Lauren Bennett

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Lauren Bennett
Lauren Bennett 2013.jpg
Bennett in 2013
Background information
Born (1989-06-23) 23 June 1989 (age 27)
Meopham, Kent, England, UK
Genres Pop, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer, dancer, model
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007–present
Labels Interscope Records, will.i.am Music Group, Kemosabe Records, RCA Records, Geffen Records
Associated acts G.R.L., Paradiso Girls, LMFAO, The Pussycat Dolls, Robin Antin
Website www.laurenbennett.com

Lauren Bennett (born 23 June 1989) is an English singer, dancer, and model. She is best known as a member of the girl group G.R.L., which disbanded in June 2015 but reformed in June 2016. She is also known for her work with the Paradiso Girls, CeeLo Green, Robin Antin of the Pussycat Dolls, and most notably with LMFAO, where she was featured on the 2011 summer hit "Party Rock Anthem". On 8 May 2016, Bennett released her first solo single since her time with G.R.L., titled "Hurricane".[1]

Early life[edit]

Bennett was born and raised in Meopham, Kent.

Career[edit]

2007–2010: Paradiso Girls[edit]

Bennett was part of a girl group called the Paradiso Girls. The group consisted of seven members at their formation in 2007, but had dropped to five by 2008. Each member comes from a different country: Chelsea Korka from the United States, Aria Crescendo from France, Kelly Beckett from Barbados, Shar Mae Amor from the Philippines, and Bennett from England. The band was signed to Interscope Records. Their debut single, "Patron Tequila", featuring Lil Jon and Eve, was released on 12 May 2009 and reached No. 3 on the Hot Dance Club Play Chart and No. 82 on the Canadian Hot 100. After their second single, "Who's My Bitch", was unsuccessful, the group were put on an indefinite hiatus in 2010.

2010–2013: Solo career and The Pussycat Dolls.[edit]

Bennett with G.R.L. in 2013

Bennett went on to pursue a solo career. She was featured in a remix of will.i.am's "I Got It from My Mama". She also joined in the Party Rock Tour with LMFAO. Later that year, she met CeeLo Green and was featured on his album The Lady Killer on the song "Love Gun". The following year, she was featured on LMFAO's international hit "Party Rock Anthem", which sold over 5,000,000 digital downloads in the United States and reached No. 1 in the United States for six weeks. She also modelled for ViolentLips.[2] Bennett often works with Robin Antin and is featured in the Pussycat Dolls' second fitness DVD. Her debut solo single "I Wish I Wish" was released on 21 November 2011 via Interscope Records.[3] The track was written by Esmée Denters, Billy Mann and produced by David Schuler.

2013–15: G.R.L.[edit]

While talking to Billboard.com on the red carpet at the American Music Awards, Bennett confirmed herself as a part of the newly regrouped recording group. This made her the first member of a brand new line-up that creator Robin Antin confirmed to Billboard was in the process of being built. "We're currently figuring out who's in the group and we're working on an album," Bennett says of the new group, which at the time was slated to be the revamped Pussycat Dolls.[4] In 2011 it was announced that a new line-up of the "sexy brand" would debut in February 2012 during a GoDaddy Super Bowl commercial. Bennett was featured and included in the original line-up along with Paula van Oppen and three others who were cut from the group for various reasons. Eventually, Simone Battle, Emmalyn Estrada, and Natasha Slayton joined and G.R.L. debuted their hit single "Vacation" on The Smurfs 2 soundtrack.

G.R.L. found international success and was featured with artists such as Pitbull on his hit single "Wild Wild Love". The group went on to release a self-titled EP, G.R.L., in which it's lead single Ugly Heart peaked at 2 on the Australian charts. G.R.L. were on their way to mainstream success when group member Simone Battle died in September 2014. In January 2015, the group released a single in honor of Battle titled "Lighthouse", and dedicated themselves to raising awareness for mental health issues. On 2 June 2015, the group officially disbanded.[5]

2016: Continued solo career, Hurricane and G.R.L. reformation[edit]

On 8 April 2016, a dance track featuring Bennett and produced by Greek DJ Nick Martin titled "Reality" was released.[6]

