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The Veronicas are an electropop pop-rock duo based in Australia. The duo was formed in 2004 in Brisbanemarker by twin sisters Jessica and Lisa Origliasso. They have their own line of clothing which they released beginning in 2007.

They have released two studio albums, the first being The Secret Life of... in 2005. The debut album peaked at #2 on the Australian charts and gained an ARIA certification of four times platinum, for 280,000+ sales. The Secret Life of... spawned five singles, including three top ten singles in Australia.

The Veronicas released their second album Hook Me Up in 2007, peaking at #2 on the Australian charts and earning a certification of two times platinum. The album has had four Australian top ten singles released from it to date. The album's title track, "Hook Me Up", was The Veronicas' first number one single in Australia.

History

Early years

Born to Italian-Australian parents Colleen and Joseph, Jessica became the older one by one minute , they grew up in Albany Creekmarker. Jessica and Lisa also performed in small parts on various television shows, including a recurring role in the short-lived 2001 Australian children's series Cybergirl and the American Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack and Cody where they portrayed twin sisters. Lisa played the character 'Sapphire', while Jessica appeared as 'Emerald'. On their 18th birthday, Jessica received her first guitar, at which time the sisters began writing and singing songs. They formed the group Teal with friends Tracy Woods and R. Viknes. The group experimented with different sounds and genres working with songwriter producer Shaneal and Anthony Martin, releasing a song called "Baby It's Over" which received minor airplay in Brisbane.

In 2004, Lisa Origliasso and Jessica Origliasso were introduced to the Music Director of The Bell Hughes Music Group (BHMG), Hayden Bell. After producing some demo recordings with the twins, Bell invited them to sign a publishing agreement with Excalibur Productions (a subsidiary of BHMG). In the process, Bell helped facilitate their progression in musical style from acoustic pop to the more rhythmic rock pop approach that is now their trademark. On the strength of these demos, Bell took them to meet the executives at Engine Room (a subsidiary of PBL (Packer) Group) and they were immediately signed to a production deal.

To further develop their song writing skills, Bell connected them with internationally acclaimed songwriters and producers including Clif Magness (who has written for Avril Lavigne), Billy Steinberg (Madonna, Cyndi Lauper), Max Martin (Britney Spears, Katy Perry, P!nk), Eric Nova, Dead Mono and Vince DeGiorgio, where they created a catalogue of over 50 songs.

Meetings were then arranged with Warner Bros. Records in the USA. Seymour Stein and senior executives recognized that Bell had indeed discovered and developed a musical talent, signing them quickly to a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records/Sire America, for a reported sum of 2 million dollars.

Bell then took one of The Veronicas' songs titled "All About Us" and placed it with the Russian girl group t.A.T.u; it became a massive worldwide hit. In Australia, he placed the song "What's Goin' On" with Casey Donovan and the song "Faded" for Kate DeAraugo. Both of these artists were winners of the Australian Idol Competition. "What's Going On" was also placed by Bell on the Japanese pop singer Miz's album.And "Faded" was also placed on the U.K. singer CASCADA's album: Perfect Day

Band name

Issue (#167) of the Veronica comic book which featured The Veronicas


Regarding how they chose their name, Jess Origliasso stated: "The name is something we thought about for a long time, and we wanted it to be a girl's name, but we didn't want it to be 'the Jesses.' We were very conscious of not wanting to make it a twin thing, because we think that's really cool.""We didn't want it to be called 'the Lisas,' either," singer Lisa Origliasso added. "So one day we saw the movie Heathers, and there's a line where Christian Slater asks, 'Are you a Heather?' and Winona Ryder's character answers, 'No, I'm a Veronica,' and so we went with that, because she was this kind of cool, unique chick with an attitude."

However, some believe that Archie Comics character Veronica Lodge had some influence on the naming, including people at Archie Comics themselves, who launched legal action against the group for trademark infringement. A settlement was reached that included a cross-promotion deal, including an appearance in an issue of their namesake Veronica's comic book. The issue (#167) featured a card with a code allowing a free download of their single "4ever" in MP3 form. A few months later, Archie and Friends (#100) featured The Archies meeting The Veronicas. The next issue of Archie and Friends (#101) also featured The Veronicas, with Archie as their biggest fan. They also starred in one episode of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.The Veronicas dislike being called a female duo and every day they work to separate themselves from the music business. "We like being called a band or group. We don't want to be a pop duo group with two girls singing about relationships, we have everything that a rock band would have, so we are a band".

