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LP
LP WTMD LHCollins sms 06062014.jpg
LP performing at WTMD's First Thursday series in Canton, Baltimore, Maryland in June 2014.
Background information
Birth nameLaura Pergolizzi
Also known asLP
Born18 March 1981
Long Island, New York, U.S.
OriginLong Island, New York, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)Singer/songwriter
Instruments
Years active1998-present
LabelsWarner Bros. Records
Websiteiamlp.com

Laura Pergolizzi (born March 18, 1981)[1] is an American singer and songwriter who performs under the stage name LP. She has released five albums and one LP. She has written songs for other artists including Cher, Rihanna, the Backstreet Boys, Leona Lewis, Mylène Farmer, and Christina Aguilera.[2]

History[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

Born on Long Island,[3] Pergolizzi is of Italian and Irish descent, her grandparents coming from Naples and Palermo.[4] She graduated from Walt Whitman High School in 1986.[5] Pergolizzi adopted the stage name "LP" after moving to New York City.[6] David Lowery of the band Cracker saw LP performing and featured her on "Cinderella", a hidden track on the band's 1998 album, Gentleman's Blues.[7] Lowery followed up by producing LP's debut album, Heart-Shaped Scar, released in 2001 through Koch Records.

LP's second album, Suburban Sprawl & Alcohol, was released in June 2004 through Lightswitch Records. On the record, she collaborated with songwriter and music producer Linda Perry.[6] However, in spite of extensive touring to promote the release and positive reviews from music critics, the album failed to gain widespread recognition.[8]

2006–2010[edit]

In 2006, LP appeared at the music conference South by Southwest and reportedly sparked a bidding war amongst major music labels, 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 LP 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.[9] "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, including several songs which ended up on Heidi Montag's album, Superficial (Warner Music).[10][11] LP 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-written, "Look How I'm Doin'", "I Do This" and "Who's That Girl". A song LP wrote with Alexander Kronlund, "Standing Where You Left Me", was released on Erik Hassle's debut UK album, Pieces (Roxy/EMI/Universal). LP moved to Los Angeles in 2010.[12]

2011–2012[edit]

In August 2010, it was announced that LP had signed with RedOne's record label, 2101 Records. LP 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."[13] 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 the iTunes Top Singles Chart. In September 2011, LP 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, LP 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, 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.[14]

2013–present[edit]

In May 2012, LP was featured as the Artist of the Week in Vogue magazine. Over the following two years, she completed the recording of her 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.[15] 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".[2] Following the album, a second single, "Someday", was released in June 2014 in Canada.[16] On September 16, 2014, a music video for "Tokyo Sunrise" officially premiered on Time magazine's website.[17]

In September 2015, the song "Muddy Waters" was released as the first single from LP's fourth studio album Lost on You.[18][19] In June 2016, the 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. It was also featured in the trailer for the NBC show Shades of Blue. In November, the album's eponymous second single was released, while LP held a residency at the No Vacancy club.[20] Both songs originate from a collaboration with Mike Del Rio. An EP[19][21] titled Death Valley was released on June 17, 2016.

The song "Hi Ho Nobody Home" by David Baerwald featuring LP was used in an episode of Mr. Mercedes. In 2017 she performed the song "Back Where I Belong" (Otto Knows featuring Avicii) for the episode 5 (second season) of the Netflix's original series Sense8.

LP duets with Mylène Farmer on the single N'oublie pas, released on 22 June. The single immediately hit number 1 on the French iTunes chart upon release.[22] The track is the second single from Farmer's upcoming studio album Désobéissance.

On June 15, 2018, LP announced on her Facebook page that she had been working on a new album.[23] A day later, the first track from the record, "Girls Go Wild" was released.[24]

In September 2018 she recorded two songs for the singer Morrissey for his new album of cover songs.[25]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
US
[26]
US
Heat

[27]
US
South

[26]
AUT
[28]
BEL
(Wa)

[29]
FRA
[30]
ITA
[31]
POL
[32]
SPA
[33]
SWI
[34]
Heart-Shaped Scar
Suburban Sprawl & Alcohol
  • Released: June 29, 2004
  • Label: Lightswitch
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Forever for Now
  • Released: June 2, 2014
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
132 2 5 73
Lost on You
  • Released: December 9, 2016
  • Label: Vagrant
  • Format: CD, LP
7 34 6 6 9 5 2 7
Heart to Mouth
  • Released: December 7, 2018
  • Label: BMG, Vagrant
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
2 34 48
[40]
29
[41]
6 62
[42]
22
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions
Title Details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
US
Heat

[26]
US
South

[26]
FRA
[43]
POL
[32]
SWI
[34]
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[44] N/A
Death Valley[45]
  • Released: June 17, 2016
  • Format: Digital download
75 4 41
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Singles[edit]

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

[47]
AUT
[48]
BEL
(Wa)

[29]
FRA
[43]
GRE
[49]
ITA
[50]
JPN
[51]
POL
[52]
SPA
[53]
SWI
[34]
"Good With You"[54][6] 2007 single only
"Into the Wild"
(Live)
2012 Into the Wild: Live at EastWest Studios
"Into the Wild" Forever for Now
"Night Like This"[55] 2014 35
"Someday"[16]
"Muddy Waters"[18] 2015 42 171 Death Valley and Lost on You
"Lost on You"[19] 42 4 1 1 1 5 1 9 5
"Other People"[60] 2016 42 117 5
[61]
45
[62]
7
"N'oublie pas"
(with Mylène Farmer)
2018 [C] 1 Désobéissance
"Girls Go Wild" 96
[63]
8 Heart to Mouth
"Recovery"[65] 89
[66]
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Album
Wasted[67] 2004 Single Only
Good With You/Cling To Me 2007 Single Only
Someday 2011 Forever For Now
Into The Wild 2012
Tokyo Sunrise 2014
Halo 2016 Official Video Cover
Lost On You Lost On You
Night Like This Forever For Now
Other People (2 versions) 2016/2017 Lost On You
Tightrope 2017
When We're High
No Witness
N'oublie pas 2018 Désobéissance
Girls Go Wild Heart To Mouth
Recovery

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Album
FRA
[43]
POL
[52]
"Tightrope" 2016 56 Lost on You
"When We're High" 2017 123 18
"No Witness" 33
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

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"
"Hey Boy"
"Love It or Leave It"
"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 Non-album single 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 Non-album single Sire Records
"Fingerprint" Leona Lewis Glassheart Sony Music
"Red" 2013 Cher Closer to the Truth Warner Bros.
"Pride"
"Tidal Wave" 2014 Karmin Pulses Epic
"Human" Cher Lloyd Sorry I'm Late
"Line of Fire" The Veronicas The Veronicas Sony Music
"Mirror Man" 2015 Ella Henderson Chapter One Syco
"Solo para ti" 2016 Cazzette Desserts EP ICONS Music
"I Better Love You" 2017 Will Heard Trust EP Black Butter
"Miracle" Marina Kaye Explicit Capitol Records

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ United States sales figures for Forever for Now as of September 2016.[35]
  2. ^ United States sales figures for Death Valley as of September 2016.[35]
  3. ^ "N'oublie pas" did not reach the region's Ultratop 50 chart, but charted at number 17 on the Ultratip Bubbling Under ranking.[29]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Graff, Gary (June 3, 2014). "LP focuses on LP with First Album in a Decade". Billboard.
  3. ^ "LP - Biography". iamlp.com. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  4. ^ ""Nata dai locali di New York mi nutro di pop senza confini" - La Stampa". Lastampa.it. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  5. ^ WWHS 1986 Alumni
  6. ^ a b c d "Not a tomboy in a dress: after walking away from a contract at Island Records, lesbian rocker LP returns to her androgynous roots with her anticipated third album". thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  7. ^ "News". lprock.com. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  8. ^ Marti, Kris Scott (October 27, 2004). "AfterEllen.com - Review of LP's Suburban Sprawl & Alcohol". afterellen.com. Archived from the original on April 4, 2007. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
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  10. ^ Harmsworth, Andrei (April 23, 2017). "Laura Pergolizzi Q&A on sexuality and the music biz". www.metroguiltypleasures.com. Guilty Pleasures. Retrieved May 4, 2017. You've also written for an eclectic mix of artists, from Rihanna to Heidi Montag. How did that come about?
    No offence to Heidi, she's lovely, but I didn't write with her. A few of the songs I had, she just cut.
  11. ^ Lansky, Sam (September 28, 2012). "In Defense Of Heidi Montag's 'Superficial'". www.idolator.com. Idolator. Retrieved May 4, 2017. Contributors to the album include The Runners (Rihanna, Cher Lloyd), Kool Kojak (Ke$ha, One Direction), Steve Morales (Enrique Iglesias, Celine Dion), Stacy Barthe (Katy Perry, Brandy), Chris Rojas (Pink, Sophie Ellis-Bextor) and Laura Pergolizzi (Christina Aguilera, Rita Ora).
  12. ^ Gumbrecht, Jamie (April 24, 2012). "Songwriter LP goes into the wild -- as a singer". CNN. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
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  15. ^ Listing of the Forever for Now album on Discogs.com, (accessed March 7, 2015).
  16. ^ a b "Someday - Single by LP". iTunes (CA). Retrieved November 16, 2015.
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  23. ^ "'Girls Gone Wild' Facebook Post". Facebook. August 15, 2018. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
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