Sophia Grace & Rosie

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Sophia Grace & Rosie
Origin Essex, England
Genres
Years active 2011 (2011)–present (present)
Labels Capitol Records France
Members Sophia Grace Brownlee
Rosie McClelland

Sophia Grace Brownlee (born 18 April 2003[1]) and her cousin Rosie McClelland (born 7 September 2006[2]), both from Essex, England, make up the duo Sophia Grace & Rosie. They quickly gained popularity, by making regular appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, after posting a cover version of the Nicki Minaj song "Super Bass" that went viral on YouTube.[3] The video was originally posted on YouTube on 19 September 2011 and has gained more than 53 million views as of March 2018.

Sophia Grace debuted with her solo single "Girls Just Gotta Have Fun" in 2013, followed by the single "Best Friends" in 2015, which charted on the Billboard Hot 100. The music videos for each single appear on her official YouTube channel. As of May 2018, "Girls Just Gotta Have Fun" has more than 200 million views. After signing a recording deal with Capitol Records France, she released her third single "Girl in the Mirror" on iTunes on 9 June 2016 featuring rapper Silentó, along with its accompanying music video. Rosie started a YouTube channel featuring her life and sang a cover of Little Mix's "Touch". On 25 May 2018, Rosie released her first solo single "Handstand".

The Ellen DeGeneres Show[edit]

They were first invited onto The Ellen DeGeneres Show in October 2011, after DeGeneres saw their cover of the Nicki Minaj song "Super Bass", on YouTube. The then eight and five-year-old girls became recurring cast members on the show. The girls eventually hosted their own segment, called "Tea Time with Sophia Grace & Rosie". In the segment, the duo invites and interviews guests over tea, such as Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Hugh Grant, Julie Bowen, Harry Connick Jr., LL Cool J, Justin Bieber, and Reese Witherspoon.[4] The segment won Sophia Grace and Rosie the "Choice Webstar" at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards. They have also been correspondents during red carpet events, such as the Grammy Awards, the American Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards.

Other TV and film appearances[edit]

They both appeared in two episodes of Sam & Cat, the third episode ("#TheBritBrats") and the eleventh episode ("#RevengeOfTheBritBrats").[5] In early August 2013, Sophia Grace's representatives announced that she had been cast as Little Red Riding Hood in the Disney movie adaption of Into the Woods.[6][7] The announcement of her casting, which was never confirmed by Disney, was criticised as "a stunt" and was met with concern due to her age and the sexual undertones present between Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf.[8] On 16 September 2013, the Broadwayworld.com website announced that the film had "kicked off production last week" with Broadway star Lilla Crawford playing Little Red.[9] After the film's cast list was announced, Dominic Brownlee explained that his daughter had withdrawn from the movie, saying, "After careful consideration, we as parents felt, as rehearsals progressed, that she was too young for this part. It was a joint decision between us and the director and producer of Into the Woods, to withdraw Sophia Grace from the film".[10]

Sophia Grace went on to star in her own movie alongside Rosie, Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure. The film was a straight to DVD release, produced by Nickelodeon. It was released in May 2014. The film currently has no critic rating (and only one critic review shown) on Rotten Tomatoes,[11] It currently holds a 4.2/10 rating on IMDb,[12] and a number of sequels are reportedly in the pipeline. According to TMZ, Sophia Grace was paid around $50,000 for the film; a five-picture deal signed by the cousins states that the older will earn $75,000 if a second and third installment are released, and $100,000 each for a possible fourth and fifth installment.[13]

In 2017, Sophia Grace began starring as a judge on the ABC reality series The Toy Box.[14] However, she did not return for the second season.[15]

Books[edit]

The duo have published two illustrated story books. The first book, entitled Tea Time with Sophia Grace & Rosie, was published 1 February 2013. It debuted at No. 2 on The New York Times Best Seller list of "Children's Picture Books", only outsold by Victoria Kann's Emeraldalicious (Pinkalicious).[16] The second book, Showtime with Sophia Grace & Rosie, was published on 25 March 2014, and also received commercial and critical success, like its predecessor. Both books were written by the girls and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas. They were published by Orchard Books.

Singing dolls[edit]

In April 2014, Just Play launched a two-doll pack containing two dolls of both Sophia Grace and Rosie. They were sold exclusively at Walmart stores for the first month, until made available at Claire's in May. Just Play teamed up with the girls to produce their own toy inspired by their love of dress-up, music, dolls and more. The dolls feature the two girls dressed in their trademark hot pink tutus and tiaras. Each doll is fully posable and comes with a matching microphone, ruffled socks, and shoes. The doll plays the real Sophia Grace singing Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass", when you press the doll's belly.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
US[17]
2013 "Girls Just Gotta Have Fun" N/A
2015 "Best Friends" 87[18][19]
  • Hi W. Jackson
  • Dominic Brownlee
  • Donald Sales
  • Da Beatfreakz
4:24
2016 "Girl in the Mirror" (featuring Silentó) 3:38
2017 "Hollywood" 3:00
2017 "Why U Mad"
2018 "Handstand"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sophia Grace Brownlee (Bio, Sam & Cat cast and characters)". DanSchneider.com. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Rosie McClelland (Bio, Sam & Cat cast and characters)". DanSchneider.com. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Vincent, Alice (13 August 2013). "Sophia Grace Brownlee: Britain's new child star". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Videos from The Ellen Show on YouTube - 'Tea Time with Sophia Grace & Rosie'". YouTube. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Ross, Robyn (18 September 2013). "Video Exclusive: Sophia Grace and Rosie Con Their Way Back to Sam & Cat". TV Guide. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Hetrick, Adam (7 August 2013). "Updated: YouTube Personality Sophia Grace Brownlee Confirmed for "Into the Woods" Film". Playbill. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Twitter feed of Lucas Brownlee: "Its official, @PrincessSGB (sophia grace brownlee) has landed the part of little red riding hood in the disney movie in to the wood,"". 6 August 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  8. ^ Zuckerman, Esther (7 August 2013). "Sophia Grace Is Everything That's Wrong with the 'Into The Woods' Movie". The Atlantic.com. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  9. ^ "Breaking News: Lilla Crawford Joins INTO THE WOODS Film as 'Little Red'; Stephen Sondheim Pens New Song". Broadwayworld.com. 16 September 2013. Archived from the original on 1 August 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  10. ^ Cerasaro, Pat (17 September 2013). "Sophia Grace INTO THE WOODS Exit Explained; Dad Comments". Broadway World. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  11. ^ Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure, Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  12. ^ Sophia Grace & Rosie on IMDb . Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  13. ^ "Sophia Grace's Movie Deal -- 'Ellen' Kid Scores $50k Big Screen Payday". TMZ.com. 11 June 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "ABC Announces Expert Mentors and Young Judges Appearing on Upcoming Toy-Competition Series 'The Toy Box,' Premiering Friday, April 7" (Press release). ABC. 4 January 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2017. 
  15. ^ "ABC's 'The Toy Box' Shakes Up Judges for Season 2 (Exclusive)". Retrieved 29 July 2018. 
  16. ^ "The New York Times Best Seller List — Children's Picture Books". The New York Times. 24 February 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "Sophia Grace's "Best Friend" Has Charted On The Hot 100 - Idolator". 15 January 2015. 
  19. ^ "Sophia Grace, Now on the Hot 100, Talks Ellen DeGeneres, Her Favorite Song & More". 

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