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CSS Biography

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Genres: Indie Rock, Electroclash, New Rave, Synthpop

CSS (an abbreviation for Cansei de Ser Sexy literally “tired of being sexy” in Portuguese) is a Brazilian rock band from São Paulo formed in 2003. The band was labeled as part of the explosion of the New Rave scene and their songs are sung in both English and Portuguese.

In 2005, they signed with the Trama Virtual label, and in October their first album, “Cansei de Ser Sexy,” was released in Brazil, along with a 7-track EP “CSS Suxxx,” that was sold at concerts. A limited edition version of the album had a blank CD-R included, so the buyer could burn a copy of the album to give away as a gift.

In the beginning of 2006, CSS signed with Sub Pop to release their international debut album, “Cansei de Ser Sexy.” The first single was “Let's Make Love and Listen to Death From Above.” CSS came to wider attention when their song “Music Is My Hot Hot Sex” was used in a worldwide television commercial by Apple Inc. for the iPod. Due to the song's exposure in the United States, it peaked at #63 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, becoming the highest charting single in the United States by a Brazilian band to date.

Their next Sub Pop album, “Donkey,” was released in July 2008, with first single proper, “Left Behind,” having been released earlier in the month. It reached #30 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart.

“La Liberación,” their third studio album, was released on V2 Records in 2011. It reached the Top 40 of the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart.