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Melissa Marie Green (left), Dani Artaud (center) and Allison Green (far right) in 2009.
|Origin||Huntington Beach, California|
|Genres||Electropop, hip hop, crunkcore|
Melissa Marie Green
|Past members||Dani Artaud|
Millionaires is an American electropop group consisting of two sisters, Melissa Marie and Allison Maria Green. The group, formed in August 2007, is widely known for mixing heavily explicit lyrics with a heavy electropop backing. Dani Artaud was in the original line-up. Their image and lyrics have generated strong controversy (mainly for using explicit words in nearly all of their songs). The group has released three EPs, several singles—including "Stay the Night", which managed to chart for a short time in the UK—and their debut album, Tonight, released in March 2013. In March 2016 they released a single with producer Wade Martin titled "When I'm Single".
2007-2010: Career beginnings
Millionaires started in August 14, 2007 (according to their Myspace signup) "as an accident" when sisters Melissa and Allison Green used GarageBand. The song was titled "I Like Money", and the teens then created a corresponding MySpace profile named Millionaires. The third member, Dani Artaud, joined the group after Melissa Marie asked her to join. Later, they created their second song, called "Hoe Down".
At the time of their Myspace debut, they were considering releasing an EP with the title of La La Love or Girls with Guns with their GarageBand songs. They then considered the title Shit Bitch before it was released as Bling Bling Bling! The five songs that made it to the EP were edited by Mark Maxwell; many of their Myspace songs did not make the EP.
They began to perform shows in California and traveled only small distances for gigs. They got spots in music festivals such as Rockin' Roots, Bamboozle Left 2008, and Audio Overload 2008. In July 2008, they went on their first tour, co-headlining with Breathe Carolina across California and other Western states. Later in July, they headlined the Get F$cked Up tour. That same month, they performed their Myspace song "I Move It" on MTV's TRL as part of On the Radar, a segment where popular "hipster" bands perform.
They made a short song titled "Ooh Uh Huh", which became the theme song for MTV's reality show A Double Shot at Love with the Ikki Twins. Their song "Hey Rich Boy" was also used as the theme for MTV's Teen Cribs. Their song "Alcohol" was also featured on the soundtrack for the third series of Skins. Their songs "I Like Money" and "I Move It" were featured on the MTV show My Life as Liz. Their cover of Chic's song "Le Freak" is featured on the MTV film Turn the Beat Around.
The girls started up again in January and February 2009 on their Just Got Paid, Let's Get Laid tour, which sold out on every stop. They also teamed up with hardcore techno DJ S3RL and made the Myspace single "Martinis & Mixed Feelings", for which an electro/techno remix was made. On June 23, 2009, they released a new EP, titled Just Got Paid, Let's Get Laid, which had three songs from Bling Bling Bling! and two new songs. Their Christmas song "Rated Xmas" was released on December 16
2010-2011: "Stay the Night", label changes and Artaud's departure
The group were signed to English record label B-Unique in late 2009, and a debut album was set for release in 2010. The single "Stay the Night" was released in early 2010 to promote the upcoming album and the trio embarked on two UK tours for further promotion. The tracks "Prom Dress" and "Microphone" were released online, as well as a sample mix of the album containing snippets of unreleased tracks.
After a brief period of no further promotion or updates, Dani had left the group, they were dropped by their UK label, and the planned album had been scrapped. Five songs from their MySpace that had originally been planned for the album, along with "Stay the Night", were released on an EP entitled Cash Only in September 2010.
2012-2014: Debut album and mixtape
The first single from their album, "Drinks on Me", was released on January 31, 2012 on iTunes; Millionaires then released a music video for the song. Ricky Hoover, former lead vocalist of the deathcore band Suffokate, guest starred in the video as Melissa's boyfriend.
In May 15, 2012 their mixtape Your Girl Does Party was released, with tracks featuring Kreayshawn, Trina, Diamond, Shanell Woodgett, Nightclub Fight Club, and Riff Raff. It was produced by Khris Lorenz.
Millionaires released their debut album March 13, 2013, entitled Tonight, featuring 11 songs including the single "Drinks on Me". The album sold 697 copies in its first week. Millionaires embarked on a promotional tour for the album from April through June 2013. During the tour, they debuted three unreleased remixes: EDM remixes of "Drinks on Me" and "Put It in the Air", both produced by The Knuckledusters and a remix of "Dat Boi" featuring Trace Cyrus of Metro Station. Tonight received negative reviews from music critics.
2015-present: Bad Girls Club and new music
From March to April 2015, Melissa announced they were working on music with producer Foreign Warren of The Knuckledusters. The tracks were never released. In July 2015, the group publicly announced a search for a music producer.
In early October, they were both cast in the Twisted Sisters season of Bad Girls Club as replacements. They entered in the fourth episode, titled "No Room for T.H.O.T.S.", which aired on April 6, 2016, with another set of sisters; Jaimee and Jazmyn Wallace. They left during episode 8, "OG Overthrow", following multiple confrontations with the Wallace sisters.
On December 18, 2015, the duo released a song titled "When I'm Single" with a music video directed by Wade Martin. The group also began working on another track with Wade Martin, as well as deciding which direction to take their music.
On February 14, 2017, the Millionaires released their new single "Rich Girls" for which they collaborated with Caked Up.
Millionaires have headlined four tours: the Get F$cked Up tour from July–August 2008 with Hyper Crush, Brokencyde, And Then There Were None, and The Arrival; the Just Got Paid, Let's Get Laid tour from January–February 2009 with Cash Cash, I Set My Friends on Fire, and Watchout! Theres Ghosts; the Ka$h 4 Ku$h Tour with Brokencyde, Kill Paradise and The Hit; and their tour, the I Get Around Tour from June to July 2011 with Breathe Electric, Christian TV, Set It Off, and Big Heed and ALIen on select dates. Their latest tours have been the Loaded Tour with Mickey Avalon which lasted from June 3-July 1, 2012, and the #Your Girl Does Party Tour which lasted from July 2-July 18, 2012. Also, their album release tour, titled, The Tonight Tour, started April 12, 2013, and continued until mid June 2013. From May 20, 2013 to June 2, 2013 Millionaires toured with Brokencyde in the United Kingdom, Scotland, France, and Germany.
- They also co-headlined a tour across the West coast with Breathe Carolina in July 2008.
- They played at 2009 Vans Warped Tour on the Skullcandy stage and the Hurley.com stage.
- They played five shows in different areas of the United Kingdom in early December 2009. They were scheduled to play a second show in London on December 9, but it was canceled because of a cyst found inside Allison's lower abdomen, which required emergency surgery. In May 2010, Millionaires returned to the UK for a mini tour. They played at the Slam Dunk festivals in both Hatfield and Leeds. They played at Middlesbrough Music Live on June 6, 2010.
- They co-headlined a short tour with Mickey Avalon called the Loaded tour, followed by the Your Girl Does Party tour.
- They headlined a US tour with direct support Ashland High and Lancifer in the spring of 2013.
- They co-headlined a short Europe tour with Brokencyde in May 2013.
- Millionaires went on a January / February 2014 tour.
- Millionaires toured with Blood on the Dance Floor, Trap House Rave and Haley Rose on the Bitchcraft Tour during the summer of 2014.
- Millionaires headlined a DJ Set tour in January and February 2015 with Koly Kolgate and Eryn Woods.
- Studio albums
- Tonight (2013)
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