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Friday, May 21, 2010

Who is Victoria Louise Lott?

Who is Victoria Louise Lott? The entertainment world knows her as Pixie Lott, she is an English actress, dancer and singer-songwriter. Lott's debut single "Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)" was released in June 20 and went straight to number one in the UK Singles Chart.Lott's follow-up single "Boys and Girls", also topped the UK charts in September 2009. Her debut album Turn It Up was released in September 2009, reached number six on the UK Albums Chart, has been certified platinum and spawned four consecutive Top 20 singles.

Lott was 12 January 1991 in Bromley, south east London. She lives in Brentwood, Essex with her father, a stock broker, and her mother, a homemaker; she also has an older brother and sister. Her mother gave her the nickname Pixie because she was such a tiny baby

After she started singing in her church school, Lott attended the Italia Conti Associates Saturday school in Chislehurst from 5 years old, she went onto the main school at 11 Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, where she was awarded a scholarship. At the age of 13 Lott moved with her family to Brentwood, Essex. During her time as a student she appeared in the West End production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium, and in BBC One's Celebrate the Sound of Music as Louisa von Trapp. At the age of fourteen she was part of the chorus line, recording vocals on Roger Waters's opera Ça Ira.Lott visited local school, Brentwood County High School, on 5 February 2010, to perform her latest hits, as well as reiterating the importance of going to school to the current students.

Music Career

Early Career (2008 - 2009)

L. A. Reid heard a few of her demos and signed her to the Island Def Jam Music Group when she was fifteen, but after a change of managers a bidding war ensued, resulting in her now being signed to Mercury Records in the UK and to Interscope Records in the U.S. She made a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing in December 2007, while in the midst of writing and recording tracks for Turn It Up.

Lott played her first festival concert in the Big Top at the Isle of Wight Festival 2009, during her first full British tour, where she supported The Saturdays on The Work Tour.

Turn It Up (2009 - present)

She released her debut single, "Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)", on 8 June 2009. The video, directed by Trudy Bellinger, was released to MySpace in Lott's news section and has gained in excess of three million views on YouTube. It entered both the iTunes chart and UK Singles Chart at number one, after over 50,000 sales. Lott was quoted as being shocked at the success of the single. The song was also recorded in Simlish for Electronic Arts' The Sims 3. It spent one week at number one, eleven weeks within the top forty and eighteen weeks within the top seventy five. The single also had considerable success outside the UK, reaching the top forty in eleven other countries, including top ten peaks of number eight in Denmark and number ten in France. The single was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry on 28 August 2009 after selling over 200,000 copies in the United Kingdom.

On 15 August 2009, Lott was featured alongside Hoobastank, The All-American Rejects, Kasabian, Boys Like Girls, Estranged and Raygun as one of the live acts at Asia's very first MTV World Stage Live in Malaysia concert.

Lott's second lead single "Boys and Girls" was released on 6 September 2009 and topped the UK Singles Chart on 13 September 2009. During the week in which it reached number one, the single sold just under 50,000 copies. It spent nineteen consecutive weeks within the top seventy-five, including eight within the top forty, on the UK Singles Chart.The single has been accompanied by a music video and was directed by Diane Martel.

On 14 September 2009, Lott's debut album, Turn It Up was released. This followed an intensive promotional tour where Lott visited the Asia-Pacific region to promote the album and 'Mama Do'. The album debuted at number six on the UK Album Chart. The album has sold over 500,000 copies in the United Kingdom and was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry in January 2010. Lott has written a song for Alexandra Burke's debut album, Overcome, titled "You Broke My Heart" and a song for Girls Can't Catch titled "Happy Alone", which was featured as a free Christmas present download on their website. She also has written two tracks on Lisa Lois – the Dutch X Factor's winners album, they are titled "No Good For Me" (1st single off of album) and "Promises, Promises" (2nd single off of the album).

Lott's third single from the album was confirmed as "Cry Me Out" upon the release of the previous single and the single was later confirmed for physical release on 23 November 2009. The music video was directed by Jake Nava (director of recent videos for Beyoncé, Leona Lewis and Shakira) and was shot in Cuba. During an interview with GMTV, Lott confirmed that 'Cry Me Out' will be her first single release in the US, during spring 2010. The fourth single, "Gravity", was released in the UK on 8 March 2010, following the premiere of its video on Channel 4 on 6 February 2010. Lott won two MTV EMA Awards MTV Europe Music Awards 2009, Best UK & Ireland Act and Best Push Artist (best break through artist)

Lott won a Cosmopolitan 2009 Ultimate Women Award for Ultimate Newcomer. In 2009, Lott won The Caron Keating Breakthrough Talent Award at The Variety Club Awards.

"The Way The World Works", from Lott's debut record was used in the U.S.-produced medical drama Private Practice. Lott was chosen as the face of Nokia's "Illuvial Pink Collection" mobile phone range, saying "I spend loads of time on my mobile, so it's important to me that it looks good. The phones in the range all look fab – they're stylish and yet still girlie." Lott was nominated for British Breakthrough Act, British Female Solo Artist and British Single at the 2010 BRIT Awards. It has been confirmed that Lott will be the opening act of Rihanna's Last Girl on Earth Tour in the UK 7–26 May 2010.] Lott will also be on the main stage at the V Festival in August 2010.

Lott has been cast as Judy, Fred Figglehorn's crush, in the film Fred: The Movie, starring alongside Lucas Cruikshank. The comedy is scheduled to be released in September 2010.

The fifth single from Lott's album, the title song "Turn It Up", is scheduled to be released on 7 June 2010. The album will be released in the U.S. later in the year. Lott recorded duets with Jason Derulo and Joe Jonas for the U.S. version of Turn It Up. Lott recorded a song for the film Street Dance 3D, entitled "Live For The Moment", which is also featured on the soundtrack. On 23 May 2010, Lott performed at the Radio 1 Big Weekend in Bangor, North Wales.

Film and television appearances

Awards and nominations

Pixie Lott performing at the launch of Blackpool Illuminations in Blackpool, Lancashire on 4 September 2009
Year Type Award Result
2009 MTV Europe Music Awards 2009 Best UK & Ireland Act Won
Best New Act Nominated
Best Push Artist Won
Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women 2009 Ultimate Newcomer Won
Q Awards 2009 Breakthrough Artist Nominated
2010 Brit Awards Breakthrough Artist Nominated
Female Solo Artist Nominated
British Single (Mama Do Uh Oh) Nominated
Meteor Ireland Music Awards Best International Female Nominated
Virgin Media Awards Best Newcomer Won


Studio Albums


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