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LANY at the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas on September 28, 2017
LANY at the House of Blues in Dallas, Texas on September 28, 2017
Background information
OriginLos Angeles, California, US
Years active2014–present
  • Paul Jason Klein
  • Charles Leslie "Les" Priest
  • Jake Clifford Goss

LANY (/ˈlni/, an acronym for "Los Angeles New York") is an American pop band from Los Angeles, formed in Nashville in 2014. The band consists of Paul Jason Klein, Charles Leslie "Les" Priest, and Jake Clifford Goss.

Signed to Polydor and Interscope, the band have released two top 40 albums: LANY (2017) and Malibu Nights (2018). Additionally, they have released a slew of singles, their most successful being the RIAA-certified "ILYSB" (2015), the Julia Michaels collaboration "Okay" (2019), and "Mean It" (2019) with Lauv. In 2020, they released their third studio album Mama's Boy. In 2021, they released a deluxe version of Mama's Boy.

Music career[edit]

2014–2017: Musical beginnings and LANY[edit]

LANY was formed in March 2014 when Paul Jason Klein, who had a small solo career, flew to Nashville to meet up with friends Jake Goss and Les Priest. Previously, Goss and Priest had a separate project by the name of WRLDS, but this was discontinued after the formation of LANY.[11] The following month they anonymously uploaded two songs, "Hot Lights" and "Walk Away", to SoundCloud in order to differentiate between their old and new projects. Their debut EP, Acronyms, followed later that year, with the song "ILYSB" generating significant interest online. Singles "Made in Hollywood" and "Bad, Bad, Bad" soon followed, along with the reveal of their identities.

LANY is an acronym for "Los Angeles New York". Klein explained the name in an interview:

"We knew we wanted a four-letter word because of design and aesthetic purposes, but as you can imagine, all the four-letter words in the entire world are taken. We moved to acronyms and for a while we thought we would be TTYL, but then we decided we didn’t want to be 13 for the rest of our lives. I eventually thought of the span across the country from L.A. to New York, and at first I was thinking it would be L-A-N-Y, but people kept getting confused on how to pronounce it when I told them, saying things like 'L-A-and-Y?' So then we’re like forget it—let's call ourselves LANY, pronounced Lay-Nee."[11]

Paul Klein of LANY in Dallas, Texas on September 11, 2015.

In 2015, LANY embarked on American tours supporting Twin Shadow, Tove Styrke, X Ambassadors, Troye Sivan and Halsey.[12] A second EP titled I Loved You. followed, as did festival appearances including Lollapalooza.

Paul Klein of LANY in Dallas, Texas on July 23, 2015.

In December 2015, after signing to Polydor Records,[13] a re-release EP titled Make Out was released; consisting of all songs (not including "Hot Lights" and "OMG") released prior to I Loved You. Shortly after this, a UK support tour with Ellie Goulding was announced for March 2016 and a live stripped back version of "ILYSB" was released on YouTube.[14] A US support tour with Troye Sivan ran through February, followed by the announcement of their first US headline tour, The Make Out Tour, in May.[15] On March 11, 2016, LANY released a single titled "Where the Hell Are My Friends". The track debuted on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe.[16] One month later, they released their first music video for the song.[17]

After their headline tour in May, LANY played a series of festivals in summer 2016, including Bonnaroo, Firefly, and Outside Lands.[18]

LANY began their second headline tour in the fall of 2016 called the Kinda Tour in support of their EP by the same name. It included 14 European dates and 37 US dates.

On February 15, 2017, LANY announced they would be opening up for 7 shows of John Mayer's The Search for Everything Tour. It included 5 US dates and 2 dates in Canada.[19]

Through their official Instagram and Twitter, the band announced that they'd be releasing their debut album, LANY, on June 30, 2017, to be preceded by the singles "Good Girls" on March 3, as well as "It Was Love", "The Breakup", and "13".[20]

On June 30, 2017, LANY released their debut, self-titled album. The single "Super Far" debuted on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 on Apple Music preceding the release of the full-length album. The band held pop-up shops in Los Angeles and New York to promote the album. They have released music videos for "Good Girls", "ILYSB", and "Super Far". The band announced a US headline tour that occurred from September through November 2017. LANY spent the summer of 2017 playing festivals and touring Australia and Asia. They toured Europe in the winter of 2017.

2018–2019: Malibu Nights[edit]

LANY announced their second album, Malibu Nights, on March 8, 2018 via an Instagram post.[21] Klein stated that the album was written from January 4 – February 14, 2018.

