Mandy Moore discography

Mandy Moore discography

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Mandy Moore discography
Mandy Moore - concert 2009.jpg

Mandy Moore at the “Love at First Sniff” concert; Chicago, 2009
Studio albums 6
Compilation albums 3
Video albums 2
Music videos 14
Singles 12
Soundtrack albums 18
Music video cameo 4

American singer Mandy Moore has released six studio albums, three compilation albums, two video albums, twelve singles, and thirteen music videos. After being spotted singing at a recording studio by an artists and repertoire representative for Epic Records, Moore was signed to Sony Music.[1] Her debut album, So Real, was released in December 1999. The album performed moderately on the charts, peaking at number thirty-one on the Billboard 200 and was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). According to Nielsen SoundScan, So Real had sold about 950,000 copies in the United States, by June 2009. Her debut single, “Candy“, peaked at number forty-one on the US Billboard Hot 100, and was certified Gold by the RIAA. It also reached the top forty in Canada, France, Ireland, and Switzerland and the top ten in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. In Australia the song peaked at number two on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). So Real was followed up with I Wanna Be with You, in May 2000. It is a re-release of the debut album, with remixed tracks and few new songs, the album reached number twenty-one on the Billboard 200 and was certified Gold by the RIAA.[2] It also went on to sell about 805,000 copies in the US by June 2009. The album spawned only one single, the title track, which peaked at number twenty-four on the Hot 100, becoming Moore’s only top-thirty song in the US and her highest peak to date.[3] The song also reached number thirteen in Australia and was certified Gold by the ARIA.

In 2001, Mandy Moore released her self-titled third studio album, which was influenced by pop rock genre and Middle Eastern music.[4] It debuted at number thirty-five on the Billboard 200, and was later certified Gold by the RIAA. By June 2009, it had sold 464,000 copies in the US and spawned three singles. The lead single, “In My Pocket“, peaked at number eleven in Australia and in turn was certified Gold by the ARIA. The follow-up single, “Crush“, peaked at number twenty-five in Australia. Coverage, Moore’s fourth studio album and her first cover album, was released in October 2003.[5] The album contained covers of songs from the 1980s and 1990s like the ones of Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Carly Simon.[2] It debuted and peaked at number fourteen on the Billboard 200 chart. The position remains her highest peak on the chart to date, and as of June 2009 has sold 294,000 copies in the US.[6] Moore and Sony parted ways in 2004, citing creative differences.[7] A compilation album, The Best of Mandy Moore, followed the split.[7] The compilation reached number 148 on the Billboard 200 and has sold about 104,000 copies in the US. A DVD of the same title, containing Moore’s music videos from 1999 to 2003, was also released.

In July 2006, Moore signed a record deal with The Firm, a record label run by EMI.[8] The singer’s fifth studio album, Wild Hope, was released in June 2007. A departure from her previous style, Moore incorporated folk and acoustic music into the album.[9] The album peaked at number thirty on the Billboard 200 chart and went on to sell about 109,000 copies in the US. In May 2009, Moore’s sixth studio album, Amanda Leigh, was released through Storefront Recordings.[10] Following the same musical style as Wild Hope, the album’s title was taken from Moore’s full name.[11] It debuted at number twenty-five on the Billboard 200 and has sold 16,000 copies in the US, as of June 2009. The singles from Wild Hope and Amanda Leigh were commercially unsuccessful and failed to chart.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
USA
[12]
AUS
[13]
JPN
[14]
NZL
[15]
UK
[16]
So Real 31
I Wanna Be with You
  • Released: May 9, 2000
  • Label: 550 Music (BK 62195)
  • Formats: CD, LP, CS, digital download
21 55 49 6 52
Mandy Moore
  • Released: June 19, 2001
  • Label: Epic (EK 61430)
  • Formats: CD, LP, CS, digital download
35 37 39
Coverage
  • Released: October 21, 2003
  • Label: Epic (EK 90127)
  • Formats: CD, DVD, LP, CS, digital download
14 97
Wild Hope
  • Released: June 19, 2007
  • Label: EMI/The Firm, Inc. (81006-70112-2-8)
  • Formats: CD, LP, CS, digital download
30
Amanda Leigh
  • Released: May 26, 2009
  • Label: Storefront Recordings (7669-29946-3-2)
  • Formats: CD, LP, CS, digital download
25
“—” denotes items which failed to chart or were not released in that country.

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
USA
[6][12]
The Best of Mandy Moore
  • Released: November 16, 2004
  • Label: Epic (EK 93458)
  • Formats: CD, CD+DVD, digital download, vinyl LP, reel tape
148
Candy[19]
  • Released: April 5, 2005
  • Label: Sony Music (93741)
  • Format: LP
Super Hits[20]
  • Released: August 28, 2007
  • Label: Sony Music (712338)
  • Format: LP
“—” denotes items which failed to chart or were not released in that country.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[21]
US
Pop

[22]
AUS
[13]
AUT
[23]
CAN
[24][25]
FRA
[26]
GER
[27]
NZL
[15]
SWI
[28]
UK
[29]
Candy 1999 41 27 2 38 35 16 72 10 39 6 So Real
Walk Me Home[31] 38
So Real 2000 21 75 18
I Wanna Be with You 24 11 13 66 24 21 I Wanna Be with You
In My Pocket 2001 [A] 21 11 26 Mandy Moore
Crush [B] 35 25 83
Cry[33][34] 2002
Have a Little Faith in Me[35] 2003 39 Coverage
Senses Working Overtime” (live)[36] 2004
Extraordinary[37][38] 2007 [C] Wild Hope
Nothing That You Are[39]
I Could Break Your Heart Any Day of the Week[40][41] 2009 Amanda Leigh
“—” denotes items which failed to chart or were not released in that country.

Notes[edit]

  • A ^In My Pocket” did not enter the Billboard Hot 100 but peaked on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart at number two.[42]
  • B ^Crush” did not enter the Billboard Hot 100 but peaked on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart at number nineteen.[42]
  • C ^Extraordinary” did not enter the Billboard Hot 100 but peaked on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart at number two.[42]

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Song Year Film
Stupid Cupid 2001 The Princess Diaries: Original Soundtrack[43]
“On the Line” (with *NSYNC, Christian Burns and True Vibe) On the Line: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack[44]
Only Hope 2002 A Walk to Remember: Music From the Motion Picture[45]
“Someday We’ll Know” (with Jonathan Foreman)
“It’s Gonna Be Love”
“Lighthouse”
“Top of the World” Stuart Little 2[46]
Secret Love 2003 Mona Lisa Smile[47]
One Way or Another 2006 Aquamarine: Music from the Motion Picture[48]
“Dreamz with a Z” American Dreamz[49]
“Mommy Don’t Drink Me to Bed Tonight”
“When Will My Life Begin” 2010 Tangled: Original Soundtrack[50]
“When Will My Life Begin (Reprise 1)”
“When Will My Life Begin (Reprise 2)”
“I’ve Got a Dream” (with Brad Garrett, Jeffrey Tambor, Zachary Levi, Company)
I See the Light(with Zachary Levi)
“Healing Incantation”
“The Tear Heals”
“Sheriff Callie’s Wild West Theme Song” 2014 Sheriff Callie’s Wild West (Music from the TV Series)[51]
“Cowgirl Twirl”
“Amazing Lucky Scarf”
“We’re Gonna Clean Up Our Town”
“You’re Not a Tattletale”
“Chugga Chugga Choo Choo Train”
“Sparky, Come Back to Me”
“Picture Perfect”
“Sayin’ I’m Sorry”
“Cattle Drive”
“Those Peppers”
“Ask for Help”

Videography[edit]

Video releases[edit]

Title Album details Notes
The Real Story[52]
  • Released: December 19, 2000
  • Label: Sony Music Distribution
  • Format: DVD
  • Authorized video biography of Moore.[2]
  • Includes interviews, footage from her early years and music videos for “Candy”, “I Wanna Be With You”, “Walk Me Home”, and “So Real”.[2]
  • Also features production stills, a trivia game, and a commentary track by Moore.[2]
The Best of Mandy Moore[53]
  • Released: November 16, 2004
  • Label: Sony Music Distribution
  • Format: DVD
  • A compilation of all the music videos by Mandy Moore from 1999 to 2003.[54]
  • Performances at the Sessions@AOL also included.[53]

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director
“Candy” 1999 Chris Robinson[55]
“Walk Me Home” Gregory Dark[56]
“So Real” 2000 Gregory Dark[57]
“I Wanna Be with You” Nigel Dick[58]
“In My Pocket” 2001 Matthew Rolston[59]
“Crush” Chris Applebaum[60]
“On The Line” Unknown
“Cry” 2002 Chris Applebaum[61]
“Only Hope” Adam Shankman
“Drop the Pilot” 2003 Nick DiBella[62]
“Have a Little Faith in Me” Christopher Mills[63]
“Senses Working Overtime” 2004 Unknown[64]
“Extraordinary” 2007 Ace Norton[65]
“I Could Break Your Heart Any Day of the Week” 2009 Ghost Town Media[66]

Music video appearances[edit]

Title Year Original artist
Little Things 2000 Good Charlotte[67]
Original Sin 2002 Elton John[68]
Make You Crazy 2008 Brett Dennen featuring Femi Kuti[69]
“Stand Up 2 Cancer” 2010 Various Artists
“Our Fight Song” 2016 Democratic National Convention featuring Various Artists

Mandy Moore

Mandy Moore

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Mandy Moore
Mandy Moore 2011.jpg

Moore at the 83rd Academy Awards in 2011
Born Amanda Leigh Moore
(1984-04-10) April 10, 1984 (age 33)
Nashua, New Hampshire, U.S.
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer-songwriter
  • model
  • fashion designer
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Ryan Adams
(m. 2009; div. 2016)
Musical career
Origin Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Genres
Instruments Vocals
Labels

Amanda Leigh Moore (born April 10, 1984) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Moore first came to prominence with her 1999 debut single, “Candy“, which peaked at number 41 on the Billboard Hot 100. After signing with Epic Records, she released her debut album, So Real, in 1999. It went on to receive a Platinum certification from the RIAA. Her 2000 single, “I Wanna Be with You“, became her first Top 30 song in the US, peaking at number 24 on the Hot 100 chart.

As of 2009, Moore has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, according to Billboard. In 2012, Moore was ranked #96 on VH1‘s list of “100 Greatest Women in Music”,[1] as well as #63 on their Sexiest Artists of All Time List.[2]

Outside of her musical career, Moore has also branched out into acting. In 2001, she made her film debut in the comedy Dr. Dolittle 2, though it was only a minor voice role. Later that year, she co-starred as Lana Thomas in the comedy The Princess Diaries with Anne Hathaway. In 2002, she made her starring debut with Shane West as Jamie Sullivan in the romantic drama A Walk to Remember, which was based on Nicholas Sparksnovel of the same name. Moore later voiced Rapunzel in the 2010 animated feature Tangled, and reprised the role in a 2017 television series based on the film. In 2016, she began starring as Rebecca Pearson in the NBC family comedy-drama series This Is Us for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination.[3]

Early life[edit]

Amanda Leigh Moore was born on April 10, 1984 in Nashua, New Hampshire.[4][5] Her mother, Stacy (née Friedman), is a former news reporter who once worked for the Orlando Sentinel, and her father, Donald Moore, is a pilot for American Airlines.[5][6] Moore was raised Catholic, but has since developed a “hodgepodge of things” that she believes.[7] Moore’s ancestry is Russian Jewish (from her maternal grandfather), English, and Irish.[8][9][10] She is the second among the three children with an older brother, Scott, and a younger brother, Kyle.[5] When she was two months old, Moore and her family moved to Longwood, Seminole County, Florida, outside of Orlando, due to her father’s job. She attended Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Orlando, Florida from 1998 to 2002.[6][11]

Career[edit]

Career beginnings (1993–1998)[edit]

Moore became interested in acting and singing at a young age, and cited her British grandmother, Eileen Friedman, a professional ballerina in London, as one of her inspirations.[6] Moore stated “My parents thought It was just a phase I’d grow out of. But I stuck to it and begged them for acting lessons, for voice lessons.”[12] Moore began starring in numerous local productions, as well as performing the National Anthem at numerous Orlando based events.[13] She was only twelve years old when she attended the Stagedoor Manor theater camp, where other celebrities including actress Natalie Portman had once attended.[4] Production director Konnie Kittrell said of Moore “She was a quiet, sweet girl”, and stated that even though she earned a number of solos “She wasn’t a spotlight seeker.”[4] When Moore was thirteen, she began working on music by herself.[4] One day, while working in an Orlando studio, she was overheard by a FedEx delivery man, who had a friend in A&R at Epic Records.[14] The delivery man, named Victor, later sent this friend a copy of Moore’s unfinished demo, and Moore went on to sign with the label.[4][15]

So Real, I Wanna Be with You, Mandy Moore, and film debut (1998–2002)[edit]

Moore performing in June 2009

After signing with Epic Records, Moore began working on her debut album. While recording the album, Moore had to leave Bishop Moore Catholic High School when she was only in the ninth-grade, but continued receiving her education from tutors.[4] In the summer of 1999, Moore began touring with the pop band NSYNC.[16][17] Later that year, Moore also toured with the pop band Backstreet Boys.[16] Moore released her debut single, “Candy“, on August 17, 1999 in the United States.[18] The single, which immediately drew comparison to fellow teen pop singers Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera,[12][19] was a commercial success in numerous countries. It debuted at number 88 on the Billboard Hot 100,[20] before reaching a peak of number 41 on the chart.[21] The single would later receive a Gold certification from the RIAA, for sales exceeding 500,000 copies in the US.[22] The single was most successful in Australia, where it peaked at number 2 on the ARIA Charts[23] and received a Platinum certification.[24]

Moore’s debut album, So Real, was released on December 7, 1999 by 550 Music through Epic Records.[25] The album received a limited release in only a few countries. It received mixed critical reviews upon its release, and continued to fuel similarities between Moore and other teen pop singers. Allmusic said of the album “Fifteen-year-old Mandy Moore’s debut album sounded like it was inspired almost entirely by listening to recent hit albums by ‘N Sync, the Backstreet Boys, and Britney Spears.”[26] Entertainment Weekly had a similar opinion about the album, and went on to give it a C- in their review.[27] So Real debuted at number 77 on the Billboard 200 chart.[28] The album eventually continued to climb the chart until peaking at number 31.[29] So Real went on to receive a Platinum certification from the RIAA, for sales exceeding one million copies in the US alone.[30][31] Moore released her second single, “Walk Me Home“, the same day as the album. The single failed to match the success of its predecessor, failing to appear on any major charts. It did, however, peak at number 38 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart in the US.[32] The third and final single, title track “So Real“, was released exclusively in certain territories on June 13, 2000. The single was not released in the US, but was released in territories such as Japan. In Australia, the single became her second Top 40 hit, peaking at number 21 on the ARIA Charts.[33] The single also peaked at number 18 on the Official New Zealand Music Chart.[34]

