La Roux are an English electropop and synthpop duo made up of singer, keyboardist, co-writer and co-producer Eleanor Kate Jackson (born 12 March 1988), and keyboardist, co-writer and co-producer Ben Langmaid. Jackson describes their relationship as "very much a half and half sharing situation... not like a singer producer outfit", but also recognises that due to her prominence, it may "look like a solo act".
Their music is influenced by 1980s British synthpop including Yazoo, Erasure, Depeche Mode, OMD, The Human League, Heaven 17 and Eurythmics. The band's name refers to Jackson's orange hair and tomboyish appearance, mingling the masculine (le roux) and feminine (la rousse) French terms; she has said:
To me, it means "red-haired one" – and it does, vaguely. It's just a male version of "red-haired one", which I think is even cooler, because I'm... well... androgynous anyway. So it kind of makes sense.
At the 53rd Grammy Awards on 13 February 2011, La Roux's eponymous debut album won the Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album.
* 1 Career
o 1.1 Formation
o 1.2 Debut Album
o 1.3 Second Studio album
* 2 Compilation albums
o 2.1 Sidetracked
* 3 Band members
o 3.1 Elly Jackson
o 3.2 Ben Langmaid
o 3.3 Supporting band members
* 4 Accidents and illness
* 5 Guest appearances, Grammy and Performances
* 6 Discography
* 7 Festival appearances
* 8 Awards
* 9 References
* 10 External links
In 2006, Jackson and Langmaid were introduced by a mutual friend. Their first project was named "Automan" and they wrote largely acoustic music due to Elly's huge admiration of acts like Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell.
La Roux's debut single, "Quicksand", was released by French independent record label Kitsuné Music in December 2008. They then signed to Polydor Records in order to release their debut album.
"In for the Kill"
La Roux first found major success with "In for the Kill"
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La Roux's second single "In for the Kill" was released on 16 March 2009, and prominent dubstep producer Skream created a remix of the track. Another remix was made by Lifelike."In for the Kill" debuted at number eleven on the UK Singles Chart on 22 March 2009, peaking at number two four weeks later. "Bulletproof" was released on 21 June 2009 and debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart. The song was released on 11 August 2009 in the United States and topped the Hot Dance Club Songs chart the week of 17 September. As of 11 June 2010 it had peaked at number 8 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and had sold over 1.8 million copies. The band's debut album peaked at 70 (number 4 on the Dance/Electronic chart). "I'm Not Your Toy", released on 29 September 2009, reached number twenty-seven on the UK chart. On the 10 September 2009, Elly confirmed in an interview with French musical website Hall Musique that "As If by Magic" would be the fifth single to be released from the album.
In order to promote La Roux, the band was the supporting act on Lily Allen's UK tour of March 2009. La Roux headlined the Samsung NME Radar Tour 2009 and played alongside Magistrates and Heartbreak. They were scheduled to perform at the Glastonbury, Reading, Oxegen and Leeds festivals as well as the Scala, Southend Chinnerys and Coventry Kasbah venues. In July and August 2009, La Roux toured North America. The eight-city tour included performances at Osheaga Festival, All Points West Music & Arts Festival and Lollapalooza. On 23 July the group performed on the late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!. The group will return to North America for a seven-date tour in October The group sold out their two Australian dates within minutes forcing an upgrade in venues. November will see the duo embark on an eleven-date United Kingdom and Ireland tour.La Roux gained fifth position on the BBC Sound of 2009 poll. The Guardian website featured La Roux on their new band of the day column. The Guardian also featured La Roux as one of the "Best New Acts of 2009" in January of that year.The album has been nominated for a Mercury Prize.
Sales ofthe group's song "In for the Kill" spiked 600 percent when it was played on the HBO show Entourage in August 2010. Later that month, it was announced that an EP remix has been released in tandem with the November US tour In October a second video for the song was released that was shot at New York's landmark Hotel Chelsea. The song was released in the United States 7 October.