The next month, on April 5, 2018, LANY had their first arena concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in the Philippines. Tickets for the show were sold out in 24 hours leading to a second show the next night.[22][23]

The first single, "Thru These Tears", was released on July 17. The album's second single, "I Don't Wanna Love You Anymore", was released on August 22, 2018. Their highly anticipated second studio album "Malibu Nights" was released on October, 5th, 2018 consisting of 9 songs.[24] In 2018, LANY embarked on their Malibu Nights World Tour beginning on October and lasted until October 2019. The band released "Okay", a single with singer Julia Michaels, on April 23, 2019. This was their first song to include a featured artist.[25] On November 14, 2019, LANY collaborated with American singer-songwriter Lauv, for the song “Mean It”, which ultimately was listed on Lauv’s debut album, How I'm Feeling. On December 17, 2019, the music video was released, featuring both artists in the deserts of Los Angeles.

2020: Mama's Boy[edit]

On April 30, 2020, LANY announced the title of their third album, Mama's Boy, via social media. The album was released on October 2, 2020.[26] On May 13, they released the album's lead single, "Good Guys".[27] On July 1, their second single "If This Is the Last Time" was released. The album's third single, "You!", was released on August 13, 2020.[28] Two months later on October 2, 2020, they released their third studio album titled Mama's Boy.[29] To promote the album, the band has announced 5 dates in the United Kingdom and Ireland for 2021. Pre-sale began on September 30 while the general sale began on October 2. The band has announced more dates to come on a later date.[30]

2021: gg bb xx[edit]

On February 4, 2021, LANY released Mama's Boy (Deluxe).[31] This included the release of three new versions of Mama's Boy songs- Heart Won't Let Me (stripped), Sad (stripped), and I Still Talk To Jesus (live). “I wanted the outer to sound and feel like I was playing this song alone in a Sunday school room with the door slightly cracked, and you were listening down the hall,” Klein said of the original recording. The live rendition of the track draws listeners even closer and into the room alongside LANY.[31] On July 12, LANY announced that their fourth album, gg bb xx, will be released on September 3rd.

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Paul Jason Klein – lead vocals, piano, keyboards, guitar (2014–present)
  • Jake Clifford Goss – drums, percussion, sampling pad (2014–present)
  • Charles Leslie Priest – keyboards, synthesizers, guitar, backing vocals (2014–present)

Touring members[edit]

  • Giuliano Pizzulo – keyboards, synthesizers, guitar, sampling pad (2018–present)


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with release date and selected chart positions shown
yawa Details Peak chart positions
LANY 32 53 90
Malibu Nights
  • Released: October 5, 2018
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: CD, LP, cassette, digital download, streaming
36 92 81
Mama's Boy
  • Released: October 2, 2020[36]
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download, streaming
7 67 67 22
gg bb xx
  • Released: September 3, 2021
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download, streaming

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
  • Released: 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Track listing
  • 1. "(OMG)"
  • 2. "ILYSB"
  • 3. "BRB"
I Loved You
  • Released: June 9, 2015
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: Digital download, 12"
Track listing
  • 1. "4EVER!"
  • 2. "youarefire"
  • 3. "Someone Else"
  • 4. "I Don't Care"
  • 5. "Bad, Bad, Bad" (Matt DiMona Remix)
Make Out
  • Released: December 11, 2015
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: Digital download, 12"
Track listing
  • 1. "ILYSB"
  • 2. "Walk Away"
  • 3. "Bad, Bad, Bad"
  • 4. "Made in Hollywood"
  • 5. "BRB; Kiss"
  • 6. "ILYSB" (Stripped)
  • Released: June 24, 2016
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: Digital download, 12"
Track listing
  • 1. "like you lots"
  • 2. "yea, babe, no way"
  • 3. "pink skies"
  • 4. "current location"
  • 5. "quit"


Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album

"Hot Lights" / "Walk Away" 2014 Make Out
"Made in Hollywood"
"Bad, Bad, Bad"
"ILYSB" 2015
"Where the Hell Are My Friends" 2016 kinda
"Yea, Babe, No Way"[47]
"Good Girls" LANY
"It Was Love" 2017
"The Breakup"
"Super Far"
"Thru These Tears" 2018 Malibu Nights
"I Don't Wanna Love You Anymore"
"Thick and Thin"
"If You See Her"
"Malibu Nights"
(with Julia Michaels)
2019 16 Non-album single
"Mean It"
(with Lauv)[48]
19 42 32 46 4 2 95 87 83 How I'm Feeling
"Good Guys"[27] 2020 Mama's Boy
"If This Is the Last Time"[49]
"Cowboy in LA"[51]
"Dancing in the Kitchen"[52] 2021 [A] gg bb xx
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Super Far" / "Sign of the Times" 2017 Spotify Singles



LANY on the Malibu Nights World Tour in Salt Lake City Utah on June 11, 2019
  • The Make Out Tour (2016)
  • Kinda Tour (2016)
  • LANY World Tour (2017–2018)
  • Malibu Nights World Tour (2018–2019)
  • UK/IRE Tour (2021)




  1. ^ "Dancing in the Kitchen" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 23 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[53]


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