Before promotion for So Real had even ended, Moore had already begun working on her second album. Moore released the lead single from the album, titled “I Wanna Be with You“, on July 11, 2000. The song became her first single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 since her debut single, “Candy”. “I Wanna Be with You” spent 16 weeks on the chart and reached its peak of 24 during its ninth week on the chart.[21] The song became her first Top 20 hit on the Billboard Pop Songs chart, where it peaked at number 11.[32] The single also became Moore’s second Top 20 hit in Australia, where it peaked at number 13.[35] It was also a minor success on the German Media Control Charts, where it peaked at number 70.[36] Billboard praised the song and said, “Top 40 programmers and listeners alike will love Moore more with this track”,[37] while Allmusic chose the song as a highlight track from the album.[38] Moore released her second studio album, I Wanna Be with You, on May 9, 2000.[38] The album featured the lead single as well as songs from Moore’s debut album, So Real. I Wanna Be with You served as Moore’s debut album in numerous countries. The album was criticized on the basis that it was a remix album and not a true follow-up,[39][40] with Allmusic accusing its style of being “trashier, flashier, gaudier, and altogether more disposable” than that of So Real.[38] The album was a commercial success, debuting and peaking at number 21 on the US Billboard 200 chart.[29][41] It went on to receive a Gold certification from the RIAA, for sales exceeding 500,000 copies in the US alone.[42] The album led Moore to winning the Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite Rising Star in 2000.[43]

By 2001, Moore had already begun working on her third studio album, which was said to stray from the “bubblegum pop” sound she had come to be known for. Moore stated during an interview with Billboard magazine that “All of the music has started to look and sound the same” and that she had opted to move in a different musical direction.[44] Moore added that she wanted “no more dancers, no more singing to tracks. I got tired of that in a big way”.[44] The album’s lead single, “In My Pocket“, was released on May 29, 2001.[45] Entertainment Weekly said the single contained “pumping, Indian influenced Eurodisco.”[46] It failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, but did peak at number 2 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart,[47] and it reached number 21 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart.[32] The song became her third Top 20 hit in Australia, where it peaked at number 11 on the ARIA Charts.[48] Her self-titled third studio album, Mandy Moore, was released on June 19, 2001.[49] The album contained uptempo tracks and influences from Middle Eastern music.[39][50] Allmusic described the album as a “lush, layered production.”[49] It received mixed reviews from other critics.[51] The album debuted and peaked at number 35 on the Billboard 200 chart,[29][52] and went on to receive a Gold certification from the RIAA.[53] The album has sold an estimated 1.5 million copies worldwide. The album also reached number 37 on the ARIA charts in Australia,[54] her highest peak in the country to date. The second single from Mandy Moore, titled “Crush“, was released on August 28, 2001; it peaked at number 35 on the Billboard Pop Songs chart,[32] and it climbed to number 25 on the ARIA Charts.[55]

During the Summer of 2001, Moore made her feature film debut, voicing a Girl Bear Cub in the comedy Dr. Dolittle 2, starring Eddie Murphy.[56][57] Later that year, Moore co-starred opposite Anne Hathaway in the comedy The Princess Diaries, based on Meg Cabot‘s novel of the same name, released on August 3, 2001.[58] She played Lana Thomas, the antagonist of Mia Thermopolis (Hathaway). On her role, Moore told In Style “I’m the crude popular girl who gets ice cream in her face.”[4] The film opened in 2,537 theaters in North America and grossed $22,862,269 in its opening weekend. It grossed $165,335,153 worldwide—$108,248,956 in North America and $57,086,197 in other territories.[59] The film received mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes reported that 47% of 113 sampled critics gave the film positive reviews and that it got a rating average of 5.2 out of 10.[60] In the film, Moore performed a cover of Connie Francis‘ 1958 song “Stupid Cupid” while at a beach party.[61] In 2002, Moore made her starring debut in the romantic drama A Walk to Remember opposite Shane West, based on Nicholas Sparksnovel of the same name. She played Jamie Sullivan, the unpopular daughter of the reverend. The film opened at No. 3 at the U.S. box office raking in $12,177,488 in its opening weekend, behind Snow Dogs and Black Hawk Down. Even though not a critical success, it was a modest box office hit, earning $41,281,092 in the United States alone,[62] and a sleeper hit in Asia. The total revenue generated worldwide was $47,494,916. The film earned Moore numerous nominations and awards for her performance. Moore’s self-titled album’s third and final single “Cry” was released on November 4, 2001 to help promote the film. Commenting on the film, she said: “It was my first movie and I know people say it may be cliche and it’s a tearjerker or it’s cheesy, but for me, it’s the thing I’m most proud of.”[63]

Coverage and continued acting (2003–2006)[edit]

By 2003, work on Moore’s fourth studio album had begun, later revealed to be a cover album titled Coverage.[64] The album consisted of covers of songs released throughout the 1970s and 1980s.[65] The album’s lead single, a cover of John Hiatt‘s 1987 song “Have a Little Faith in Me“, was released shortly before the album, but failed to enter any charts. Coverage was released on October 21, 2003. Allmusic characterized the album as a “leap to musical maturity”[66] while Entertainment Weekly referred to it as perhaps an “effort to shed her bubblegum-blond image”.[67] The album debuted at number 14 on the Billboard 200 chart,[68] with first week sales of 53,000.[citation needed] This made it Moore’s highest debut on the chart, and highest peaking album to date. Despite being her highest charting album, it is her lowest selling, being her first album to fail to be certified by the RIAA. The second single, a cover of XTC‘s 1982 song “Senses Working Overtime“, failed to have any chart success. Moore’s cover of Carole King‘s 1971 song “I Feel the Earth Move” appeared on Love Rocks, a compilation album from LGBT rights supporters.[69] Due to creative differences between Moore and Epic, she parted ways with the label.[70][71][72] Moore and the label released her greatest hits album, The Best of Mandy Moore, on November 16, 2004 as a final obligation to Moore’s contract.[73] The album, which featured no new material, reached number 148 on the Billboard 200.[74] Moore’s second compilation album, Candy, was released on April 5, 2005.

In 2003, Moore co-starred in the romantic comedy-drama How to Deal opposite Allison Janney and Trent Ford, based on Sarah Dessen‘s novels That Summer and Someone like You. She played a cynical seventeen-year-old who deals with falling in love and issues with her family and friends. The film failed to find teenage audiences in the U.S. and grossed a total of $14 million domestically.[75] In 2004, Moore co-starred in the romantic comedy Chasing Liberty opposite Matthew Goode, where she played the rebellious eighteen-year-old first daughter who desires more freedom. The film grossed approximately $12 million.[75] Both films received negative and lukewarm reviews respectively;[76] however, Ebert once again singled Moore’s performances out, noting in his review of How to Deal that Moore has “an unaffected natural charm” and “almost makes the movie worth seeing”,[77] and adding in his Chasing Liberty review that she has “undeniable screen presence and inspires instant affection.”[78] Other critics described her as an “actress of limited range”,[79] though one review of Chasing Liberty noted that she was the “most painless of former pop princesses.”[80] Later in 2004, Moore co-starred in the religion satirical comedy-drama Saved! opposite Jena Malone, Macaulay Culkin and Patrick Fugit where she played Hilary Faye Stockard, a proper and popular girl at a Christian school. The film received positive reviews,[81] though it did not receive a wide release. Moore received praise for her performance,[82] with one critic calling her a “demented delight”[83] and another naming it her best performance to date.[84] She and Michael Stipe recorded a cover of The Beach Boys‘ 1966 hit song “God Only Knows” that bookended the movie.

In 2005, Moore co-starred in the sports family comedy-drama Racing Stripes where she voiced Sandy the white horse and appeared in the HBO comedy-drama Entourage; she was also originally scheduled to star in the films Cursed, Havoc, and The Upside of Anger, all of which were eventually released in 2005 without Moore’s involvement.[85] In 2006, Moore guest-starred as Julie Quinn in two episodes of the fifth season of the NBC medical sitcom Scrubs that were the ninth episode “My Half-Acre” and the tenth episode “Her Story II“. The same year, she guest-starred in the Fox animated sitcom The Simpsons where she voiced Tabitha Vixx in the seventeenth season finale titled “Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play“.[86] Moore also co-starred opposite Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid and William Dafoe in Paul Weitz‘s satirical comedy American Dreamz, which was released in April 2006. In the film, she played a deranged contestant on a television series modelled after American Idol. Weitz stated that he had Moore in mind for the role before she was cast, explaining that “there’s something inherently sweet about Mandy; it makes it all the more interesting to see her in a villainess role”.[87] Moore has said that she enjoys playing mean-spirited characters but fears being typecast as a villain.[88] American Dreamz opened at number nine at the U.S. box office,[89] eventually totaling barely $7 million,[90] and received mixed reviews;[91] critic Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly, however, wrote that Moore and Grant have a “wicked barbed chemistry” in their roles,[92] while Varietys Robert Koehler said Moore’s role was a “pitch-perfect study of a woman for whom a reality show is reality”.[93] Later that year, in what ComingSoon.net’s review described as a “surprisingly good performance”, Moore voiced Nita, the heroine of the Disney animated sequel Brother Bear 2, which was released directly-to-DVD on August 29, 2006.[94] That same year, she was originally cast in Emilio Estevez‘s drama Bobby, but was replaced by Mary Elizabeth Winstead.[95]

Wild Hope and Amanda Leigh (2007–2009)[edit]

Moore in August 2007

In 2006, Moore commented on her early albums, noting that although she believed that her debut album So Real was appropriate for her age at the time when she released it,[10][96] she felt it “sucked”[97] and that her first two albums were “just awful.”[98] Moore also said that she “would give a refund to everyone who bought my first two albums” if she could;[99] during a radio interview in April 2006, the show’s co-host—who had seen her comments—asked her for a refund on her debut album, a request that Moore fulfilled.[97]

In early 2006, Moore stated that she missed her music career and that singing is what she was the “most passionate about.”[98] Moore had signed to Sire Records after her contract with Epic ended, but she left the label in May 2006.[100] She signed with The Firm, owned by EMI Music, in July that year, describing her recording contract as “especially exciting”,[101] and adding that she left Sire because she did not want to “follow the mainstream”, but rather have “complete control and freedom” over her music.[102] Moore’s fifth studio album Wild Hope was released on June 19, 2007,[103] and included collaborations with musicians Chantal Kreviazuk, Rachael Yamagata, Lori McKenna and The Weepies.[104] Moore stayed alone in a house in Woodstock in Upstate New York while recording the album in late 2006.[105] Moore performed the album’s lead single “Extraordinary[clarification needed] at the Brick Awards on April 12, 2007[106] and launched a tour in the summer of 2007.[107] Wild Hope received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Billboard stated that “Wild Hope is the gratifying sound of a singer finally finding her comfort zone. Gone is the sugary pop of Moore’s early career, replaced instead by thoughtful musings on love and life…an album full of subtle, but undeniable hooks.”[108] Wild Hope debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 at No. 30, selling a mere 25,000 copies the first week of release, according to Billboard.[109] It is Moore’s third-highest debuting album, falling short of her 2003 cover album Coverage, which debuted at No. 14 on the Billboard 200 chart,[68] selling 59,000 copies.[citation needed] Her album also reached No. 9 on The Top Internet albums.[110] After five weeks, Wild Hope charted off the Billboard 200; however, it returned to the chart at No. 118 after selling 5,500 copies. To date, Wild Hope has sold over 120,000 copies in the United States and more than 350,000 copies worldwide.[111][112] On February 23, 2008, Moore released Wild Hope in Australia, and subsequently toured with musician Ben Lee and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in Western Australia, supporting inaugural American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson on her tour.[113] In October 2008, Moore posted on her website blog[citation needed] live videos of three songs that she had been working on, along with singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist Mike Viola. It was at first expected to be a duo album between Moore and Viola, but then in January 2009, it was revealed it would be Moore’s sixth studio album with a collaboration with Viola, slated for release in April 2009.[114]

Moore, citing her conservative upbringing, expressed dissatisfaction with her appearance on a May 2006 cover of Cosmopolitan; the magazine’s headline is “orgasms unlimited”, which refers to an article unrelated to her.[115] Afterward, Moore co-starred in the romantic comedy Because I Said So opposite Diane Keaton, Gabriel Macht and Tom Everett Scott. In the film, Milly Wilder (Moore) describes in detail the feeling of an orgasm to her mother Daphne (Keaton). The film was released on February 2, 2007, receiving mixed reviews, but was a financial success, earning over $69 million worldwide at the box office.[116] That same year, Moore co-starred in the romantic comedy License to Wed opposite John Krasinski and Robin Williams which was released on July 3, 2007. The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a 7% rating and a critical consensus of “broad and formulaic”.[117] Metacritic.com rated it 25 out of 100, citing 21 generally negative reviews out of 30 for its rating.[118] It was reviewed in Variety as “an astonishingly flat romantic comedy, filled with perplexing choices.” The film grossed $10,422,258 in its opening weekend opening at #4 at the U.S. Box Office behind Live Free or Die Hard, Ratatouille, and Transformers, which opened at the top spot. License to Wed had grossed $43.8 million domestically and $69.3 million worldwide.[119] Nevertheless, Variety described Moore’s performance as “appealing.”[120][121][122] In 2007, Moore guest-starred in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother in the third-season premiere titled “Wait for It“. Later that year, she co-starred opposite Billy Crudup, Tom Wilkinson and Dianne Wiest in the romantic comedy Dedication, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. The film received mixed reviews from critics. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that the film received 41% positive reviews, based on 46 reviews.[123] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 50 out of 100, based on 19 reviews.[124]

