LP (singer)

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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 name Laura Pergolizzi
Also known as LP
Born March 18, 1981 (age 36)[1][2][3]
Long Island, New York, United States[4]
Origin Long Island, New York,
United States
Genres
Occupation(s) Singer/songwriter
Instruments
Years active 2001–present
Labels Warner Bros. Records
Website iamlp.com

Laura Pergolizzi (born March 18, 1981)[2] is an American alternative singer and songwriter, originally from Long Island, New York, who performs under the stage name LP. They moved to Los Angeles in 2010.[5] They have released three albums and one EP. As a songwriter, they have written for Cher, Rihanna, the Backstreet Boys and Christina Aguilera, among others.[6] LP calls themselves "genderfluid" and uses the plural pronoun "they".[7]

History[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

Pergolizzi is of Italian descent, their grandfathers coming from Naples and Palermo, respectively.[8] After graduating from high school in 1996, LP moved to New York City from Long Island and adopted the name "LP" during that time.[9] David Lowery of the band Cracker saw LP performing and featured them on "Cinderella", a hidden track on the band's 1998 album, Gentleman's Blues.[10] 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, they collaborated with songwriter and music producer Linda Perry.[9] However, in spite of extensive touring to promote the release and positive reviews from music critics, the album failed to gain widespread recognition.[11]

2006–2010[edit]

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 LP left the contract. They signed with SoBe Entertainment in 2007, an independent record label, with the album tracks they had written at the major label.[12] "Love Will Keep You Up All Night", one of the tracks they 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 their 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).[13][14] LP co-wrote the single, "More Is More", as well as the album tracks, "Twisted", "Hey Boy" and "Love It or Leave It". They 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 LP wrote with Alexander Kronlund, "Standing Where You Left Me", was released on Erik Hassle's debut UK album, Pieces (Roxy/EMI/Universal).

2010–2012[edit]

In August 2010, it was announced that LP had signed with RedOne's record label, 2101 Records. LP landed their 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."[15] LP's major label songwriting breakthroughs continued, as they 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 their 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, they became the first female Martin Guitar ambassador.[16]

2013–present[edit]

In May 2012, LP was featured as the Artist of the Week in Vogue magazine.[3] Over the following two years, they completed the recording of their 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.[17] 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.[18] On September 16, 2014, a music video for "Tokyo Sunrise" officially premiered on Time magazine's website.[19]

In September 2015, the song "Muddy Waters", the first single from LP's upcoming fourth studio album, was released.[20][21] 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 LP held a residency at the No Vacancy club.[22] Both songs originate from a collaboration with Mike Del Rio. An EP[21][23] titled Death Valley was released on June 17, 2016.

Personal life[edit]

LP has been in a relationship with singer Lauren Ruth Ward since 2015. Together they have a Griffon Bruxellois named Orson. "Lost on You" is about their breakup with ex-girlfriend Tamzin Brown.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
US
[24]
US
Heat

[24]
US
South

[24]
AUT
[25]
BEL
(Wa)

[26]
FRA
[27]
ITA
[28]
POL
[29]
SPA
[30]
SWI
[31]
Heart-Shaped Scar
Suburban Sprawl & Alcohol
  • Released: June 29, 2004
  • Label: Lightswitch Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Forever for Now 132 2 5 73
  • US: 16,000[A]
Lost on You 7 34 6 6 8 5 2 7
"—" 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

[24]
US
South

[24]
FRA
[37]
POL
[29]
SWI
[31]
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[38]
  • Released: October 2, 2012
  • Format: Streaming
N/A
Death Valley[39]
  • 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

[41]
AUT
[42]
BEL
(Wa)

[26]
FRA
[37]
GRE
[43]
ITA
[44]
JPN
[45]
POL
[46]
SPA
[47]
SWI
[31]
"Into the Wild"
(Live)
2012 Into the Wild: Live at EastWest Studios
"Into the Wild" Forever for Now
"Night Like This"[48] 2014 35
"Someday"[18]
"Muddy Waters"[20] 2015 42 168
[49]
Death Valley and Lost on You
"Lost on You"[21] 42 4 1 1 1 5 1 9 5
"Other People"[54] 2016 42 116
[49]
5
[55]
45
[56]
7
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart
positions
Album
FRA
[37]
POL
[46]
"Tightrope" 2016 56 Lost on You
"When We're High" 2017 123
[57]
35
"—" 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" 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

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ United States sales figures for Forever for Now as of September 2016.[32]
  2. ^ United States sales figures for Death Valley as of September 2016.[32]

References[edit]

  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. ^ Newis-Smith, Josh (June 6, 2017). "Meet The ‘Gender Neutral’ Singer Who Counts Kendall Jenner As A Fan". InStyle. Retrieved June 12, 2017. 
  8. ^ "“Nata dai locali di New York mi nutro di pop senza confini” - La Stampa". Lastampa.it. Retrieved 2017-06-14. 
  9. ^ a b c "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. 
  10. ^ "News". lprock.com. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ "Bio: Who is LP?". lprock.com. 
  13. ^ 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.
     
