Olivia (singer)

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Olivia
Olivia by David Alvarado.jpg
Olivia performing in 2007
Background information
Birth name Olivia Theresa Longott
Also known as O.O., Lady O
Born (1981-02-15) February 15, 1981 (age 36)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Origin Jamaica, Queens, New York, U.S.
Genres R&B, soul, hip hop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actress
Years active 2000–present
Labels J, G-Unit, Interscope, Wonda Music

Olivia Theresa Longott (born February 15, 1981 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.) is an American singer. She is known for contributing vocals to 50 Cent's "Candy Shop" and her debut album Olivia. She was also known as a regular cast member in the first three seasons (2011–2013) of the VH1 reality television series Love & Hip Hop: New York.

Early life[edit]

Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in New York City, Longott is of Indian, Cuban, Native American[1] and Jamaican descent.[2] She studied music at Bayside High School, in Queens and at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, New York . Olivia began her performing career in her teenage years.

Career[edit]

J Records (2000–2002)[edit]

In 2000, she became the first artist signed to Clive Davis' J Records. Her self-titled debut album Olivia was released in 2001 and featured the singles "Bizounce" which made #15 on the charts,[3] and "Are U Capable". The album debuted at #55 on the Billboard 200.

2007–present[edit]

In 2007, it was announced Olivia and G-Unit Records had parted ways, therefore her second studio album Behind Closed Doors was shelved. However, the album has since been released as a mixtape available for download on several websites. In 2009, Olivia did a feature for Congolese singer Fally Ipupa on his song "Chaise Électrique" which was on the top of the Congolese and African Hits. On April 12, 2011 she released her first music video for "December" the first single from her upcoming 2012 album, Show The World. The song peaked at #76 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart which may not be considered a hit, but charted significantly higher than her G-Unit debut single, "Twist It". In December 2011, she released her second single "Walk Away" and was seen filming scenes for the video. She has been a cast member on VH1's Love & Hip Hop, where her quest to find the right record label home is chronicled. It was expected that Longott was release her music independently after she declined a record deal from label EMI. In April 2012, she signed signed a deal with Jerry Wonda's Wonda Music. She has since released two promotional songs: 'Soldier Girl' (featuring Mavado) and 'Sun Don't Shine' (featuring Sean Kingston).[4][5] In 2013, Olivia's song 'Where Do I Go From Here' hit iTunes at the No. 10 spot on the R&B/Soul charts.[6]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011–13 Love & Hip Hop: New York Herself Main role (Seasons 1–2)
Supporting role (Season 3)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Olivia Speaks On Why She Really Left G-Unit!. YouTube. 3 November 2009. 
  2. ^ Ogunnaike, Lola (October 2005). Sole Sister. Vibe. Vibe Media Group. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved September 24, 2007. 
  3. ^ Artist Chart History. Billboard. Retrieved September 24, 2007.
  4. ^ HipHopDX (30 April 2012). "Olivia Signs With Jerry Wonda's Wonda Music Label, New Album On The Way". HipHopDX. 
  5. ^ "New Music: Olivia f/ Sean Kingston – 'Sun Don't Shine'". Rap-Up. 
  6. ^ "Olivia Discusses Kissing Maino, New Boyfriend And Love & Hip Hop Drama". Necole Bitchie.com. 

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