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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/; stylized in all caps, an acronym for "Los Angeles New York") is an American indie 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.

Music career[edit]

2014–17: 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.[7] 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 addressed 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."[7]

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.[8] 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,[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] On March 11, 2016, LANY released a single titled "WHERE THE HELL ARE MY FRIENDS". The track debuted on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe.[12] One month later, they released their first music video for the song.[13]

After their headline tour in May, LANY played a series of festivals in summer 2016, including Bonnaroo, Firefly, and Outside Lands.[14]

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.[15]

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".[16]

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]

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.[17][18]

LANY announced their second album, Malibu Nights, on March 8, 2018 via an Instagram post.[19] Klein stated that the album was written from January 4 – February 14, 2018. 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.[20] In 2018, LANY embarked on their Malibu Nights World Tour beginning on October and lasted until October of 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.[21]

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 is due for release in 2020.[22] On May 13, they released the album's lead single, "good guys".[23]

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
Title 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
  • Scheduled: 2020[28]
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
To be released

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
  • Released: 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
I Loved You
  • Released: June 9, 2015
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: Digital download, 12"
Make Out
  • Released: December 11, 2015
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: Digital download, 12"
  • Released: June 24, 2016
  • Label: Polydor
  • Format: Digital download, 12"


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"[38]
"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
"Mean It"
(with Lauv)[39]
119 42 32 46 4 2 95 87 83 How I'm Feeling
"Good Guys"[23] 2020 Mama's Boy
"—" 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


  • The Make Out Tour (2016)
  • Kinda Tour (2016)
  • LANY World Tour (2017–2018)
  • Malibu Nights World Tour (2018–2019)


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