Moore began working on her sixth studio album in 2008, slated for release the following year. Recording sessions for the album took place around December 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts.[125] The album’s lead single “I Could Break Your Heart Any Day of the Week” was released on March 17, 2009, for digital download. The music video premiered on April 20, 2009, on Yahoo! Music.[126] The single, like Moore’s previous efforts, failed to have much success on any charts. Moore’s sixth studio album, Amanda Leigh, was released on May 26, 2009. On the album, Moore stated, “The music is all a reflection of me now, not somebody else’s choices.”[127][128][129][130] Moore visited many talk shows including The Ellen DeGeneres Show[131] and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[132] On both shows she performed “I Could Break Your Heart Any Day of the Week”, to promote the album. On May 26, 2009, she performed songs from the album at Amoeba Music in Hollywood, together with Viola, the day the album set to be released under the label Storefront Records.[133][134] The album was not released in some territories until 2010 and was not released in Brazil until 2011, two years after its initial release. Time magazine said that the album was “impeccably recorded.”[135] An article on the album by Paper said, “Mandy (in the album)… shows real thoughtful and emotional depth.” Paper concluded that “Moore is a far better musician than she’s often given credit for.”[136][137][138][139][140][141][142] It debuted at number 25 on the Billboard 200,[143] selling 16,000 copies in the US during the week of its release,[144] and at number 4 on the Top Independent albums chart.[145] To date, the album has sold an estimated 100,000 copies.[145]

Further acting and seventh studio album (2010–present)[edit]

After a break of almost two years from film roles, Moore filmed the romantic comedy Swinging with the Finkels in the United Kingdom in 2009 for a 2011 release.[146] In 2010, Moore co-starred with Kellan Lutz in the romantic comedy Love, Wedding, Marriage.[147][148] On May 20, 2010, she guest-starred as Mary Portman in the ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy in the sixth-season finale titled “Death and All His Friends“, her first television role since 2007.[149] She returned to the show for three episodes of the seventh season.[150] Also that year, Moore co-starred with Zachary Levi where she voiced Rapunzel in the CGI Disney animated film Tangled. Tangled received positive reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes reports that 89% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 185 reviews, with an average score of 7.5/10.[151] The site’s consensus is: “While far from Disney’s greatest film, Tangled is a visually stunning, thoroughly entertaining addition to the studio’s classic animated canon.”[151] Another review aggregator Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score from 0–100 out of reviews from mainstream film critics, calculated a score of 71 based on 34 reviews.[152] CinemaScore polls conducted during the opening weekend revealed the average grade cinemagoers gave Tangled was an “A+” on an A+ to F scale.[153] Tangled earned $200,821,936 in North America, and $389,900,000 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $590,721,936.[154] Worldwide, it is the 17th highest-grossing animated film, the eighth highest-grossing film of 2010, and the third highest-grossing 2010 animated film (behind Toy Story 3 and Shrek Forever After). It is also the third Disney film appearing in the Top 10 films of 2010.[155] It is the third highest-grossing film worldwide produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, trailing Frozen and The Lion King.[156] Moore and Levi performed the film’s theme song, “I See the Light”, at the 83rd Academy Awards, where it was nominated for Best Original Song.[157] The song also won a Grammy Award for Best Song Written For Visual Media[158][159] as well as Best Song at the Las Vegas Film Critics Society.[160] In October 2011, it was announced that she was set to star in an ABC sitcom titled Us and Them.[161] The pilot was eventually passed by the network.[162] In 2012, she co-starred in Sebastian Gutierrez‘s crime drama Hotel Noir with Carla Gugino and Rufus Sewell, which was released on October 9, 2012, in the U.S.[163] Along with her voice role in the Disney XD Tron: Uprising science fiction animated series, which was canceled after one season, she currently voices the title character in the Disney Junior animated series Sheriff Callie’s Wild West.[164]

In July 2012, Moore announced that she would be collaborating with her then-husband Ryan Adams on her upcoming seventh studio album. She said, “There’s tremendous influence right now around the house… from the music I’ve been introduced to and being very happy and in a healthy, happy relationship… I think that still garners a lot of material to write about.”[165] She later stated “There’s a lot to say and a lot that’s happened to me in the last three or so years since the last record’s come out, so I have been writing a lot and it’s definitely going to be an intense, emotional record. I’m excited about it. I’m excited to get into the studio and start recording.”[166] She added that she thinks the album will be “intense, emotional”. On February 20, 2013, it was announced Moore would be starring as Louise in the ABC sitcom Pulling based on the British series of the same name.[167][168] The pilot was written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky.[169][170] However, in March, as the pilot came closer to production, Moore’s character was moved in a different direction and she believed herself to be no longer right for the role and asked to be released, which ABC accepted.[171] In 2013, she signed on to star in the CBS legal drama The Advocates as Shannon Carter, but the pilot was passed by the network.[172][173][173] In a July 2014 interview with CBS News, Moore said that 2014 was “the year of actual progress forward” on her album, describing it as more “dangerous” and “raw” when comparing it to her previous albums, and said that she hoped to start recording the album in Adams’ studio later in the summer; she also revealed that she would appear on Adams’ self-titled album, Ryan Adams, which was released on September 5, 2014.[174] From 2014 to 2015, Moore had a recurring role as Dr. Erin Grace in the Fox medical comedy-drama Red Band Society,[175] which was also cancelled after one season.

In May 2015, Moore was cast as Lisa in the underwater survival thriller film 47 Meters Down with Claire Holt. Filming began at Pinewood Studios in the United Kingdom on June 18, 2015,[176] and concluded on August 7, 2015.[177][178] The film was released in theaters on June 16, 2017.[179] In June 2015, it was confirmed that Moore and Levi would reprise their roles as Rapunzel and Eugene in a television series based on Tangled. The animated series, set between Tangled and Tangled Ever After, will air on Disney Channel in 2017.[180] In September 2015, Moore said that she is currently working on her seventh album. “I’ve been working on music steadily for the last couple of years. I guess 2016 will be the re-emergence of my music. That side of my life has been dormant for too long in my opinion”.[181]

In July 2016, she appeared on the song “Fight Song” alongside Eva Longoria, Alan Cumming, America Ferrera, Billy Porter, Ian Somerhalder, Idina Menzel, Jaime King, Jane Fonda, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Josh Lucas, Julie Bowen, Kathy Najimy, Kristin Chenoweth, Mary McCormack, Mary-Louise Parker, Nikki Reed, Renee Fleming, Rob Reiner, Sia, T. R. Knight and Rachel Platten for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.[182] As of September 2016, Moore is co-starring as Rebecca Pearson in the NBC family comedy-drama This Is Us for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination.[3][183]

Musical style and influences[edit]

Moore performing at The Grammy Museum on June 11, 2009

At the start of her musical career in 1999, Moore was known for her bubblegum pop sound, which she revealed was not the type of music she prefers, saying, “[The record company] was like, ‘Here are your songs.’ I was like, ‘Hi, I’m fourteen. I’ll do anything.’ Those albums are why I’m here today, but god damn, I should give a refund to anyone who bought my first record”.[184]

Moore has often been praised by music critics for branching off and making her own music. Billboard stated, “She has successfully dropped all the tacky accoutrements of her past and turned into a sweet, classy singer-songwriter whose charms are readily apparent”.[185] AllMusic claimed, “Moore smoothly evolved from adolescent starlet to mature songwriter, continuing to distance herself from the scene that had launched her career one decade prior”.[186]

Moore has noted that she was inspired by film and television as a child.[187] She has also stated, “I’m stuck in the ’70s. I think I’ll always have that kind of influence. Joni Mitchell, Todd Rundgren, Harry Nilsson, McCartney – that’s the sort of stuff I’m really inspired and influenced by”.[188] Moore also revealed how her then-husband Ryan Adams had a huge influence on her music,[189] and that he introduced her to heavy metal. “Not that I can necessarily differentiate between speed metal and black metal…” she said. “I’ll tolerate it, but I turn it down”.[190]

Other endeavors[edit]

Fashion[edit]

Moore at the 2011 Hollywood Style Awards on November 12, 2011

Moore branched into the fashion world in 2005 with her own fashion line named Mblem., a brand of contemporary knitwear and cashmere. One of her aims was to provide clothing for taller women (Moore is 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m)).[191] In February 2009, Moore announced that the line would be shutting down, but that she hoped to re-enter the fashion world again under different circumstances in the future.[192]

Philanthropy[edit]

Moore advocates “giving with your head”, endorsing the philosophy of effective altruism.[193] Moore has worked with and highlighted nonprofit organization Population Services International (PSI), and its subsidiary, Five & Alive, which addresses health crises facing children under the age of five and their families.[194][195] Moore has served as the Honorary Chairperson of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society‘s division on awareness for youth. She served as a spokesperson by helping young people be aware of the seriousness of leukemia and lymphoma.[196] She also serves as the spokesperson for Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, held every January.[197] In addition, to increase cervical cancer awareness, Moore collaborated with Dr. Yvonne Collins, The Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF), and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).[198] Moore made a surprise visit at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as a part of Get Well Soon Tour.[199] Moore is the ambassador for the UN Foundations’s Nothing But Nets malaria prevention campaign.[200] As a part of the Nothing But Nets campaign Moore interviewed Laurence D. Wohlers, United States Ambassador to the Central African Republic, in 2010 and helped the campaign raise $1.2 million.[201][202] Moore is also the spokesperson for Dove’s self-esteem movement and the “Women who should be famous” campaign.[203][204] Moore also teamed up with Indrani Goradia, a domestic violence survivor and founder of Indrani’s Light Foundation, along with Mom Bloggers Club, to help raise awareness and campaign against domestic violence.[205]

Moore was one of the demonstrators at the Los Angeles 2017 Women’s March held on January 21, 2017.[206]

Personal life[edit]

In 2008, Moore began dating singer-songwriter Ryan Adams. They became engaged in February 2009 and married on March 10, 2009, in Savannah, Georgia.[207][208] Moore filed for divorce in January 2015 while Adams was in New York, citing “irreconcilable differences”.[209][210] Moore and Adams later released a joint statement explaining their decision, describing it as a “respectful, amicable parting of ways”.[211] Court documents obtained a few days later indicated that they had been legally separated for nearly six months prior to the filing.[212] The divorce was finalized in June 2016.[213]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Dr. Dolittle 2 Girl Bear Cub Voice
2001 The Princess Diaries Lana Thomas
2002 A Walk to Remember Jamie Sullivan
2002 All I Want Lisa
2003 How to Deal Halley Martin
2004 Chasing Liberty Anna Foster
2004 Saved! Hilary Faye Stockard
2005 Racing Stripes Sandy Voice
2005 Romance & Cigarettes Baby Murder
2006 American Dreamz Sally Kendoo
2006 Brother Bear 2 Nita Voice
2007 Because I Said So Milly Wilder
2007 License to Wed Sadie Jones
2007 Dedication Lucy Riley
2007 Southland Tales Madeline Frost Santaros
2009 Swinging with the Finkels Ellie Finkel
2010 Tangled Rapunzel Voice
2011 Love, Wedding, Marriage Ava
2012 Tangled Ever After Rapunzel Voice; short film
2012 Hotel Noir Evangeline Lundy
2017 47 Meters Down Lisa
2018 The Darkest Minds Cate Filming
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2000 2GE+HER: The Series Herself “Bunny” (season 1, episode 3)
2000 All That Herself “Mandy Moore” (season 6, episode 3)
2003 Clone High Herself “Snowflake Day: A Very Special Holiday Episode” (season 1, episode 11)
2003 Punk’d Herself 1 episode
2005 Criss Angel Mindfreak Herself “Blind” (season 1, episode 10)
2005 Entourage Herself / Aquagirl 5 episodes
2006 Scrubs Julie Quinn 2 episodes
2006 The Simpsons Tabitha Vixx Voice; “Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play” (season 17, episode 22)
2007 How I Met Your Mother Amy Wait for It” (season 3, episode 1)
2010 Grey’s Anatomy Mary Portman 4 episodes
2012–2013 Tron: Uprising Mara Voice; series regular, 13 episodes
2012 Winx Club Additional voices Voice; English dub
2013 The Advocates Shannon Carter 1 episode
2013 High School USA! Cassandra Barren Voice; series regular, 12 episodes
2013 Christmas in Conway Natalie Springer Hallmark Hall of Fame TV film
2014 Sofia the First Rapunzel Voice; “The Curse of Princess Ivy” (season 2, episode 18)
2014–2015 Red Band Society Dr. Erin Grace Recurring role, 5 episodes
2014–present Sheriff Callie’s Wild West Sheriff Callie Voice; series regular
2016–present This Is Us Rebecca Pearson Main role
2017–present Tangled: The Series Rapunzel Main role
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Kingdom Hearts Aerith Gainsborough Voice (English version)
2013 Disney Infinity Rapunzel Voice
2013 Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix Aerith Gainsborough Voice (English version); Archival footage
2014 Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Rapunzel Voice
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Rapunzel Voice
TBA Kingdom Hearts III Rapunzel Voice (English version)

Claire Holt

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Claire Holt

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Claire Holt
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Holt at PaleyFest 2014 for The Originals
Born Claire Rhiannon Holt[1]
(1988-06-11) 11 June 1988 (age 29)[2]
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia[3]
Nationality Australian
Education Stuartholme School
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present
Known for
Spouse(s) Matthew Kaplan (m. 2016; separated 2017)

Claire Rhiannon Holt (born 11 June 1988) is an Australian actress, known for her roles as Emma on the television show H2O: Just Add Water, Samara Cook in Pretty Little Liars, and Rebekah Mikaelson on The CW series The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off series The Originals. She is also known for her role as Kate in the 2017 survival horror film 47 Meters Down.

Personal life[edit]

Holt was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. She graduated from Stuartholme School in Toowong at the end of 2005. She is involved in several sports: swimming, volleyball, water polo, and Tae-Kwon-Do, in which she has a black belt.[4] When she was younger, she was in the school choir.

Holt became engaged to her longtime boyfriend Matthew Kaplan in July 2015.[5] The two were married in April 2016.[6] On 27 April 2017, Kaplan filed for divorce from Holt, citing “irreconcilable differences”. Holt subsequently filed in response on 2 May 2017, she is also asking for her name to be changed from Kaplan back to Holt.[7]

Career[edit]

In 2006, Holt won the role of Emma Gilbert in the Network Ten children’s television series H2O: Just Add Water. The show has earned a Logie Award and Nickelodeon Australia Kids’ Choice Award. While the series was renewed for a third series, Holt left the show after series two after signing on for the sequel to the 2007 film The Messengers, titled Messengers 2: The Scarecrow. Filming took place in Sofia throughout 2008. Starring alongside Norman Reedus and Heather Stephens, the film was released 21 July 2009 straight-to-DVD.