  14. ^ 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). 
  15. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (November 17, 2010). "Rihanna Glad Avril Lavigne Appears On Loud's 'Cheers'". MTV. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Martin Guitar Ambassador". iamlp.com. May 10, 2012. Archived from the original on September 6, 2013. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  17. ^ Listing of the Forever for Now album on Discogs.com, (accessed March 7, 2015).
  18. ^ a b "Someday - Single by LP". iTunes (CA). Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  19. ^ Feeney, Nolan. "Catch a 'Tokyo Sunrise' With LP and Her New Video: Premiere". Time. Retrieved September 16, 2014. 
  20. ^ a b "Muddy Waters - Single by LP". iTunes (US). Archived from the original on November 15, 2015. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  21. ^ a b c Kaye, Ben (November 16, 2015). "LP shares new single "Lost on You" — listen". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  22. ^ "LP's New Tune "Muddy Waters" Is a Sultry Prowl of a Song". NOISEY. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  23. ^ Rosenzweig, Mathias (March 2, 2016). "LP After the Storm". Interview Magazine. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  24. ^ a b c d e "LP - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved September 18, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Ö3 Austria Top40: Longplay-Charts - Ö3 Charts". Oe3.orf.at. Retrieved 2017-06-14. 
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  27. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes - SNEP (Week 50, 2016)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved December 20, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Album – Classifica settimanale WK 50 (dal 2016-12-09 al 2016-12-15)" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved December 20, 2016. 
  29. ^ a b Peak chart positions for studio albums in Poland:
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  31. ^ a b c "Discographie LP – hitparade.ch". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 29, 2016. 
  32. ^ a b c Stutz, Colin (September 23, 2016). "LP's 'Lost on You' Finds Unexpected Success in Greece, Launching a European Hit". Billboard. Retrieved November 8, 2016. 
  33. ^ a b "Certification criteria" (in Polish). ZPAV. Retrieved December 14, 2016. 
  34. ^ "Italian album certifications – LP – Lost on You" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 20 February 2017.  Select Album e Compilation in the field Sezione. Enter LP in the field Filtra. Select 2017 in the field Anno. The certification will load automatically
  35. ^ "Albums and singles certified Platinum in 2017" (in Polish). ZPAV. Retrieved May 18, 2017. 
  36. ^ "Les Certifications - SNEP". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved February 7, 2017. 
  37. ^ a b c "Discographie LP" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 4, 2016. 
  38. ^ "Spotify Sessions EP Release". Facebook. October 2, 2012. Retrieved March 6, 2015. 
  39. ^ "Death Valley - EP by LP on Apple Music". Apple Inc. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 
  40. ^ "Albums and singles certified Gold in 2017" (in Polish). ZPAV. Retrieved January 25, 2017. 
  41. ^ "Hot Rock Songs by LP - Chart history | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  42. ^ Steffen Hung. "LP - Lost On You". Austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2017-06-14. 
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  45. ^ "Chart Search | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  46. ^ a b Peak chart positions for Poland:
  47. ^ Hung, Steffen. "spanishcharts.com – LP – Lost On You". 
  48. ^ "Night Like This - Single by LP". iTunes (CA). Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  49. ^ a b "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés - SNEP (Week 48, 2016)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved December 3, 2016. 
  50. ^ a b "FIMI - Certificazioni". Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved September 15, 2016. 
  51. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (LP)". Swisscharts.com. Switzerland: Hung Medien. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 
  52. ^ "Les Certifications - SNEP". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved December 15, 2016. 
  53. ^ "Polish single certifications – LP – Lost on You" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved November 16, 2016. 
  54. ^ "Other People - Single di LP". Apple Music. November 11, 2016. Retrieved November 28, 2016. 
  55. ^ "Official IFPI Airplay Chart by MediaInspector - Top 20 ξένου ρεπερτορίου (05/06/2017 - 11/06/2017)". Airplaychart.gr. Retrieved 2017-06-14. 
  56. ^ "Classifica settimanale WK 50" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved December 20, 2016. 
  57. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés – SNEP (Week 19, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved May 13, 2017. 

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