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La Roux Biography

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Birth Place: Brixton, London, England
Years Active: 2008–present
Genres: Electropop, Synthpop

La Roux is an English electropop and synthpop duo made up of singer, keyboardist, co-writer and co-producer Eleanor Jackson and keyboardist, co-writer and co-producer Ben Langmaid. Their music is influenced by 1980s British synthpop including Yazoo, Erasure, Depeche Mode, The Human League, Heaven 17 and Blancmange. The band's name originates from Jackson's red hair.

In 2006, Jackson and Langmaid were introduced by a mutual friend. Their first project was named "Automan" and they wrote largely acoustic music.

La Roux's debut single, "Quicksand," was released by French independent record label Kitsuné Music in December 2008. They then signed to Polydor Records. La Roux's second single "In for the Kill" was released in March 2009, and prominent dubstep producer Skream created a remix of the track. "In for the Kill" debuted at #11 on the U.K. Singles chart, peaking at #2. Their debut, self-titled album was released in June 2009 and peaked at #92 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and went to #2 on the U.K. Albums chart. A third single, "Bulletproof," was released in June 2009 and debuted at #1 on the U.K. Singles Chart. The song was released in August 2009 in the United States and topped the Hot Dance Club Songs chart and it also peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

La Roux have received 2010 BRIT Award nominations in the categories of British Breakthrough Act and British Single for "In for the Kill."

In 2010 they curated a compilation album, “Sidetracked” featuring 16 tracks from various artists selected by La Roux and a cover of The Rolling Stones' "Under My Thumb" performed by the duo. The mix eclectically features the likes of Japan, Heaven 17, Joyce Sims, Fever Ray (lead singer of The Knife), Doris Troy, Tears for Fears, Gerry Rafferty and many more of their influences.