In addition to television and film roles, Holt has appeared in advertisements for Dreamworld, Sizzler, and Queensland Lifesaving. BuddyTV ranked her number 55 on its TV’s 100 Sexiest Women of 2011 list.[8]

In August 2011, Holt was confirmed to be in the TV series The Vampire Diaries as Rebekah.[9] On 13 January 2013, The CW announced that Holt had joined the cast for the backdoor pilot of The Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals, where she reprised her role as Rebekah Mikaelson.[10] She exited the show as a series regular in the sixteenth episode of the first season, which aired in the U.S. on 11 March 2014.[11] Holt returned to her role in the season one finale on 13 May 2014, and continues to periodically guest star on the series.

In 2015, Holt was linked to CBS’ Supergirl although she chose not pursue it.[citation needed] She starred in NBC “event series” Aquarius as Charmain Tully.[citation needed] In 2016, she was cast in the romantic comedy film The Divorce Party, playing the role of Susan and will star alongside Matilda Lutz and Thomas Cocquerel.[citation needed]

In 2017, Holt was cast in a starring role, playing Kayla, in the ABC thriller drama television pilot Doomsday.[12] In addition, Holt starred as Kate in the underwater survival thriller film 47 Meters Down opposite Mandy Moore and Matthew Modine which released in theaters on 16 June 2017.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Holt at the Ian Somerhalder Foundation’s Influence Affair Red Carpet 2012

Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Messengers 2: The Scarecrow Rollins, LindsayLindsay Rollins
2012 Blue Like Jazz Penny Main role
2017 47 Meters Down Kate
TBA The Divorce Party Susan Filming[citation needed]
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2006–2008 H2O: Just Add Water Gilbert, EmmaEmma Gilbert Main role (seasons 1–2), 51 episodes
2011 Mean Girls 2 Meyer, ChastityChastity Meyer Television film
2011 Pretty Little Liars Cook, SamaraSamara Cook Recurring role, 5 episodes
2011–2013 Vampire Diaries, TheThe Vampire Diaries Mikaelson, RebekahRebekah Mikaelson Recurring role, 38 episodes
2013–present Originals, TheThe Originals Mikaelson, RebekahRebekah Mikaelson Main role (season 1); Recurring role (season 2–present); 27 episodes
2015–2016 Aquarius Tully, CharmainCharmain Tully Main role, 22 episodes
Music video roles
Year Song Artist Notes
2014 “We Are Done” The Madden Brothers Cameo
2017 “Small Town Boy” Dustin Lynch

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Refs
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy The Originals Nominated [14]

Cheap Trick discography

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Cheap Trick discography

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Cheap Trick discography
Studio albums 18
Live albums 6
Compilation albums 17
Music videos 7
EPs 2
Singles 64
Soundtrack albums 20

This page lists albums, singles, and compilations by the band Cheap Trick, alongside chart positions, release date (U.S.), and sales achievements (U.S.).

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[1]
JPN
[2][3]
AUS
[4][5]
1977 Cheap Trick

  • Released: February 1977
  • Label: Epic
207
In Color

  • Released: September 1977
  • Label: Epic
73 30 93
1978 Heaven Tonight

  • Released: May 1978
  • Label: Epic
48 11 84
  • US: Platinum[6]
  • CAN: Platinum[7]
1979 Dream Police

  • Released: September 21, 1979
  • Label: Epic
6 4 7
  • US: Platinum[6]
  • CAN: 3× Platinum[7]
1980 All Shook Up

  • Released: October 24, 1980
  • Label: Epic
24 21 68
1982 One on One

  • Released: April 30, 1982
  • Label: Epic
39 77 25
1983 Next Position Please

  • Released: August 15, 1983
  • Label: Epic
61 75
1985 Standing on the Edge

  • Released: October 1985
  • Label: Epic
35
1986 The Doctor

  • Released: November 1986
  • Label: Epic
115
1988 Lap of Luxury

  • Released: April 12, 1988
  • Label: Epic
16 93 14
  • US: Platinum[6]
  • CAN: Platinum[7]
1990 Busted

  • Released: June 1990
  • Label: Epic
48 44 36
1994 Woke up with a Monster

123 20
1997 Cheap Trick

  • Released: April 29, 1997
  • Label: Red Ant Records
99 35
2003 Special One

  • Released: July 22, 2003
  • Label: Cheap Trick Unlimited
128 75
2006 Rockford

  • Released: June 6, 2006
  • Label: Cheap Trick Unlimited
101 84
2009 The Latest

  • Released: June 23, 2009
  • Label: Cheap Trick Unlimited
78 84
2016 Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello

31
2017 We’re All Alright!

“—” denotes releases that did not chart.

EP[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[1]
JPN
[2][3]
AUS
[4][5]
1980 Found All the Parts (EP)

  • Released: June 2, 1980
  • Label: Epic
39 37
2005 Sessions@AOL (EP)

  • (Digital download only)
  • Live

Live albums[edit]

Compilations[edit]

  • 1991: The Greatest Hits–(Platinum)(1x million)
  • 1992: Voices (Int’l Marketing Grp)
  • 1996: Sex, America, Cheap Trick (box set including unreleased tracks)
  • 1996: I Want You to Want Me (IMG Records)
  • 1998: Hits of Cheap Trick (Import) 16 Selected Hits
  • 1998: Don’t Be Cruel (Collectables Label) 9 Selected Singles
  • 2000: Authorized Greatest Hits
  • 2004: The Essential Cheap Trick
  • 2005: Collection (Cheap Trick/In Color/ Heaven Tonight) Remastered and unreleased tracks from first 3 albums
  • 2005: Cheap Trick Rock on Break Out Years: 1979 (Madacy Records) [1]
  • 2007: Super Hits (Sony Musical Special Products)
  • 2007: Discover Cheap Trick (Epic/Legacy Records)
  • 2009: Playlist: The Very Best of Cheap Trick (Epic/Legacy Records)
  • 2014: The 70’s (Sony Music Commercial Music Group)
  • 2015: The Epic Archive, Vol. 1 (1975-1979) (Epic/Legacy) – Digital Only
  • 2015: The Epic Archive, Vol. 2 (1980-1983) (Epic/Legacy) – Digital Only
  • 2015: The Epic Archive, Vol. 3 (1984-1992) (Epic/Legacy) – Digital Only

Movie soundtracks[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
US US
Rock
CAN AUS NZ UK
1977 Oh Candy Cheap Trick
I Want You to Want Me 97 In Color
Southern Girls
1978 Surrender 62 79 32 Heaven Tonight
California Man
1979 I Want You to Want Me(live) 7 2 43 23 29 Cheap Trick at Budokan
Ain’t That a Shame(live) 35 10 24
Dream Police 26 9 5 7 Dream Police
Voices 32 12
Way of the World(UK only) 73
1980 “I’ll Be with You Tonight” (UK only)
Everything Works if You Let It 44 40 Roadie (soundtrack)
Stop This Game 48 32 All Shook Up
“World’s Greatest Lover”
1981 Reach Out Heavy Metal (soundtrack)
1982 If You Want My Love 45 11 2 57 One on One
She’s Tight 65
Saturday at Midnight
1983 “Spring Break” Spring Break (soundtrack)
Dancing the Night Away Next Position Please
I Can’t Take It
1984 Up the Creek 36 Up the Creek (soundtrack)
1985 Tonight It’s You 44 8 Standing on the Edge
“Little Sister”
“How About You”
1986 Mighty Wings Top Gun (soundtrack)
It’s Only Love The Doctor
1988 The Flame 1 3 1 1 11 77 Lap of Luxury
Don’t Be Cruel 4 8 * 4 6 77
Ghost Town 33 32 * 67 29
Let Go 35 75
1989 Never Had a Lot to Lose 75
1990 Can’t Stop Fallin’ Into Love 12 4 6 26 Busted
Wherever Would I Be 50 59
“If You Need Me”
Back ‘n Blue 32
1991 Magical Mystery Tour The Greatest Hits
1994 Woke up with a Monster 16 Woke up with a Monster
You’re All I Wanna Do
“Girlfriends”
“Never Run Out of Love”
Didn’t Know I Had It
1995 Cold Turkey Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon
1997 Say Goodbye 119 39 13 Cheap Trick
“Baby No More”
“Baby Talk”
Carnival Game
1999 “That ’70s Song” That ’70s Show (soundtrack)
2003 Scent of a Woman Special One
My Obsession
Too Much
2006 Perfect Stranger Rockford
“Come On, Come On, Come On”
If It Takes a Lifetime
2009 “Sick Man of Europe” The Latest
2016 “When I Wake Up Tomorrow” 24 Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello
“—” denotes releases that did not chart

International singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Album
JP NLD
1977 ELO Kiddies(Europe only) Cheap Trick
Clock Strikes Ten(Japan only) 1 In Color
1979 Surrender(Europe only) 9 Cheap Trick at Budokan
1982 I Want You(Europe only) 48 One on One
1983 “Next Position Please” (Europe only) Next Position Please
1986 Kiss Me Red(Europe only) The Doctor
“—” denotes releases that did not chart

Video and DVD[edit]

  • (1990) Every Trick in the Book
  • (1997) Live from Australia
  • (2001) Silver
  • (2002) Music for Hangovers
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Cheap Trick

Cheap Trick

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Cheap Trick
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Cheap Trick performing in 1978 in Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Park Center
Background information
Origin Rockford, Illinois, United States
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Years active 1973–present
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Website cheaptrick.com
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Past members

Cheap Trick is an American rock band from Rockford, Illinois, formed in 1973. The band currently consists of official members Robin Zander (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar, backing vocals), Tom Petersson (bass, backing vocals), and Rick’s son Daxx Nielsen (drums). Their biggest hits include “Surrender“, “I Want You to Want Me“, “Dream Police” and “The Flame“.

They have often been referred to in the Japanese press as the “American Beatles“.[1] In October 2007, the Illinois Senate passed a resolution designating April 1 as Cheap Trick Day in the state.[2] The band was also ranked No. 25 in VH1‘s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.[3] In April 2016, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

History[edit]

Early years (1961–1974)[edit]

In 1961, Rick Nielsen began playing locally in Rockford, Illinois using an ever-increasing collection of rare and valuable guitars. He formed several local bands with names like The Boyz and The Grim Reapers. Brad Carlson, later known as Bun E. Carlos, played in a rival Rockford band, the Pagans. Finally, Nielsen formed Fuse in 1967 with Tom Peterson, later known as Tom Petersson, who had played in yet another local band called The Bo Weevils.[4]

Fuse released a self-titled album for Epic Records in 1970, which was generally ignored. Frustrated by their lack of success, Fuse recruited the two remaining members of Nazz in 1970 and ended up playing around the Midwest for 6–7 months under two monikers, Fuse or Nazz, depending on where they were gigging. With Bun E. Carlos joining on drums, Fuse moved to Philadelphia in 1971. They began calling themselves “Sick Man of Europe” in 1972–1973.[4] After a European tour in 1973, Nielsen and Petersson returned to Rockford and reunited with Carlos.[5][6]

Randy “Xeno” Hogan was the original lead singer for Cheap Trick. He left the band shortly after its formation and was replaced by Robin Zander.[4] The name was inspired by the band’s attendance of a Slade concert, where Petersson commented that the band used “every cheap trick in the book” as part of their act.[7] The band recorded (with Hogan), an official demo, “Hot Tomato”, around mid 1974, parts of which would form “I’ll Be with You Tonight“, which was first called “Tonight, Tonight” (and a slightly different structure), and “Takin’ Me Back“.

Classic years (1975–1978)[edit]

Nielsen and Petersson performing in 1977

With Robin Zander now on vocals, the band recorded their first official demo in 1975 and played in warehouses, bowling alleys, and various other venues around the midwestern United States. The band was signed to Epic Records in early 1976[8] by A&R man Tom Werman, at the insistence of producer Jack Douglas who had seen the band perform in Wisconsin. The songs they had written and performed, such as “I Want You To Want Me” which was first performed on April 17, 1975, in Milwaukee, would not be released until a few years later. The later-hit song was played that summer, and frequently throughout the spring and summer of 1976 throughout the aforementioned Midwest locations.

The band released their first album, Cheap Trick, in early 1977, produced by Jack Douglas. While favored by critics, the album was not successful in terms of sales.[4] The album’s lone single “Oh Candy” failed to chart as did the album. However, the band began to develop a fan base in Japan and “ELO Kiddies” was a hit single in Europe. Their second album In Color was released later that year and was produced by Tom Werman, who brought out their lighter and more pop-oriented side, producing an album much more polished than their first. However, the band bemoaned In Color‘s production and would re-record it many years later. Moreover, the album was largely unsuccessful. The singles “Southern Girls”, “I Want You To Want Me”, and “So Good To See You”, failed to chart. However, “I Want You To Want Me” and “Clock Strikes Ten” were hit singles in Japan, with the latter going to No. 1 on the charts. In Color ultimately was ranked No. 443 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The band’s third album, Heaven Tonight, released in May 1978 and again produced by Tom Werman, combined elements of the first two albums. Regarded by many fans and critics as their best album, the lead-off track “Surrender” was Cheap Trick’s first single to chart in the United States, peaking at No. 62. It has gone on to become one of the band’s signature songs. Heaven Tonight is also noteworthy as the first album recorded with a 12-string electric bass.[9] Perhaps most importantly, this album made the band megastars in Japan.

Budokan brings success (1978–1981)[edit]

None of Cheap Trick’s first three albums made it into the Top 40 in the United States.[4] In Japan, however, all three albums became gold records. When Cheap Trick went to Japan to tour the country for the first time in April 1978, they were received with a frenzy reminiscent of Beatlemania.[10] During this tour, Cheap Trick recorded two concerts attended by their loyal Japanese fans at the Nippon Budokan. Ten tracks taken from both shows were compiled and released as a live album titled Cheap Trick at Budokan, which was intended to be exclusive to Japan.[11] Demand for the import album became so great that Epic Records finally released the album in the United States in February 1979.