Music career

2005–2007: The Secret Life of...

The Veronicas debut album, entitled The Secret Life of..., was released in Australia on October 17, 2005, entering the ARIA Album charts at the position of #7. Since then, it has peaked at #2 and gone 4x Platinum. Due to the success of the album, five singles were released in Australia: "4ever", "Everything I'm Not", "When It All Falls Apart", "Revolution" and "Leave Me Alone". The song "4ever" was featured on the website of Curly Grrlz Skateboards.

The Secret Life of the Veronicas spent a year in the ARIA album charts without leaving the top 40. In September 2006, the album was nominated for three ARIA awards including; "Best Pop Release", "Highest Selling Album" and "Best Breakthrough Album". They won "Best Pop Release" but lost the other two to other nominees. The girls also performed their 2nd single "Everything I'm Not" on the night.

The album was released in the U.S. on February 14, 2006; it debuted at #133 on Billboard 200 and #3 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart. Only two singles were released in the United States off the album. A special DVD was released with the U.S. version as a limited edition exclusive. The limited edition included two extra songs and videos, and was only available online. However, copies have been found to have been shipped to several stores in Australia as well. Other releases in the U.S. include Sessions@AOL which features their songs "Heavily Broken" and "Revolution" live in the AOL studios, also released was The Veronicas: Mtv.com Live EP which also features live performances of their songs including a new song, entitled "Stay".

The album has also had success in other countries such as New Zealand where it debuted at #5, #75 on the Dutch Album Charts and #11 in Belgium. Due to their chart success in Belgium, they won the award for Best International New Artist at the TMF Awards of 2006. "When It All Falls Apart" spent a record of 17 weeks of MTV Asia's Pop 10 Chart, in which 7 of them were at the number 1 spot. The song was recorded in Simlish and is featured in the Sims 2 expansion pack Seasons. In early 2007, The Secret Life of... was released worldwide.

Lisa and Jessica are the faces of Choice Calvin Klein and Australian hair product company nu:u. Blender magazine named included them in their list of hottest women in rock in 2006. The sisters sang the title song on the short-lived television show Related which had featured songs from their debut album. They appeared in an episode that aired February 6, 2006. In March 2006, their debut single "4ever" was featured in the Amanda Bynes comedy She's the Man. It was featured in the promotional television spots, the film itself and the soundtrack. Their song "Revolution" appeared in another Amanda Bynes film, "Sydney White", in 2007.

The girls also appeared on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody episode "The Suite Life Goes Hollywood" as guest stars and performed their song "Cry". The twins also created a fashion line called The Veronicas for Target which was released in stores on August 25, 2007 in Australia.

On December 2, 2006 The Veronicas released a CD/DVD, entitled Exposed... The Secret Life of The Veronicas in Australia which features live performances from their Australian 2006 The Revolution Tour|Revolution Tour and a DVD featuring parts of the sisters' live performances throughout 2005-2006, including footage that had previously not been seen, and their music videos. The album debuted at #6 on the ARIA DVD Charts accrediting platinum in its first week. The second week it rose to its peak of #3 and was accredited Double Platinum.

2007-present: Hook Me Up

In 2007, the Veronicas began work on their second album. The album was written and recorded in Los Angeles with Toby Gad, Billy Steinberg and John Feldmann.



Hook Me Up was released in Australia on November 3, 2007. The album debuted at number two on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart with sales of 9,531 copies in its first week, and was certified Gold. It has since gone 2x platinum. The album became the twenty-eighth highest selling album in Australia for 2007. Hook Me Up was released in the UKmarker on the October 12, 2009 and has peaked at number thirty-five.

The lead single from the album, "Hook Me Up", was added to Australian radio on August 27, 2007, but was physically released on September 22, 2007. It debuted at number five, eventually reaching number one after seven weeks on the ARIA Singles Chart, making it their first number one hit in Australia.



"Untouched" was the first single to be released from their album in the United States, Canada, Europe and New Zealand. The song reached number 2 in Australia eventually reaching platinum accredation. The song became their first single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 first debuting at number sixty-two and eventually peaking at number seventeen making it their first top twenty hit in the United States. They became the first Australian artists to have a single Certified Platinum in the U.S. with over 1,000,000 paid downloads. It was also their debut single in the UK, peaking at number eight and in Ireland peaking at number one, their first international number-one single

Their third and fourth singles "This Love" and "Take Me on the Floor" were both top ten hits hits in Australia and were both certified Gold. "Take Me on the Floor" was released as their second single in the U.S. but only peaked at number eighty-one.On October 11, their fifth single, "Popular" was released digitally in Australia. It has only gained heavy airplay and peaked at #11 on the Australian Airplay Chart.

