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Mars Argo
Brittany Sheets, creator of the Mars Argo character
Brittany Sheets, creator of the Mars Argo character
Born
Brittany Alexandria Sheets

Occupation
  • Singer
  • actress
Years active
  • 2009–2015
  • 2019–present
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
YouTube information
Channel
GenreMusic, Internet culture, satire
Subscribers110K[1]
Total views20+ million[1]
(December, 18 2019)
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2019
Websitemarsargo.com

Brittany Alexandria Sheets, known professionally as Mars Argo, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, photographer, and Internet personality.[2] She is prominently known for her portrayal of fictionalized stage personas of herself on YouTube.

She is also known as the lead singer of the band Mars Argo, named after her main stage persona.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Mars Argo released their debut album, Technology Is a Dead Bird, in November 6, 2009. In a 2013 Vice article the band stated that they were working on their own TV show,[10] but this was later abandoned.

Besides releasing music, she also self produced content for her YouTube channel, once co-operated by her former partner Titanic Sinclair. The channel's content was often satirical, revolving around society and Internet culture. However, after the duo broke up, all but three videos were removed from the channel. The only videos that still remain on her Grocerybagdottv channel to this day are 'Using You', Runaway Runaway' and 'Delete Your Facebook'.[11]

The band went on a hiatus in 2015, subsequently breaking up afterward. In 2018, Sheets filed a lawsuit against Sinclair and his collaborator at the time, Poppy. The lawsuit detailed abuse, and her artistic identity being stolen.

Sheets portrays Sissy in the feature-length drama film Dinner in America (2020) which is set to premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

Early life[edit]

Brittany Alexandria Sheets was born in Michigan. She attended university as a biology student before meeting Corey Mixter and starting the YouTube project, grocerybagdottv. Growing up Sheets played piano and sung in church choir, as well as being an Equestrian. In an interview with Fearless Radio, Sheets stated that her mother never allowed her to play video games as a child, believing that they were a distraction from her studies.[12]

Career[edit]

2009-11: Career beginnings, Technology Is a Dead Bird, and Computer Show[edit]

After meeting Corey Mixter (Titanic Sinclair) on Myspace,[13] Sheets and Mixter formed the alternative pop band Mars Argo. They also co-operated a YouTube channel under the title Grocerybagdottv, where they uploaded music-related content and a series of social commentary videos, dubbed Computer Show. Their most popular non-music video is a 2014 episode of this series, titled "Delete Your Facebook,"[14] mocking social media usage and the website of the same name. The music video for "Using You", the most well known single from the project, already counts more than 13 million views on the channel.

The band released their debut album, Technology Is a Dead Bird, on November 6, 2009.[15][16] It was followed up with an acoustic EP, Internet Sessions, in 2010,[17] and another EP, Linden Place, in 2011.[18][19] They began working on an eventually scrapped second album with Chicago-based producer, Johnny K, soon after Technology Is a Dead Bird was released.[20][21][2]

2015-19: Personal struggles and hiatus[edit]

The couple moved to Los Angeles in 2012,[14] where they filmed and released the remainder of the YouTube channel's uploads throughout 2014, followed by the romantic separation of Sheets and Mixter. The band continued to perform during the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas,[22] before going on a hiatus and eventually breaking up. Subsequently, this also led to Sheets falling off of the Internet from 2015 to 2018.

Sheets resurfaced in April 2018, by addressing her absence, and promising new music in the future to her fans.[23][24]

2020: Dinner in America and future projects[edit]

Sheets will portray Sissy in the Adam Rehmeier written and directed feature length coming of age drama film Dinner in America alongside Kyle Gallner, Emily Skeggs, Pat Healy, Griffin Gluck, Lea Thompson, and Mary Lynn Rajskub. The film was filmed in Detroit, Michigan and was selected to premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.[25]

Lawsuit against Sinclair and Poppy[edit]

On April 17, 2018, Sheets filed a 44-page lawsuit against Corey Mixter (Titanic Sinclair) and his collaborator Moriah Pereira (Poppy) alleging copyright infringement, stalking, and emotional and physical abuse by Mixter during and after their breakup, and the subsequent abandonment of the Mars Argo project.[26][27] That same day, Argo posted a message on her social media pages to address the lawsuit, thanking her fans for their support and confirming new music to come. On May 7, Poppy made a public statement about the "frivolous" lawsuit, saying Argo was attempting to manipulate her psychologically. She called the suit a "publicity campaign" and a "desperate grab for fame".[28]

The lawsuit was dismissed on September 14, having been settled out of court, with Sheets gaining all rights, title, and interest to the Mars Argo music and brand.[29][30]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
Technology Is a Dead Bird[15][16]
  • Released: November 6, 2009
  • Label: Grocerybag Media
  • Format: Digital download

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details
Mars Argo[31]
  • Released: March 23, 2012
  • Label: Grocerybag Media
  • Format: CD

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Internet Sessions[17]
  • Released: August 18, 2010
  • Label: Grocerybag Media
  • Format: Digital download
Linden Place[18][19]
  • Released: March 20, 2011
  • Label: Grocerybag Media
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Tired Today" 2009 Technology is a Dead Bird
"Mrs. Stadler" 2010
"Love in Black and White"[32] 2011 Linden Place
"Beauty is Empty" 2012
"Pls Don't Forget Me"[33] Non-album singles
"Runaway Runaway"[34][35]
"Wet Cigarette" 2013
"Using You"[36] 2014

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director(s) Ref.
"Tired Today" 2009 Titanic Sinclair [37]
"The Singularity is Near" [38]
"Monsters Under My Bed" [39]
"Mrs. Stadler" 2010 Matthew Franklin, Tony Katai [40]
"Love in Black and White" 2011 [41]
"Beauty is Empty" 2012 Titanic Sinclair [42]
"Runaway Runaway" 2013 Tony Katai [43]
"Using You" 2014 Ryan Wehner [44][21]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2020 Dinner in America Sissy Feature

References[edit]

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  27. ^ Farokhmanesh, Megan (April 18, 2018). "YouTuber Mars Argo is suing Poppy's creator for 'severe' abuse, ripping off her persona". The Verge. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  28. ^ "Poppy Responds to Mars Argo Copyright Suit, Calls It 'Desperate Grab for Fame'". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
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  39. ^ "Monsters Under My Bed". YouTube. September 9, 2009. Archived from the original on April 9, 2010. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  40. ^ "Mars Argo - Mrs. Stadler (OFFICIAL VIDEO)". YouTube. November 11, 2010. Archived from the original on May 27, 2011. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  41. ^ "Mars Argo - Love in Black and White (Official)". YouTube. June 6, 2011. Archived from the original on June 8, 2011. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  42. ^ "Mars Argo - Beauty is Empty (Official)". YouTube. August 28, 2012. Archived from the original on August 29, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
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