Cheap Trick at Budokan launched the band into international stardom, and the album went triple platinum in the United States.[10][12] The smash track was the live version of “I Want You to Want Me”, which had originally been released on In Color. It reached No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, and became Cheap Trick’s biggest-selling single. The second single, “Ain’t That A Shame“, peaked at No. 35. “Need Your Love” had already been recorded for the forthcoming Dream Police album that had already been finished, but after the unprecedented success of At Budokan, Epic postponed the album’s release. Dream Police was released later in 1979 and was their third album in a row produced by Tom Werman. The title track of the album was a hit single, as was “Voices“. Dream Police also found the band taking its style in a more experimental direction by incorporating strings and dabbling in heavy metal on tracks like “Gonna Raise Hell”.

A four track EP entitled Found All The Parts was released in mid 1980 and consisted of previously unreleased material. One side of the record contained live recordings and the other side had studio recordings. The live tracks were a faux live cover of The Beatles‘ “Day Tripper“, and “Can’t Hold On”, a bluesy track performed at Budokan concerts in 1978. The studio tracks were “Such A Good Girl” and “Take Me I’m Yours”, which the record claims were recorded in 1976 and 1977, respectively. However, while they were older songs, they were recorded with Jack Douglas in early 1980. A total of nine tracks were recorded with Douglas, and remain obscure as they have only been issued on compilations, promotional samplers, and contest giveaways. For years, there was a false rumor that this was an album that had been rejected by Epic Records.

By 1980, when All Shook Up was released, Cheap Trick was headlining arenas. All Shook Up, produced by former Beatles producer George Martin, reached No. 24 on the charts and was certified gold, but the album’s high-class background did not save it from descriptions like “Led Zeppelin gone psycho”.[13] Many fans of the band’s earlier albums saw All Shook Up as too weird and experimental. One song from the sessions, “Everything Works if You Let It“, appeared on the soundtrack of Roadie. This, and “Stop This Game” both missed the top 40, peaking at #44 & #48, respectively. A later reissue of All Shook Up included “Everything Works” as a bonus track.

Nielsen and Carlos participated in sessions for John Lennon and Yoko Ono‘s album Double Fantasy, recording a bass-heavy and experimental version of Lennon’s “I’m Losing You“, but were never used on the subsequent release, with Lennon favoring a ‘lighter’ sound. (The Cheap Trick version can be found only on the John Lennon Anthology and on various bootlegs.) Nielsen and Carlos were also involved in recording a heavier and slower version of Yoko Ono’s “I’m Moving On”, but that has never seen any official release (only on bootlegs).

Departure of Petersson (1981–1987)[edit]

On August 26, 1980, before the release of All Shook Up, Petersson left the group to record a solo album with his wife Dagmar. The five-song mini-LP titled Tom Peterson and Another Language was released in 1984. Pete Comita replaced Petersson for the All Shook Up tour, and the band recorded five songs with Comita to contribute to two movie soundtracks. “I’m the Man”, “Born to Raise Hell”, and “Ohm Sweet Ohm”, which were produced by Jack Douglas, went to the film Rock & Rule. An accompanying soundtrack album for the film was never released and the songs weren’t released until 1996 (on the Sex, America, Cheap Trick box set). “Reach Out” and “I Must Be Dreamin'” went to the film Heavy Metal and were produced by Roy Thomas Baker. “Reach Out” was written by Comita and Bob James. Comita left the band after completing the 1980–81 World Tour that promoted the All Shook Up album as well as the demo sessions for the band’s forthcoming album. He would later claim that he co-wrote songs that appeared on the band’s next two albums and was not credited. Jon Brant became Petersson’s steady replacement. In July 1981, CBS Inc. sued Cheap Trick and their manager Ken Adamany for $10 million, alleging they were attempting to coerce CBS into re-negotiating their contract and had refused to record any new material for the label since October 1980. The lawsuit was settled in early 1982 and work commenced on the next album—One on One, produced by Roy Thomas Baker. The band changed direction again, this time opting for an album full of brash, shout-along hard rock songs. The album spawned two minor hits with the power ballad “If You Want My Love” and the innuendo-laced rocker “She’s Tight“. The music videos for both songs received heavy rotation on MTV.

The following year, Cheap Trick released Next Position Please with Todd Rundgren as producer. Rundgren downplayed the band’s brash side and returned them to a more clean, pop-oriented sound similar to that of In Color. The album never found much of an audience and Cheap Trick’s commercial fortunes were in decline. The first single was a cover of The Motors‘ “Dancing the Night Away“. Epic Records, desperate for a hit from the band, forced the group to record the track, which had been a hit single in Europe. Rundgren refused to produce the song, and it was instead produced by One On One engineer Ian Taylor. It failed to chart, as did the second single and fan favorite “I Can’t Take It“. The Ian-Taylor-produced “Spring Break”, which was a contribution to the soundtrack of the 1983 comedy film of the same name, was also issued as a single, which also failed to chart. In 1984, the band recorded the title track “Up the Creek” to the Tim Matheson comedy Up The Creek, which Nielsen later called “one of the worst” songs he’d ever written.[14] The track reached No. 36 on Billboard’s Top Tracks but was off the chart after two weeks.

In 1985 they were reunited with Jack Douglas, who had produced their debut album, to record Standing on the Edge. The band originally intended to return to their rough-sounding roots on the album, but Douglas backed out of the mixing process due to the legal issues.[citation needed] It was instead mixed by Tony Platt, who added more elements of typical 1980s production. This album was called their “best collection of bubblegum bazooka rock in years”.[15] The album also featured Mark Radice on keyboards, and he was also enlisted to assist in the songwriting process. The album’s first single, “Tonight It’s You“, reached No. 8 on the Billboard’s Top Rock Tracks chart and the video received heavy rotation on MTV. The following singles “Little Sister” and “How About You” were released as promotional singles only. During this time, Steve Walsh, between gigs as keyboardist/lead singer of the bands Streets and Kansas, toured with the band as a keyboard player and background vocalist.

Cheap Trick also participated in a USO project organized by Kansas drummer Phil Ehart, touring as part of the First Airborne Rock n Roll Division, the band joined other rock bands at land and water military installations to entertain those serving in the United States Armed Forces.

In 1986, the band recorded “Mighty Wings“, the end-title cut for the film Top Gun, released June 1986. They then released The Doctor in the fall, produced by Tony Platt. Some of the songs contained elements of funk, and the band utilized female back-up vocalists for the first time. However, synthesizers and computer-programmed sound effects drowned out most of the prominent instruments, most noticeably the guitar. The album’s lone single, “It’s Only Love” failed to chart, but many blame the album’s poor success on the record label’s lack of promotion. The music video for “It’s Only Love” made history as the first music video to prominently use American Sign Language.[16] The Doctor turned out to be the final album with Jon Brant as bassist. Brant parted on good terms with the band, and has performed with the band a number of times since as a special guest or filling in for Petersson.

Lap of Luxury (1987–1997)[edit]

Petersson rejoined the group in 1987 and helped record 1988’s Lap of Luxury, produced by Richie Zito. Due to the band’s commercial decline, Epic Records forced the band to collaborate with professional songwriters. “The Flame“, a typical ’80s “factory ballad”, was issued as the first single and became the band’s first-ever No. 1 single. The second single, a cover of Elvis Presley‘s “Don’t Be Cruel” also reached the top 5. Three other singles from the album were “Ghost Town“, “Never Had a Lot to Lose“, and “Let Go“. Each one charted successfully, and Lap of Luxury went platinum and became recognized as the band’s comeback album.

Busted was released in 1990 and was also produced by Richie Zito, as the band attempted to capitalize on the success of Lap of Luxury. This time, however, the band was allowed more creative control and professional songwriters were only used on a handful of songs. The first single “Can’t Stop Falling Into Love” reached No. 12 on the charts but failed to reach as high as the label expected. The second single, the Diane Warren penned “Wherever Would I Be“, suffered a worse fate reaching only No. 50. The following singles, “If You Need Me” and “Back N’ Blue” were not successful, although the later single reached No. 32 on the US Mainstream Rock charts.

In 1991, Cheap Trick’s Greatest Hits was released. It included twelve (twenty-eight on Japan pressing) of the band’s most successful or popular singles and one new track, a cover of The Beatles‘ song “Magical Mystery Tour“, which was an outtake from the Lap Of Luxury sessions.

In 1993, Budokan II was released. It featured the tracks that had been omitted from the original live album, plus three more tracks from their follow-up tour in 1979. The release was not authorized by the band, and it is now out of print. That same year, Robin Zander released his eponymous debut solo record on Interscope, produced by Jimmy Iovine. Guitarist Mike Campbell, best known for his work with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, collaborated with Zander on most of the album’s tracks. The album was largely unsuccessful but the single “I’ve Always Got You” reached No. 13 on the US Mainstream Rock chart and No. 64 in Canada. In 1995, the band guest-starred as a fictitious washed-up band called Pandemonium on the UPN drama series The Watcher (TV series).

The group left Epic after the disappointing sales of Busted to sign with Warner Bros. Records. In 1994 the band released Woke Up With A Monster, which was produced by producer Ted Templeman, best known for his work with Van Halen. The album’s title track was issued as the first single and reached No. 16 on the US Mainstream Rock charts. The album’s sales were poor, and it peaked at only No. 123. By the time the album came out, there had been a variety of significant changes in the band, both music-wise and appearance-wise. The style of music is more on the “hard rock” side, their “heaviest” album since One On One. Ted Templeman’s heavy-handed production was also the subject of much criticism. Rick Nielsen grew a goatee, and Robin Zander’s voice grew noticeably deeper. The band also contributed a cover of John Lennon’s song “Cold Turkey” on the Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon album.

The band quickly parted ways with Warner Bros. and decided it was time to go back to basics. They concentrated on the strength of their live shows, which were near-legendary, and they decided to release new recordings to independent labels instead of major companies. Over the next few years, Cheap Trick toured with several bands they had influenced, such as Stone Temple Pilots and Pearl Jam. At the end of 1995, the band independently released Gift, a two track Christmas CD that benefited Chicago-area charities. They spent the next year recording demos with Tom Werman and Steve Albini. They then released the 7 inch vinyl single Baby Talk/Brontosaurus on Seattle-based indie label Sub Pop Records, which was produced by Albini. Now back on speaking terms with their former label, the band released Sex, America, Cheap Trick, a four disc box set that included dozens of rare and unreleased studio and live recordings along with some of the band’s singles and favorites, on Epic Records. The collection, however, was criticized for lacking several of the band’s most well-known and much-loved songs.

In 1997, Cheap Trick signed with indie label Red Ant Records and released Cheap Trick, produced by Ian Taylor, who the band had previously worked with in 1982 and 1983. The band attempted to re-introduce themselves to a new generation, as the album was self-titled and the artwork was similar to their first album which had been released twenty years before. Tom Werman would later claim that he had produced a track on the album and was not credited.[17] The album was critically acclaimed and hailed as a return to form. Eleven weeks after the release, Red Ant’s parent company Alliance Entertainment Corporation declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The single “Say Goodbye” only reached No. 119 on the charts, and the band again found themselves without a record label. Two other singles were released from the album, “Baby No More” and “Carnival Game“.

Cheap Trick Unlimited (1998–2005)[edit]

Cheap Trick began to rebuild in 1998 by trying to restore normal relations with Sony/Epic and the music retail community. They established their own record company, Cheap Trick Unlimited. They toured behind the release of At Budokan: The Complete Concert, and the remastered reissues of their first three albums. One of the multi-night stands from this tour resulted in Music for Hangovers, a vibrant live effort that featured members of The Smashing Pumpkins on two tracks.

Vocalist Robin Zander performing at Gulfstream Park in 2006.

Cheap Trick Unlimited sold the CD exclusively on Amazon.com for 8 weeks prior to releasing it in stores. To support the record they toured with Guided By Voices, and also played a concert with Pearl Jam. That same year, the band spent time in the studio recording with Steve Albini, who had produced the Baby Talk/Brontosaurus single. The band began re-recording their second album, In Color, as well as a handful of other miscellaneous tracks. The recordings were not finished and have yet to be officially released, but they were leaked onto the Internet.[18] The band also revealed in an interview that a rarities album was in the works and initially planned for release in early 2000. However, it was never released.[19]

In 1999, the band recorded a reworked cover of Big Star‘s “In the Street” for use as the theme song for the television show That ’70s Show. It was released on the show’s soundtrack, That ’70s Album (Rockin’). The group also re-recorded “Surrender”, which was available exclusively at Getsigned.com.

In early 2000, Cheap Trick entered into a license with the now-defunct Musicmaker.com to directly download and create custom CDs for over 50 songs. After spending a good part of 2001 writing songs and about six weeks of pre-production, Cheap Trick went into Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, New York in March 2002, where the band put together their first studio album in six years, Special One in May 2003. At the same time, the band brought their record label to Big3 Entertainment. While the lead-off single “Scent of a Woman” was typical Cheap Trick fare, most of the album’s tracks were acoustic-based. Two following singles “My Obsession” and “Too Much” were released.

The album was met with mixed reviews, with one of the larger subjects of criticism being that the last two tracks on the album were basically the same song. The band also contributed the 1999 re recorded version of “Surrender” to the comedy film Daddy Day Care, and made a cameo in the film. They toured with Cake on the Unlimited Sunshine Tour that same year. In Japan, the band’s entire catalog released between 1980 and 1990 was re-issued in remastered form.

In late 2003, Bun E. Carlos starred in a Target commercial with Torry Castellano, drummer of The Donnas.

In April 2005, Cheap Trick released the five-track Sessions@AOL EP for digital download.

Independence (2006–present)[edit]

In 2006, Cheap Trick released Rockford on Cheap Trick Unlimited/Big3 Records. The first single from the album was “Perfect Stranger” (produced by Linda Perry and co-written by Cheap Trick and Perry). The following singles “Come On, Come On, Come On” and “If It Takes a Lifetime” were released shortly after. The band promoted the album through appearances on the Sirius and XM satellite radio networks and a North American tour. That same year, “Surrender” was featured as a playable track in the hit video game Guitar Hero II, and the albums Dream Police and All Shook Up were re-issued in remastered form with bonus tracks. One On One and Next Position Please (The Authorized Version) were released as digital downloads. The band also appeared in a McDonald’s advertising campaign called “This Is Your Wake-Up Call” featuring the band.[20]

Guitarist Rick Nielsen performing at Gulfstream Park in 2006.

