PIXIE LOTT

Pixie Lott

Pixie Lott
Pixie Lott 2014 (cropped).jpg

Lott in September 2014
Born Victoria Louise Lott
(1991-01-12) 12 January 1991 (age 27)[1]
Bromley, London, England
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
Years active 2006–present
Partner(s) Oliver Cheshire (2010–present)[2][3]
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
Website pixielott.com

Victoria LouisePixieLott (born 12 January 1991)[4] is an English singer, songwriter, and actress. Her debut single, “Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)“, was released in June 2009[5] and went straight to number one in the UK Singles Chart.[6] Her second single, “Boys and Girls“, also topped the UK Singles Chart in September 2009.

Lott’s debut album, Turn It Up, was released in September 2009. It reached number six on the UK Albums Chart, spawned six consecutive top twenty singles, and sold over 1.5 million copies. Her second album, Young Foolish Happy, was released on 14 November 2011. The lead single, “All About Tonight“, debuted atop the UK Singles Chart, becoming her third UK number-one hit. The album also produced the top ten singles “What Do You Take Me For?” and “Kiss the Stars“. Lott’s self-titled third studio album was released on 1 August 2014. Its lead single “Nasty” released on 7 March 2014 peaked at number nine on the UK Singles Chart, making it her sixth Top 10 single in the United Kingdom.

Early life[edit]

Lott was born in Bromley, England on 12 January 1991, the third child of stockbroker Stephen J. and Beverley A. (née Martin) Lott.[7] The family initially lived in Petts Wood and then Bickley, all suburban areas of London.[8] Lott was born several months premature,[9] and her mother gave her the nickname Pixie because she was “such a tiny, cute baby who looked like a fairy”.[10] She started singing in her church school[10] and when she was five she attended the Italia Conti Associates Saturday school in Chislehurst. She went on to attend the main school – Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts – at 11, where she was awarded a scholarship.[11]

At the age of 13, Lott moved with her family to Brentwood in Essex where she attended Brentwood County High School.[12] During her time as a student at the Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts, she appeared in the West End production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium, and in BBC One’s Celebrate the Sound of Music in 2005, aged 14,[13] as Louisa von Trapp.[5] At the age of 14, she was part of the chorus, recording vocals on Roger Waters‘s opera Ça Ira.[11] Despite missing school time because she was recording her album, Lott says she received straight ‘A’ grades in her GCSEs.[14]

Music career[edit]

2008–10: Turn It Up[edit]

In 2006, at the age of 15, Lott sang for L. A. Reid after he heard a few of her demos.[11] He then signed her to the Island Def Jam Music Group. After a change of managers, a bidding war ensued and Lott parted ways with the Island Def Jam Music Group, to sign with Mercury Records in the UK and to Interscope Records in the U.S.[11] Lott signed a publishing deal, as a songwriter, with Sony/ATV Music Publishing in December 2007, while writing and recording tracks for Turn It Up. Lott wrote a song for Alexandra Burke‘s debut album, Overcome, titled “You Broke My Heart” and a song for Girls Can’t Catch titled “Happy Alone”. She also wrote two tracks on Lisa Lois‘s (the Dutch X Factor winner) debut album Smoke, titled “No Good For Me” and “Promises, Promises”. She also wrote ‘We Own the Night’ with Toby Gad for Selena Gomez and ended up featuring on the track too for Gomez’ album When the Sun Goes Down. Lott played her first festival concert in the Big Top at the Isle of Wight Festival 2009, during her first full British tour, where she supported The Saturdays on The Work Tour.

Lott performing at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, 4 September 2009.

Lott’s debut single, “Mama Do“, was released on 8 June 2009. It spent one week at number one, 11 weeks within the top 40 and 18 weeks within the top 75.[15] The single also had considerable success outside the UK, reaching the top 40 in 11 other countries, including top ten peaks of number eight in Denmark and number 10 in France. The single was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry on 28 August 2009 after selling over 200,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[16]

On 15 August 2009, Lott was featured alongside Hoobastank, The All-American Rejects, Kasabian, Boys Like Girls, Estranged and Raygun as one of the live acts at Asia’s very first MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia concert.[17] Lott’s second lead single “Boys and Girls” was released on 6 September 2009 and topped the UK Singles Chart on 13 September.[18] On 14 September, Lott’s debut album, Turn It Up was released. This followed an intensive promotional tour where Lott visited the Asia-Pacific region to promote the album and ‘Mama Do’. The album debuted at number six on the UK Album Chart, and sold over 600,000 copies in the United Kingdom. In August 2010, it was certified Double-Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry.[16] Lott’s third single from the album, “Cry Me Out” was released on 23 November 2009.[19] It was during this time that Lott was chosen as the face of Nokia‘s “Illuvial Pink Collection” mobile phone range [20] and Casio‘s range of Baby G watches.[21]

Pixie Lott performing at Brentwood County High School in 2010.

