short" 122 6 [D]
2015 "Brownlow" Understudy EP
"Hurt Me" 170 9 8 [E] 29 74 Long Way Home
2016 "Love Is Blind" 29 43
"Operator (He Doesn't Call Me)" [F] [G]
2019 "My Love Was Like the Rain" [H] Through Water
"Ligne 3"[38] [I]
2020 "Womxn"
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director Ref.
"Station" 2014 Mike Brits [39]
"Painter (Valentine)" Harvey Pearson [40]
"Falling Short" Noel Paul [41]
"Brownlow" 2015 Cherise Payne and Låpsley [42]
"Hurt Me" Cherise Payne [43]
"Love Is Blind" 2016 [44]
"Operator (DJ Koze Radio Edit)" [45]
"My Love Was Like The Rain" 2019 Camille Summers-Valli [46]
"Womxn" 2020 Jane Stockdale

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[47] Nominated

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Station" did not enter the UK Singles Chart, but peaked at number 53 on the UK Physical Singles Chart.[33]
  2. ^ "Station" did not enter the UK Singles Chart, but peaked at number 11 on the UK Independent Singles Breakers Chart.[34]
  3. ^ "Painter (Valentine)" did not enter the UK Singles Chart, but peaked at number 10 on the UK Independent Singles Breakers Chart.[34]
  4. ^ "Falling Short" did not enter the Flanders Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 3 on the Ultratip chart.[20]
  5. ^ "Hurt Me" did not enter the Wallonia Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 20 on the Ultratip chart.[31]
  6. ^ "Operator (He Doesn't Call Me)" did not enter the UK Singles Chart, but peaked at number 65 on the UK Physical Chart.[36]
  7. ^ "Operator (He Doesn't Call Me)" did not enter the Flanders Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 32 on the Ultratip chart.[20]
  8. ^ "My Love Was Like the Rain" did not enter the UK Singles Chart, but peaked at number 14 on the UK Physical Chart.[37]
  9. ^ "Ligne 3" did not enter the Flanders Ultratop 50, but peaked at number 24 on the Ultratip chart.[20]

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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 24 September 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  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. ^ Smith, Reiss (30 June 2020). "Singer Lapsley comes out 'with pride' as bisexual while candidly revealing her struggles with sexuality". Pink News. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  18. ^ "UK Chart – Lapsley". UK Charts. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  19. ^ Ryan, Gavin (12 March 2016). "ARIA Albums: The Cat Empire Debuts at No 1". Noise11. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  20. ^ a b c d e "ultratop.be - Discografie Låpsley" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  21. ^ a b c "Billboard – Lapsley". Billboard. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  22. ^ Steffen Hung. "Låpsley – Long Way Home". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  23. ^ "GFK Chart-Track". Chart-track.co.uk. Archived from the original on 12 March 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  24. ^ "swedishcharts.com – Låpsley – Long Way Home". Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  25. ^ Steffen Hung. "Låpsley – Long Way Home". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  26. ^ "Låpsley Monday EP". hillydilly.com. 30 November 2013.
  27. ^ "Lapsley Understudy". xlrecordings.com. 20 January 2015.
  28. ^ "These Elements - EP". iTunes. 23 October 2019.
  29. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in the United Kingdom:
  30. ^ Peak chart positions for singles on the UK Indie Singles Chart:
  31. ^ a b "Låpsley – Wallonie" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  32. ^ "Låpsley Chart History: Canadian Digital Song Sales". Billboard. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
  33. ^ "Official Physical Singles Chart Top 100 - 26 February 2016 – 03 March 2016". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  34. ^ a b "Official Independent Singles Breakers Chart Top 20 - 11 January 2015 - 17 January 2015". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 November 2020.
  35. ^ "Gold & Platinum – 2016". ultratop.be. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
  36. ^ "Official Physical Singles Chart Top 100 - 16 December 2016". Official Charts Company. 16 December 2016. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  37. ^ "Official Physical Singles Chart Top 100 - 13 December 2019". Official Charts Company. 13 December 2019. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  38. ^ "Låpsley Shares Gentle New Single "Ligne 3" Ahead of EP - Paste". Paste. 2 December 2019. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  39. ^ "Video: Låpsley – "Station"". Pigeons & Planes. 12 January 2014.
  40. ^ "Liverpool musician Låpsley reveals new video for Painter (Valentine)". Liverpool Echo. 15 July 2014.
  41. ^ "Låpsley premieres Falling Short video". Getintothis.co.uk. 9 December 2014.
  42. ^ "Låpsley – "Brownlow" Video". Stereogum.com. 4 March 2015.
  43. ^ "Låpsley – "Hurt Me" Video". Stereogum.com. 22 September 2015.
  44. ^ "Låpsley – "Love Is Blind" Video". Stereogum.com. 4 March 2016.
  45. ^ "Låpsley – "Operator (DJ Koze Radio Edit)" Video". YouTube. 22 August 2016.
  46. ^ Låpsley - My Love Was Like The Rain, YouTube, retrieved 16 January 2020
  47. ^ "NME Awards 2016 nominations". Mirror. 4 December 2015.

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