In 2007, officials of Rockford, Illinois honored Cheap Trick by reproducing the Rockford album cover art on that year’s “city sticker” (vehicle registration). On June 19, 2007, the Illinois Senate passed Senate Resolution 255, which designated April 1 of every year as Cheap Trick Day in the State of Illinois.[21] In August of that year, Cheap Trick honored the 40th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by playing the album in its entirety with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conducted by Edwin Outwater, along with guest vocalists including Joan Osborne and Aimee Mann.[22] Geoff Emerick, who engineered all the sound effects on Sgt. Pepper, engineered the same sounds for the two live concerts. The Chicago chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences honored Cheap Trick at the 2007 Recording Academy Honors event in Chicago on October 11, 2007. Nielsen and Carlos were on hand to receive the award, which was presented to them by Steve Albini.

In 2008, Cheap Trick were selected to be featured in the John Varvatos Spring/Summer 2008 clothing ad campaign. The black and white commercial put the group on a boardwalk with bicycles, the filming backdrop was a beach for a very modern look for the band. “California Man“, a song written by Roy Wood and covered by the band on Heaven Tonight was used in the advertising promotion. On April 24, Cheap Trick played live at the Budokan for the 30th anniversary of the 1978 album Live at Budokan.[23] On July 5, at their concert in Milwaukee, Rick Nielsen announced to the crowd that the show was being recorded for a future CD and/or DVD release. On November 11, the band released At Budokan: 30th Anniversary Collectors Edition, a box set that featured 3 CDs of the band’s two concerts at Budokan recorded on April 28 and 30, 1978. A bonus DVD contained concert footage that originally aired on Japanese television, plus bonus features including footage from their return to Budokan for the original album’s 30th anniversary.

Also in 2008, the song “Dream Police” was featured as a playable track in the hit video game Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. Rock Band 2 also featured the unreleased 1998 re-recorded version of “Hello There” as a playable track and it was also used for the game’s opening sequence.

In an October 2008 interview, Rick Nielsen revealed that several Cheap Trick releases were in store for the future, including a new album produced by Julian Raymond and Howard Willing, and the re-recorded version of In Color.[24]

In 2009, the band released The Latest. It was also available in both vinyl and 8-track tape versions on the band’s website.[25] The group also performed the theme song for the film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The group released Sgt. Pepper Live, their interpretation of the classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band on August 25, 2009. This was released as both a compact disc and a DVD. 2009 also saw Bun E. Carlos launch a separate project including members of Smashing Pumpkins, Fountains of Wayne, and Hanson: Tinted Windows, a power pop quartet whose debut album quickly earned critical praise and repeat airplay on leading syndicated FM radio programs. The band headlined a homecoming show at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL on Thursday, December 10, 2009 as the main act at the 104.3 WJMK-FM holiday show.

In 2010, Cheap Trick’s “Dream Police”, re-recorded as “Green Police”, appeared as the music bed in an Audi commercial that first aired during Super Bowl XLIV. The commercial depicts a man enjoying his Audi TDI, which is apparently painlessly compliant with environmental regulations.

On March 19, 2010 it was announced that Bun E. Carlos would stop touring with the band. [26] He was replaced by Nielsen’s son Daxx.[27]

On April 6, 2010 Sony Music began to reissue Cheap Trick’s albums that have been out of print via reissue specialist labels Friday Music and Wounded Bird Records. One On One and Next Position Please were released first and have been combined to fit on to one CD. Standing On The Edge and The Doctor were released separately and Busted was combined with the Found All The Parts EP.

In November 2010, the band played a set of shows in the UK, each with an individual set list and their album The Latest was given away as a free disc with the UK magazine, Classic Rock. On July 17, 2011 at The Bluesfest in Ottawa, 20 minutes into Cheap Trick’s set, a thunderstorm blew through the festival area. The band and crew were on the stage when without warning the 40-ton roof fell. It fell away from the audience and landed on the band’s truck which was parked alongside the back of the stage, breaking the fall and allowing everyone about 30 seconds to escape.[28]

In 2012, Cheap Trick opened for Aerosmith on the Global Warming Tour. The tour began in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 16 and ended in Nashville, Tennessee on December 13, 2012.

In 2013, Carlos filed a lawsuit against his former bandmates, claiming that even though they claim that he is still a band member, he is not being allowed to participate in band-related activities, including recording a new album. The remaining three members of Cheap Trick filed a countersuit, seeking an official affirmation of their removal of Carlos. Their lawsuit was thrown out by a Delaware judge in late 2013.[29]

In 2014, Cheap Trick went on tour as special guests with rock group Boston behind Boston’s new album, Life, Love & Hope.

In 2015, the band toured extensively with Peter Frampton in the United States.

On February 26, 2015, Robin Zander announced that the lawsuit was over. “We’ve settled our differences,” Zander continued. “Bun E.’s a member of the band, but he’s not touring and he’s not recording. … We’ve had our differences, but we’re all settled up now and hopefully we can forget about that era. These decisions that Cheap Trick makes, Bun E. is part of.”

On December 17, 2015 it was announced that Cheap Trick would be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on Friday, April 8, 2016 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. All four original members were in attendance and performed together for the first time in six years.

Cheap Trick had perfected an extremely individual yet classic rock and roll band sound by the time it released its first album in 1977. It has never changed it much. It didn’t need to. Cheap Trick’s records and concerts display a singular musical consistency over almost 40 years.[30]

On January 22, 2016, the band announced its first album in five years, Bang, Zoom, Crazy… Hello, would be released April 1, 2016. They released a single, “No Direction Home,” as a teaser for the album.[31]

In 2016, the Republican Party offered the band $100,000 to play at a concert launching the 2016 Republican National Convention. Zander said, “We turned it down. Then we had second thoughts. Maybe we should have accepted it — but we would all have got swastika guitars made.”[32]

On April 27, 2017, the band announced its new album We’re All Alright!, scheduled for release on June 16, 2017, and debuted the single “Long Time Coming” as a teaser for the album.[33]

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and one night return of Bun E. Carlos to the line-up[edit]

Bun E. Carlos appeared with Cheap Trick on April 4, 2016 as the band was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He spoke about the band’s early days during his part of the acceptance speech. He gave thanks to many of those involved with various aspects of the band, including the three other original members plus bass players Jon Brant, & Peter Comita who both manned the bass during the 1981 – 1987 absence of Tom Petersson. He also thanked his parents for buying his first drum kit he received as a youth. All four original members spoke, talked of influences and gave credit to those who helped along the way. One shared memory included a conversation early on about adding a keyboard player, then everyone quickly agreeing that there wasn’t enough room in the car at that time for another person. One common theme during the speeches was: a true love and respect for working with legendary producer George Martin. It was said that George’s favorite band to work with that was not named The Beatles was indeed Cheap Trick.

The band played a variety of songs with Bun E. Carlos on drums again. Cheap Trick founder and guitarist Rick Nielson was reportedly excited to play alongside of his original bandmate saying “they are inducting the people that made the records way back when and that’s good. He deserves it.” The Hall Of Fame set list included: I Want You To Want Me, Dream Police, Surrender & Ain’t That A Shame. The band was in classic form and was very well received by the sell out crowd, a band trademark over all the years of playing live. Daxx Nielsen along with other the bandmates family members were there in attendance enjoying the festivities.[34]

Legacy[edit]

Live performances[edit]

Cheap Trick is known for their four decades of almost continuous touring. They have performed more than 5,000 times and are known worldwide as a premier live act, as the band proved early on with the massive success of Live at Budokan.[35]

Instruments[edit]

Cheap Trick is known for its use—and large collection—of unusual and vintage guitars and basses.

Robin Zander has played a 1950s Rickenbacker Combo 450 Mapleglo since the late 1970s, as well as a Hamer 12-string guitar, a Schecter Guitar Research Corsair Bigsby, a Gibson Firebird, and various Fender Telecaster-styled guitars.

Rick Nielsen is an avid collector who has over 400 guitars in his possession. He has collaborated with Hamer on trademark ‘themed’ guitars, some based on Cheap Trick albums such as Rockford and The Doctor, and even songs such as “Gonna Raise Hell”. Hamer has also made unique five-necked guitars and electric mandocellos for Nielsen.

Tom Petersson and Jol Dantzig of Hamer Guitars created the idea for a twelve-string bass. Tom Petersson previously had used an Alembic[36][37] and Hagstrom 8-string basses, and asked Dantzig to make a 12-string bass. The company initially made him a 10-string bass. Following the successful trial use of that bass, the prototype 12-string bass, The Hamer ‘Quad’, was produced. Petersson later used 12-string basses made by Kids (a Japanese guitar maker), Chandler, and signature models from Waterstone and from The Electrical Guitar Company. During 2015 and 2016, his primary 12-string bass was one of a pair of prototype Gretsch White Falcon basses in all white and also cream / green finishes. They have been said to be envisaged as a future ‘signature’ production model. His primary choice of 4-string bass is a Gibson Thunderbird, though he also owns a very impressive array of 4, 5 and 8 stringed basses from other guitar makers. He is also an endorser of Hofner basses.

Bun E. Carlos has played with many different commercial drum accessories, including Ludwig and Slingerland Radio King drums, Zildjian cymbals, rare Billy Gladstone snare drums, and Capella drum sticks. He is also an avid collector of vintage drums.

Influence[edit]

Cheap Trick is respected by its peers and influenced a number of later artists. The band was one of Joey Ramone’s all-time favorites and has received acknowledgment from such peers as Gene Simmons (Rick Nielsen appeared on Simmons’ 1978 solo album), Joe Perry[citation needed], and Angus Young[citation needed]. In 1979, Robin Zander was informally approached to join British glam rockers Sweet after the departure of singer Brian Connolly. In the 1980s, Cheap Trick garnered support from the hard rock community when bands like Mötley Crüe, Ratt and Guns N’ Roses cited their influence. The band also influenced musicians in the alternative rock scene: Kurt Cobain mentioned the band as an influence, while Smashing Pumpkins arranged for Cheap Trick open shows for them. Rick Nielsen recorded on local Chicago band Material Issue‘s 1993 release Freak City Soundtrack. Even earlier, industrial post-punk band Big Black released a version of Cheap Trick’s “He’s A Whore” as a single in 1986.

According to Poison guitarist C.C. Deville the main riff to “Talk Dirty to Me”, is taken from Cheap Trick’s “She’s Tight”, while his solo for the song is taken from “California Man”.

Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan has made a number of onstage guest appearances with Cheap Trick over the years. The thrash metal band Anthrax has covered two Cheap Trick songs, “Big Eyes” and “Auf Wiedersehen”. Other bands that have mentioned Cheap Trick as an inspiration and influence include Gin Blossoms, Urge Overkill, Pearl Jam, Weezer, Stone Temple Pilots, Webb Wilder, Jason & the Scorchers, Everclear, Extreme, Enuff Z’nuff, Green Day, American Hi-Fi, Simple Plan, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Fountains of Wayne, Red Hot Chili Peppers, OK Go, Terrorvision, Sugar High, Kings of Leon, Hüsker Dü, Slipknot, Jet, Tinted Windows, Alice in Chains, Surf Punks and The Wildhearts. Alice Cooper, on his “Nights with Alice Cooper” radio show once called Cheap Trick “America’s House Band”, citing their following among a wide range of musical genres. Even R&B/Soul artist Reggie Sears has mentioned Cheap Trick to be a big influence.

In the movie This is Spinal Tap, the fictional, down on its luck band Spinal Tap finds renewed success in a sold-out tour of Japan, an homage to Cheap Trick’s rise to international success after its tour of that country.[citation needed]

In 2003, Velvet Revolver recorded a studio cover of “Surrender”, that ended up being released as a bonus track for their debut album Contraband.

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Buzz Osborne of the Melvins, a seminal alternative music group, stated in 2011 that he’s been a Cheap Trick fan and influenced by their work.[38]

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Bun E. Carlos – drums (1974–2010; one-off 2012, 2016)
  • Randy Hogan – lead vocals (1974)
  • Pete Comita – bass, backing vocals (1980–1981)
  • Jon Brant – bass, backing vocals (1981–1987, 2004–2005, 2007; one-off 1999)

Former touring musicians[edit]

  • Magic Cristian – keyboards, backing vocals (1982–1986, 2008–2011, 2013; one-off 2002, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Steve Walsh – keyboards, backing vocals (1985)
  • Tod Howarth – keyboards, backing vocals (1986–1987, 1990–1996, 2000, 2008; guest 1999)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Louise Linton

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Louise Linton

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Born (1980-12-21) December 21, 1980 (age 36)
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater Pepperdine University
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present
Website louiselinton.com

Louise Linton (born December 21, 1980) is a Scottish actress. She has appeared in films such as Cabin Fever and a single episode each of television series CSI: NY and Cold Case. She received global media criticism for her gap year memoir about Zambia.[1] She is the founder and a producing partner of Stormchaser Films, a Los Angeles based independent production company.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Linton was born in the Murrayfield area of Edinburgh, Scotland.[3] She was educated at St George’s School for Girls and Fettes College.[4] Her family owns Melville Castle outside Edinburgh.[5]

As a child, Linton trained with a private coach from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, from which she acquired her certificate with honours.[6] Her mother died when she was 14 years old.[5]

After boarding school, she spent part of her gap year serving as a volunteer in northern Zambia, before attending university in the United States.[7] She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Pepperdine University and received a law degree (J.D.) from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law.[8]

Career[edit]

Linton landed some minor acting roles in 2006 before her big break arrived the following year when Robert Redford cast her in Lions for Lambs, starring Redford, Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep.[9] In 2008, she portrayed the role of Katie in the Roy Lee horror film The Echo, with Jesse Bradford and Amelia Warner.[10] Her next role came as Shannon Storm in the independent comedy Screwball: The Ted Whitfield Story (2010).[11]

Following this, she played Louise Patterson in a 2009 episode of the CBS series Cold Case. That was quickly followed by a small role as Samantha in Lionsgate’s Crew 2 Crew.[12] Linton’s first lead role was as the angel haired Emerson in the sci-fi film Scavengers.[13] This was her first collaboration with director Travis Z, with whom she has gone on to collaborate on several other features. She starred as Deputy Winston in Z’s horror remake of Cabin Fever (2016).[14] In 2016 she played the lead role of Elizabeth in the home invasion thriller “Intruder” in which she also appeared nude.