Lott performing at her old school Brentwood County High School in 2010.

The fourth single, “Gravity“, was released in the UK on 8 March 2010. Lott won two MTV EMA Awards at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2009 ceremony, Best UK & Ireland Act and Best Push Artist (best break through artist).[22] Lott was nominated for British Breakthrough Act, British Female Solo Artist and British Single at the 2010 BRIT Awards.[23] Lott also served as the opening act of Rihanna‘s Last Girl on Earth Tour in the UK 7–26 May 2010.[24] In April 2010, Lipsy launched a fashion range co-designed by Lott. The first Pixie Collection comprised two ranges: Pixie Festival and Pixie Party.[25] Lott’s second collection for Lipsy was launched in September 2010 and consisted of a new range, Pixie Rocks, and an updated Pixie Party collection.[26] In July 2010, Lott appeared as a guest judge for the auditions for the seventh series of The X Factor in Cardiff, covering for Dannii Minogue, who was on maternity leave.[27] Lott also performed on the main stage at the V Festival in August 2010. The fifth single from Lott’s album, the title song “Turn It Up“, was released on 7 June 2010.[28][29] Lott recorded a song for the film Street Dance 3D, “Live For The Moment”.

Lott released “Boys and Girls” as her debut US single on 24 August 2010. The release coincided with the TV premiere of her film debut, Fred: The Movie. In January 2010, Lott was named one of 2010’s “Faces to Watch” by US magazine, Billboard.[30] Lott was cast as Judy, Fred Figglehorn‘s crush, in the film Fred: The Movie, starring alongside Lucas Cruikshank. The comedy was released on America’s Nickelodeon channel on 18 September 2010.[31][32][33][34] Turn It Up was to be released in the US in 2011,[35] but this never materialised. It was, however, rereleased in the UK. “The Way The World Works”, from Lott’s debut record was used in the U.S.-produced medical drama Private Practice.[36]

For the new repackaged version of Turn It Up, Lott recorded duets with Jason Derulo and Joe Jonas, though the latter failed to make the final track listing for the album.[37][38] This edition included her single, “Broken Arrow“.

2011–12: Young Foolish Happy[edit]

Lott performing “All About Tonight” at Hanley Park Festival in Stoke-on-Trent, England.

In July 2011, Lott signed a deal with Select Model Management.[39] The company is also responsible for signing Cher Lloyd, Agyness Deyn and David Gandy. Lott’s second album, Young Foolish Happy was released on 14 November 2011,[40] it includes collaborations with Stevie Wonder and John Legend.[41][42] Young Foolish Happy debuted at number eighteen on the UK Albums Chart, selling 18,503 copies in its opening week.[43] The following week, it dropped twenty-four places to number forty-two.[44] On 10 February 2012, it was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), denoting shipments in excess of 100,000 within the UK.[45] The album also entered the Irish Albums Chart at number thirty-three.[46]

All About Tonight” was released on 2 September 2011 as the album’s lead single. Lott premiered the song on BBC Radio 1‘s The Chris Moyles Show on 11 July 2011.[47] It debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart with first-week sales of 88,893 copies (the highest of Lott’s career),[48] giving Lott her third UK number one.[49] It also reached number nine on the Irish Singles Chart, her second top ten hit in that country.[50][51] The second single “What Do You Take Me For?“, featuring rapper Pusha T, was released on 4 November 2011, while the music video premiered on 6 October. It debuted at number ten on the UK Singles Chart, selling 34,335 copies.[52] In July 2012 Lott performed “Kiss the Stars” and “Use Somebody” at the Men’s Gymnastics Finals in the 2012 Summer Olympics. Lott also performed at V Festival (her second performance after appearing in 2010),[53] the “Access All Eirias” festival in North Wales,[54] She also performed ‘Kiss The Stars’ on Dancing on Ice in 2012 and the MTV “Titanic Sounds” festival in Belfast.[55]

2012–15: Pixie Lott and Strictly Come Dancing[edit]

In June 2012, Lott stated she had started recording her third album[56] citing Motown as inspiration for the album: “I’m going to be heading to New York to work with the guys who did the original Motown records in the ’60s to make a new album soon.”[57][58] In June 2013, Lott tweeted that she was recording the first single from her third album with Jack Splash in Miami.[59] In September, Splash confirmed that the single had been mixed.[60] On 17 July 2013, Lott tweeted that she was on her way to a photo shoot for her new single and her third studio album.[61]