Their debut single "4ever" was released as their second single in the UKmarker and Irelandmarker on September 21, 2009 and has peaked at number seventeen in the UK and twenty in Ireland.

In support of the album, The Veronicas embarked on their third Australian tour The Hook Me Up Tour in 2007. The tour, which began on November 30 and concluded on December 12, was held in eight major cities around Australia.

On October 16, 2008 The Veronicas announced their second tour for the album, Revenge Is Sweeter tour, which was their first tour to extend into New Zealandmarker, United Statesmarker, Canadamarker, UKmarker and Japanmarker beginning on February 13, 2009 in Newcastlemarker, Australia and ending on September 25, 2009 in Manchestermarker, UK as well as a European promotional tour which included Francemarker, Germanymarker and Italymarker.As part of their tour in Japan they released a two disc compilation album called The Veronicas Complete featuring all their songs from their first and second albums as well as three bonus tracks on March 18, 2009.

On September 2008 the nominees for the 22nd annual ARIA Awards were announced, with The Veronicas receiving four nominations. Hook Me Up received 2 nominations for Best Pop Release and Highest Selling Album and Untouched and Hook Me Up (single) received a nomination for Highest Selling Single each. The Veronicas performed their hit single "Untouched" at the event, but left with no awards.On October 8, 2009 Jess announced on her twitter page that the writing for an upcoming 3rd studio album had begun.

Personal lives

Currently both members live in Los Angeles, Californiamarker and in their hometown of Brisbane, Australiamarker, when not touring or travelling.Both have said they have a desire to live in Camden Town, London.

Lisa

Lisa dated singer Ryan Cabrera in 2006, though their relationship ended that year. The line "You're on the way down" from the song "Revenge Is Sweeter " comes from Cabrera's single "On The Way Down". In April 2007 she began dating former Australian Idol contestant Dean Geyer and they announced their engagement in April 2008. Lisa's relationship with Dean, including their engagement, ended abruptly in June 2008. She dated Yair Garfias in 2008.She is currently dating actor/singer Reeve Carney of the band Carney.

Jessica

In 2008, Jessica was seen kissing MTV Australia VJ Ruby Rose Langenheim at the 2008 Cleo Bachelor of the Year Awards after party. Although the Australian media has described the pair as "genuinely keen on one another," Langenheim denied a romantic relationship in a live blog, stating that the two are "really good mates."In August 2008, Jess had images of her leaked onto the internet through US porn site Fleshbot.com. The "series of four photographs, taken three years ago, has also been sold to two local gossip magazines," with a Warner Music publicist telling the celebrity department of the Herald Sun, Confidential, "The portrait photograph of the girl looking at the camera is obviously Jess but, although the photos appear to have similarities in style and setting, I'm confident that the girl in the topless photograph is not her." Legal action has been taken against a former lover of hers, who allegedly sold the photos. Prior to the Australian ARIA Music Awards in 2008, Jess noted, "We are not up there [on stage at the ARIAs] because my boobs were flashed all over the world."In October, 2009 she ended her relationship, with her boyfriend of three years, Azaria Byrne, after Jess cheated on him.

Other ventures

Philanthropy

In 2006, The Veronicas joined Steve Irwin's Wildlife Warriors Worldwide, a charity that deals with the protection of animals and their natural environments. Work for this charity has included a texting competition to reach two-thousand text messages in the hopes of raising one thousand dollars.In January 2009, it was announced Jess would pose nude for PETA after getting attention from a member of the organization..Lisa also marched alongside Drew Barrymore, Pete Wentz, Kathy Griffin, Janice Dickinson and other celebrities in support of gay marriage in Californiamarker at a May 2009 march in Los Angelesmarker protesting the 26 May 2009 decision of the California Supreme Courtmarker ruling upholding Proposition 8.

Anti-Piracy

In 2006 the band was featured in an Australian public service announcement campaign against music piracy targeting schools, labeled Australian Music In Tune. Other successful Australian artists included were Powderfinger, Jimmy Barnes and Silverchair.

Discography

Studio albums



Awards and nominations

Tours

References

External links


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