Memoir controversy[edit]

In 2016, Linton self-published a book about her experience, entitled In Congo’s Shadow, co-authored by Wendy Holden.[7] Linton withdrew In Congo’s Shadow from sale after some readers took offence over her portrayal of Zambia. The book has been criticised for its inaccuracies and promotion of the false narrative of “the white saviour“.[15] She later apologised for causing offense and promised to donate all profits from the book to an appropriate charity.[16] The Zambian High Commission in London condemned her for falsely presenting Zambia.[17]

Philanthropy[edit]

Linton currently serves on the Board of Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA[18] and the Old Fettesian’s US Board of Trustees for Fettes College in Edinburgh.[19][20] She is a global ambassador to the Protecting African Lions foundation (PAL). She was a member of the LA County Museum of Art’s Avante Garde from 2010 to 2011.[20] She was an Ambassador for Erskine Wounded Warriors Scotland (2010-2012). She is Ambassador for the Scottish Butterfly Trust for Cystic Fibrosis.[19]

Personal life[edit]

On June 24, 2017, Linton will marry Steve Mnuchin [21], the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. The couple will exchange vows at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Mellon is a former treasury secretary. It will be the second marriage for Linton and the third marriage for Mnuchin.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Lions for Lambs Skin Care Consultant
2008 The Echo Katie
2008 Banking on Love Dina
2008 Heineken Experience: Brew You Gorgeous Woman Short film
2010 Screwball: The Ted Whitfield Story Shannon Storm
2012 She Wants Me Jessica
2012 Crew 2 Crew Samantha
2013 The Power of Few Corey’s Mother
2013 Scavangers Emerson
2014 Serial Daters Anonymous Claire
2016 Cabin Fever Deputy Winston
2016 Intruder Elizabeth
2016 The Midnight Man Annie Luster
2016 Rules Don’t Apply Betty
2017 Odious Veronica In post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Daily Habit Amy 2 episodes
2007 CSI: NY Simone de Lille Episode: “A Daze of Wine and Roaches”
2009 Cold Case Louise Patterson ’44 Episode: “WASP”
2011 William & Kate: The Movie Vanessa Rose Bellows Television film
2012 A Smile as Big as the Moon Julie Television film

Katrina Bowden

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Katrina Bowden

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Bowden at The Heart Truth‘s 2011 Red Dress Collection.
Born (1988-09-19) September 19, 1988 (age 28)
Wyckoff, New Jersey, U.S.
Other names Katie Bowden
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Ben Jorgensen (m. 2013)

Katrina Bowden (born September 19, 1988) is an American actress best known for playing Cerie on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock (2006–2013). She also appeared in films such as Sex Drive, Piranha 3DD, and Scary Movie 5.

Early life[edit]

Bowden was raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey. She attended the now-defunct Saint Thomas More School in Midland Park, New Jersey, for her grammar and middle school education. She later attended Immaculate Heart Academy in Washington Township, New Jersey.

Career[edit]

In 2006, Bowden scored her first acting role in a two-episode arc on the ABC long-time running daytime soap opera television series One Life to Live as Britney.[1] She has since guest starred on shows such as Law & Order: SVU and Ugly Betty. Bowden’s breakthrough role came when she was cast as a recurring character on the Emmy Award-winning television series 30 Rock, which premiered on October 11, 2006 on NBC. She portrayed the sexy but incompetent assistant Cerie. She signed on as a regular for the show’s second season in 2007. The show’s final episode aired in January 2013, in total consisting of 7 seasons.[2] She appears in the music videos “Dance, Dance” by American rock band Fall Out Boy, as well as “After Hours” by Brooklyn band We Are Scientists.

In 2008, Bowden made her film debut in the Summit Entertainment raunchy comedy Sex Drive, released to theaters on October 17, 2008. The following year, Bowden starred in two low-budget straight-to-DVD projects The Shortcut and Ratko: The Dictator’s Son. In 2010 Bowden starred in the widely acclaimed horror-comedy film Tucker & Dale vs Evil as Allison. The film was released in a limited release and grossed over $4,749,516 and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film holds a ‘fresh’ rating of 85% on Rotten Tomatoes.

In April 2011, Bowden was voted as Esquire Magazines Sexiest Woman Alive.[3] She was also the face of the Jordache television campaign that made its premiere in September 2011. In April 2011, Universal Pictures announced that Bowden was cast as the role of Mia, an “L.A. party girl type”, and girlfriend to Chris Klein‘s character, in the fourth installment of the American Pie film trilogy, American Reunion.[4] The film was released on April 5, 2012 to mixed reviews but financial success. Also in 2012, Bowden appeared in the horror films Piranha 3DD, which was panned by critics,[5] and Hold Your Breath, which received a limited theatrical release before being released to DVD.

Bowden co-starred in Nurse 3D (2013). She guest-starred in American rock band Panic! at the Disco‘s music video for “Miss Jackson“.

Personal life[edit]

In 2013, Bowden married musician Ben Jorgensen from the band Armor for Sleep.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Films
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Sex Drive Ms. Tasty
2009 Ratko: The Dictator’s Son Holly Direct-to-video
The Shortcut Christy Direct-to-video
2010 Tucker & Dale vs. Evil Allison
2012 American Reunion Mia
Piranha 3DD Shelby In select theaters and video-on-demand
Hold Your Breath Jerry Direct-to-video
2013 Movie 43 Girl on Blind Date
Scary Movie 5 Natalie
Nurse 3D Danni In select theaters and video-on-demand
A True Story Deanna In select theaters, video-on-demand, Netlfix
2014 Hard Sell Bo In select theaters and video-on-demand
2016 Monolith Sandra Aired as Lifetime TV movie Trapped Child – Dec 2016.
TBA The Last Film Festival Young Starlet Completed
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Danna Simpson Episode: “Gone
One Life to Live Britney Jennings 2 episodes
2007 Reckless Behavior: Caught on Tape Bronson Girl TV movie
Psych Coed Episode: “Scary Sherry: Bianca’s Toast
2010 Ugly Betty Heather Episode: “Smokin’ Hot
Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time Hilary Episode: “I Just Got Voodoo’d
2011 CollegeHumor Originals Julie Episode: “I’m Such a Nerd”[7]
2012 New Girl Holly Episode: “Secrets
2006–13 30 Rock Cerie Main role
2015 I Killed My BFF Shane Riley TV movie
2015 Public Morals Fortune Main role[8]
Music videos
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Dance, Dance Song by Fall Out Boy
2006 Good Day Song by Jewel
2008 After Hours Song by We Are Scientists
2013 Miss Jackson Witch Song by Panic! at the Disco

Alex & Sierra

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Alex & Sierra

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Alex & Sierra at the Winter NAMM Show in 2015
Background information
Origin Daytona Beach, Florida, US (Alex Kinsey)
Orlando, Florida, US (Sierra Deaton)
Genres Folkpop,[1] indie pop[2]
Years active 2013–present
Labels Syco/Columbia (past)
Website http://www.alexandsierraofficial.com
Members Alex Kinsey
Sierra Deaton

Alex & Sierra is an American duo consisting of Alex Kinsey (born September 8, 1991) and Sierra Deaton (born February 11, 1991), who won the third and final season of The X Factor US. The duo are also dating. They were mentored by Simon Cowell and became the first and only group to win the American version of the show.

Their debut album It’s About Us was released on October 7, 2014, on Columbia Records.[3]

Their EP As Seen on TV was released on September 30, 2016.

Career[edit]

2013: The X Factor[edit]

Alex & Sierra auditioned in New Orleans, Louisiana, making it to the next round after wowing the judges with a sultry version of Britney Spears‘ “Toxic“. They continued on to the top 40 and received Simon Cowell as their mentor.[4] For the Four Chair Challenge, Alex & Sierra took on the John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John classic “You’re The One That I Want” from the 1978 musical film Grease.[5] The judges praised the duo for putting their own twist on the song. Kelly and Paulina felt the performance was “nice” and said they had “sexiness” to them, while Demi Lovato told them they were one of her favorite acts but questioned the future and their relationship. Simon Cowell was annoyed and disagreed, in support of Alex & Sierra as a couple. Despite this controversy, the duo made it through to the live shows.[6] For the first live show, Alex and Sierra earned a spot in the top 12 after performing a stripped-down version of the Robin Thicke hit “Blurred Lines“.[7] Kelly Rowland wished it had been a bit sexier and thought it got corny at times, something Simon Cowell disagreed with,[7] praising Alex & Sierra’s performance, calling it “original” and “unique”.[7][7][8] For Motown Night, they took on “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye. Paulina felt it was “natural,” while Demi said it felt “organic” as well as very “hot” and “sexy”.[9] On the re-vote show, which happened due to a graphics error that nullified the votes, Alex & Sierra sang “Give Me Love” by Ed Sheeran; Cowell afterward said that the performance was “immaculate… ragged and raw.”[10]

For ’80s Night, the couple took on the Robert Palmer classic “Addicted to Love“.[11] The performance earned them negative reviews; Kelly wanted them together more, Paulina called them “Bohemian” and “vintage”, Demi felt that Sierra looked uncomfortable in her shoes and wanted the performance more organic, and their mentor Simon expressed disappointment over how the performance went by saying that they lost the melody in the beginning and “it wasn’t as good as it should have been.”[11] For British Invasion night, Alex & Sierra took on the One Direction hit “Best Song Ever“. Demi Lovato called it their best performance and said she planned to download the song on iTunes.[12] However, Sierra’s vocals were criticized for not being as strong as Alex’s. Their version charted on the top 40 of the US iTunes, the first act to do so that season.[12] For Big Band night, Alex & Sierra performed Taylor Swift‘s hit “I Knew You Were Trouble“.[13] Demi said that she didn’t like the arrangement at first, but Alex & Sierra made her like it by the end. Simon said that their arrangement was clever and cool and not obvious, and also praised Sierra: “You just shut up the witches of Eastwick here because that was a great, great vocal performance.” They later faced off against the others in a group performance ‘Cry Me A River’, in which they received praise from Kelly, who said they “soared”.[13] For Divas/Unplugged night, the couple sang two songs. Their “Diva” song was “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child. The song earned them praise from Kelly, who said she adored the new sassy side of Sierra.[14] Their “Unplugged” song, “Say Something” by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera (thought by many as their best X Factor performance) earned them praise by the judges; Kelly said she felt like she was watching an awards show, Demi felt that the performance was “magical”, Paulina was impressed with Sierra’s talent with the piano, and Simon stated that this was not only their best performance of the night but of the season.[14] Their version of the song hit number one on the US iTunes charts, which was the first time that a song from the US X Factor reached the top position.[15]

For the semi finals, the public chose “Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men, which pleased the judges; Kelly said they nailed it, Demi felt she was looking at the winners, Paulina said that they kept coming back stronger and suggested that there was a huge gap in the industry for them, and Simon said they were not just performing – they were making records each week.[16] They faced Carlito Olivero in The Duet Duels singing “Falling Slowly” with the judges feeling that while Carlito and Alex did well, Sierra stole the song.[16] but it was their performance of “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles that earned high remarks. The judges felt that Sierra had blossomed during the competition, Alex’s vocals were “fricking crazy” and their performance was “perfect”, bringing judges Kelly Rowland and Demi Lovato to tears and securing their place in the finals.[16] Like “Say Something” before it, the couple’s version of “Gravity” hit number 1 on iTunes. For the finals, Alex & Sierra sang three songs. They did their “save me” song from the re-vote show as their “song to win”, “Give Me Love” by Ed Sheeran.[17] They also sang “Bleeding Love” with Leona Lewis, and their “song of the season” was “Say Something”.[18] The “Bleeding Love” performance received a bit of a mixed response mainly from Demi Lovato, who said that it wasn’t their best performance, but the other two songs received praise. In the finale result show, Alex & Sierra performed “All I Want For Christmas Is You”. Later that night, they were announced the winners of the season on December 19, 2013.[19] They were the only group to win the American version of the show,[20] and the third in the worldwide franchise (after Random on the first series of the Australian version[21] and Little Mix on the eighth series of the United Kingdom version).[22] In an interview after the winner was announced, Simon Cowell revealed that Alex and Sierra received the most number of public votes every week of the competition.[23] He said that the margin for the number of votes narrowed closer to the end of the season.[24]

Performances on The X Factor[edit]

denotes having reached within the top ten of the iTunes chart.

2013–2015: It’s About Us and being dropped[edit]

Following their win on The X Factor, Alex & Sierra announced they would be making their debut album ‘quick’ and ‘right’.[25] They have been working with Julian Bunetta, Sam Watters, John Shanks, Toby Gad, Jason Mraz, and Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter John Legend on their album.[26] On May 3, 2014, Alex & Sierra revealed their debut single, “Scarecrow”. The lyrical video featuring puppets instead of the singers themselves, was released on May 27, 2014.[27] The song was released to iTunes on June 23, 2014.[28] ‘Scarecrow’ was promoted with a performance on the Today Show on the day of the iTunes release. It sold 30,000 copies in its first week of release.[29] The music video for Scarecrow was released on July 11, 2014. The next day, Alex & Sierra announced the title and artwork of their debut album, “It’s About Us.” Along with the pre-order of the album on July 15, “Little Do You Know” was made available as a promotional single.[30] “Just Kids” is the second promotional single, and was premiered on August 4, 2014. On August 24, “Bumper Cars” was released as the third promotional single.Two weeks later, on September 17, “Here We Go” was released as the fourth promotional single and peaked at #4 on the iTunes singles charts.

Somewhere around July of 2015, Alex and Sierra were dropped by their record label without any form communication. According to sources Alex and Sierra only heard the news through a friend after 3 months. They have gone independent since. Alex and Sierra haven’t commented on the issue.

2016–present: As Seen on TV[edit]

On March 6, 2016, Alex & Sierra announced on their Instagram that they were in the works of releasing an extended play. They stated that the EP will feature songs they’ve covered on TV (The X Factor USA) along with some new original songs. They recently have been featured on Gareth Emery‘s new album, 100 Reasons to Live, with a new song, “We Were Young”, released March 31, 2016.[31] On August 1, 2016 they announced on their Twitter that their EP As Seen on TV would be available for pre-order on August 5, 2016 and be officially released on September 30, 2016. On August 3, 2016 they released a music video for their cover of Toxic exclusively on Yahoo Music.

Members[edit]

Alex Kinsey[edit]

Alex Kinsey (born September 8, 1991) is from New Smyrna Beach, Florida and is an only child. Alex cites Jason Mraz as one of his biggest musical influences, and has seen him live in concert eight times.[32] He has been playing guitar since middle school. Alex attended New Smyrna Beach High School and The University of Central Florida.