On 1 November 2013, Lott trended on Twitter after announcing that her new music was “coming soon”, and posting a cover of Avicii‘s “Wake Me Up” on YouTube.[62][63] Michael Einziger, one of the writers of “Wake Me Up”, later took to Twitter to praise Lott’s interpretation.[64] On 8 November, Lott’s cover of “Royals” by New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde was uploaded.[65] “Royals” was chosen because Lorde had previously covered Lott’s number one single, “Mama Do”.[66] After watching the cover, Lorde likened Lott’s voice to “baby angels and peanut butter chocolate”.[67] On 2 December 2013, Lott announced during a Google Hangout with Dan Wootton of The Sun that the lead single from her third album, “Nasty”, would premiere in January.[68] She also revealed the artwork for the album, titled Pixie Lott.[69] Lott was recently spotted filming the accompanying music video for “Nasty”, which was originally recorded by Christina Aguilera as a duet with Cee Lo Green for the 2010 film Burlesque but was never released.[70] In March 2014, Lott took part in recording England’s 2014 World Cup song. She collaborated with the likes of fellow pop stars Melanie C, Eliza Doolittle, Emma Bunton, Conor Maynard, Kimberley Walsh and Katy B, on “Greatest Day”, a track originally performed by British band, Take That. The track was produced by Gary Barlow and recorded at Sarm Studios in London. The track also featured past footballers such as Gary Lineker, Michael Owen, Geoff Hurst, David Seaman, Peter Shilton, Glenn Hoddle and Dion Dublin on backing vocals.[71]

Nasty” (produced by Jack Splash) was released on 7 March 2014 and debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number nine, selling 30,812 copies in its first week.[72] It became Lott’s sixth Top 10 single and tenth consecutive Top 20 single. On 19 June 2014, Lott appeared on BBC Radio 1’s Innuendo Bingo.[73] Her self-titled third studio album was released on 1 August 2014 and was preceded by its second single, “Lay Me Down” released on 27 July 2014. Promotional single, “Heart Cry” has been also released. Pixie Lott peaked at number 15 on the UK Albums Chart.[74]

In August 2014, Lott was confirmed as one of the fifteen contestants, participating on the twelfth series of Strictly Come Dancing.[75] On the launch show, it was announced that she will be partnered up with Australian professional dancer Trent Whiddon.[76] Despite topping the leaderboard four times and having the highest average of the series, Lott & Whiddon were eliminated during the quarter-finals on Week 11, after losing the dance-off to Blue singer Simon Webbe and his partner, Kristina Rihanoff.[77] It was announced that Lott would release her first greatest hits album on 24 November 2014, called Platinum Pixie: Hits. The album was preceded by the single “Caravan of Love“, a cover of the Isley-Jasper-Isley‘s 1985 hit. The compilation also includes all her singles, with the exception of “What Do You Take Me For?” and “Lay Me Down“. Lott then starred in “Puttin’ On The Ritz” UK Tour, for the dates in Wimbledon and Newcastle. She was joined on stage by her dance partner, Trent Whiddon, in 2015.[78]

2016–present: Stage and television work[edit]

From 30 June to 17 September 2016, Lott starred as Holly Golightly in a limited 12-week season of Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London’s West End.[79] On 15 November 2016, it was announced Lott will be a coach on The Voice Kids UK alongside will.i.am & Danny Jones. The show began in June 2017 on ITV.[80] On 31 March 2017 Lott collaborated with British DJ Anton Powers on their single “Baby“. Lott released her new single “Won’t Forget You”[81] featuring Stylo G on 29 September 2017, which is expected to be the lead single from her upcoming 4th studio album.

Musical influences[edit]

Lott has cited Celine Dion,[82] Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston as major influences on her style of singing.[citation needed] For her second album, Lott told Digital Spy that the sound was “a little more soulful. That’s the kind of thing that I’m into. That influence is stronger on this album.”[83]

Personal life[edit]

Lott is in a long-term relationship with fashion model Oliver Cheshire, first reported in 2010. [84][3] They became engaged in November 2016.[85][2]

In FHMs 100 Sexiest Women list, she was voted No. 45 in 2010, No. 31 in 2011, No. 12 in 2012 and No. 7 in 2013.[86][87]

Lott is a supporter of the Penny for London charitable initiative.[88][89]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2010 Fred: The Movie Judy
2011 The Itch of the Golden Nit Angela Voice role; Short film
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Genie in the House Dancer Episodes: “I Feel Like Singing” and “Drama Queen”
2010 The X Factor (UK TV series) Guest Judge Series 7
2012 Sadie J Herself Episode: “Pixiepopalistic: Part 2”
2014 Celebrity Juice Guest panellist Episode: “13 March 2014”
2014 Inspector George Gently Megan Episode: “Blue for Bluebird”
2014 Strictly Come Dancing Contestant Series 12
2017 The Playlist Guest presenter Episode: “22 April 2017”
2017 All Round to Mrs. Brown’s Herself Episode: “Three”
2017 Saturday Mash-Up! Herself 1 episode
2017–present The Voice Kids UK Coach

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role
2016 Breakfast at Tiffany’s[79] Holly Golightly

Awards[edit]

Discography[edit]

Tours[edit]

As the headline act
  • 2010 – The Crazycats Tour
As supporting act
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