LP (singer)

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LP performing at WTMD's First Thursday series in Canton, Baltimore, Maryland in June 2014.
Background information
Birth name Laura Pergolizzi
Also known as LP
Born c. 1981 (age 35) [1][2][3]
Huntington, Long Island, United States[4]
Origin Long Island, New York,
United States
Occupation(s) Singer/songwriter
Years active 2001–present
Labels Warner Bros. Records
Website iamlp.com

Laura Pergolizzi (born c. 1981)[2] is an American pop/rock singer and songwriter, originally from Long Island, New York, who performs under the stage name LP. She moved to Los Angeles in 2010.[5] She has released three albums and one EP. As a songwriter, she has written for Cher, Rihanna and Christina Aguilera, among others.[6]


Early life and career[edit]

LP graduated from Walt Whitman High School in 1996. Afterwards, she moved to New York City from Huntington, Long Island and adopted the name "LP" during that time.[7] David Lowery of the band Cracker saw her performing and featured her on "Cinderella", a hidden track on the band's 1998 album, Gentleman's Blues.[8] Lowery followed up by producing her debut album, Heart-Shaped Scar, released in 2001 through Koch Records.

LP's sophomore album, Suburban Sprawl & Alcohol, was released in June 2004 through Lightswitch Records. On the record, she collaborated with songwriter and music producer Linda Perry.[7] However, in spite of extensive touring to promote the release and positive reviews from music critics, the album failed to gain widespread recognition.[9]


In 2006, LP appeared at the music conference, South by Southwest, and reportedly sparked a bidding war amongst major music labels,[1] eventually being signed by L.A. Reid to his Island Def Jam Music Group record label, part of the Universal Music Group. However, due to artistic differences she left the contract. She signed with SoBe Entertainment in 2007, an independent record label, with the album tracks she had written at the major label.[10] "Love Will Keep You Up All Night", one of the tracks she had written at Island Def Jam Music Group with Billy Mann, was released in late 2007 on the Backstreet Boys album, Unbreakable. LP wrote and performed "Wasted", from her album Suburban Sprawl & Alcohol, which was the theme song for a television show "South of Nowhere" on The N, currently known as TeenNick. MTV's The Hills also featured LP's song "Damage Is Done" in mid-2010, and it was released on iTunes. During 2009, LP started writing songs for other artists, working extensively on the Heidi Montag album, Superficial (Warner Music). She co-wrote the single, "More Is More", as well as the album tracks, "Twisted", "Hey Boy", and "Love It or Leave It". She also co-wrote other tracks for and with Montag, such as the Cathy Dennis co-write, "Look How I'm Doin'", "I Do This", and "Who's That Girl". A song she wrote with Alexander Kronlund,"Standing Where You Left Me", was released on Erik Hassle's debut UK album, Pieces (Roxy/EMI/Universal).


In August 2010, it was announced that LP had signed with RedOne's record label, 2101 Records.

She landed her first major breakthrough as a songwriter, co-writing Rihanna's song, "Cheers (Drink to That)", featured on Rihanna's fifth studio album Loud, released on November 12, 2010 on Def Jam Recordings. "Cheers" features a vocal hook performed by LP (taken from Avril Lavigne's "I'm with You"). In a 2010 interview with MTV News, Rihanna said: "I love that song ['Cheers']. That is one of my favorite songs on the album. It makes you feel like celebrating. It gives you a great feeling inside like you want to go out and have a drink. ... People can't wait for the weekend."[11]

LP's major label songwriting breakthroughs continued, as she co-wrote "Beautiful People", performed by Christina Aguilera. The song is featured on the Burlesque: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album, which was released on November 22, 2010 through RCA Records.

In June 2011, LP co-wrote "Afraid to Sleep" which was performed by NBC's The Voice finalist Vicci Martinez and reached #10 on iTunes Top Singles Chart. In September 2011, she signed a deal with Warner Bros. Records. Shortly after, "Into the Wild", written and performed by LP, was prominently used in a Citibank national television advertisement campaign. In April 2012, she released her first major label album Into the Wild: Live at EastWest Studios, a five-song live extended play, and started touring extensively including festivals such as SXSW,[1] Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Bumbershoot, Tropfest as well as Tokyo's Sonic Boom and London's Hyde Park. In 2012, she became the first female Martin Guitar Ambassador.[12]


In May 2012 she featured as Artist of the Week in Vogue magazine.[3] Over the following two years, she completed the recording of her third album that included collaborations with Billy Steinberg, Isabella "Machine" Summers (from Florence and the Machine), Josh Alexander, Claude Kelly, Justyn Pilbrow, Carl Ryden and Rob Kleiner.[13] The album was produced by Rob Cavallo, Warner Bros. Records' chairman and producer. On April 1, 2014, it was announced that LP's third full-length studio album would be titled Forever for Now, and was scheduled to be released on June 3, 2014. The album was promoted by the lead single "Night Like This".[6] Following the album, a second single "Someday" was released in June 2014 in Canada.[14] On September 16, 2014, a music video for "Tokyo Sunrise" officially premiered on Time magazine's website.[15]

In September 2015, the song "Muddy Waters", the first single from LP's upcoming fourth studio album, was released.[16][17] In June 2016, this song featured in the violent and emotionally charged closing scene of the season four finale of Netflix's original series Orange Is The New Black. In November, the second single, titled "Lost on You", was also released, while she held a residency at the No Vacancy club.[18] Both songs originate from a collaboration with Mike Del Rio. An EP[17][19] titled Death Valley was released on June 17, 2016.


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions


Heart-Shaped Scar
Suburban Sprawl & Alcohol
Forever for Now 132 2 5
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions


Into the Wild: Live at EastWest Studios
  • Released: April 24, 2012
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Format: CD/DVD, LP, digital download
6 6
Spotify Sessions[21]
  • Released: October 2, 2012
  • Format: Streaming
Death Valley[22]
  • Released: June 17, 2016
  • Format: Digital download


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart
Certifications Album


"Into the Wild" (Live) 2012 Into the Wild: Live at EastWest Studios
"Into the Wild" Forever for Now
"Night Like This"[32] 2014 35
"Muddy Waters"[16] 2016 42 Death Valley EP
"Lost on You"[17] 1 1 1 5 1 33 5

Songwriting credits[edit]

Title Year Artist Album Label
"Love Will Keep You Up All Night" 2007 Backstreet Boys Unbreakable Jive
"Standing Where You Left Me" 2010 Erik Hassle Taken EP Roxy/EMI/Universal
"More Is More" Heidi Montag Superficial Warner Bros.
"Twisted" Heidi Montag Superficial Warner Bros.
"Hey Boy" Heidi Montag Superficial Warner Bros.
"Love It or Leave It" Heidi Montag Superficial Warner Bros.
"Beautiful People" Christina Aguilera Burlesque: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack RCA Records
"Cheers (Drink to That)" 2011 Rihanna Loud Island Def Jam
"You Don't Get to Know" Hitomi Avex/Japan
"Waiting Outside the Lines" Remix Greyson Chance featuring Charice Geffen
"Afraid to Sleep" Vicci Martinez (The Voice) Universal Republic
"I'm Still Hot" Luciana Violent Lips
"Happening" 2012 Chiddy Bang EMI Records
"Hi-Roller Baby" Joe Walsh Analog Man Concord Music
"Shine Ya Light" Rita Ora Ora Roc Nation
"Lolita" The Veronicas Sire Records
"Fingerprint" Leona Lewis Glassheart Sony Music
"Red" 2013 Cher Closer to the Truth Warner Bros.
"Pride" Cher Closer to the Truth Warner Bros.
"Tidal Wave" 2014 Karmin Pulses Epic
"Human" Cher Lloyd Sorry I'm Late Epic
"Line of Fire" The Veronicas The Veronicas Sony Music
"Mirror Man" 2015 Ella Henderson Chapter One Syco


  1. ^ a b c "LP Goes 'Into the Wild' at SXSW". March 17, 2012. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Listen Up: LP". Elle. August 30, 2012. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Campion, Freddie (May 30, 2012). "Artist of the Week: LP". Vogue. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  4. ^ "LP - Biography". iamlp.com. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ Gumbrecht, Jamie (April 24, 2012). "Songwriter LP goes into the wild -- as a singer". CNN. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Graff, Gary (June 3, 2014). "LP focuses on LP with First Album in a Decade". Billboard. 
  7. ^ a b c "Not a tomboy in a dress: after walking away from a contract at Island Records, lesbian rocker L.P. returns to her androgynous roots with her anticipated third album.". thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ "News". lprock.com. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  9. ^ Marti, Kris Scott (October 27, 2004). "AfterEllen.com - Review of L.P.'s Suburban Sprawl & Alcohol". afterellen.com. Retrieved April 5, 2016.  |archive-url= is malformed: timestamp (help)
  10. ^ "Bio: Who is LP?". lprock.com. 
  11. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (November 17, 2010). "Rihanna Glad Avril Lavigne Appears On Loud's 'Cheers'". MTV. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Martin Guitar Ambassador". iamlp.com. May 10, 2012. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  13. ^ Listing of the Forever for Now album on Discogs.com, (accessed March 7, 2015).
  14. ^ a b "Someday - Single by LP". iTunes (CA). Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  15. ^ Feeney, Nolan. "Catch a 'Tokyo Sunrise' With LP and Her New Video: Premiere". Time. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Muddy Waters - Single by LP". iTunes (US). Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  17. ^ a b c Kaye, Ben (November 16, 2015). "LP shares new single "Lost on You" — listen". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  18. ^ "LP's New Tune "Muddy Waters" Is a Sultry Prowl of a Song". NOISEY. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  19. ^ Rosenzweig, Mathias (March 2, 2016). "LP After the Storm". Interview Magazine. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  20. ^ a b c d e f "LP - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved September 18, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Spotify Sessions EP Release". Facebook. October 2, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Death Valley - EP by LP on Apple Music". Apple Inc. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 
  23. ^ http://www.billboard.com/biz/search/charts?f0=ts_chart_artistname%3ALP&f1=itm_field_chart_id%3A902&f2=ss_bb_type%3Achart_item&type=2&artist=LP
  24. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/fr/song/17c079/LP-Lost-On-You
  25. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles - SNEP (Week 38, 2016)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved September 24, 2016. 
  26. ^ "Billboard Chart Search - LP". Billboard. Retrieved July 10, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Classifica settimanale WK 39" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Chart Search | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  29. ^ Peak chart positions for Poland:
  30. ^ http://www.spanishcharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=LP&titel=Lost+On+You&cat=s
  31. ^ "Discographie LP – hitparade.ch". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 29, 2016. 
  32. ^ "Night Like This - Single by LP". iTunes (CA). Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  33. ^ "FIMI - Certificazioni". Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved September 15, 2016. 

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