On 8 May 2016, Bennett announced and released her new single "Hurricane" via her Instagram, adding "After G.R.L. ended I had no idea what was going to happen next, everything fell apart pretty fast. That's when this song was written. After seeing my mother suffer with mental struggles for years I then lost a friend to this. It has always effected my life in someway. We all at least know someone who has dealt with it or have yourself. This is a story to show from my eyes what it feels like to suffer from this but also the other perspective to lose someone to this."[7] It was later announced on Twitter that a portion of the proceeds from the single would be donated to The Campaign to Change Direction,[8] an organization dedicated to change the culture of mental health in America. [9]

On 15 June 2016, over a year after G.R.L. announced their breakup, it was reported that the group has plans to reform under new representation with UK based agency Loco Talent. In June, the group's new agent, Matt Wynter, stated that the G.R.L. is back via Loco Talent's website. [10] Bennett is one of the two original members returning under the new lineup.

Discography[edit]

With Paradiso Girls[edit]

Main article: Paradiso Girls

With GRL[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[11]
AUS
[12]
IRE
[13]
NZ
[14]
KOR
[15]
CAN
[16]
FRA
[17]
UK
[18]
"Vacation"
(as of a member of G.R.L.)
2013 97 Smurfs 2
"Show Me What You Got"
(as of a member of G.R.L.)
2014 G.R.L.
"Wild Wild Love"
(Pitbull featuring G.R.L.)
30 10 30 25 22 90 6 Globalization
"Ugly Heart"
(as of a member of G.R.L.)
107 2 2 3 11 G.R.L.
"Lighthouse"
(as of a member of G.R.L.)
2015 30 59 18 55 N/A

Solo singles[edit]

Year Single Format Notes Album
2011 "I Wish I Wish" Digital download Available through Amazon.com and iTunes.[24] N/A
2016 "Hurricane" Digital download Available through Amazon.com and iTunes.[25] TBA

As a featured artist[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions Album
US US Dance CAN BEl (FL) AUS DEN FRA NZ IRE UK
2010 "Party Rock Anthem" (LMFAO also featuring GoonRock)[26] 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Sorry for Party Rocking
2016 "Reality" (Nick Martin) N/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bennett, Lauren. Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/BFJt7bbqnXw/. Retrieved 9 May 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Violent Lips Look Book". Facebook. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Lauren Bennett : Releases : I Wish I Wish". Interscope.com. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Latest Music News, Band, artist, Musician & Music Video News". Billboard.com. 23 October 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.mtv.co.uk/music-0/news/grl-split-nearly-9-months-after-simone-battles-death
  6. ^ "Buy Reality on iTunes". Apple.com. 
  7. ^ Bennett, Lauren. Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/BFJt7bbqnXw/. Retrieved 9 May 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Bennett, Lauren. "New song Hurricane out now. A portion will be donated to @signsforchange #changementalhealth". Twitter. 
  9. ^ "The Campaign to Change Direction". ChangeDirection.org. 
  10. ^ Haigh, Joshua. "They're BACK! GRL set to reform almost two years after the tragic loss of Simone Battle". Mirror. Retrieved 15 June 2016. 
  11. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in the US:
  12. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography G*R*L". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  13. ^ http://www.irma.ie/aucharts.asp
  14. ^ Hung, Steffen. "DISCOGRAPHY G.R.L.". New Zealand Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  15. ^ "South Korea Gaon International Chart". Gaon Chart. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  16. ^ Peak positions for the featured singles in Canada:
  17. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie G*R*L". French Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  18. ^ "2014-05-17 Top 40 Official Singles Chart UK Archive - Official Charts". Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  19. ^ "Gold/Platinum Database - Music Canada" (To access certifications, enter the artist/title or search by date of the item you are looking for into one of the search parameters.). Canadian Recording Industry Association. 24 November 2014. 
  20. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  21. ^ "Certified Awards Search: GRL" (Enter "GRL" into the search parameter). British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 14 November 2014. 
  22. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2014" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden.  Type G.R.L. in the top right search bar. Click on "Sok" and select {{{title}}} and see certification.
  23. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles 8 September 2014". nztop40. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  24. ^ "I Wish I Wish – single by Lauren Bennett". iTunes. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  25. ^ "Buy Hurricane on iTunes". Apple.com. 
  26. ^ Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO

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