Sierra Deaton[edit]

Sierra Deaton (born February 11, 1991) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Orlando, Florida, was born to a British father, Englishman Dr. John Deaton, and Vietnamese mother Vu Deaton.[16] She has an older sister named Lara Deaton.[16] She attended Lake Howell High School and The University of Central Florida. Sierra has been dancing since the age of two and studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, and more. She competed for eleven years and won three international titles in Irish dancing.[16] She plays piano.

Tours[edit]

  • The Good Guys & A Girl Tour (2015, with Andy Grammer and Paradise Fears) – the tour began in Seattle, WA at The Showbox on February 24, 2015 with the final concert of the tour on April 3 in West Hollywood, California at the House of Blues, Sunset Strip.[33]
  • The Take Me Tour (2017, with JOHN.k) – the tour began in San Francisco, CA at Slim’s on February 16, 2017 and spanned 8 more shows, ending in Los Angeles, CA at The Roxy on March 2, 2017.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US AUS
[34]
CAN NZ
It’s About Us[35]
  • Released: October 7, 2014
  • Label: Syco, Columbia
  • Format: CD, digital download
8 97 11 9
“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US DEN
[37]
As Seen on TV
  • Release date: September 30, 2016
  • Label: The A&S Partnership
  • Formats: CD, digital download
183 36

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Bub.
US
Adult

[38]
AUS
[39]
DEN
[40]
“Scarecrow” 2014 17 40 89 It’s About Us
“Little Do You Know”[41] 33

Promotional singles[edit]

List of promotional singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US CAN
“Just Kids” 2014 It’s About Us
“Bumper Cars”[42]
“Here We Go” 100

Videography[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
2014 “Scarecrow” Alex Purifoy
(Lyric Video)
Philip Andelman
(Music Video)
2014 “Little Do You Know” Jay Martin
2016 “Toxic”
2016 “Animals” Bruce Bohman

Sierra Boggess

Sierra Boggess

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Sierra Boggess
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Boggess in London, 2013
Born Sierra Marjory Boggess
(1982-05-20) May 20, 1982 (age 35)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Alma mater Millikin University (BFA)
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 2006–present
Website twitter.com/sierraboggess

Sierra Marjory Boggess[1] (born May 20, 1982) is an American theater actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Christine Daae in The Phantom of the Opera. Sierra has been involved in several productions of The Phantom of the Opera since 2006 and has also played the role of Ariel in “The Little Mermaid” on Broadway.

Early life and education[edit]

Sierra Boggess was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, with her older sister Summer and her younger sister Allegra.[2] The three of them were members of the Colorado Children’s Chorale. Her parents are Kellun Turner Boggess and Michael Boggess. She attended George Washington High School.[3] In an interview with The Interval, Boggess discussed the early influence of drama studies during high school on her early development.[4] She graduated from Millikin University in 2004[5][6] with a BFA.[7]

Career[edit]

Boggess began her career in the Ensemble and as an understudy for Cosette on the U.S. national tour of Les Misérables.[5] She also played the roles of Binky and Ram Dass in the musical Princesses at Goodspeed Opera House and the 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle.[5][8] Her previous work includes West Side Story (Maria), The Pirates of Penzance (Mabel),[9] The Boy Friend[8] and Sweet Charity (Charity).[10]

Years from 2006 to 2013[edit]

Around the time she was performing in Les Misérables, Boggess was cast in the brand new Las Vegas production of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘sThe Phantom of the Opera at the Venetian Resort and Casino. The production opened on June 24, 2006. Boggess starred in the female leading role of Christine Daaé co-starring Anthony Crivello and Brent Barrett alternating as The Phantom. She stayed with the Vegas production for a year.

Boggess was then cast in her Broadway debut originating the role of Ariel in The Little Mermaid.[11] She performed with the show in its pre-Broadway tryout in Denver at the Denver Center for the Performing ArtsEllie Caulkins Opera House which it ran from July 26, 2007 through September 9, 2007. The Broadway production began previews on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 3, 2007. The show was then temporarily shut down on November 10, 2007 until November 28, 2007, due to the 2007 Broadway stagehand strike. Performances resumed the next day following the strike and the official opening night was pushed from December 6, 2007 to January 10, 2008. Boggess received positive reviews for her performance. She stayed with the show for a year and a half playing her final performance as Ariel on May 31, 2009. Boggess was replaced by understudy Chelsea Morgan Stock.[12]

Sierra in Little Mermaid, Broadway

While she was performing in The Little Mermaid, Boggess starred opposite Kristin Chenoweth in the Encores! staged concert of Music in the Air in February 2009.[13]

From February 2010 to March 2011, Boggess starred as Christine Daaé in the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies.[14] She also took part in the Rodgers and Hammerstein Prom at the Royal Albert Hall on 22 August 2010 which was screened on 28th.[15] After leaving Love Never Dies being replaced by Celia Graham, Boggess played Sharon, alongside Tyne Daly, in the Broadway revival of Master Class, beginning on June 14, 2011.[16] The show concluded its limited engagement on September 4, 2011.[17]

Boggess once again played the role of Christine Daaé in the 25th anniversary concert of The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall in London with Love Never Dies co-star Ramin Karimloo as the Phantom at the Royal Albert Hall on 1st and 2 October 2011.[18]

Boggess starred in the Off-Broadway show, Love, Loss, and What I Wore from February 29, 2012 till the show’s closure on March 25, 2012.[19][20]

In April 2012, Boggess announced that she dropped out of Rebecca and instead joined the cast of the upcoming musical revue Prince of Broadway which pays tribute to director Harold Prince.[21] However, the project was postponed until 2013.[22] On July 2, 2012, Boggess returned to Les Misérables until 10 January 2013. This time she joined the West End company at the Queen’s Theatre and took over the role of Fantine.[23]

On January 21, 2013, Boggess returned to the role of Christine in The Phantom of the Opera for the Broadway production’s 25th anniversary and co-starred opposite Hugh Panaro as The Phantom. She performed the role for a limited six-week engagement till March 2, 2013. She was replaced by Christine alternate Samantha Hill.[24]

Following The Phantom of the Opera Boggess began teaching various musical theater master classes and began to workshop an upcoming musical adaptation of the 1998 film Ever After. However, Boggess was not part of the new musical’s world premiere at Papermill Playhouse in 2015. She also made her cabaret debut with a solo show entitled Awakening at New York’s 54 Below. The 54 Below shows were recorded for a live debut solo album Awakening: Live at 54 Below, which was released on December 10, 2013 from Broadway Records.[25]

Years from 2014 to present[edit]

In January 2014 Boggess played the role of a lesbian in the short film Russian Broadway Shut Down (protesting the Russian government’s response to homosexuality in theater).[26] For several years since 2014, Boggess has identified herself with the often repeated motivational moniker; “You are enough… You are so enough… Its unbelievable how enough you are.”[27]

On March 24, 2014, it was announced that Boggess would once again rejoin the Broadway company of The Phantom of the Opera as Christine and reunite with her former Little Mermaid co-star Norm Lewis as the Phantom (who made history as the first African-American actor to play the title role in the Broadway cast).[28] They began their runs on May 12, 2014.[29] Boggess concluded her run as Christine on September 6, 2014 and was replaced by Christine alternate Mary Michael Patterson.[30]

After completing her role in Phantom of the Opera with Norm Lewis, Boggess returned to her alma mater Millikin University to perform a benefit concert featuring the Class of 2015 BFA Musical Theatre majors. It was based on her Awakening concert at 54 Below, and was held to help raise money for the school’s new Theatre & Dance building.

Boggess originated the role of Rebecca Steinberg in the 2015 Broadway production of It Shoulda Been You at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The musical—which also starred Boggess’ former Master Class co-star Tyne Daly—featured direction by David Hyde Pierce. The show began preview performances on March 17, opened on April 14, and closed on August 9, 2015.[31]

Boggess performed the role of school principal Rosalie Mullins in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical adaptation of School of Rock at the Winter Garden Theatre. The production began previews on November 9, 2015, and opened on December 6.[32]

In February 2016, she reunited with Ramin Karimloo in the Manhattan Concert Productions’ staging of The Secret Garden in which she sang the role of Lily.[33]

On August 8, 2016, Boggess ended her role as Rosalie Mullins in School Of Rock and was replaced by Jennifer Gambatese. After leaving School of Rock, she was set to portray her role as Christine Daaé in Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, the French production of The Phantom of the Opera.[34] However the production has been postponed to further notice due to a fire in the Théâtre Mogador, where the show was supposed to be performed. The Théâtre Mogador was only a few blocks away from the Opéra Garnier, where the actual story of The Phantom of the Opera takes place.[35]

On November 10, 2016, Boggess reunited with her Music in the Air co-star Kristin Chenoweth during her solo show My Love Letter To Broadway.[citation needed]

On December 5th, 2016, it was announced that Boggess will embark on her first Australian concert tour in June 2017 making stops in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. She has recently begun her tour before (January 28 2017). She is travelling with her sister Summer Boggess

On June 20th, 2017, Cameron Mackintosh (Phantom Of The Opera Producer) announced Sierra Boggess would be making a return to the West End Stage as Christine Daaé. She will be starting in the role on September 4th alongside, once again, Norm Lewis- who reprises his titular role alongside Sierra. The news overjoyed Phantom fans- it will actually be her first time playing Christine in the original West End production; which will be 31 years old when Sierra begins.[citation needed]

Video blog productions[edit]

Boggess has been involved in a number of extended blog series on the web often in association with Broadway.com. These have included the ten-part series titled Daae Days which includes two episodes where Boggess interviews between 15-20 fellow Broadway actresses who have also portrayed the role of Christine Daae in Phantom of the Opera over the many years of its production.[36] Her second vlog Going Bridal went behind the scenes from rehearsals to opening It Shoulda Been You as Rebecca Steinberg. Boggess has also created a video series with her voice coach Mary Setrakin titled Tea and Spinklers also released in 2014.[37]

Theatre credits[edit]

Year(s) Production Role Location Category
2007–09 The Little Mermaid Ariel Lunt-Fontanne Theatre Broadway
2010–11 Love Never Dies Christine Daaé Adelphi Theatre West End
2011 Master Class Sharon Graham Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Broadway
2012–13 Les Miserables Fantine Queens Theatre West End
2013 The Phantom of the Opera Christine Daaé Majestic Theatre Broadway
2014 Broadway
2015 It Shoulda Been You Rebecca Steinberg Brooks Atkinson Theatre Broadway
2015–16 School of Rock Principal Rosalie Mullins Winter Garden Theatre Broadway

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2008 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical The Little Mermaid Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Broadway.com Audience Award Favorite Leading Actress in a Broadway Musical Nominated
Favorite Female Breakthrough Performance Won
2010 BroadwayWorld UK Award Best Leading Actress in a Musical Love Never Dies Nominated
2011 WhatsOnStage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Award Best Actress in a Musical Nominated
Laurence Olivier Award Best Actress in a Musical Nominated
2013 Broadway.com Audience Award Favorite Replacement The Phantom of the Opera Won
2015 Broadway.com Audience Award Favorite Featured Actress It Shoulda Been You Won
2016 Broadway.com Audience Award Favorite Featured Actress School of Rock Nominated
Favorite Onstage Pair (shared with Alex Brightman) Nominated

Recordings[edit]

  • Princess Disneymania – 2008 “Part of Your World”
  • The Little Mermaid – 2008 Original Broadway Cast Recording
  • New York City Christmas – A Benefit album for ASTEP – 2009 “Have yourself a merry little Christmas”, “Still, Still, Still/ The first Noel” (feat. Lindsay Mendez)
  • Love Never Dies – 2010 Original West End Cast Recording
  • The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall – 2011 Live Cast Recording
  • A Little Princess – 2011 Recording
  • Scott Alan Live – 2012 Live Concert Recording “Always/Goodnight” (feat. Jane Monheit)
  • Rodgers & Hammerstein at the Movies – 2012 Soundtrack Album
  • Awakening: Live at 54 Below – 2013 Debut Album
  • Love on 42nd Street – 2014 “You Caught Me Off Guard” featured on Songs of Daniel and Laura Curtis
  • Where The Sky Ends – 2014 “The Devil” – The Songs of Michael Mott
  • BroadwayWorld Visits Oz – 2014 “Over the Rainbow”
  • It Shoulda Been You – 2015 Original Broadway Cast Recording
  • School of Rock: The Musical – 2015 Original Broadway Cast Recording

Irina Voronina

Irina Voronina

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Irina Voronina
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Irina Voronina, Los Angeles, CA on October 1, 2011
Playboy centerfold appearance
January 2001
Preceded by Cara Michelle
Succeeded by Lauren Michelle Hill
Personal details
Born Irina Vadimovna Voronina
(1977-12-19) December 19, 1977 (age 39)
Dzerzhinsk, Gorky Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Measurements Bust: 32DD[1]
Waist: 24.5
Hips: 34
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 120 lb (54 kg; 8.6 st)

Irina Vadimovna Voronina (Russian: Ирина Вадимовна Воронина; born December 19, 1977 in Dzerzhinsk, Gorky Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union)[1] is a Russian model and Playboy Playmate of the Year for January 2001.

Biography[edit]

She first started working as a model at age 14, appearing in a show in Sevastopol.[2] She was chosen as Playboy‘s Playmate of the Month in January, 2001 and has appeared in numerous Playboy videos. She has also modeled for another adult magazine, Perfect 10. She appeared in the 2005 Playmates at Play at the Playboy Mansion swimsuit calendar as calendar girl of May. The calendar was the inaugural Playmates at Play calendar and it was shot on the grounds of Playboy Mansion in 2004. It was Playboy’s first attempt at creating a non-nude swimsuit calendar featuring Playmates similar in style with those from Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

She has appeared in the films Reno 911!: Miami and Epic Movie. She was also a series regular on Adult Swim‘s first ever live action show Saul of the Mole Men (Cartoon Network), playing the role of Fallopia. Her feature film credits include 2007’s Balls of Fury and 2012’s Piranha 3DD as Kiki. In 2010 she appeared in an episode of iCarly entitled “iSell Penny Tees”.

She was the 2008 St. Pauli Girl Beer spokesmodel,[3][4] a position held in previous years by other Playboy Playmates.

Voronina has a supporting role in HDNet‘s TV series Svetlana.